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[[caption-width-right:270:Good for chopping.]]

->''"A little of the ol' chop-chop!"''
-->-- '''The Sniper''', ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''

A Kukri (or khukuri) is a heavy Nepalese knife used both as a tool and as a weapon. The most distinctive feature of this weapon is that the blade has a deflected angle with a thick spine and a single sharp cutting edge; this causes the end section of the blade to strike square on, greatly increasing chopping effectiveness. It is most famously known as a part of the regimental weaponry and heraldry of [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkha fighters]]. Forming part of the survival equipment carried by airmen during the early 1940s conflict in Burma, the Kukri is an essential item equally effective at hacking through jungle brush as it is through limbs.

For a relatively obscure weapon from Nepal, they feature quite frequently in the media, easily spotted because of their distinctive (and threatening) shape. As an interesting aside, note that it possibly wasn't actually invented in Nepal, but in ''Greece'' of all places. The current consensus is that kukri is a (somewhat shrunken) descendant of a Greek cavalry saber, ''machaira''. Machaira itself was a modification of a previous infantry sword called ''kopis'' (literally, "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin chopper]]"), just one of the large family of recurved sabers used throughout the Mediterranean. The troops of Alexander the Great brought it to India during his expedition there, and the locals loved the design.

As with katana, there is a persistent myth that the blade must 'taste blood' before it is sheathed. This is untrue, as a Kukri is [[SwissArmyWeapon useful for far more than just violence]]. However there have been instances of Gurkhas slicing their fingers with it as a practical joke to [[ShroudedInMyth impress]] outsiders with their [[ProudWarriorRace ferocity]]. It's also been theorized that the "must taste blood" was something that annoyed Gurkhas started telling tourists, to make them stop asking to see the kukris.

See also MacheteMayhem and KnifeNut. Also NationalWeapon and NepaliWithNastyKnives.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Aging from Baccano uses an extra large Kukri as one of her weapons of choice. (Dual-wielded opposite to a modified Mini-gun).
* Shenhua from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' fights with a much more practical version of a Whip Sword: twin whip kukri. She's good enough to behead people with them from 30 feet away.
* The ''OnePiece'' character Helmeppo fights with two kukris.
** Bellamy's first mate "Big Knife" Sarquiss uses one. It's where he gets his nickname.
* In ''GhostInTheShell: 2nd Gig'', in the episode where Pazu's ex decides to become exactly like him (down to the DNA of his cybernetic body). The real and fake Pazus then duel with folding, forward swept kukris.
* Two appear in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic The Second Raid'' albeit as upscaled monomolecular cutters shaped to look like kukris; one is the standard melee weapon for Belfaghn's [=M9D=] Falke, the other is a [[{{BFS}} massive one]] used by Gates for his Codarl I in the last episode, [[spoiler: which he promptly uses to kill Yui Lan by slicing her Codarl's limbs off and then impaling her through the Codarl's torso.]]
** Sosuke also brings one out in an episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', where he tries to show a young man (who is armed with a nail-bat) what a ''real'' weapon looks like.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In the {{Elseworlds}} tale ''[[JusticeSociety JSA Liberty Files - The Unholy Three]]'', we have a brief scene of Franchise/{{Batman}} using a kukri against an alternate reality version of Two-Face who resembles a giant bug. This version of Batman was [[ThouShaltNotKill more likely to use lethal force]]. An action figure based on this version can be viewed [[http://www.oafe.net/yo/dcdew4lfb.php here]].
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In the ''AhMyGoddess'' story ''Fanfic/AhArchfall'', Jago uses a khukuri as his primary weapon, with all others (including a ''claymore''!) being optional extras for use as the situation dictates.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'', Kevin Costner's character is briefly seen using a kukri.
* In ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction'', Alice wields two kukri blades.
* ''Film/MajorPayne'' used one to scratch his noggin while reading a self-help book.
* Used by the [[TerribleTrio Three Storms]] in the beginning of ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'', as throwing weapons. Whether or not they're any good for this is debatable.
* In ''Film/TromasWar'', Creator/OliverStone {{expy}} Parker carries a kukri, which he uses to cut off his enemies' ears, and make a necklace out of them. Yeah.
* TheHero from ''Film/{{Cyborg}}'' was a '''major''' KnifeNut, having at least a dozen hidden on his body. This included several kukris.
* ''AustinPowers'': '''KUKRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!''' [[spoiler: Powers was not fazed in the slightest.]]
* The thrown knives in ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'' resemble kukris.
* The killer in the early '80s slasher ''Night School'' wields a kukri.
* In the 1849 segment of ''Film/CloudAtlas'' Autua has one has one in the scene where he asks Adam to kill him, rather than turn him over to the Captain.
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'': Abraham Van Helsing wields one, which he uses to slay Dracula's brides.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Jonathan Harker wielded a kukri in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''. And attacked with enough ferocity to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome force Dracula to retreat.]]
* White Court Vampire Thomas Raith in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' uses a kukri in battle in ''White Night'' and ''Changes''. In the former, Harry refers to it in narration as "some kind of curved knife" for most of the book, before finally just calling it a kukri, and pausing his narration to add that he ''knew'' he'd remember the name eventually.
* The Drow Ranger Valas Hune dual wields them in ''{{War of the Spider Queen}}''.
* In ''{{Sten}}'', the Gurkha mercenaries who guard the Emperor carry these. In later books, Sten carries one as a memento from his time as their commander.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Edgar wields two kukri blades.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', [[spoiler:Wesley]] is killed with one of these.
** Gunn got one as a cursed gift in one of the novels. It grew wires of a sort that embedded themselves into his arm and were tough to get loose.
* For a while Spike had one on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}''. If memory serves, he kept it tucked into the back of his pants under the Badass Longcoat.
* In ''Series/KindredTheEmbraced'' Julian Luna, the Venture Prince of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, uses a kukri in battle. Seeing a vampire+kukri theme?
** Makes sense, since decapitation is the only sure way to kill a vampire in just about any universe.
* Auggie had a Kukri in his bag in ''Series/{{Covert Affairs}}''.
* In ''GameOfThrones'', Bronn has one strapped to his back that he occasionally whips out as a off-hand weapon.

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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* Mamungi from ''Manhwa/TheBreaker'' uses [[{{BFS}} one huge]] kukri.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''Kingdom Of Champions'' supplement for the ''{{Champions}}'' roleplaying game, one of the members of the United Kingdom's national superhero team 'The New Knights' is called Gurkha and wields kukris.
* In ''DungeonsAndDragons 3rd Edition and 3.5,'' Kukris are martial melee weapons; although they don't do much damage, they're one of the few non-exotic weapons to threaten a critical hit on a roll of 18. However, this becomes less impressive when you remember that [[AwesomeButImpractical many monster types are immune to criticals]].
** Of course, many more aren't immune to criticals. As a melee weapon, the kukri is strictly better than a dagger and is a good choice for an off-hand weapon.
*** A number of special abilities also trigger any time a weapon "threatens" a critical hit whether or not it actually lands, and so work very well with the kukri.
**** Made even nastier by the fact that the Improved Criticals feat or the Keen special weapon property doubles the threat range. A character that has applied this to a kukri threatens on a 15-20.
***** And if you have Improved Critical and gain 7th level of Weapon Master prestige class (weapon of choice being kukri), you get +2 to threat range getting it to 13-20.
****** And if you have greater two weapon fighting (which gives three attacks per round) and Improved Criticals and duel wield vorpal kukris (which behead on a critical hit), you will kill an enemy about half the time (assuming you can make all the attack rolls, and they're not immune to beheading). Though you are better off replacing one of the kukris with a rapier or scimitar, which has the same threat range and does more damage, but can't be wielded in your off-hand under normal circumstances.
** In 4th Edition, they're one of a small selection of weapons with the "Brutal 1" trait, meaning that they always do at least two points of damage on a hit.
** Everything that applies to ''D&D 3.5'' applies to ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''...except a lot of monsters are no longer immune to crits.
*** Kukris are even the favored weapon of certain deities... most prominently, however, the ChaoticEvil Queen of Demons, [[MotherOfAThousandYoung Lamashtu]], a divinely ascended Demon Prince whose portfolio covers stillbirths, nightmares, miscegenation, miscarriage, mutation, madness and monsters.
* ''{{GURPS}}: Fantasy Tech'' has the "ethnic cool" version of a kukri. It does damage on par with a ''broadsword''.
** ''Martial Arts'' has the realistic version. It's still a very effective knife. It is also possible to have a ''sword''-size kukri.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{RAGE}}'', several melee focused enemies, especially Ghosts, use kukri. Just before the self-revival tutorial, you get a very close look at one.
* [[PsychoForHire Warrant Officer Emile-A239]], one of the SPARTAN-III teammates in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', is often seen sharpening the kukri he keeps sheathed on his shoulder. He finally gets to use it [[spoiler:on the Elite Zealot that just impaled him on an energy sword]].
** A player of sufficiently high rank can purchase Emile's right shoulder piece, which carries a kukri, for his/her custom Noble Six. The player can't use it, though, sticking to the combat knife mounted on his/her chest armor.
* The melee weapon of the Sniper class in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
** He later received the Tribalman's Shiv, which is an even ''nastier'' looking kukri [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter made entirely out of wood.]] It only does half the immediate damage of the kukri, but causes [[StandardStatusEffect bleeding]], lowering health over time and preventing Spy's from cloaking properly.
* An exotic melee weapon in ''NeverwinterNights'', based on the rules of ''Dungeons and Dragons''.
** The kukri is the main melee weapon of Tomi Undergallows, the rogue hireling in the main campaign.
* The 'Boa Kukri' is one of the melee weapons players in ''VideoGame/AllianceOfValiantArms'' can purchase from the in-game store.
* Kukris are available for your use in ''[[VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard]]'', although they are quickly outclassed. One NPC in the same game has one attached to the end of her staff.
* Seen in ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', Sheva uses a Kukri.
* Kukris are used by Ellia and Dr. Lindsey from ''EternalDarkness''.
* In ''VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves'', the character Tenzin carries a kukri.
* A melee weapon in ''VideoGame/CombatArms''.
* The Wretcher's Blade in ''VideoGame/FableII'' is a very large version of a kukri.
* In ''MortalKombat'' 4, Kai uses the "Gurkha Knife" or kukri as his weapon of choice.
* In ''Film/{{Jumper}}: Griffin's Story'', Griffin can use a kukri.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', there's an enemy called Gurkha, who wields what is supposed to be a very stylized giant kukri.
** Gurkha Masters also appear in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''.
* In the [[http://www.wowpedia.org/File:Troll_Shadow_Hunter.jpg official art]] of ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', trolls shadow hunters use kukris. In the game, they seem to be using a DoubleWeapon version.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'', Kukris are wielded by Qsiti (small frog-rabbit people) warriors as swords.
* The Kukri appears as a knife-class weapon in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''. Somehow, they teach Jugglers how to throw Molotov cocktails.
** They are also common dagger-type weapons in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', and many kukri tend to be Dancer's better early to mid-game weapons.
* Bill of ''Videogame/TheLastOfUs'' carries a Kukri as his melee weapon. He's fairly proficient in gutting and decapitating Infected with it.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', assassins from the [[AncientConspiracy Order of the Black Rose]] tend to use enchanted kukris when they want to leave a messy message to the Order's rivals or when they want to hack a tough opponent into pieces.
* Vadiir and the Laughing Clown in ''ARG/DarkDreamChronicle'' each own a Black Iron kukri machete.
* Danny of the YouTube channel gradualreport uses one to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCybRFMW7-M "fix" his computer.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Famously used by the [[NepaliWithNastyKnives Gurkha soldiers of Nepal]], who traditionally serve in the British Army. The knives are often called "Gurkha knives" for this reason. Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser claimed that during WWII, Gurkha soldiers had a habit of dropping their rifles and charging at nearby enemies with their knives. After each battle, they had to go back and find their rifles.
* Kukris are used by the SAS.
* Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser, the noted author, carried one through the Burma campaign. He said he preferred it to a [[MacheteMayhem machete]].
* The kukri is in fact the only surviving member of an entire sword family: the recurve sabres, single-edged hacking weapons that curve away from the wielder. The concept has been around since the ancient Egyptians, whose ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khopesh khopesh]]'' was essentially a militarised farming sickle. The Greek ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopis kopis]]'' or ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machaira machaira]]'' (the first name meaning "chopper") was a common sidearm for Greek infantry and a standard weapon for Persian cavalry. It was used across the entire Mediterranean and became a bane of the Roman legions when wielded by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcata Iberian infantry]], and it's big, two handed, brother, the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falx falx]]'', made them upgrade their Armour when wielded by the Dacians. The Medieval Turkish ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yatagan yatagan]]'' is a late example of a recurve sabre. All of the examples mentioned here are [[CoolSword significantly bigger than the kukri.]]
* Most, if not all, [[http://traditionalfilipinoweapons.com/Sandata.html Traditional Filipino Weapons]] with a blade have a forward curve with the blade on the inside of the curve. This also applies to neighbouring Indonesian Swords and some Malaysian. The [[http://traditionalfilipinoweapons.com/Ginunting.html Ginunting]] is the official bladed sidearm of the Filipino Marine Corp.
* Farmers and individuals living in rural Thailand use a kukri-inspired knife called an e-nep, which depending on the maker, ranges from extremely similar to outright identical to the shape of the kukri. They use their e-neps for the same sort of outdoors tasks the kukri is used for.
* Modern Kukris are made rather shorter then old time ones because folk in TheGovernment [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad are less enthusiastic]] about the idea of [[OffWithHisHead decapitation and limb-lopping]] then their predecessors. Longer kukri are sometimes marketed as [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot "kukri machetes"]].
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