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->''"Aaah! Chainsaw! The great communicator!"''
-->-- '''[[TestosteronePoisoning The Doom Guy]]''', ''Comicbook/{{Doom}}'' comic

Basically, chainsaws are good. Good here having the meaning of "totally unstoppable weapons of mass destruction." Nothing can stand before their roaring, multi-toothed might; only death awaits any who challenge a chainsaw-wielding maniac.

A favorite tool of [[HockeyMaskAndChainsaw horror villains]] and [[ZombieApocalypse zombie hunters]] alike, where they're typically swung like swords. While cool, there are good reasons the chainsaw is [[AwesomeButImpractical not exactly the first choice among melee weapons in the real world]]; chainsaws are heavy and hard to swing with any degree of finesse, have poor reach compared with their weight, require fuel(which they burn through very quickly) or an external power source, make a lot of noise, and will [[HoistByHisOwnPetard tear through the person wielding them just as cheerfully as the intended victim.]] Either way, expect {{Gorn}}. Lots and lots of Gorn. [[BloodLust Ohhhh yes]]!

However, [[RealityIsUnrealistic there are several reasons why that simply wouldn't happen in the real world]]. First and foremost, chainsaws were not designed to be used as weapons. Chainsaws are prone to a phenomenon called "kickback" where one tooth of the blade contacts something without cutting it and the resulting shock throws the blade backwards violently, often right at the unfortunate operator's head; obviously, this is all the more likely to happen when they're being used as a weapon.[[note]]In RealLife, a chainsaw needs to be firmly and slowly "applied" to the cutting surface to avoid kickback and get any useful cutting from it.[[/note]] The chain also runs the danger of snapping and whipping the user in the process. Contact with any kind of fabric is liable to jam the saw (real life chainsaw users wear heavy protective clothing that's designed to "snag" the chainsaw and stop it dead if they catch themselves with the running blade to minimise injury as well as a helmet, heavy gloves and eye protection.) Fictional chainsaws also have the ability to start instantly, with one pull of the starter handle, unlike in RealLife where they require several pulls and most models will need to warm up for at least 30 seconds or they'll immediately die when you try to cut something. Most RealLife chainsaws also dull in seconds if they touch anything harder than wood.[[note]]Chainsaws with diamond teeth are used for concrete and some use water for cooling and safety purposes, but it's unusual for a non-professional to have one of these.[[/note]] Counter-zombie usage will create a whole lot of infected mist and grosser byproducts. Finally, running out of fuel or suffering a broken chain or clutch will leave the erstwhile chainsaw maniac holding a big, unwieldy and rather useless club.

In short, attempting to use a chainsaw as a weapon in RealLife is a bad idea, since you're just as likely to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hurt yourself]] [[RealityEnsues as whatever you were trying to use it on]]. DontTryThisAtHome.

A common way of [[PlayingWithATrope playing with this trope]] is to make a chainsaw part of a SwissArmyWeapon.

See also {{Vibroweapon}}, DeadlyDisc, RuleOfCool, AwesomeButImpractical. Compare AnAxeToGrind and SinisterScythe, where other gardening/logging implements are used as weapons.

While the trope name refers to chainsaws, it has mutated to include the use of circular saws and even lawnmowers as well. Both of these obviously have similar problems to chainsaws when it comes to use as weapons - circular saw blades are extremely prone to snapping or shattering if any kind of lateral force is applied to them while they are spinning and lawnmowers are even more clumsy and unwieldy than chainsaws.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Buccaneer in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a Chainsaw Arm style of Automail, though his is actually more realistic than most examples here in function. It consists of a chainsaw that is part of a larger pincer, and allows him to dismantle other Automail limbs. Furthermore, the chainsaw motor is used to keep the Automail warm and prevent frostbite, which is important given that he works in the far north. Also is likely to be handy what with the whole [[spoiler:zombie army that shows up in the finale]].
** Which becomes useless when tangled up.
** In the manga, when Winry sees that Ed has broken his automail arm ''again'' during his fight with Lan Fan, she forgoes her usual WrenchWhack and chases after him with a chainsaw. The end result is censored, though Ed is coated with blood the next time we see him.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', HumongousMecha with [[KatanasAreJustBetter Chainsaw Katanas]] show up about halfway through season 1. Much asskicking ensues.
** Mao also used a normal-sized chainsaw. It was presumably powered by a small [[strike:nuclear]] [[AlternateHistory sakuradite]] reactor or something since he manages a DiagonalCut on ''metal''.
*** Wouldn't you know that it's [[http://Mao-plz.deviantart.com/art/Mao-98530833 even become memetic]]?!
* The ''Urbanus'' in ''Anime/LastExile'' is a [[MilitaryMashupMachine Flying Battleship]] with massive chainsaw ''wings''.
* Kars from ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' can spring chainsaw-swords from his body.
* Akutabi Gamma of ''Manga/ZombiePowder'' carries a chainsword as tall as he is, and [[OneHandedZweihander wields it one-handed]]. Oddly, he's supposedly [[MasterSwordsman one of the greatest swordsmen in the world anyway]], which makes you wonder why he needs to carry around an encumbering, gas-guzzling chunk of overkill as well. [[RuleOfCool Outside of the obvious]].
* The ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' OVA ''Magical Heart Kokoro-chan'' gives us the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Magical_Heart_-_hello_chainsaw_kitty.jpg Hello Kitty Chainsaw Massacre.]] ''Yeah'', should've seen ''that one'' coming...
* ''Anime/MetalArmorDragonar'' features a Ace Custom mecha that has arm-mounted chainsaws as its melee weapon. Also, they can parry [[EnergyWeapon laser swords]]. And the pilot is the DarkChick of the FiveBadBand. Sort of...
* ''Manga/WeddingPeach''. Yes, a MagicalGirl show had a chainsaw. It was still no match for ThePowerOfLove, but it had a chainsaw.
* [[{{Meido}} Head maid]] Sakurazaka Hazuki in ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'' is known for whipping out a chainsaw out of blue.
* ''Manga/SoulEater''
** [[PsychoForHire Giriko's]] [[EquippableAlly weapon form]] is a chainsaw, which he describes as "a truly traditional evil weapon."
** One suggestion is that the use of chainsaws in horror films is the reasoning behind the 'truly traditional' comment.
** He's also one of a few weapons which can wield themselves by turning part way into their weapon form (he usually manifests his chain to act as armour, cut stuff up with his hands and feet or...[[RuleOfCool as treads to move around with]]).
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has Sawyer the Cleaner, a chainsaw wielding ElegantGothicLolita. To be fair, it's as much a tool of her trade as much as an instrument of mayhem even though she can apparently deflect bullets with it. What's her trade you ask? She 'cleans' up the many bodies that litter Roanapur by making them... More portable. Occasionally when the bodies are still technically alive in order to give the correct impression to the receivers of the bodies in their portable state.
* In ''Anime/KotetsushinJeeg'', the title HumongousMecha can equip the "Earth Parts," granting it a pair of chainsaw arms.
* [[spoiler: Grell the grim reaper]] of ''Manga/BlackButler'' uses one that she supposedly customised herself. Some might say that it conflicts with the "Victorian" setting, but ''Manga/BlackButler'' doesn't really pay attention to that kind of thing.
** Outside of the French translation, the word 'chainsaw' is never used, and none of the other characters seem to know what it is.
* In ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer'', the first important weapon King Gainer gets is the chain gun, a chainsaw sword, and gun all in one package.
* A set of robotic guard dogs in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' have chainsaw ''teeth.''
* The manga series ''[[Manga/HydeAndCloser Magic Ban Removal!! Hyde and Closer]]'' features a magic teddy-bear that actually fights using a chainsaw that is stuffed inside of him, and its name is the Texas Chainsaw. [[HyperspaceArsenal Said chainsaw is also about three times the teddy-bear's size.]]
* One of the mecha pilots in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' uses a chainsaw ''sword'' to cut a hasty hole in an airliner [[spoiler:to extract a bomb]]. What, you thought [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} W40k]] had a monopoly on chainswords?
** And in episode 5 of the spin-off, ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', the school janitor uses this against Sosuke and Issei after he's had enough of their fighting.
* One of the mechs from ''Anime/VipersCreed'' has a chainsaw-rifle combo, a villain's mech in the last episode has two mounted on extra arms.
* In the manga version of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Unit 02 uses a double-bladed chainsaw against the Angel Armisael. Naturally, it backfires hilariously.
* In ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'', King Dedede cuts down a forest with a ''[[LaserBlade laser chainsaw]]''. This is only true [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore in the dub]] to make it [[{{Bowdlerise}} less imitable]].
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': America is using a chainsaw for no explained reason, scaring Canada out of complaining about him to his face. He also sported a very {{Yandere}} expression with ScaryShinyGlasses. (America didn't mean to threaten him though, he was just being unintentionally scary.)
* Motorball warrior Armblessed in ''Manga/BattleAngelAlita'' has a chainsawed-out body.
* ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'''s Hime uses a chainsaw as her signature weapon. She even {{dualwield|ing}}s two chainsaws to fight off the Pharaoh.
* ''Manga/SaitamaChainsawShoujo'' takes this trope up to eleven with Fumio, a teenage {{Yandere}} who learned a ''Confederate Chainsaw Martial-art'' from her Texan grandfather. [[spoiler: She ultimately faces an EvilTwin of herself who wields an identical chainsaw, leading to a ''[[CrazyAwesome chainsaw duel]]''.]]
* [[MasterOfIllusion Torikabuto]] is shown to ''{{Dual Wield|ing}}'' them in one chapter of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. But considering the fact that the main character fights with a pair of [[ImprobableWeaponUser woollen mittens]] and someone else fights with a ''[[ForkFencing dining fork]]'', this borders on the mundane.
* The Patchman uses one once in ''Manga/{{Arago}}''… It made a bit of a mess.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' had [=MadLeomon=], who had a chainsaw arm in his "Armed Mode."
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': General Cytomander's custom Ganmen, the Shuzack, is fitted with a buzzsaw. It proves largely useless against [[ThisIsADrill the favoured weapon of the heroes]].
* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' deserves mention due to a bright pink chainsaw named Mysteltainn featuring prominently in the course of the show as part and parcel of the resident MagicalGirl's outfit and moveset, including the FinishingMove "Mysteltainn Kick" ([[NonIndicativeName which isn't a kick at all]]).
* In the ''Manga/FairyTail'' anime, [[ExtraOreDinary Gajeel's]] Iron Dragon Sword was changed from an everyday jagged blade to a colossal chainsaw.
* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Routier Miao, aka Ludie, attacks Fong-Fong with a chainsaw.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' and ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', Mikoto Misaka can use her [[ShockAndAwe electrical]] powers to [[ExtraOreDinary magnetically]] form iron sand into ''{{whip|Sword}}'' chainsaws.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has a chainsaw-shaped Quinque called "[[ICallItVera Rotten Follow]]". It's initially wielded by PsychoForHire Shiki Kijima, and later inherited by his subordinate, [[WildCard Nimura Furuta]]. The process used to create such weapons only adds to the horror, as it was made from [[spoiler: [[HeroOfAnotherStory Rio]]'s older brother]] and uses part of his corpse as the engine.
* One of the antagonists of ''Manhwa/{{Priest}}'' wields a primitive chainsaw. ''[[AnachronismStew In the Old West]].''
* In ''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance'', Malike, the first Immortal Colin encounters in the film, has a ''massive'' chainsaw sword he uses. Colin's katana blocks it just fine, even in a BladeLock.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* AntiHero ''[[Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer]]'' carried a Chainsword. Quoth the Dalek Killer:
-->'''Abslom Daak''' (to a Dalek): Okay, Chuckles, take a look at this chainsword. Notice those nice whirring teeth... and imagine them '''ripping through your little tin body!'''
* ''Comicbook/TheSavageDragon''. The hero, Dragon, early in his series, uses two chainsaws against a (later revealed) brainwashed rat man. The creator, Larsen, said he chose the chainsaws because they look cool. And Dragon could easily survive kickback.
* ''Comicbook/TheTick'' has the Chainsaw Vigilante, a highly skilled wielder who seeks to humiliate vigilante superheroes back into private life by cutting their clothes off. With a chainsaw. He's never actually killed anyone with it. He's ''that'' good.
* Subverted in ''Saga of the Comicbook/SwampThing'', when Woodrue attempts to unleash the Green against humanity and wipe out all animal life. The defiant wielder of [[ICallItVera "Evangeline"]] is immediately knocked out from behind by a fast-growing root, and the psychotic plant elemental attempts to turn the weapon on Abigail, yet he too is stopped by Swamp Thing.
* The 2000 AD series ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'' has a variation in book 9 - having already broken his chainsaw Cheryl, BigBad Torquemada dispatches a henchman to find a replacement. When he returns during Torquemada's battle with Nemesis, it turns out that the local garden centre has sold out of chainsaws - so Torquemada has to make do with a hedge trimmer instead.
* ''Comicbook/{{Planetary}}'' has '''chainsaw bullets'''.
* In ''Comicbook/WontonSoup'' the main character is a skilled wandering chief in a demented space opera universe, when he has to defend himself against a bunch of alien monsters he uses his large [[MundaneMadeAwesome chainsaw spatula.]]
* The ComicBook/{{Chick Tract|s}} ''"Boo!"'', in which [[{{Satan}} the devil himself]] goes on a chainsaw rampage… [[Narm/ChickTracts wearing a jack-o-lantern with a goofy grin on his face.]]
* The German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'' features the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_POY-6EtSg "Dolmette,"]] a [[CoolBike motorcycle]] powered by two dozen chainsaw engines. It actually {{subvert|edTrope}}s {{Defictionalization}}: It was designed for the ''Werner'' comics, but it was built in RealLife first.
** In ''Gekotzt wird später!'', Andi uses a chainsaw to top chop the Oldsmobile.
* In the [[{{ComicBook/Doom}} Doom Comic]] the Doomguy, calls it "the Great Communicator" (now the page quote), and promptly communicates to a group of zombies his desire to have their guns.
* When Comicbook/{{X 23}}'s AxCrazy former handler, Kimura, recaptures her in ''Comicbook/XForce'', she goes to work on Laura with a chainsaw ''just for "being a bad girl."'' She ends up cutting off her arm by the end of the torture session, though [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Laura regrew it by the next story arc]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Labyrinth'', Meriem is attacked by a zombie cyborg guard who has a chainsaw for an arm.
* Barracuda in ''Comicbook/FuryMyWarGoneBy'' is introduced in the Nicaragua arc with three tied men on front of him and holding a chainsaw over his shoulder. What happens to the men is mercifully off-panel.
* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood; I Love NY'' #4, Robyn fights a MonsterClown wielding a chainsaw. She points out to him what a stupid weapon choice that is just before she shoots him the head which causes him to hit himself with his chainsaw as he falls.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In many versions, the tale of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'' doesn't end with a brave hunter rescuing the ladies, but with a Woodcutter. He's more likely to carry an axe, but in some modern versions he's portrayed with a chainsaw.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Left tries to use a chainsaw to [[spoiler: try and destroy the Dog Talisman (we don't see it, and it fails),]] and he later uses one to [[spoiler: KILL a wolf-squid hybrid]].
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''
** Sheila uses one when [[ItMakesSenseInContext attempting to murder Calvin]].
** Calvin himself later uses the [[DoAnythingRobot MTM]] as one.
* In one ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fanfiction, Kenpachi discovers American Horror movies and this leads Kenpachi to chase after Ichigo with a chainsaw and a hockey mask for the rest of the story.
* ''FanFic/ThirtyHs'': "Dobby relished his groinsaw's roar..."
* This shows up in multiple ways in ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'':
** In the early chapters, Shinji {{invoke|dTrope}}s it when he uses a modified chainsaw to cut wood.
** Later on, when the Evas start using 40K-influenced weaponry, they're equipped with prog-chainswords. Unit 02 later gets a prog-chainaxe.
** Unit 01's upgraded Titan Armor takes this to ludicrous extremes - it has chainsaws coming out of practically every body part imaginable.
* The ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BlindMansBluff'' has [[CloudCuckooLander Ellis]] absolutely adoring chainsaws, much to everyone else's amusement/exasperation.
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', Asuka's [[HumongousMecha Unit-02]] gets a massive ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} chainaxe]]''. Asuka's absolutely lethal with it.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'', this trope was invoked when a poster in the PHO boards said that a tank model built by a super-villain "needed more chainsaw".
* ''Fanfic/{{Progress}}'' has Luna and Twilight meeting an elderly earth pony couple whose home they had (accidentally!) dropped a boulder or two on. The farmers mistake them for dragons. Their response?
-->"Uh... They sound like chainsaws and..." Twilight's eyes widened. "Oh horsefeathers."\\
* During the climax of ''Fanfic/{{Mad World|Invader Zim}}'', Nny wields a chainsaw against [[EldritchAbomination the Thing in the Wall]] when it bursts loose. When Dib questions it, he admits he has a few lying around.
* The AprilFoolsDay chapter of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' reveals that the AuthorAvatar writes the story with a chainsaw, of all things.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/OpenSeason'' - Beavers + chainsaws = Crazy Awesome!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The first ''Film/{{Hostel}}''. Boy, did that backfire. The sequel has a circular saw.
* In the movie and manga ''Manga/NegativeHappyChainsawEdge'', the personification of evil uses a chainsaw.
* The classic horror movie ''[[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre]]'' (sic) just might be the {{Trope Maker|s}}. Taken to a whole new level in [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2 the sequel]], which features Creator/DennisHopper [[DualWielding dual-wielding]] chainsaws in a climactic duel against Leatherface. And Leatherface's ''drive-by chainsawing'' in the same film.
* Ash Williams from the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' films (pictured above). This is a badass guy who ''cut off his own [[EvilHand demon-possessed hand]]'' and [[ArtificialLimbs replaced it]] with ''a chainsaw mounting''. Obviously not to be taken lightly. He still has it in ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', but soon replaces it with a mechanical hand that he just invented because why not.
* ''Film/MyNameIsBruce'' references Ash's signature chainsaw. When a rabid fan offers Bruce Campbell a chainsaw modeled on ''Evil Dead'' to fight an unleashed god, Bruce is honored but turns it down because it's too damn heavy and unwieldy to use in combat.
* ''Tiger on the Beat'', where the hero and villain have a final kung fu showdown with chainsaws. This is the same movie that had Chow Yun-Fat using a shotgun-on-a-string that essentially let him fire around corners to kill bad guys. Yeah. It's that kind of movie.
* In ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'', one of Tony's friends meets a chainsaw-caused death gruesome enough to have a GoryDiscretionShot used.
* Patrick Bateman in ''Film/AmericanPsycho'' chases a prostitute through an apartment building in New York City with a chainsaw while ''[[FullFrontalAssault naked]]''. The sequence may have been a figment of his deranged imagination. Not only does he kill her with the chainsaw, he drops it on her from several stories up and kills her. Ignoring the fact that most modern chainsaws have a safety on it so that if you let it go, it'll turn off. If you look closely you can see judicious use of Duct Tape.
* In the 2007 movie ''Film/SmokinAces'', one of the Tremor brothers uses a hand-mounted chainsaw during their assault on the Nomad Hotel, with predictably devastating results.
* In ''Film/BadTaste'', the AxCrazy character Derek (played by director Creator/PeterJackson) gets hold of a chainsaw. Cue much gore and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome or two. Cast members Craig Smith and Pete O'Herne admit in a [[http://tbhl.theonering.net/films/bad_taste_hernesmithchat.html web interview]] that it was an homage to ''Franchise/EvilDead'' and ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre''.
* In ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', Gigan eventually receives ''a pair of double-pronged chainsaws instead of hands''. This is also the same monster who has a buzzsaw in his torso. And before the chainsaws for hands, he had [[HookHand hooks for hands]].
* A Chainsaw arm shows up in ''Film/TheMachineGirl'' alongside a Machine Gun one.
* In ''Film/PhantasmII'', Reggie must fight a [[GasMaskMooks graver]] in a chainsaw duel.
* ''Film/MotelHell'' ends with a chainsaw duel between a sheriff and a crazed farmer wearing a pig's head as a mask.
* In a case of a victim using a chainsaw against the killer occurs in ''Film/ManiacCop2'', where the heroine of the [[Film/ManiacCop previous entry]] is thrown through the window of a hardware store by Officer Cordell. Grabbing a chainsaw, she tries to attack him with it but he just nonchalantly grabs the blade, wrenches it from her grasp and [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome snaps her neck]].
* "Chainsaw-against-the-killer" also happens in ''Film/FridayThe13thPart2'' and ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning'', with more succession in the latter as the supposed victim manages to get away even though her chainsaw runs out of fuel.
* ''Film/HalloweenResurrection''. Sarah gets a few good swings in before it stops working (which is probably justified, since she found it among the junk in the Myers' abandoned garage) prompting her into ''throwing it'' at Michael.
* Buzzsaw from ''Film/TheRunningMan''. He even mounts his chainsaw to his motorcycle.
* ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'': Painfully subverted during a high-speed zombie car chase. One of the characters accidentally loses his grasp of the chainsaw, which cuts into another survivor. This causes their getaway truck to topple over.
* ''Dark of the Sun'', based on the Wilbur Smith novel, features two men in a chainsaw duel.
%%* ''Film/TheWizardOfGore''
%%* ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft ''
* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. During the Thunderdome fight, Max snatches a chainsaw to fight Blaster, but struggles to get it working. After it finally catches, it runs out of fuel before he can even swing it. Fuel ''is'' the most precious commodity, after all.
* In ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', Stripe uses a (small) chainsaw from the hardware store to attack the human hero, who fends off the blade with a rapidly-fragmenting wooden baseball bat. Bonus points for awesomeness in that we hear the chainsaw's motor revving up, just before Stripe attacks, and can [[OhCrap guess what the little creep just got his scaly hands on]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' films seem to prefer circular saws to chainsaws, with [[spoiler: Jigsaw himself]] being killed by one in ''Film/SawIII'', and William being attacked by [[spoiler: the co-worker he'd just gotten scalded to save, who wanted the key buried in his abdominal wall]] with one in ''Film/SawVI'', and a tablesaw in ''Film/Saw3D''.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'': When Butch is choosing a weapon to use to rescue his enemy Marsellus Wallace, the chainsaw is in the middle of his weapon escalation. He tosses aside a hammer to take the chainsaw, then tosses the chainsaw to grab [[KatanasAreJustBetter a katana]]. Swords ''are'' easier to sneak up on people with, after all.
* The killer in ''Film/StageFrightAquarius'' manages to kill one victim with a chainsaw until it runs out of fuel.
* Subverted in the horror-comedy ''Film/BlackSheep2007'', in which Henry needs to perform half a dozen steps to get a complicated chainsaw's motor started, only to drop it over the side when the truck he's riding goes over a bump in the field.
* Subverted in ''[[Creator/JackieChan Mr. Nice Guy]]'', when a {{Mook|s}} swings a big circular grinder at Jackie, but it comes unplugged the instant the thug tries to chase him with it.
* TheDragon in ''Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing'' attempts to attack Swamp Thing with a chainsaw.
* The killer in ''Film/{{Pieces}}'' uses a chainsaw to cut up his victims and collect the bodyparts that he desire for his project.
* Aiko, one of the heroines in the Japanese comedy/horror flick ''X-Cross'' uses a rather conveniently placed chainsaw at one point to fight an [[CuteAndPsycho insane]], [[ImprobableWeaponUser giant-pair-of-scissors-wielding]] [[ElegantGothicLolita Goth Lolita]] named Reika. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, this fails, as she winds up ''dropping'' it. She ultimately resorts to [[KillItWithFire torching]] Reika. Which ''also'' fails.]]
* ''Film/HighTension'': Both the killer and the protagonist get a turn with a circular saw.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2eSP3D0s0w In]] ''Evil Aliens'', a combine harvester is a ''[[UpToEleven drivable]]'' chainsaw.
* In the film of ''The Water Babies'', the bill of the heroic swordfish develops tiny moving serrations, plainly meant to resemble a chainsaw's, when he fights or cuts through things.
* ''Stacy'', a Japanese movie concerning zombie schoolgirls (or "Stacies") who only seek love and acceptance from the living (despite eating many of them), reveals that the only way to destroy a Stacy is via "repeat-killing," specifically dismemberment. To facilitate this, one can purchase [[spoiler: "Bruce Campbell's Right Hand," a chainsaw that fits over the user's right hand.]] It comes in several different colors, many of them new this season!
* In ''Film/BigTitsZombie'', the main character finds a chainsaw and is so overjoyed, she practically starts crying. The chainsaw even glows. This movie loves this trope so much that the first zombie kill, moments into the film, is a chainsaw attack.
* When the Freeling family are escaping their house and get in their car in ''Film/PoltergeistIITheOtherSide'', a possessed flying chainsaw tries to stop them.
* Art for ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' showed that one of the options for Optimus Prime's weapons pack -- an option which was not used in the final film -- included a ''giant, triple-chained chainsword''.
* In the final battle of ''Film/TheMarine'', [[BigBad Rome]] attacks [[Wrestling/JohnCena Triton]] with one. Triton defends himself with a wrench, which gets sawed in half, but manages to force Roman to drop the chainsaw.
* In ''Film/MrMom'', Jack Butler's first meeting with his wife Caroline's boss Ron Richardson is when he is wielding a chainsaw and coming into the house with it still running. Played mostly for laughs as Jack makes it look like he's just using it for remodeling the house, though after Ron leaves Jack contemplates using it for "trimming" Ron's mustache.
* In the fourth ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movie, Tackleberry scares off a few new recruits to the Citizens on Patrol program with a chainsaw -- specifically by cutting his way out of a body bag.
* Zig-zagged in ''Film/PainAndGain''. It gets jammed by hair rather easily, but then Daniel complains it's a cheap piece of crap.
* The [[HumongousMecha Jaeger]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Crimson Typhoon]] from ''Film/PacificRim'' can transform its [[MultiArmedAndDangerous three]] hands into circular saws.
* ''Helldriver'' give us chainsaw-wielding zombies... so of course the heroine takes them down with a [[KatanasAreJustBetter chainsaw katana]].
* As the cast of ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornVFieldsOfTerror'' become besieged in a barn, Tyrus picks up a chainsaw. After he is killed, one of the children pick it up and start chasing Allison with it.
* ''Film/RobotJox'' gives us a chainsaw on the BigBad's robot. Its placement on the robot's torso is near crotch-level.
* When G-Girl reveals her secret identity to Matt in ''Film/MySuperExGirlfriend'' she makes him swear that he would rather have a chainsaw shoved up his ass than tell. When Matt imagines he tells his friend, she brandishes a chainsaw telling him he was warned.
* This is Fin's weapon of choice in the climax of ''Film/{{Sharknado}}''. It was so effective then that in ''Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne'', he actively seeks some out even earlier in the film after being informed that gun stores are illegal in New York. The sequel also features one old guy who revs up a bunch of chainsaws before hurling them into the wind to chop up the sharks on their own. In ''Film/Sharknado3OhHellNo'', Fin receives as an award a fully functional gold-plated chainsaw. April's artificial hand can be swapped out for a chainsaw, and in the climax, [[spoiler:Fin gets a [[LaserBlade lightsaber]] chainsaw.]]
* ''Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker'' by Christoph Schlingensief, a political satire on the reunification of Germany, is a nod to the ''Texas'' original already in the title.
* ''Film/MutantGirlsSquad'' by Noboru Iguchi. Featuring a girl who can produce a chainsaw from her [[AssPull backside...]]
* In ''Film/VeryBadThings'', Boyd uses a chainsaw to cut up the two bodies in the hotel bathroom.
* In ''The Video Dead'', a character manages to put most of the eponymous undead into pieces with a chainsaw. The remaining one snatches the thing, [[spoiler:and eventually manages to impale him with it]].

* In the Live Roleplay scenario ''Final Voyage of the Mary Celeste'', [[spoiler:Johan Martens (a character on the edge of insanity) has a chainsaw, inherited from his uncle. During the game, it is accessible to the player of Martens -- it can be used for various things, including killing people/things/sea monsters. Now consider the fact that another character, who wants everyone on board dead, can make attempts to mind control Martens...]]

* Michael Z. Williamson's novel ''Better To Beg Forgiveness'' features, among other ''equally awesome'' things, the esteemed yet extremely enraged President Bishwanath of Celedon driving off a mob of bloodthirsty rioters with a chainsaw. Yes. [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking The PRESIDENT]].
* Possibly one of the very earliest Chainsaw Swords in literature is the Diskos from William Hope Hodgson's seminal 1912 fantasy-horror novel ''Literature/TheNightLand''. (The hero's survival ration pack also includes literal DehydratedWater, which if it isn't a TV trope darn well ought to be.)
* The heroine of Creator/EricFlint and Creator/DaveFreer's ''Literature/RatsBatsAndVats'' books, Virginia Shaw, adopts a chainsaw as her personal weapon.
* ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'' deconstructs this, noting all of the above reasons ''not'' to use a chainsaw against the undead, and adding that it's incredibly heavy for a weapon that you're probably going to be lugging around for miles, that the very loud noise it generates is certain to attract more zombies and even its marginal usefulness as a weapon ceases completely the instant it runs out of gas or breaks down.
* [[BadassNormal Lieutenant Karrin Murphy]] in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Summer Knight'' uses one to down a tree monster. With the added bonus that TheFairFolk really, really don't like [[WeaksauceWeakness being attacked]] with ColdIron.
* Secret police and Cacticae security in ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'' carry Rivebows, a large crossbow which shoots spinning chakris (circular saw blades). In universe, the main way to defeat Cacticae (humanoid cacti) is through severing limbs.
* Averted in ''Literature/{{Misery}}'', in which Annie Wilkes is [[spoiler: found dead from her injuries and clutching a chainsaw she'd plainly intended to use on Paul Sheldon]] in the end.
* In ''{{Literature/Doom}}'', Arlene grabs a chainsaw and uses it to clear a hall full of demons. This nearly gets her killed. The second time she still grabs the chainsaw because she wants to get it right. How a chainsaw came to be on Deimos is a mystery.
* In ''[[Literature/BlackTideRising Under a Graveyard Sky]]'', during the operation to clear a [[spoiler:cruise line]] ship of {{Technically Living Zombie}}s, Faith mentions several times that she'd like to have a chainsaw available as a clearing tool, although Fontana points out some of the problems with using a chainsaw as a weapon.
* In ''Literature/TheLotusWar'' the Iron Samurai wield chainkatanas, which are the unholy spawn of a katana and a motorized chainsaw.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'', the chainsaw arm makes a return and is used prominently throughout the series.
** The FinalBattle between Ash and season 2 BigBad [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils Baal]] briefly features them having a ''chainsaw duel''.
* ''Series/DoubleTheFist'' gives us The Time-Saw, a chainsaw which can cut through the fabric of time and space. Oh yes, Chainsaw indeed good.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', where Rhys fires up a chainsaw to take out a rampaging MonsterOfTheWeek, only to have the machine die on him at the worst possible moment. It's then that Jack blows it apart from behind with an alien {{BFG}}.
* ''Series/{{Pizza}}'' gives us Bobo, the AxCrazy pizza store owner who keeps a chainsaw under his counter.
* One segment of the multi-part ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Toe Tags" showcased both the damage-dealing potential and the dangerous unwieldiness of the chainsaw as a "weapon": TheKillerWasLeftHanded, and [[spoiler: accidentally killed his friend and himself trying to cut up some furniture to spite his ex-wife. He'd been using a chainsaw designed for righties at the time]].
* A few ''Series/RobotWars'' competitors employed chainsaws as weapons as did House Robot Matilda (though this was later replaced with a vertical spinning disc in the 5th wars), but they were quickly proven to be AwesomeButImpractical as they were largely ineffective against robots with metal armour (i.e. the vast majority!) and, in the case of Matilda, proved to be a [[AssShove critical weakpoint]] to the likes of Razer.
* ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueForce'' gives us the Rescue Crusher Mantis Mode, which, surprisingly, isn't usually used for slicing up badguys.
* One episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had Giles use a chainsaw as an impromptu skeleton key to get into a HauntedHouse (a demon had caused the doors and windows to vanish). And he was awesome doing it.
-->'''Xander:''' ''Giles?'' Everyone, it's Giles! With a ''chainsaw!''
* John Woo's TV series ''Series/OnceAThief'' (in turn itself a remake of his own movie of the same name) features a 'parody' episode filled to the brim with intentionally absurd situations, one of which involves a lightsaber-style duel involving chainsaws. That's right, complete with clashes and sparks flying and all that jazz. That particular scene is concentrated awesome.
* In the ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' episode "White Buffalo", the villain attacks Walker with a crowbar, only to be beaten down with a 4x4. Naturally, while Walker deals with one of his accomplices, he decides that the proper response is to rev up a chainsaw. It doesn't really take.
* One edition of ''Series/TopGear'' featured the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RICLEU7kK3Y use of a chainsaw to resolve a Cool Wall argument.]]
** During the South America Special, as they hack through the rainforest:
-->'''Jeremy:''' I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE!
* The penultimate episode of ''Series/TrueBlood'''s second season includes a protagonist attempting to use a chainsaw as a weapon, only to get it hopelessly stuck in a counter-top before it can be of any use.
* Creator/TheHistoryChannel's show ''Sliced'' in which a guy cuts things (pool tables, pinball machines, other chainsaws) open with various saws to see what's in them. [[NetworkDecay Not entirely sure what it has to do with history]].
* On ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Tim and Al take part in a turkey carving competition on ''Tool Time'', and when Tim starts lagging behind he brings out a chainsaw to finish the job.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has a ''chainsaw kick.''
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In the episode "Conspiracy", the villain tries to charge at Clark Kent and the others with a circular saw, but [[EpicFail hits some low hanging wires and electrocutes himself to death]].
** In the episode "Crush", Justin Gaines uses telekinesis to turn on a chainsaw and throw it at Chloe. Clark Kent saves her in time.
* The ''Series/BurnNotice'' movie "The Fall of Sam Axe" has Sam use a chainsaw against his enemies by throwing it into a moving vehicle. Considering [[Creator/BruceCampbell who plays him]], this is a clear ActorAllusion which is only cemented by his follow-up line: "[[Franchise/EvilDead Groovy]]."
* In ''Series/LostGirl'', [[BadassNormal Kenzi]] defeated the reality warping Norn by threatening her sacred tree with a chainsaw.
* When the Series/MythBusters tested whether the video game ''VideoGame/FruitNinja'' was replicable in reality (answer: no, though over 50 real-life fruits in 60 seconds was impressive), Jamie decided to go to Fruit Chainsaw as their way of [[UpToEleven ramping things up]].
** And when they revisited the question of whether it's better to have an axe or a gun versus a [[ZombieApocalypse zombie horde]] (the axe proved marginally more reliable), they threw the chainsaw into the mix and found it far outperformed either of the former, deeming it Confirmed as a viable improvised short-term weapon for ActionSurvivor vs standard issue Zombie. While drawbacks like the weight, running out of gas/battery charge, and kickback were acknowledged, these were counterbalanced by several factors, the primary one being that a chainsaw does not need to be swung: meaning no delay between takedowns, more precision, and that the user isn't exhausted as quickly. The end result was that where the ax test ended with Adam exhausted and swarmed, and the firearm test ended with Jamie taken down before unloading more than a few guns, the chainsaw allowed Adam to take down the entire horde at a brisk walk.
* UpToEleven like everything else in ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'', when the BigBad is DualWielding four fire-sprouting chainsaws during a school massacre.
* Subverted on ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' in that Red didn't use chainsaws as weapons, but as components in handyman projects. In one episode, he duct taped a chainsaw to a bicycle to create a moped.

* "Malcolm" by ''Music/TheArrogantWorms'' that begins as follows:
-->''Billy solves his problems by calling up his Ma,''
-->''Heather solves her problems with drugs and alcohol,''
-->''Daniel solves his problems with a doctor and the law,''
-->''But Malcolm has his own way, and it's better than them all...''
-->'''Cause Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw, Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw,''
-->''Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw, And he never has the same problem twice!''
* In "The Curse of Millhaven", by Music/NickCave & The Bad Seeds, the EnfantTerrible protagonist uses a circular saw (close enough) to decapitate a handyman, and then leaves his severed head in the mayor's fountain.
* In the song "Break Stuff" by Music/LimpBizkit, Fred Durst points out that he "packs a chainsaw" and politely suggests that people get out of his way.
* Music/{{WASP}} have a song called "Chainsaw Charlie", which starts off with few chainsaws revving up.
** Lead singer Blackie Lawless used to wear various saw blades on his costume in the eighties.
* All of the above are beaten by 'The Lumberjack Song' by US rockers Jackyl. Lead singer Jesse James Dupre actually plays a ''chainsaw as an instrument'' during the song, including a '''''chainsaw solo'''''. When played live he would chop things up on stage during this number.
* M.I.A.'s "Steppin Up" kicks off with a sample of a chainsaw.
* One of the songs on Music/TheRamones debut album is "Chainsaw", which was inspired by ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'', complete with a power saw opening the song.
* [[Music/{{Kesha}} Ke$ha's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HMwPcK0uIM&feature=channel second 'Take it Off' video]] has one that shoots lasers.
* Used as an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=benjMWOoD2g instrument]] and stage prop by Finnish punk rocker Maukka Perusjätkä.
* Miss Construction's "Slaughterhouse"- I bring the chainsaw, you bring the knife. I bring the chainsaw, you bring your wife. I bring the chainsaw, let's have some fun. I bring the chainsaw, I kill the fucking bitch.
* Music/EvelynEvelyn's autobiographical monologue "The Tragic Events of September Part 1" describes how, when the ConjoinedTwins were born, the doctor attempted to separate them with a chainsaw, accidentally killing their father in the process.
* Family Force Five has a song named "Chainsaw". It's about how awesome using a chainsaw is.
* Music/TheBandPerry has the appropriately titled song "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chainsaw]]", about a scorned woman cutting down a tree that she and her ex-boyfriend had carved their names into to show their everlasting love.
* [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Yuzuki Yukari]] has "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLq8oK71wWs Goodbye Chainsaw]], [=KurageP=]. It's a song about Yukari solving problems with a really cool chainsaw.
* "POWER OFF! POWER ON!" from ''VideoGame/UmJammerLammy'' and its soundtrack album ''Music/MakeItSweet'' is about the joys of chopping down every tree in sight with chainsaws.
* "The Saw is the Law" by Music/{{Sodom}} is about a SerialKiller who dispatches his targets with a chainsaw.
* The cover art of Music/{{Dismember}}'s album ''Massive Killing Capacity'' has a mecha duel-wielding chainsaws.
* "Pleasure to Kill" by Music/{{Kreator}} has a zombie on a rampage, presumably using a chainsaw according to one lyric -- "Listen now to the motor of my chainsaw."
* The song "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" by Music/TheRadiatorsUS (named for the movie)—in the early days, they'd start up an actual chainsaw when performing the song live. (Which got them thrown out of a club or two.)

* The backglass for Creator/DataEastPinball's ''Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt'' includes a woman in a bikini wielding a chainsaw.
* Strength, one of the bosses from ''VideoGame/ThePinballOfTheDead,'' wields a chainsaw.

* ''The Creator/ReducedShakespeareCompany Radio Show'' has Theatre/{{Hamlet}} cut the king's head off with a chainsaw, and in ''Theatre/RichardIII'', Richard killing the infant Princes with "a gas-powered chainsaw with a revolving 18-inch auger blade and a 6-cylinder bicarbonated engine" (a scene which is claimed to be [[LittleKnownFacts "one of several instances in which Shakespeare gets history right"]]).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Imperium, Chaos, Orks, and Eldar all use various types of chainblade weapons.
** For the Imperium, the chainsword is a ubiquitous close combat weapon, especially among the [[Characters/Warhammer40000Astartes Space Marines]]. The Space Wolves are fond of chainaxes, Terminator armor is often equipped with chainfists[[note]]a PowerFist with a short chainsword attached that is used for cutting into the hulls of ships[[/note]], the [[Characters/Warhammer40000Sororitas Sisters Repentia]] use huge two-handed chainswords, and more exotic variants like the chain''scythe'' from ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' can be found. These weapons' adamantium teeth have [[SharpenedToASingleAtom monomolecular edges]], all the better to cut through enemy armor, especially since power and force weapons[[note]]weapons with energy fields for extra penetration and weapons that are used to channel psyker power, respectively[[/note]] are in relatively short supply due to the Imperium's technological limitations.
** Chaos forces, especially [[Characters/Warhammer40000ChaosMarines Chaos Space Marines]], use chain weapons for essentially the same reasons, although theirs are usually much nastier in form and function. [[TheBerserker Khorne Berserkers]] wield chainaxes almost exclusively, as their frenzied AttackAttackAttack nature makes them extremely vicious and there's nothing quite like a weapon that can bash your opponent's head in ''and'' puree him out at the same time, which is why the Space Wolves like them so much also.
** The Striking Scorpion Aspect Shrine of the Craftworld Eldar specializes in melee combat, and those fighters wield chainswords that are very effective against Space Marine armor. While they could wield psychically-charged weapons, those are usually reserved for Warlocks and Seers, who concentrate more on psyker powers in combat.
** For Orks, the thought process for using chain weapons is something like "'Ey, what makes a choppa more killy? Put some spinnin' teef on the edge!" More excessive versions include the 'uge choppas used by Ork Nobz, which if you're using the ones from the Nobz boxed set generally have a chainsaw edge or circular saw of some description at the violent end; the circular saw arms on the Deff Dredd and Killa Kan kits; and the Mek/Meganob-specific killsaw, which is designed to carve open tanks so that the Mek can reuse the parts to build more chainsaws.
** Imperial Titans are sometimes armed with a Titan Chainfist, which is basically a giant chainsaw the size of a ''small bus'', which they use to punch stuff with. Generally it's used against other titans, but on occasion they are known to punch the poor sap 3 feet from their toes. Khorne Lords of Battle wield massive Great Cleavers, which are massive titan-scaled Chainaxes. Ork Stompas have similarly large chainsaws to Titans, albeit much more crudely designed.
** Tyberos the Red Wake, a Captain (and possibly Chapter Master) of the Carcharodons wield a pair of weapons called Hunger and Stake. They're essentially a combination of Lightning Claws, Power Fists and Chainfists all into one, with the chainsaws in the palms of the hand like teeth in a shark.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', Armor-shredding Chainsaws are a favorite weapon of the chemically-augmented Juicer Warriors.
** Thanks to the Mega-Damage combat system, those chainsaws CAN slice through a tank. The fact that the preferred model among Juicers has teeth virtually honed to the molecule, and that your average Juicer can bench press a grown bull, may be a factor in this as well. Anti-tank chainsaws wielded by suicidal-steroid-freak-supersoldiers are not among the top ''40'' weirdest things in Rifts. Which tells you something of what you need to know...
** And while the books note that strictly speaking a chainsaw isn't a very practical weapon even in the hands of a colossal Juicer or Titan Juicer (that is, while stupidly deadly, they're still extremely clumsy in use), they admit that the potent symbolism and intimidation factor is the real reason they see widespread use among Juicers; entire Coalition brigades have run in terror at the sight of a mere handful of chainsaw-wielding Juicer shock troopers.
* In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'', melee weapons deal +3 damage per quality they have--sharp, heavy, and/or two-handed. Among the examples mentioned, chainsaws give a + 9 damage bonus in melee, the highest in the game. [[KatanasAreJustBetter As do katanas]].
* There is a Chainsword (a unique magic sword that's a cross between a sword and a chainsaw, described in Magazine/{{DRAGON}} Magazine #132) in AD&D.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'' has the Husqvarna Chainripp - a chainsaw which you can install into your [[ArtificialLimbs bionic arm]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonmech}}'', a steampunk take on a d20 fantasy world, has as part of the new "steam tech" chatterswords, which in addition to 2d6 damage can inflict a bit more damage later on as the victim's own movement rips open their wounds. Then there's the terrifying buzzaxe, which does 2d8 damage.
* ''{{Munchkin}}'' has the card called ''Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment''. It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' characters are well known for their [[{{BFS}} daiklaves]]. How do you go one better? With a ''[[http://wiki.white-wolf.com/exalted/index.php?title=Artifacts:Chainklaive chainklave]]''. It's not just a chainsaw sword...it's a ''magical'' chainsaw sword about the size of a man. Unsurprising, really, since Exalted actually has a RuleOfCool ''game mechanic''.
** The Alchemicals have the Gyroscopic Chakram, the signature weapon of the Thousand-Wounds Gear Style. It can only be described as the bastard offspring of Comicbook/CaptainAmerica's shield and a table saw.
** A canonical form of chainklave, the ''autoklave'', appears in the appendix to ''Shards of the Exalted Dream''. Apparently they're popular in, surprise surprise, [[SteamPunk Autochthonia]], as well as every Shard except Burn Legend.
* Averted in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' RPG. They do acknowledge the desire to use them given their prevalence in horror movies, and they deal great damage, but they are ''dangerous''. If you roll a CriticalFailure, you'll hit yourself.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'', has a chainsaw attachment for various firearms called a "Chain Bayonet." There's a picture of one on an Ahhnold-style Minigun that might as well have the word manly stamped on it.
* ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' has the [[OffWithHisHead Decapitator]], which is essentially a Vorpal Chainsaw, and the Chain Saw of the Psycho, which is an enhanced-damage weapon that inflicts negative levels on good-aligned users.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' chainsaws do more damage than any other melee weapon. Unfortunately, they're terribly difficult to use.
* Both versions of ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' grant chainsaws terrible accuracy penalties... but if you ''can'' land that hit, they deal great damage.
* Even ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has gotten in on this trope. With the second Adventurer's Vault sourcebook, anyone who wields a Heavy Blade, Axe or Polearm can find a Fleshgrinder version, a demon-developed magical weapon that the text and sidebar make clear is a chainsaw-bladed version of the [[{{BFS}} greatsword]], [[AnAxeToGrind battleaxe]], [[SinisterScythe scythe]], [[BladeOnAStick glaive]] or whatever's appropriate.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' gives a chainsaw the equivalent of an impale (where a stabbing weapon hits something vital) but in this case it removes a limb.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' doesn't list chainsaws among its normal weapons, but a note in the Breaking and Entering gear section says that you ''can'' use a chainsaw in close combat, and it deals horrific amounts of damage, but it is extremely unwieldy. In the 3rd edition, the [[MoreDakka Cannon Companion]] included chainsaws, and, oddly, it was roughly comparable to a katana in terms of general damage output. Looks like katanas really ''are'' [[KatanasAreJustBetter just better]].
** The 5th Edition supplement ''Run & Gun'' introduces the [[ShoutOut Ash]] [[PunnyName Arms]] Combat Chainsaw and a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade monofiliment]] version. While the fluff mentions that users are more likely hack off their own limbs, mechanically they're some of the best melee weapons available, with average accuracy, good reach, high damage, and some of the best armor penetration; the drawback being that you can't apply your strength to damage, and as an "exotic" melee weapon, [[CripplingOverspecialization it requires putting skill points directly into it's use.]]
* ''TabletopGame/HongKongActionTheatre'' lists the chainsaw as just one of the Improvised Weapons a character can wield. It does a fixed 100 points of damage rather than being reliant on Muscle like most other melee weapons, but it's also got the biggest Speed penalty out of all the weapons of the game, meaning you're not going to get a lot of Actions with the sucker. But if you want to recreate the final showdown from ''Tiger On The Beat'', what's stopping you?
* ''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}}'' represents this with the Armour Piercing upgrade. The standard Saw item has a low Weapon Accuracy, to represent its clumsiness. However, the weapon construction system in ''Mekton Plus'' offers no obstructions beyond price/space considerations to building a chainsword that could be used by a particularly agile ImpossiblyGracefulGiant for ''fencing''.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Battlemachines}}'' chainsaws are one of the satisfyingly destructive weapons that you can arm a mech with. This is taken [[UpToEleven to new heights]] with Carman Skiric, whose personal mech has no less than four chainsaws, and if he hits with one of them, the rest will hit automatically.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' and ''TabletopGame/MechWarrior Dark Age'' allow players to field [=IndustrialMechs=] that use civilian gear as weapons. The Forestry and Logger Mechs carry what can only be described as giant Mech-scale chainsaws, which they can use very effectively for cutting down trees or carving up opponents. Said saws are the size of the host Mech's leg. [[http://figure-archive.net/image.aspx?imageID=115320 Just have a look at the thing.]]
** 'Mech-sized saws subvert the trope a bit as their anti-armor damage doesn't really compare that well to even that of a simple hatchet except on 'Mechs so light that they probably don't bother to mount them on account of the ''saws''' weight and bulk. However, by the rules a unit equipped with one can reduce even a dense forest hex notionally thirty meters across to mere "rough terrain" with few if any trees left standing in at most ''forty seconds'' -- half that if a second such unit helps out.
** It also does a fine job of tearing down buildings, doing a minimum of 7 damage and up to 12 damage against any kind of building. A single chainsaw-equipped unit can reduce a hardened bunker 30 meters across to so much rubble in as little as 90 seconds and can cut bridge supports inside 30 seconds, enough such that even the toughest bridge would be unable to support heavy units trying to cross it.
** The game also has the Dual-Saw, which is a paired set of circular saws that are built to cut ''rock''. They're more effective against mech armor than chainsaws (though still not a terribly effective weapon).
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', the standard peripherals for [[WorstAid docbots]] include surgical chainsaws. Please hold still, citizen.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Sine Requie}}'' Templar characters can wield Expiators, which are basically chainswords inscribed with verses from the Bible. They are among the close combat weapons that cause the gravest wounds.
* ''[[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space]]'' has extremely simplistic rules for melee weapon damage which, as the game cheerfully points out, make chainsaws among the most dangerous melee weapons possible... for all the good that does. Given the source material, combat is generally discouraged, and numerous opponents have access to ranged attacks that deal ''instant death'' on a good roll, deflectable by spending Story Points.
* A two-handed ''+1 chainsaw'' can be gained as loot during the ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' adventure path "Iron Gods", and is even being wielded by the character on the cover of the second book. In-book art for volumes three to six depicts it being wielded by iconic barbarian Amiri, who has never met a {{BFS}} she didn't like.
* For the D20 system, ''1001 Science Fiction Weapons'' contains a whole chapter on powered saw weapons. Usually powered by energy cells like most other {{EnhancedArchaicWeapon}}s, however they have the option of the clumsy combustion engines. They come in various forms, the exact details of which are left to the GM/players imaginations, but include a normal chainsaw designed as a tool, a single-handed circular saw which can be swung or used a quatar, or similar saws on the ends of staves. The double-ended staff is intended to be marketed to space barbarians and heavy metal bassists.
* The ''TabletopGame/VampireTheEternalStruggle'' CCG game has "Talbot's Chainsaw," a magical chainsaw that turns the equipped minion into a combat monster. The drawback is that the minion ''must'' attack another minion each turn or do damage to himself.

* Even Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Mystere}}'' plays with this trope for laughs. [[spoiler: Brian Le Petit tries to get a man out of a locked wooden crate with a chainsaw. The emcee stops him; Brian begins to shoo him away with the threat of a Groin Attack -- and then the power runs down...]]

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights at the Ride/UniversalStudios parks go all out with this trope. HHN Orlando has the long running Chainsaw Drill Team who roam the park grounds scaring guests while HHN Hollywood has the pigmasked lackeys from ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' performing the same function and running visitors out of the park at the end of the night in the "Chainsaw Chaseout". They also appear in the hands of the "scareactors" in their haunted houses.
* Sideshow Bob wields a sawblade against the protagonists in ''Ride/TheSimpsonsRide''.

* ''Franchise/{{Lego}}'':
** The Ice Planet theme had [[MemeticMutation ORANGE TRANSPARENT CHAINSAWS]]. Notably these were available long before standard solid-gray ones were introduced.
** Later runs have also had solid-grey buzzsaws.
** Later in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', Onua Nuva had Quake Breakers that were essentially these. They also doubled as [[RollerBladeGood all-terrain treads]].
* You may now equip your plastic ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' models with [[http://www.gunjap.net/site/?p=55597 giant chainsaws]]. It even has a wind-up motor to cycle the chain for extra dynamic effect.
** The ''Mobile Suit In Action!!'' figure of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''[='s=] [[MightyLumberjack Lumber Gundam]] ([[DubNameChange Grizzly Gundam]] in North America) came with a chainsaw accessory - even though it never used one in the anime - because [[RuleOfCool why not]]?

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' [[DownloadableContent DLC]] ''The Old Hunters'' adds the Whirligig Saw, a circular saw ''on a stick'', to its already crazy arsenal. It can either be thrusted into mooks spinning until they die or your [[SprintMeter stamina]] runs out, or swung around like an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]]. It's as awesome as it sounds.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has the Ancient Bladesaw, which is a [[LaserBlade laser chainsaw]] with a hilt. It has one of the highest damage ratings out of all two-handed weaponry, although some of the parts required to make them are hard to come by.
* Aya gets a mini-chainsaw in ''VideoGame/MadFather'' about a third of the way through the game. Unusually for this trope, it's not used to attack enemies. Aya can only break barrels, crates and other weak objects with it, so it's used more to explore the environment and solve puzzles. The titular [[MadScientist mad father]] also gets a chainsaw, only this one's the real deal. [[spoiler:Which he'll try to use on Aya in the final part of the game.]]
* If there's one series that has a wet spot for chainsaws, that'd be ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''.
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', there are chainsaw-wielding Ganados that can kill Leon in one hit. (Though it is worth noting that there are ''many'' things in [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 RE4]] that can kill Leon in one or two hits, especially during boss battles.) Capcom clearly thought the chainsaw was so cool that the limited edition [=RE4=] game controller was a chainsaw, even though the player ''never'' uses one in the whole game. Moreover, [[http://www.videogamesblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/resident-evil-4-artwork-chainsaw-guy.jpg one piece of official artwork]] shows the player character ''being killed'' with said chainsaw. Just for overkill, the Waterworld level in the Mercenaries mini-game features an exclusive enemy who wields a ''duel-bladed flaming chainsaw'' and swings it around nonstop while advancing at decent speed, which will automatically decapitate your character at any opportunity.
** Chainsaw-wielding enemies also return in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5,'' and while they are still lethal, there's a chance that they may just deal very high damage to the player instead.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations'' has Scagdeads, bloated, two-headed ([[BodyHorror more like two-mouthed, really]]) Ooze with a giant buzz-saw in place of its right arm. Although its standard swinging attack isn't a one hit kill anymore, it does possess an instant death attack where it will grab the player by his/her legs and then brutally grind them to death on their buzzsaw. This attack has a quick animation windup and is always fatal, even with full health. Despite not being electric or having any machinery in their bodies, the Scagdeads's saws sound like electric buzzsaws. This doesn't stop the Comms. Officer-turned-Scagdead from asserting his humanity, which would be funny except for the extremely creepy way he says it.
** And then ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' brings us the Ubistvo, a gangly monster that has ''[[BodyHorror had its ribcage and right hand merge into an organic chainsaw powered by its heart]]''. The [[BilingualBonus name]] is Serbo-Croatian for "Murder", and it is ''very'' well-named.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2'' is actually the first main series title to avert this in its main story since Resident Evil 4. However, Scagdeads show up in the Raid Mode, so the trope is still at least present. [[spoiler: The main story uses ThisIsADrill instead this time, to the same effect.]]
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' has a ''chainsaw duel'' for one of its boss fights. The player has a regular chainsaw, while Jack Baker has what only be described as giant ''chainsaw scissors.''
--->'''Jack:''' [[Franchise/EvilDead Groovy!]]
* True to its source, the games based on ''Franchise/EvilDead'' films feature a chainsaw as the main melee weapon. ''VideoGame/EvilDeadAFistfulOfBoomstick'' ups the ante with an upgraded one with extended guide bar and diamond-tipped cutting chain.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' has the Ripper, which is another version of the chainsaw sword, which is used one-handed. In the [[VideoGame/Fallout3 third game]] they even name one 'UsefulNotes/{{Jack|TheRipper}}'. It's very... effective, as the trope implies.
** ''The Pitt'' DLC for ''3'' adds the "Auto-Axe" (with its own unique variants), which scales things up to industrial strength.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has a plain ol' chainsaw, which is, somehow, an amazing weapon for stealth kills. The ''Gun Runner's Arsenal'' DLC allows the Courier to buy chainsaws and attachments that give +50% to condition ([[BreakableWeapons they wear out]] ''[[NecessaryDrawback fast]]''), carbide teeth to add +15 to damage (chainsaws ignore armor so this a makes a good thing better), and an alloy frame to decrease weight (from 20 to 12).
*** They can't hear you sneaking up on you over the TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY LOUD SOUND OF A CHAINSAW.
** ''Lonesome Road'', the DLC expansion of ''New Vegas'', adds the Industrial Hand, a cross between a buzzsaw and a Power Fist.
** The Ripper returns in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', sometimes with legendary effects. A Wounding Ripper will pretty much destroy ''[[GameBreaker EVERYTHING!]]''
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' also has a weapon called the Ripper: it takes it up a notch by being a ''buzz saw'' that projects a spinning blade about a foot in front of it. It can then ''shoot the blade at a distance''.
** ''Dead Space: Downfall'' has the Plasma Saw, a more common-looking chainsaw, except that the blade is made of glowing hot plasma.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' features the famous Lancer, an assault rifle with a ''chainsaw bayonet.'' Interestingly, while it is as lethal as one might imagine -- essentially an instantaneous kill for the poor bastard on the receiving end -- it takes time to rev up. The sequel has chainsaw ''duels''. A boss named Skorge wields ''[[RuleOfCool two chainsaws at the ends of a staff]]''. The chainsaw is a JustifiedTrope, as it was shown in the ExpandedUniverse novels that Locust skin is so tough that it often broke the bayonets on the old model of Lancer. Indeed, the Retro Lancer needs a fairly long running start before its bayonet can OneHitKill an enemy in-game. It's also mentioned in the novels that Gears have to be careful when slicing with the chainsaw otherwise it could get caught on bone.
** ''Gears of War 4'' will add the Buzzkill, a heavy weapon that rapid-fires spinning buzzsaws that ricochet off surfaces. Firing one into an enclosed room can easily create [[BulletHell Buzzsaw Hell]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Yume2kki}}'', the collaborative fan tribute to ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'', the player character Urotsuki's choice weapon is a chainsaw in supplement to Madotsuki's knife in the original game.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', the chainsaw replaces your fists as the EmergencyWeapon once you find it, and works quite well as a way to save ammo when dealing with lesser enemies.
** Extremely badass doomers are known to complete the game without using any weapon other than the chainsaw and, when absolutely needed, the pistol. This is known as [[http://doom.wikia.com/wiki/UV_Tyson Tyson]] style, preferably done on ultra violence (UV Tyson).
** Touching on the AwesomeButImpractical angle, [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2007/12/01/strafe-left-the-formative-years-6/ an ex-forestry worker]] points out that the marine left the safety cutout intact.
** ''Doom'''s successor, ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'', doesn't give you the chainsaw, but does give the weapon to the Ogres as a melee weapon against you.
** The ''VideoGame/QuakeII'' Mission Pack ''Ground Zero'' introduces the Chainfist, which can kill an unarmored player in one or two swings and has unlimited ammo.
** While the chainsaw was eventually reintroduced in a number of quasi-official mods for ''Quake'', the default melee weapon in ''VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena'' was the gauntlet, a wrist-mounted '''circular saw'''. Along with Quake's nailgun, this raises the question of which powertool Id will weaponize next.
*** The game would yell "Humiliation!" to all players whenever someone scored a kill with it (except the killer, who hears "Gauntlet!" as they score a Medal for a Gauntlet Kill).
** The chainsaw makes a return in ''Doom 3''. It's one of the best weapons to use when you're in Berserk mode. As to why there are chainsaws on Mars, a [[LampshadeHanging log you can read in-game]] mentions a delivery error. Somewhere on Earth is a group of lumberjacks wondering what to do with their shipment of jackhammers.
** In ''Doom 2'', a chainsaw is the first weapon you receive. It's about 10 feet from where you start the game. [[GuideDangIt If you think to look there.]]
** ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' paid homage to Doom with the pickup message: "It's been five years since I've seen one of these."
** In ''VideoGame/DoomTheRoguelike'', the chainsaw makes an appearance. It has the effect of a berserk pack the first time you pick it up, with the pickup message "[[ShoutOut BLOOD!]] [[VideoGame/DwarfFortress BLOOD FOR ARMOK, GOD OF BLOOD!]]" It is absolute murder in the hands of a proper melee build, and is particularly powerful when modded for damage and the player is berserked.
** In ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' the chainsaw now [[OneHitKO kills any enemy you use it on in one hit]], but each use consumes fuel. Chainsaw fuel is quite rare, and bigger enemies require more fuel to take down, the biggest requiring all of your fuel. Its presence on Mars is explained as being imported by a black market for unusual weapon enthusiasts.
* ''Persona5'' gives us a hilarious version of this trope. Within ''ShinMegamiTensei'' history, there is a chance a FusionDance between two demons/personas could go awry. This leads to humorous scenes enough, but ''Persona 5'' ups the ante in this regard: if a fusion accident happens (with the fusion taking the form of an execution), your two assistants, [[GoodCopBadCop Caroline and Justine]], will break out a [[{{BFS}} huge freakin' chainsaw]] [[CrazyAwesome to lop off the demon's head!]] Seriously, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNdF1InU80c the results need to be seen to be believed.]]
* ''Tremulous'' has a human weapon called the Painsaw, a chainsaw with a blade [[EnergyWeapon made of electricity]].
* ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//G.U.]]'' has angsty AntiHero Haseo DualWielding short swords (some which are mini-chainsaws, some have spikes on them), a SinisterScythe and, because he is cool enough, a big Chainsword. In fact, he tries to be so cool he cuts off an opponent's head during a skirmish. That all happens in the Virtual World, so he can do it as many times as he wants with impunity. It's just a game after all.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'' has a hidden weapon known as the Chain Sawd, which is a lightsaber-toothed chainsaw {{BFS}}. In practice it's not as effective as the trope would indicate, but its HP-steal special, along with the fact that it IS still effective in combat, mean it has a lot of fans.
** The Chain Sawd reappears in the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' expansion ''Ambition of Illuminus''.
** ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' brings back the Chainsawd once more, and also features the Glow Scrapper [[ArmedLegs Jet Boots]], which are a pair of foot-mounted chainsaws.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' chainsaw is Edgar's tool that deals highest physical damage (but to a single enemy and reduced by armor). [[RandomNumberGod Sometimes]] [[ShoutOut he pulls on a]] [[Franchise/FridayThe13th hockey mask.]] This instantly kills a regular enemy, but gives a "MISS" for bosses.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Vincent's third LimitBreak (which is a cross between Jason and ''FRANKENSTEIN'') uses a chainsaw.
** Barret also has a chainsaw arm attachment as one of his (melee) weapon options. Very reminiscent of Ash ''Franchise/EvilDead'' and ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' what with it being a replacement for his actual hand.
* Ba'Gamnan, a Bangaa BountyHunter in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' wields a chainsaw spear, a long wooden pole with a large ring-shaped saw at the end.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', although it's one of the best all-around melee weapons in the game, being incredibly powerful without the extreme clumsiness of weapons like the sledgehammer, and possessing dangerous 360 degree spin and charging attacks, the chainsaw is too heavy and clumsy to store in your inventory, has to be started up before use, and its fuel supply only lasts a fairly short time after starting. The game also features a smaller, slightly weaker, but far more portable version . . . which, barring the InfinityPlusOneSword, is commonly recognized as the best overall weapon in the game.
** While there is a slightly more powerful weapon than the small chainsaw, it suffers from BreakableWeapons just like everything else; however, the game's durability increasing power-ups for weapons can be applied to the small chainsaw more than any other weapon in the game, turning the small chainsaw into the game's DiscOneNuke (relatively speaking, since the game's still crazy hard even with this exploit).
** The [[VideoGame/DeadRising2 sequel]] takes this further, with a zombie-killing reality game show were the climax involves riding through hordes of the undead with ''motorcycle-mounted'' chainsaws. And that's ''just at the beginning of the game''. You may later have [[http://www.onelastcontinue.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/chainsaw_bmp_jpgcopy.jpg double chainsaws]] ''' mounted on a kayak paddle''' (which is just the cover art example).
* In the FightingGame ''VideoGame/TimeKillers'', the 21st-century fighter Rancid uses a chainsaw as a weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/FreedomWars'', the EZ Falke II is a light melee weapon taking the form of a chainsword.
* The chainsaw weapons in ''Franchise/SilentHill'' are generally useful weapons . . . except they're all NewGamePlus-only. The first game's protagonist, Harry Mason, holds his forward when in ready stance, meaning some enemies will just run ''right'' into it (Though not as many as with the [[ThisIsADrill Rock Drill]], since he holds the saw lower and thus enemies that do a leaping attack are still problematic). James from the second game is not smart enough to do this; he holds his chainsaw to the side, meaning to actually do damage he has to swing or thrust with it. As well, if he gets hit he's stunned out of it and has to rev the thing up again... Which he'll likely get hit ''again'' trying to do... The Lying Figures' attack pattern and the tendency of ankle-biting Creepers to share a room with other enemies nudge this one towards DifficultButAwesome.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'' has an ''anti-tank'' chainsaw. Considering it shreds a train cart to itty-bitty pieces and overkills your characters many times beyond their max HitPoints, it likely does what its name implies. It {{av|ertedTrope}}oids the usual depiction of the chainsaw though; the character that wields it is one of the slowest bosses in the game, and he needs to waste one turn to start up the chainsaw every time he uses it.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal [=FAKK2=]'' lets Julie wield the mighty chainsword. Unfortunately, you can't use it with the game's DualWielding / GunsAkimbo system. Plus, the damn thing gorged fuel like crazy.
* The chainsaw found in ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' has its fuel problem {{Handwave}}d by the existence of an advanced fuel cell. There is also a type of enemy {{mook|s}} that uses chainsaws.
* The Assault Blade weapon in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Original Generation'' is a HumongousMecha-sized Chainsword. Quite a number of mecha feature it as a weapon, even the cute ElegantGothicLolita Fairlions. In the ''Original Generations'' VideogameRemake, Ryusei uses the ART-1, a mecha armed with chainsaw ''tonfas''. In MX, the Garmraid has buzzsaws for knees.
** In ''[=SRW Z=]'', the Gunleon carries a pair of chainsaws on its shoulders, which it can use in combat to brutal effect, as demonstrated when, upon scoring a Dynamic Kill with them, it stabs both into the target and then ''tears it in half.'' (And this is one of the ''[[CrazyAwesome least]]'' [[CrazyAwesome mind-blowing things it does.]])
*** Just in case you missed/forgot it in that surge of craziness there: Gunleon does ''[[SwordsAkimbo Chainsaws Akimbo]].''
* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series between ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'' and ''Chinatown Wars'' has a couple of chainsaws scattered around the map. As the guns dealer from ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'' would say: "works best in a crowded area".
** ''Vice City'' features it in a revenge mission and gives out other {{Shout Out}}s to ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}''.
** Fittingly, one was in an out of the way hick-like town.
* While not precisely a chainsaw, the video games ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' and ''Half Life 2: Episode 2'' provide a saw blade that can be launched at enemies using the gravity gun, nicely slicing them in half.
** The Manhacks (think flying, homing circular saws), which you can grab in place with the gravity gun and slice into enemies with.
* In the game ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore-For Answer'', there exists a number of Arms Forts which act as the main adversaries, which include a six-legged aircraft carrier, a giant hydrofoil...and a gigantic tank named Cabracan that has 4 multi-story chainsaw blades on the front!
** ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore 5'' features the "Grind Blade", six [[KillItWithFire flaming]] chainsaws that [[ThisIsADrill form a drill]]. Not just any weapon; it is classified as an Overed (Ultimate in the US/EU versions) Weapon, and once activated, completely replaces the left arm and purges the right arm weapon, and one hit ''will'' kill any AC it comes into contact with. Steep requirements make this weapon situational at best, but [[RuleOfCool Mech-mounted gigantic sextuple rotating superheated chainsaws]]!
* In ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden II'' for the 360, one type of enemy is a zombie with a chainsaw for one arm and a cannon for another. Ya rly.
* In the old adventure game ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', you can find a chainsaw in the house but there is no fuel to make it run. In ''VideoGame/ZakMcKrackenAndTheAlienMindbenders'' you find a can of gas ("For chainsaw use only!") in a locker on Mars as an in-joke, with the player character refusing to pick it up because "It's for another game".
** An UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'' included a reference to ''Zak [=McKracken=]'' in the form of a poster in the arcade room, examining which [[LampshadeHanging makes your character wonder]] [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} why anyone would need chainsaw fuel on Mars]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', AxCrazy Princess Sapphire threatens to open Mao's heart with a chainsaw to save Almaz from being turned into a demon.
* Paul Chuck from ''VideoGame/UmJammerLammy'' has a song about cutting a tree down with a chainsaw, and how his chainsaws are better than those of his rival, Joe Chin.
* Another Circular Saw Good example: the serrated metal discs in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', which are used in weapon traps. Each disc hits three times per trap activation, and each trap can hold up to ten weapons, so an enemy stepping on a trap entirely loaded out with discs [[{{Gorn}} will be hit 30 times by spinning discs in the blink of an eye]]. Entertainingly, their usage usually triples the amount of dumping required to get rid of each goblin, [[LudicrousGibs because of the small body pieces scattered everywhere]].
* A new class in ''VideoGame/AtlanticaOnline'' uses chainsaws, despite the modern chainsaw not having been ''invented'' until the early 20th century -- there were chainsaws earlier, but they were quite different from the device we know and love today -- and the game seeming to take place in the 19th century at the latest. This only adds to the already bubbling AnachronismStew of the setting.
** The Chainsaw person has ridiculously high stats, save for Dexterity, and can only be made by someone with a level 100 character already made.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' golf game, [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Zombie Ninja Pro-Am]], features a chainsaw pickup on certain levels. While it is slow and unwieldy, it does a ''lot'' of damage.
* ''VideoGame/{{Madworld}}'' more or less eats this trope for breakfast. The main character has a mechanized arm with a retractable chainsaw built into it. The first miniboss carries a giant dual-bladed chainsaw, which you can pick up as a weapon of your own after you beat the game at least once. Revolving buzzsaw blades are a common environmental weapon. Some of the tougher gangmembers in the Downtown stage carry chainsaws. The Shogun boss uses a BladeOnAStick that consists of a huge staff with two massive buzzsaws at either end. And then there's [[{{mirrorboss}} Kojack]], who also has a retractable arm-chainsaw.
** Platinum Games' ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'', gives us the return of Jack (in full color, no less), and his debut on non-Nintendo consoles, upgrading his previous, retractable chainsaw arm for a [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill double-bladed retractable chainsaw arm]] now named Gator Tooth.
* This is the signature weapon of Mika from the ''Daiku no Gensan'' video game series -- better-known in the US as ''VideoGame/HammerinHarry''. The manual for ''Hammerin' Hero'' even mentions that her nickname is "Chainsaw Mika"... despite the fact that she actually uses a fan in that game. The cover art has a nice picture of her using a chainsaw, though.
* There's a chainsaw in ''VideoGame/SurvivalCrisisZ''. However, it's one of the ''worst'' weapons in the game, only slightly above the knife. It inexplicably doesn't require fuel, but it's clumsy, not particularly damaging, and you have to get in close, easily allowing the Infected and zombies to mob you, or counterattack if you don't line it up right. Even low-end guns like the revolver or SMG are better than it if you have the choice.
* ''VideoGame/{{Cube}}'' chainsaw is mostly there to serve as your EmergencyWeapon in the single-player modes, although it ''is'' more damaging than the pistol and has enough range to serve as a semi-useful crowd clearing weapon if you're out of grenades or rockets.
* In ''VideoGame/LostPlanet: Extreme Condition'', the [[HumongousMecha PTX-class]] [[AMechByAnyOtherName Vital Suit]] has one of these [[BladeBelowTheShoulder mounted to its left arm]].
* ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'' gives one of these to the WrenchWench, Krusche.
* ''VideoGame/TheDishwasher: Dead Samurai'' features a chainsaw used like a heavy sword. It's not used to cut through enemies, only to hack and slash at them, though cutting through an enemy is an optional finishing move. There's also an especially relentless miniboss, the Cyborg Pumpkinhead, who cackles maniacally and barrels at you, rapidly and dextrously swinging a very large chainsaw about. He stops periodically to rev it back up again, and that should be the ''only'' time a player would risk getting near him, TeleportSpam or no.
** In the sequel ''VideoGame/TheDishwasher: Vampire Smile'', Yuki gets her arm cut off early in the game and replaces it with a chainsaw that can also turn into a chaingun or a shotgun. Also, the cyborg pumpkinhead enemy shows up again, this time downgraded to a recurring enemy, but still wielding his chainsaw. Yuki can have [[BladeLock chainsaw]] [[SingleStrokeBattle duels]] with him.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' features a chainsaw. It doesn't have infinite-use (has a gas tank), but you can just hold the fire button down and walk forward and wipe out everything in your path. The character wielding the chainsaw will also taunt appropriately as they lay waste to the [[TheVirus horde]]. The player will inevitably be [[EvilLaugh cackling maniacally]] as they do so.
** And it does pretty heavy damage to everything. Even a Tank; you can kill him in about 5 seconds if you can stay close that long. And if you still have gas left in it by then. One of the game's "Mutations" involves all the players having no weapons except for chainsaws with unlimited fuel.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}} 2'' is the only game in the ''Splatterhouse'' series to date to feature a chainsaw as a weapon.
** That Rick gets to use, in any case. The infamous "Biggy Man" boss from the original game has two chainsaw blades in place of his hands.
* There are logger-bot enemies in ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterTheLostFrontier'' with chainsaws. A boss, the Uber-Bot 888, comes with circular saws about the size of Jak's torso.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' features dynamic, special kills called Torture Attacks. When killing the angel ''Harmony'' with a Torture attack, Bayonetta jumps onto its back and produces a [[{{BFS}} huge demonic]] chainsaw out of nowhere, which she proceeds to cleave the enemy in half with. She then retains this chainsaw as a pick-up weapon. Until it breaks (as all pick-up weapons do), [[GameBreaker it's the strongest weapon in Bayonetta's arsenal]]. (The only downside is, it's slow.) It'll even cleave apart an Ardor or two in just a few swings. If she manages to keep it until the end of the current chapter, she gets extra Arcade Bullets for [[MiniGame Angel Attack.]]
** In ''[[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta2}} Bayonetta 2]]'' Rodin breaks his promise to not attach chainsaws on Bayo's arm and sells you Salamandra -- chainsaws that you can equip on your arms AND your feet.
* With infinite ammo and no reloading, the chainsaw in ''VideoGame/AlienSwarm'' is a great weapon, especially for characters with a melee bonus. It's also used as a quick way to open doors, essential in {{Speedrun}}s.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMeatBoy'' eschews SpikesOfDoom (found in every other PlatformHell) in favor of Buzzsaws Of Doom. Dr. Fetus also favors using chainsaws with some of his {{Humongous Mecha}}s, generally in the boss levels.
* The [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 GUN Military Truck]] in Modern City Escape from ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' is equipped with three circular saws.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', as usual, throws out historical accuracy for RuleOfCool and RuleOfFun. The latest installment gives us Muneshige Tachibana, a noble and just samurai who might just be the game's OnlySaneMan… who happens to be armed with {{dual|Wielding}} [[http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-15/sbsh-tachibana-muneshige.html lightning chainsaws.]] It is every bit as awesome to see (and dangerous to fight) as it sounds.
* A Chainsaw is a regular fixture in the ''VideoGame/{{SaGa}}'' series:
** The [[OneHitKill instant-kill]] Chainsaw is extremely powerful ''VideoGame/{{Makai Toshi SaGa}}'' (aka ''The Final Fantasy Legend''): while intended to work only on low-level enemies and not bosses, [[GoodBadBugs a bug in the code]] makes it do [[GameBreaker the exact opposite]], which leads to a rather [[AnticlimaxBoss anticlimactic final battle]]. This was also incorporated into an axe in ''VideoGame/{{Romancing SaGa}}: Minstrel Song'' (it turns into a chainsaw). The aforementioned final battle even gets a mention as a story in the Library.
** The Bilqis technique (Fury of Bel'kwinith) actually uses the same stat as the Saw (Agility) in ''VideoGame/{{Makai Toshi SaGa}}''. However it will not insta-kill certain enemies/bosses, mostly because of their immunity to instant death and LP damage skills.
** In ''VideoGame/{{SaGa 2}}'' (aka ''Final Fantasy Legend II''), you can first obtain the Chainsaw midway through the game. It's an equippable weapon which kills any one mook instantly. Depending on how you plan your stat growth, it continues to be effective all the way to the final dungeon.
* In ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'', the chainsaw is indeed the most powerful weapon, able to one-hit-kill targets and sever extremities. The same also applies if used against Tony by enemies. Hear a chainsaw? Run. They will catch you and decapitate you faster then you can reload.
* In ''Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga'', chainsaws are one of the numerous weapon types.
* ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'' gives us Chainsaw Good and Chainsaw ''Bad'': the melee-specialist Berserker class can use and get discounts on the chainsaw, which is easily the best melee weapon in the game, dishing out hideous amounts of damage in short order. However, the flip side of this is the enemy [[NotUsingTheZWord Specimen]] type known as the Scrake, who resembles a [[MadDoctor psychotic surgeon]] clad in [[TheButcher a butcher's apron]] with [[BladeBelowTheShoulder a chainsaw in his forearm.]] He happens to be [[DemonicSpider one of the most lethal types of Specimen.]]
* In ''Videogame/JablessAdventure'', the first boss is the lumberjack, Lumber Jacques, who attacks you with his mighty chainsaw.
* Chainsaw Man in ''Mega Man'' fangame ''VideoGame/HardHat 2: War Ensemble'' doesn't use mere chainsaws. He uses ''explosive chainsaw missiles'', [[PowerCopying which you can acquire for yourself]].
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' has a cheerleader wielding a pimped out chainsaw that could cut through adamantium.
* David and his [[EvilCounterpart nemesis]] Judgement from ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden 3'' fight with chainsaws.
* ''VideoGame/CarBattlerJoe'''s weaponized cars can use these.
* The first ''VideoGame/HunterTheReckoning'' game included a chainsaw. It's a terribly devastating weapon and the most effective tool against the FinalBoss, but not for the obvious reason: [[spoiler:it can cut through the boards over the windows, allowing the sunlight to destroy the master vampire]].
* ''VideoGame/Die2Nite'' has chainsaws. They're about as powerful as you'd expect, but come with some hefty drawbacks. First of all, they're an extremely rare item that most towns will be lucky to find a single one in their entire existence. Secondly, they are found broken and need several parts to fix up. Lastly, they have limited uses and need batteries (thankfully, a very common item) to power them.
* A chainsaw is one of ''VideoGame/BloodCrusher2'''s possible starting melee weapons
* The Rip-Saw in ''VideoGame/WildStar'' serves a dual-purpose, being a shield and a massive, monster-munching circular saw.
* The Sawtooth Sword in ''VideoGame/{{Lemegeton}}'' is actually an unpowered chainsaw. "Unpowered" meaning it works like most other swords.
* ''VideoGame/InfiniteCrisis'' introduces an Atomic Wonder Woman from a ravaged world all but destroyed by nuclear warfare. Her weapon is a chainsaw tied to a long metal pole.
* In ''Videogame/{{Borderlands}}'', Psycho enemies wield buzzsaw axes, though these are usually left unpowered. In ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', however, Krieg, the playable Psycho character, has a buzzsaw axe that is both powered ''and'' can potentially be loaded with dynamite, making it a fusion of this ''and'' StuffBlowingUp.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanetSide'', Terran Republic infantry get a knife with a built-in chainsaw as a melee weapon - in the first game it's ''very'' loud when spun up for a stab attack, though the sequel makes it much more quiet, with the loud activated mode reserved for the OneHitKill-capable "Ripper" knife.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', quadruped robot [[RobotDog LQ-84i]] carries a chainsaw on its back, which it picks up and swings around with its long prehensile tail to devastating effect (as do its cheaper, non-sentient knockoffs). It sadly loses this when it's rebuilt into the recon-focused Blade Wolf. Khamsin's MiniMecha also carries around a [[AnAxeToGrind giant axe]] with a chainsaw blade. Both these chainsaws quite literally clash in the Blade Wolf DLC, resulting in a lot of SwordSparks and grinding.
* While most of the mecha in ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'' are armed with swords or {{Laser Blade}}s for melee combat, the Havoc is armed with a gigantic chainsaw.
* In ''Videogame/AmateurSurgeon'', a chainsaw is used by the main character as a makeshift bonesaw.
* One of the weapons in ''VideoGame/CelDamage'' is a chainsaw.
* The little-known Xbox game ''VideoGame/{{Whacked}}'' has a commercial for a toy called "My First Chainsaw", showing a baby revving up a chainsaw. The Christmas Tree map even has a box of said toy.
* The most expensive purchasable weapon from the Nightmare Vending Inc. in ''VideoGame/ANightmareOnElmStreetPC'' is a chainsaw. It grants you an ability to go though walls until it breaks.
* The chainsaw in ''VideoGame/ZombievilleUSA'' kills quickly at close range and stuns them as long as you are attacking.
* ''{{VideoGame/Unturned}}'' is a WideOpenSandBox ZombieApocalypse SurvivalHorror title, so of course it has a chainsaw. It's noisy and individual hits are weak but it attacks very quickly when you hold the button. ''Unturned'' gives it a special power rarely seen in video games: ''its intended purpose of cutting wood'', which you use in crafting and construction.
* ''VideoGame/{{Broforce}}'' is a run and gun game where the player controls affectionate parodies of badass movie characters from the 80s to today. The one of [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash Williams]] uses his chainsaw as his special attack. Mooks run away screaming in terror at the sight, it deflects bullets back at those who fired them, and is a great way to get through an area in a hurry.
* ''VideoGame/SLAISteelLancerArenaInternational'' has a traditional chainsaw as the melee weapon option for OMSK's кит models of [=SVs=]. Kojima one-ups this by supplying their Protons with [[KatanasAreJustBetter chainsaw katanas]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Rebuild}}'' has chainsaws as lootable and usable items. They do give a bonus in combat, but are equally efficient as construction tools... and the best weapons are actually rifles, shotguns or machine guns, meaning their use for killing zombies is limited.
* Chainsaw is the most effective weapon in''VideoGame/YoJoeBeatTheGhosts'', although unlike other melee weapons it requires fuel.
* [[RobotGirl Alisa Bosconovitch]] from ''[[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Tekken 6]]'' has a retractable chainsaw hidden in each arm. She uses them in throws and some attacks, and can switch to a chainsaw stance that changes all her attacks to strikes with the chainsaws. However, this stance is difficult to maintain for any amount of time as she'll automatically end it if she blocks or takes damage.
* In the UsefulNotes/AcornArchimedes game ''[=DinoSaw=]'', you play as a caveman who mauls dinosaurs with a chainsaw.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarNova'' has Galation, a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot winged]] [[OrganicTechnology machine-beast hybrid]] {{unicorn}}[[BuffySpeak -esque thing]]. The chainsaws? That's what the wings are ''made'' of. There's also one on its tail.
* In the browser-based game ''Earn to Die 2: Exodus'', the first armour upgrade for all three vehicles brings with it a circular saw mounted on the front. The police car adds a second one poking out of the bonnet like the world's most violent hood ornament, and the van has two small saws mounted on the front instead of one big one.
* The Hillbilly in ''VideoGame/DeadByDaylight'' has a chainsaw as a secondary weapon. The advantage of this is that it causes him to sprint and will instantly down a survivor, but it makes a lot of noise and takes a few seconds to rev up.
* ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' has the [[MemeticMutation OVE9000]] industrial circular saw as a weapon. [[SubvertedTrope It's absolutely worthless in a fight, given that it uses limited saw blades that can only be replenished by an ammo bag, and a durable blade will last for about four of the common]] {{Mook}} before wearing out. It is meant to be used as an UtilityWeapon, to saw open stationary items such as doors, deposit boxes and [=ATMs=]. For the purpose it is intended for, it ''is'' efficient. Said purpose just happens not to be direct combat.
** The Lumber Lite L2 chainsaw comes with the [[Film/Scarface1983 Scarface]] Character Pack as a melee weapon. [[SubvertedTrope Like the OVE saw, it's also considered a poor weapon]], though for different reasons - it does poor damage without a ChargedAttack, and charging an attack to full damage takes a whopping four seconds, leaving you very vulnerable to attack. On top of that, there are other melee weapons that do the chainsaw's job just as well, if not better, ultimately making the Lumber Lite redundant.
* If you choose the ''Revelations'' route on ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the Avatar's Yato evolves into Omega Yato, a mix of chainsaw and sword [[spoiler: once it reunites with the other four legendary weapons]]. Omega Yato is also [[CipherScything Corrin's]] weapon in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for Nintendo [=3DS=] and [=WiiU=].''
* Chain Reaction in ''[[VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} Skylanders Imaginators]]'' ''{{dual wield|ing}}s'' chainsaws.
* The chainsaw is used fairly realistically in ''VideoGame/ObsCure II''. It's not a weapon, but a tool, meant for cutting through downed trees and other obstacles that lay in your path. It even holds this utility during a boss fight, the player using the chainsaw to cut off a giant [[PlantPerson plant monster]]'s vine-tentacles when it lays them down on the ground. [[HillbillyHorrors Jedidiah]], on the other hand, uses a chainsaw as his primary weapon -- appropriate, given that he's a walking ShoutOut to [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974 Leatherface]]. The final scene where Jedidiah is taken down involves a chainsaw duel between him and Corey straight out of the aforementioned ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' (the two games came out the same year).
* ''VideoGame/EvilNight'', an obscure horror-themed {{Rail Shooter}} released for [[UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame arcades]], features zombies resembling [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]] who attack with drills and [[GardeningVarietyWeapon weedwhackers]]. The end boss for the first stage is also [[TheButcher a butcher]] wielding a chainsaw.
* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': In the garage, poltergeist Polterguy can activate a chainsaw a scare the crap out of the family members (mostly main antagonist Vito Sardini, because he hangs around here a lot).

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Bad actually uses a chainsaw to sing his lullaby to get The Cheat to go to sleep. Also, some of his past jobs for some reason involve a chainsaw, such as being a heart surgeon, a licensed technician, a poultry farmer, and a fireman.
* [[Film/TheRoom Tommy Wiseau]] uses one to take down the Zombie Lisa in ''WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow'''s zombie apocalypse arc.
* Buzzkill in ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}} 4''. His hands are buzzsaws.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', the White Fang Lieutenant who fights [[spoiler:and, after an initial poor showing, soundly defeats]] Weiss wields a massive chainsaw that he can hold one-handed and swing like a sword.
* The antihero of the ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' videos is especially excited by a chainsaw in the seventh installment. This despite the fact that he's a PersonOfMassDestruction even without any weapons. Give a chainsaw to someone who can already stab people through the skull with a nightstick ''[[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks from across the room]]''...

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''. [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=37&issue=5 Chainsaw Nunchuks]].
** SubvertedTrope [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/33p102/ here]]. King Radical's chainsaw cuts through the titular doctor's sword, but the doctor soon jams the chainsaw with his wrecked sword and mocks using the tool as a weapon.
* [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0046.html This strip]] of ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' has a villain using chainsaw katars. As he remarks to the hero in a later strip, "the point is to intimidate you."
* Starting [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/06/19/episode-1007-follow-the-destructions/ here]], ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-bit Theater]]'' has Fighter using the "Glorious Chainsaw Method"; this enhances his swords with "radiant chainsaw auras", which he uses to make short work of some dragons. It's apparently a ShoutOut to ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''.
-->'''Fighter:''' Guys, I ran out of dragon.\\
'''Glorious Chainsaw Method:''' Make your swords become like things unto chainsaws.
* Lothar Hex in ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' has a circular saw built into his [[{{Cyborg}} bionic arm]]. As of early 2010, after his run-in with a Fernex daemon caused his bionics to be... forcibly removed... he's upgraded -- to a chainsaw.
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', when a tree-dog creature gets loose in the Court, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=554 the chainsaw-armed robots are sent to stop it]].
* Alluded to in ''Webcomic/BackwardCompatible'' [[http://www.crispygamer.com/comics/backward/backward-2009-06-03.aspx here]].
* [[http://chainsawsuit.com/2008/03/31/strip-346/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{Chainsawsuit}}'' strip illustrates the raw awesomeness of a full suit of chainsaws in regards to battling the undead but also points out one of the potential drawbacks you might not have anticipated.
* Played with [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/21393642@N06/4525462458/sizes/o/ here]].
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'', both ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' and ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', use chainsaws that double as lipsticks. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003996 Kanaya]] also use hers for actually trimming topiary. [[spoiler: And amputating Tavros' legs. And chopping Eridan into two separate high-blood pieces.]]
* What, is that stupid people breeding? Time to unleash [[Webcomic/QueenOfWands Charles Darwin and his Chainsaw of Natural Selection]]!
* ''Webcomic/ModestMedusa'' has a chainsaw unicorn. Called "The Knight of Chains", he may be [[HopelessBossFight unkillable]].
* A chainsaw is the first thing Zeke grabs in ''Webcomic/ZombieWaffe'' when he hears about the large zombie outbreak.
* ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'' gives is Jinx getting his dad to buy him a chainsaw for a [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1427.html Halloween]] costume of Ash from ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness''. Also the background image has grumpy Doc with a chainsaw.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** After [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-06-19 juggling with chainsaw-through-butter metaphor]] for 3 pages, got Elf swinging a "Chainsaber V".
** Schlock wields a chainsaw as a weapon in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-02-01 this]] strip, BreakingTheFourthWall in the process.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2004-09-18 Squigley deliberately poses with one.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The [[NewMedia hyper-novel]] ''[[http://e-merl.com/sixgun.htm Sixgun]]'' features Abe Lincoln in a chainsaw fencing match. This is not nearly the weirdest thing going on.
* Version three of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' had a chainsaw in it, which was used to carve up a student in one particularly gruesome scene, but subsequently abandoned.
** Version four featured one as well, which ultimately eviscerated the same character who had initially been [[HoistByHisOwnPetard attempting to wield it]].
* ''Series/IAmNotInfected'' features what, in the first shot, appears to be Paul decked out with chainsaws on both arms. Then it turns out to be a "Chainsawsuit" including the aforementioned arm chainsaws, leg chainsaws, and a back chainsaw. It's awesome.
* In Chapter 18 of ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'', NNHIS shows off several mods for the Evas to the pilots and team, among them the IN HIS Name Prog Chainsword and IN HIS Name Mighty Chainaxe. Need more be said?
* [[http://RosesInTheSnow.deviantart.com/art/Screw-Stealth-154802429 This]] ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' fan-made FauxtivationalPoster.
* ''WebVideo/LookAVlog'': Will professes his love for chainsaws in Ep. 2.
* EVERY TUESDAY, [[WebVideo/EpicMealTime EPIC MEAL TIME]]! Comin' at you with a chainsaw and a big pile o'meat! If you ain't down with that? [[MundaneMadeAwesome THEN YOU AIN'T DOWN WITH COOKING!]]
* The Flash cartoon [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/shavecut "Forehead Shavecut"]]. "You dodged the bullet, [[Film/TheMatrix Neo]]. But now you will die by chainsaw!"
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qj8PhxSnhg this]] Muppet web video, a chainsaw is one of the "utensils" the Swedish Chef pulls from hammerspace for carving sapient pumpkins.
* The logo for Creator/JamesRolfe's Cinemassacre is a combination between a camera and a chainsaw.
* Music/DoctorSteel's most popular toy line was the Buzzsaw Baby, a kewpie doll with rotating saw blades for hands.
* In his playthough of ''VideoGame/BroForce'', [[LetsPlay/TwoSaiyansPlay Vegeta's]] third favourite character seems to be "[[Franchise/EvilDead Chainsaw Hand Guy]]".
-->Hey. Are you guys prepared? Because, I don't think that you were sufficiently warned. 'Cause, uh, today there is a, uh, high chance, probably about a 50 to 80% chance, [[IncomingHam OF CHAINSAAAAAAAAW! YA-HAHA!]]
* This is probably the principle behind WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}s mascot, the [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/chainsawkid.htm Chainsaw Kid]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Ash Williams's wannabe AffectionateParody Hoss Delgado from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' can turn his hand into [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot a crossbow that shoots FLAMING chainsaws]]. He also has a chainsaw for a peg-leg in the ''Underfist'' movie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', the Canadians use chainsaws as melee weapons. And in the zombie episode in s1, Chef wields dual chainsaws.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Batman wields chainsaw tonfas at one point to fight Poison Ivy's plant monsters.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': During Jumba's invasion of Lilo's house, Stitch picks up a chainsaw to fight him off--prompting Lilo to remark, on the phone to Cobra Bubbles, "Oh good, my dog's found the chainsaw!".
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''' Dinobot has an angular 'sword' that rotates. It's functionally a chainsaw sword, as proven when he used it to cut Inferno from shoulder down to mid chest. Sparks could be seen flying as the sword gradually cut deeper and deeper into Inferno's body!
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' Lockdown's weapon of choice is a chainsaw that his left arm transforms into.
* While it was fairly rarely used, [[GadgeteerGenius Tanya's]] WeaponOfChoice in ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' is a small chainsaw in her wrist-mounted Omnitool, one of many tools in her armour.
* Buzzer, one of the Dreadnoks from ''GIJoe'', wields a diamond-toothed chainsaw that allows him to cut through ANYTHING, including bank vaults..
* On ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'', the Shredder Missile fired by the [[CoolPlane Turbokat]] has its front end pop off in flight, revealing it to be a pair of chainsaws with a rocket booster for thrust.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', while Dexter is picturing Dee Dee destroying his lab, the first ImagineSpot is his sister with a chainsaw.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. Francine has a dream sequence in which Stan threatens her with various objects. At first (or possibly second), he chooses a chainsaw. He changes his mind, walks offscreen, then comes back holding a ''leopard''. Apparently having decided this is not threatening enough, he repeats the act, this time returning with ''[[BreadEggsBreadedEggs a leopard holding a chainsaw]]''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', Gennedy Tartovsky joked regarding the offscreen fight with General Grievous that they should put the sound of a chainsaw into the scene. Needless to say, it made it into the scene, and it turns an otherwise terrifying scene into [[{{Narm}} something to laugh about]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny as you wonder where he could have gotten a chainsaw]]. Hilariously, one of the Jedi waiting on the elevator while this is going on starts frantically hitting the call button faster when he hears it.
* Rico, the AxCrazy penguin of ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', is capable of vomiting up a fully activated chainsaw. As a symbol of his affection, he uses the chainsaw to make an ice sculpture of...a chainsaw. Uhm, that wasn't the way {{RecursiveAmmo}} was meant.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' episode "Die Fly Die" has Beavis trying to kill a fly with a chainsaw.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', in a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/EvilDead'', gave the user character a chainsaw hand. It gets ruined when he tries to cut through a piano.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Cape Feare" Bart is being stalked by Sideshow Bob and therefore edgy. That night, Homer excitedly bursts into his son's bedroom to show off his brand new chainsaw and hockey mask.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', The Delightful Children From Down The Lane have a mecha that wields ''[[FlamingSword flaming]]'' chainsaws.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Gift of the Card", the bounty hunter Rasticore Chaosus Disastorvayne wields a chainsaw that can open portals by slashing the air. A RunningGag is that every time he has to start his chainsaw, he has to rev it several times.
* [[AxCrazy Mr. Cat and Stumpy]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' both use chainsaws to destroy everything they can.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Chainsaws that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFGva6ZS4fU run on V8 engines?]] Yes!
* [[http://www.foxnews.com/story/2009/07/17/man-says-used-chainsaw-to-fight-starving-mountain-lion/ Man fights off starving mountain lion with a chainsaw.]]
* There's nothing infinitely more awesome than a chainsaw powered motorized skateboard - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEqNvT4jJVo
* Or a red neck fitted engine powered chain saw! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60Tamp2fHhg
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DltGxhWwES4 Actually, there is]].
* Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the [[http://www.usbchainsaw.com/ first USB-powered chainsaw in the world!]] [[spoiler: It's a fake.]]
* Wrestling/TerryFunk had that silly "Chainsaw Charlie" gimmick. Silly, yes. But then you [[FridgeHorror realize]] that it's an older, beat up, mentally unstable guy whose claim to fame is being in some of the most [[BloodyHilarious visually gruesome]] matches in history... And he's swinging a live, revved-up chainsaw as he goes flailing to the ring. More than one wrestler's OhCrap face was ''not'' acting.
* Think regular chainsaws are scary? Forget lumberjacks: geologists who collect sectional samples of rock strata use two-man ''giant'' chainsaws with [[AbsurdlySharpBlade diamond-dust cutting edges]], that can ''slice through granite''.
* That thing over there is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trencher_%28machine%29 Trencher]]. They are construction vehicles with giant chain or circular saws. No, you can't have one.
** There is a more portable type of trencher that is for digging smaller trenches in softer materials. Used by landscapers and occasionally plumbers. You still probably shouldn't buy one for fun.
** There are also [[http://dtti.wordpress.com/2006/11/19/krupp-giant-trencher/ larger versions]].
* The lead singer of the Japanese noise band Hanatarash (known for their live shows involving power tools and on occasion industrial construction heavy machinery) once strapped a buzzsaw to his back, and proceeded to show off the dangers inherent in improper use of such tools by falling over and accidentally almost amputating his leg. He was rushed to hospital and luckily was able to keep the limb.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yFyNxPkk44 A Lego chainsaw]]. Nothing else needs to be said.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ljd_hUxCfI&feature=related A chainsaw bayonet]]. Finally real life version.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/the-4-most-badass-ways-anyone-has-taken-deadly-animal/ Chainsaw vs. Mountain Lion]]
* Creator/BruceCampbell himself says in [[http://www.denofgeek.us/movies/13994/interview-bruce-campbell an interview]] how much he hated working with the chainsaw in ''The Franchise/EvilDead'' movies. Not only was it too heavy, which he mentions in ''Film/MyNameIsBruce'', but they used tobacco to make the smoke, meaning he was breathing secondhand smoke the entire time and ended each day with a huge nicotine stain on his body.
* 230-year-old fir trees are big. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RGjyQro7s0 These chainsaws are bigger.]]
* A diagram for modifying a semi-automatic rifle into an assault rifle (intended by to point out how easy it is for a disturbed individual to do) once included a chainsaw bayonet. [[HilarityEnsues Cue endless mockery from NRA associates who know how impractical this is]].