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->'''Leela:''' What are we delivering?\\
'''Professor Farnsworth:''' Something without which no ribbon-cutting ceremony could proceed: the ceremonial oversized scissors.\\
'''Leela:''' We'll get them there as quickly as we can.\\
'''Professor Farnsworth:''' All right, but don't run with them.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

One of the basic safety rules we learn as children is "never run with scissors." Thus, references to this rule and instances of characters running with scissors show up in the media all the time.

DoNotTryThisAtHome, obviously. ''Please''. Related to ShearMenace, which is using scissors as WeaponOfChoice.

[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/{{Mirai Nikki}}'', [[CreepyChild Reisuke]] attempts to kill Yuno this way and make it look like an accident. Lucky she had a pillow handy to shield herself.
* The dragon Scissor Runner in ''Manga/FairyTail'' is based on this concept, being very dangerous and having a head that looks like a pair of serrated scissors.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', while fleeing from a [[ItMakesSenseInContext giant runaway fishbowl]], Brent, carrying [[RibbonCuttingCeremony ceremonial scissors]], comments, "I really shouldn't be running with these!"


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* In ''Film/HappyEndings'', Charley has a scar on his chest from when he ran with scissors at age six.
* Billy Bones's FinalSpeech in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'':
-->'''Billy''': Beware...\\
'''Jim''': The one-legged man?\\
'''Billy''': Aye. But also beware o' running with scissors, or any other pointy object. 'Tis all good fun, til somebody loses an eye.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* The title of one of Augusten Burroughs's memoirs is ''RunningWithScissors''.
* In ''Literature/ShadesOfGrey'', to "run with scissors" is a set expression for "doing something incredibly dangerous."
* In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', Susan yells at the Death of Rats that there's no running with ''scythes''. It's an obvious reference to this trope, as she's a schoolteacher who encourages her young students to treat scissors like they're some sort of volatile doomsday device.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Frasier [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXceET3-awc&feature=related did it]] on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' once to prove he was "dangerous."
* During a silent comedy sequence in in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles starts to dash across the room with a pair of scissors, but then remembers what his mother told him and moves more carefully.
* A very old edition of Creator/DavidLetterman had him and Paul Schaffer using this gag to explain how Paul's band "The World's Most Dangerous Band" got their name... basically they cut to a shot of Paul running with a pair of scissors.
* An episode of ''Series/OliverBeene'' had a boy with one testicle. Guess how he lost it.
* A round of new cable channels on ''Late Night With Conan O' Brien'' around 2004 had the "Running with Scissors Channel." It showed people running around with scissors... then everyone injured.
* An episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' Zack and Cody are looking to find the food critic who constantly wears disguises. They find an asian man with a grey beard and assume he is the critic, so they try to vacuum the beard off, but after discovering the beard's real and the vacuum can't be turned off, Cody goes to get the scissors and starts walking. Zack tells him to hurry, but Cody says he can't because mom said not to run with scissors.
* Multiple children's shows have reinforced this lesson. Most have been non-graphic, some have used puppets, but all of these have stopped short of showing or depicting anything graphic happening. However, there was at least one online account recalling a safety lesson delivered on a local version of '''''Romper Room''''', said show broadcast sometime in the late 1970s. The exchange was said to have involved the host getting a call from "the fire chief" and (after [[PhoneyCall a fake phone conversation]]) explaining that his department had just responded to a call where a little boy was running with scissors in the house and that he accidentally poked both of his baby sister's eyes out, and that she likely lost both of her eyes. The lesson, which scarred the kids for life (according to the online account) was, of course, "don't run with scissors."
* A (ahem) RunningGag on the Seattle sketch-comedy ''Series/AlmostLive'' was to start episodes with an announcement that the program was preempting some other (fictional) show. One of these was ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL3awNLJm8c Running With Scissors]]'', which evidently consisted entirely of a group of people cheerfully [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin running around waving pairs of scissors.]]


[[folder: Music ]]

* The music video for Music/GreenDay's "Warning" depicts a young man who spends his entire day defying "conventional wisdoms" of various types. Towards the start of the video, he runs down a hallway, picks up a pair of scissors that are hanging up on a peg on the way and sets them back down on another peg at the end of the hall and he runs the scissors back to the original peg when he returns home at the end of his day.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic put out an album in the late 1990s titled ''Running with Scissors''. The cover photo depicted Al doing the titular activity on a professional track (as #27, naturally). The liner art shows that the only person ''not'' seriously injured in the event was Al.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* One ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' cartoon had Dogbert giving bad advice for a discounted price to the PointyHairedBoss. One panel pictured the Boss running with scissors.
* Similar to the ''Cheers'' example above, Jon Arbuckle in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2006/ga060502.gif once did this]] because Ellen likes men who live dangerously.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': In one cartoon, a new employee at a scissors factory is curious about an elderly woman watching over the production line from an elevated chair. An older employee says: "You must be new here. That's Miss Crutchfield, and she's there to make sure nobody runs with scissors."
** And another where a man is no longer permitted to go running with an anthropomorphic pair of scissors at the track.


[[folder: Toys ]]

* From ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
-->'''Vezon''': So, what am I supposed to do on Destral? [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Theft? Assassination? Running with sharp objects?]]


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/TheSims2'' had a downloadable object that was a large pair of scissors. If you forced the Sim to run with them, he would be killed.
** Needless to say, this was a fairly popular way to kill Sims, either for [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential malicious purposes]] or to fulfill a Knowledge Sim's desire to be saved from the Grim Reaper, being quick, having a high success rate, and lacking in the possibility for collateral damage.
* A ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' one-shot comic references this as the reason Rend Blackhand lost his eye.
* The studio that developed ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'' and sequels is called ''Running with Scissors''.
* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' references this with one of Voldo's attacks, where he steps forward three times while clashing his claw-weapons together.
* Hairdresser Octopus from ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper'' flails around giant scissors when in his red hypnotized state


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In a series of ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' strips, Sam swipes the giant scissors from a RibbonCuttingCeremony and run off with them. The mayor, who was about to open the museum, requests a gun so she can [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01268.htm shoot him before he hurts himself]].
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', running with scissors is actually an event during a TournamentArc. Naturally, the panel showing Torg's victory is a recreation of the Music/WeirdAlYankovic ''Running With Scissors'' album cover.
* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'': in the nick of time, the [[http://scarygoround.com/sgr/ar.php?date=20021015 villain falls off the roof]] and slices himself to pieces with his vaguely scissorhandish murder gloves. Tessa and Rachel are horrified: "That's all the reminder I'll ever need not to run with scissors".


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] does this in his video review of ''Pumpkinhead'', satirizing the heroes' careless thrillseeking and eventually winding up with the scissors stuck in his eye.
* Given as the explanation of what happened to Tristan's original voice in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''.
-->'''Joey:''' Tristan's Voice, have you been drinking?\\
'''Trisan's Voice:''' I can't remember, because I'm ''so'' drunk!\\
'''Joey:''' Hey, wait! Don't run with those scissors!\\
'''Tristan's Voice:''' You're not the boss of me! ''[trip]'' OUCH!\\
'''Joey ''[completely deadpan]'':''' Oh no, he's dead.
* Machinima/TheStrangerhood has Durnt running with giant scissors. He impaled Sam's gall bladder with them.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Dean Venture is shown to have died by running with scissors and tripping.
** The death montage shows that they are so much death prone that even ridiculously safe activities like flying a kite has killed both Hank and Dean at least once.
* In the PilotMovie of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', Frankie admonishes one friend about running with Scissors Scissors being another imaginary friend.
* There was a ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' short-short where Dexter advised Dee Dee never to run with scissors... unless you have [[PoweredArmor the proper safety equipment]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the boys visit the Island of Misfit Mascots commune and meet "Oinky, the Run-Around-With-Scissors Pig". When one of the boys points out that's bad advice, they're informed that it's why Oinky is on the island.
* According to the ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' opening, this is how General Skarr got his scar.
* The regular villain of ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'' challenged a DarkerAndEdgier villain to a "Senseless Showdown" to determine who would take the title of Dog City's crime boss. Running with scissors was one of the regular's "senseless" moves.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Steve becomes a childrens' book author and Stan advises him to play the bad boy in order to attract attention. His "bad boy" actions include various acts of PokeThePoodle, including this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', the "Hall of Nifty Things to Know" contains a pedestal-mounted statue of the Freak not running with scissors. Nifty!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' special "Underfist", when Fred Fredburger asks Hoss Delgado if monsters are the reason he lost his eye, the latter sarcastically responds that his mother told him not to run with scissors.
* Pam in ''WesternAnimation/PopPixie'' runs and flies all over the place with her trusty scissors, ready to cut up stuff whenever she needs to. She generally uses them for good, though she can get a little overeager when cutting things up.