"Aaah! Chainsaw! The great communicator!"
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 horror villains
and zombie hunters
alike, where they're typically swung like swords. While cool, there are good reasons the chainsaw is 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 to their weight, require fuel or an external power source, make a lot of noise, and will tear through the person wielding them just as cheerfully as the intended victim.
Either way, expect Gorn
. Lots and lots of Gorn. Ohhhh yes
Chainsaws are also 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
The chain also runs the danger of snapping and whipping the user in the process. Fictional chainsaws also have the ability to start instantly, with one pull of the starter handle, unlike in Real Life
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 Real Life
chainsaws also dull in seconds if they touch anything harder than woodnote
. 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 Real Life
is a bad idea, since you're just as likely to hurt yourself as whatever you were trying to use it on
. Don't Try This at Home
A common way of playing with this trope
is to make a chainsaw part of a Swiss Army Weapon
See also Vibroweapon
, Deadly Disc
, Rule of Cool
, Awesome but Impractical
. Compare An Axe to Grind
and Sinister Scythe
, 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.
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Anime and Manga
- Buccaneer in Fullmetal Alchemist 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 zombie army that shows up in the finale.
- Which becomes useless when tangled up.
- In Code Geass, Humongous Mecha with 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
nuclear sakuradite reactor or something since he manages a Diagonal Cut on metal.
- The Urbanus in Last Exile is a Flying Battleship with massive chainsaw wings.
- Cars from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure can spring chainsaw-swords from his body.
- Akutabi Gamma, of Zombie Powder, carries a chainsword as tall as he is. He wields it one-handed. Oddly, he's supposedly 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. Outside of the obvious.
- The School Days OVA Magical Heart Kokoro-chan gives us the Hello Kitty Chainsaw Massacre◊. Yeah, should've seen that one coming...
- Metal Armor Dragonar features a Ace Custom mecha that has arm-mounted chainsaws as its melee weapon. Also, they can parry laser swords. And the pilot is the Dark Chick of the Five-Bad Band. Sort of...
- Wedding Peach. Yes, a Magical Girl show had a chainsaw. It was still no match for The Power of Love, but it had a chainsaw.
- Head maid Sakurazaka Hazuki in Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu is known for whipping out a chainsaw out of blue.
- Soul Eater
- Giriko's 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...as treads to move around with).
- Black Lagoon has Sawyer the Cleaner, a chainsaw wielding Elegant Gothic Lolita. 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 Kotetsushin Jeeg, the titular Humongous Mecha can equip the "Earth Parts," granting it a pair of chainsaw arms.
- Grell the grim reaper of Black Butler uses one that he supposedly customised himself. Some might say that it conflicts with the "Victorian" setting, but Black Butler doesn't really pay attention to that kind of thing.
- To be fair, the word 'chainsaw' is never used, and none of the other characters seem to know what it is.
- In the French version, it is.
- In Overman King Gainer, 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 Ghost in the Shell have chainsaw teeth.
- The manga series 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. Said chainsaw is also about three times the teddy-bear's size.
- One of the mecha pilots in Full Metal Panic! uses a chainsaw sword to cut a hasty hole in an airliner to extract a bomb. What,you thought W40k had a monopoly?
- And in episode 5 of the spin-off, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, the school janitor uses this against Sosuke and Issei after he's had enough of their fighting.
- One of the mechs from Viper's Creed has a chainsaw-rifle combo, a villain's mech in the last episode has two mounted on extra arms.
- In the manga version of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Unit 02 uses a double-bladed chainsaw against the Angel Armisael. Naturally, it backfires hilariously.
- In the Kirby anime, King Dedede cuts down a forest with a laser chainsaw. This is only true in the dub to make it less imitable. In other words, because of paranoid and over-protective censorship.
- Axis Powers Hetalia: 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 Scary Shiny Glasses. (America didn't mean to threaten him though, he was just being unintentionally scary.)
- Motorball warrior Armblessed in Battle Angel Alita has a chainsawed-out body.
- Princess Resurrection's Hime signature weapon is a chainsaw, she even dualwields two chainsaws to fight off the Pharaoh.
- Saitama Chainsaw Shoujo takes this trope up to eleven with Fumio, a teenage Yandere who learned an American Chainsaw Martial-art from her Texan grandfather. She ultimately faces an Evil Twin of herself who wields an identical chainsaw, leading to a chainsaw duel.
- Torikabuto is shown to Dual Wield them in one chapter of Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. But considering the fact that the main character fights with a pair of woollen mittens and someone else fights with a dining fork, this borders on the mundane.
- The Patchman uses one once in AR∀GO: City of London Police's Special Crimes Investigator… It made a bit of a mess.
- Digimon Xros Wars had MadLeomon, who had a chainsaw arm in his "Armed Mode."
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: General Cytomander's custom Ganmen, the Shuzack, is fitted with a buzzsaw. It proves largely useless against the favoured weapon of the heroes.
- Kore wa Zombie desu ka? 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 Magical Girl's outfit and moveset, including the Finishing Move "Mysteltainn Kick."
- In the Fairy Tail anime, Gajeel's Iron Dragon Sword was changed from an everyday jagged blade to a colossal chainsaw.
- In Rosario + Vampire, Routier Miao, aka Ludie, attacks Fong-Fong with a chainsaw.
- In A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun, Mikoto Misaka can use her electrical powers to magnetically form iron sand into whip chainsaws.
- In many versions, the tale of "Little Red Riding Hood" 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.
- In the Jackie Chan Adventures fic Queen Of All Oni, Left tries to use a chainsaw to try and destroy the Dog Talisman (we don't see it, and it fails), and he later uses one to KILL a wolf-squid hybrid.
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series
- In one 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.
- "Dobby relished his groinsaw's roar..."
- This shows up in multiple ways in Shinji And Warhammer 40 K:
- In the early chapters, Shinji invokes 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 Left 4 Dead 2 fanfic "Blind Mans Bluff" has Ellis absolutely adoring chainsaws, much to everyone else's amusement/exasperation.
- The first Hostel. Boy, did that backfire. The sequel has a circular saw.
- In the movie and manga Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge, the personification of evil uses a chainsaw.
- The classic horror movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 (sic) just might be the Trope Maker. Taken to a whole new level in the sequel, which features Dennis Hopper dual-wielding chainsaws in a climactic duel against Leatherface. And Leatherface's drive-by chainsawing in the same film.
- Ash Williams from the Evil Dead films (pictured above). This is a Bad Ass guy who cut off his own demon-possessed hand and replaced it with a chainsaw mounting. Obviously not to be taken lightly.
- In Army of Darkness (the 3rd film), Ash apparently no longer needs fuel for his chainsaw, not that he really needs it anymore, since he now has a fully working mechanical hand built with 14th century blacksmith technology. Nothing scientific makes sense in Army of Darkness, as it was much more comical than the previous 2 films.
- Averted in the self-parody film My Name Is Bruce. When a rabid fan offers Bruce Campbell a chainsaw modelled 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.
- A less famous, but still Badass use of this trope is in the Hong Kong film 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 Scarface (1983), one of Tony's friends meets a chainsaw-caused death gruesome enough to have a Gory Discretion Shot used.
- As lightsabers in Star Wars were justified feasible by scientifically adept fans as chainsaws of high-energy subatomic particles and, hence, classify as chainsaws, swords and Energy Weapons, they may very well qualify as the coolest weapons of all time.
- Patrick Bateman in American Psycho chases a prostitute through an apartment building in New York City with a chainsaw while 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 Smokin' Aces, one of the Tremor brothers uses a hand-mounted chainsaw during their assault on the Nomad Hotel, with predictably devastating results. He was then hoist by his own petard, so a possible subversion...?
- In Bad Taste, the Ax-Crazy character Derek (played by director Peter Jackson) gets hold of a chainsaw. Cue much gore and a Crowning Moment of Awesome or two. Cast members Craig Smith and Pete O'Herne admit in a web interview that it was an homage to Evil Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- Parodied in Braindead (aka Dead Alive), where the protagonist fends off a horde of zombies with a lawnmower.
- In Godzilla Final Wars, 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 hooks for hands.
- A Chainsaw arm shows up in The Machine Girl alongside a Machine Gun one.
- In Phantasm II, Reggie must fight a graver in a chainsaw duel.
- Motel Hell 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 Maniac Cop 2, where the heroine of the 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 snaps her neck.
- "Chainsaw-against-the-killer" also happens in Friday the 13th Part 2 and Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, with more succession in the latter as the supposed victim manages to get away even though her chainsaw runs out of fuel.
- Another example would be Halloween: Resurrection. 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.
- The remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) also has a "chainsaw against the killer" moment, and far more successful; the Final Girl actually manages to hack Leatherface's arm off with his own chainsaw, though she, obviously leaves him bleeding on the ground and runs away, necessitating having to run him over with a car to escape at the end.
- Buzzsaw from The Running Man. Ends up Hoist by His Own Petard.
- Dawn of the Dead (2004) - 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.
- Open Season - Beavers + chainsaws = Crazy Awesome!
- Dark of the Sun, based on the Wilbur Smith novel, featured two men in a chainsaw duel.
- Subverted in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. During the Thunderdome fight, Max uses a chainsaw to fight Blaster, but it quickly runs out of fuel before striking anything. He promptly trades for a Blade on a Stick and finishes with a Drop the Hammer.
- In 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 guess what the little creep just got his scaly hands on.
- The Saw films seem to prefer circular saws to chainsaws, with Jigsaw himself being killed by one in Saw III, and William being attacked by the co-worker he'd just gotten scalded to save, who wanted the key buried in his abdominal wall with one in VI, and a tablesaw in Saw 3D.
- Subverted in Pulp Fiction, where Butch is choosing a weapon to use to rescue his enemy Marsellus Wallace from the men currently having their way with him. He grabs a chainsaw, and then stops and instead grabs a katana.
- The killer in StageFright -Aquarius- manages to kill one victim with a chainsaw until it runs out of fuel.
- Subverted in the horror-comedy Black Sheep, 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 Mr. Nice Guy, when a Mook swings a big circular grinder at Jackie, but it comes unplugged the instant the thug tries to chase him with it.
- The Dragon in The Return of Swamp Thing attempts to attack Swamp Thing with a chainsaw.
- The killer in 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 insane, giant-pair-of-scissors-wielding Goth Lolita named Reika. Unfortunately, this fails, as she winds up dropping it. She ultimately resorts to torching Reika. Which also fails.
- High Tension: Both the killer and the protagonist get a turn with a circular saw.
- In Evil Aliens, a combine harvester is a 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 "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 Big Tits Zombie, 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 Poltergeist II: The Other Side, a possessed flying chainsaw tries to stop them.
- Art for Transformers: Dark of the Moon 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 The Marine, Rome attacks Triton with one. Triton defends himself with a wrench, which gets sawed in half, but manages to force Roman to drop the chainsaw.
- In Mr. Mom, 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 Police Academy 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 Pain and Gain. It gets jammed by hair rather easily, but then Daniel complains it's a cheap piece of crap.
- The Jaeger Crimson Typhoon from Pacific Rim can transform it's three hands into circular saws.
- Helldriver give us chainsaw-wielding zombies... so of course the heroine takes them down with a chainsaw katana.
- As the cast of Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror 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.
- Robot Jox gives us a chainsaw on the Big Bad's robot. Its placement on the robot's torso is...unusual. It appears at 1:14:12, for better or worse.
- When G-Girl reveals her secret identity to Matt in My Super Ex-Girlfriend she makes him swear that he would rather have a chainsaw shoved up his ass then 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 Sharknado. It was so effective then that in Sharknado 2: The Second One, 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.
- "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.
- "Mutant Girls Squad" by Noboru Iguchi. Featuring a girl who can produce a chainsaw from her backside...
- 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. 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 The Night Land. (The hero's survival ration pack also includes literal Dehydrated Water, which if it isn't a TV trope darn well ought to be.)
- The heroine of Eric Flint and Dave Freer's Rats, Bats and Vats books, Virginia Shaw, adopts a chainsaw as her personal weapon.
- The Zombie Survival Guide deconstructs this, noting all of the above reasons not to use a chainsaw against the undead, and adding that you're throwing infected bodily fluids all over the place if you do get it to work, 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.
- Lieutenant Karrin Murphy in The Dresden Files: Summer Knight uses one to down a tree monster. With the added bonus that The Fair Folk really, really don't like being attacked with Cold Iron.
- Secret police and Cacticae security in Perdido Street Station 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 Misery, in which Annie Wilkes is found dead from her injuries and clutching a chainsaw she'd plainly intended to use on Paul Sheldon in the end.
- In 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 Under a Graveyard Sky, during the operation to clear a cruise line ship of Technically Living Zombies, 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.
Live Action TV
- "Malcolm" by The Arrogant Worms 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 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the Enfant Terrible 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 Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst points out that he "packs a chainsaw" and politely suggests that people get out of his way.
- 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 The Ramones debut album is "Chainsaw", which was inspired by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, complete with a power saw opening the song.
- Ke$ha's second 'Take it Off' video has one that shoots lasers.
- Used as an 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.
- Evelyn Evelyn's autobiographical monologue "The Tragic Events of September Part 1" describes how, when the Conjoined Twins 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.
- The Band Perry has the appropriately titled song "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.
- Yuzuki Yukari has "Goodbye Chainsaw, KurageP. It's a song about Yukari solving problems with a really cool chainsaw.
- In Warhammer 40,000, 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 Space Marines. The Space Wolves are fond of chainaxes, Terminator armor is often equipped with chainfistsnote , the Sisters Repentia use huge two-handed chainswords, and more exotic variants like the chainscythe from Necromunda can be found. These weapons' adamantium teeth have monomolecular edges, all the better to cut through enemy armor, especially since power and force weaponsnote are in relatively short supply due to the Imperium's technological limitations.
- Chaos forces, especially Chaos Space Marines, use chain weapons for essentially the same reasons, although theirs are usually much nastier in form and function. Khorne Berserkers wield chainaxes almost exclusively, as their frenzied Attack! Attack! Attack! 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!"
- In 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 Unknown Armies, 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. As do katanas.
- There is a Chainsword (a unique magic sword that's a cross between a sword and a chainsaw, described in DRAGON Magazine #132) in AD&D.
- Cyberpunk 2020 has the Husqvarna Chainripp - a chainsaw which you can install into your bionic arm.
- 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 Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Exalted characters are well known for their daiklaves. How do you go one better? With a 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 Rule of Cool 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 Captain America'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, Autochthonia, as well as every Shard except Burn Legend.
- Averted in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer 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 Critical Failure, you'll hit yourself.
- Mutant Chronicles, 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.
- d20 Modern has the 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 GURPS chainsaws do more damage than any other melee weapon. Unfortunately, they're terribly difficult to use.
- Both versions of The World of Darkness grant chainsaws terrible accuracy penalties... but if you can land that hit, they deal great damage.
- Even Dungeons & Dragons 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 greatsword, battleaxe, scythe, glaive or whatever's appropriate.
- Call of Cthulhu gives a chainsaw the equivalent of an impale (where a stabbing weapon hits something vital) but in this case it removes a limb.
- 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 Cannon Companion included chainsaws, and, oddly, it was roughly comparable to a katana in terms of general damage output. Looks like katanas really are just better.
- Hong Kong Action Theatre 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?
- 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 Impossibly Graceful Giant for fencing.
- In Battlemachines chainsaws are one of the satisfyingly destructive weapons that you can arm a mech with. This is taken 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.
- BattleTech and 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. 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.
- In Paranoia, the standard peripherals for docbots include surgical chainsaws. Please hold still, citizen.
- This is probably the principle behind Mortasheens mascot, the Chainsaw Kid.
- 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.
- Even Cirque du Soleil's Mystere plays with this trope for laughs. 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...
- Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Studio 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 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.
- The LEGO Ice Planet theme had 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 BIONICLE, Onua Nuva had Quake Breakers that were essentially these. They also doubled as all-terrain treads.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. Chainsaw Nunchuks.
- This strip of Keychain of Creation has a villain using chainsaw katars. As he remarks to the hero in a later strip, "the point is to intimidate you."
- Starting here, 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 Shout-Out to Exalted.
Guys, I ran out of dragon.
Glorious Chainsaw Method: Make your swords become like things unto chainsaws.
- Lothar Hex in Exterminatus Now has a circular saw built into his 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 Gunnerkrigg Court, when a tree-dog creature gets loose in the Court, the chainsaw-armed robots are sent to stop it.
- Alluded to in Backward Compatible here.
- This Chainsaw Suit 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 here.
- MS Paint Adventures, both Problem Sleuth and Homestuck, use chainsaws that double as lipsticks. Kanaya also use hers for actually trimming topiary. And amputating Tavros' legs. And chopping Eridan into two separate high-blood pieces.
- What, is that stupid people breeding? Time to unleash Charles Darwin and his Chainsaw of Natural Selection!
- Modest Medusa has a chainsaw unicorn. Called "The Knight of Chains", he may be unkillable.
- A chainsaw is the first thing Zeke grabs in Zombie Waffe when he hears about the large zombie outbreak.
- The Whiteboard gives is Jinx getting his dad to buy him a chainsaw for a Halloween costume of Ash from Army of Darkness. Also the background image has grumpy Doc with a chainsaw.
- Schlock Mercenary:
- In Sinfest, Squigley deliberately poses with one.
- The hyper-novel Sixgun features Abe Lincoln in a chainsaw fencing match. This is not nearly the weirdest thing going on.
- Version three of Survival of the Fittest 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 attempting to wield it.
- I Am Not Infected 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.
- HEY HEY HEY, WHAT DID I TELL YOU ABOUT COMIN' IN MY SHED!?
- In Chapter 18 of Shinji And Warhammer 40 K, 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?
- This Left 4 Dead 2 fan-made Fauxtivational Poster.
- Look a Vlog: Will professes his love for chainsaws in Ep. 2.
- EVERY TUESDAY, EPIC MEAL TIME! Comin' at you with a chainsaw and a big pile o'meat! If you ain't down with that? THEN YOU AIN'T DOWN WITH COOKING!
- The Flash cartoon "Forehead Shavecut". "You dodged the bullet, Neo. But now you will die by chainsaw!"
- In this Muppet web video, a chainsaw is one of the "utensils" the Swedish Chef pulls from hammerspace for carving sapient pumpkins.
- 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.
- The logo for James Rolfe's Cinemassacre is a combination between a camera and a chainsaw.
- Tommy Wiseau uses one to take down the Zombie Lisa in The Frollo Show's zombie apocalypse arc.
- Doctor Steel's most popular toy line was the Buzzsaw Baby, a kewpie doll with rotating saw blades for hands.
- Buzzkill in Ducktalez 4. His hands are buzzsaws.
- In his playthough of Bro Force, Vegeta's third favourite character seems to be "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, OF CHAINSAAAAAAAAW! YA-HAHA!
- In RWBY, the White Fang Lieutenant who fights and soundly defeats Weiss wields a massive chainsaw that he can hold one-handed and swing like a sword.
- Ash Williams's wannabe Affectionate Parody Hoss Delgado from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy can turn his hand into a crossbow that shoots FLAMING chainsaws. He also has a chainsaw for a peg-leg in the Underfist movie.
- In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, the Canadians use chainsaws as melee weapons. And in the zombie episode in s1, Chef wields dual chainsaws.
- In The Batman, Batman wields chainsaw tonfas at one point to fight Poison Ivy's plant monsters.
- Lilo & Stitch: 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!".
- Beast Wars' 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!
- While it was fairly rarely used, Tanya's Weapon of Choice in The Mighty Ducks is a small chainsaw in her wrist-mounted Omnitool, one of many tools in her armour.
- Buzzer, one of the Dreadnoks from G.I. Joe, wields a diamond-toothed chainsaw that allows him to cut through ANYTHING, including bank vaults..
- On SWAT Kats, the Shredder Missile fired by the Turbokat has its front end pop off in flight, revealing it to be a pair of chainsaws with a rocket booster for thrust.
- In Dexter's Laboratory, while Dexter is picturing Dee Dee destroying his lab, the first Imagine Spot is his sister with a chainsaw.
- Played with in American Dad!. 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 a leopard holding a chainsaw.
- In Star Wars: Clone Wars, 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 something to laugh about 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 Ax-Crazy penguin of The Penguins of Madagascar, 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 Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Die Fly Die" has Beavis trying to kill a fly with a chainsaw.
- ReBoot, in a Shout-Out to Evil Dead, gave the user character a chainsaw hand. It gets ruined when he tries to cut through a piano.
- In The Simpsons 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 Codename: Kids Next Door, The Delightful Children From Down The Lane have a mecha that wields flaming chainsaws.
- The antihero of the Madness Combat videos is especially excited by a chainsaw in the seventh installment. This despite the fact that he's a Person of Mass Destruction even without any weapons. Give a chainsaw to someone who can already stab people through the skull with a nightstick from across the room...
- In the Live Role Play scenario Final Voyage of the Mary Celeste, 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...
- Groinsaws. Groinsaws.
- Chainsaws that run on V8 engines? Yes!
- 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
- Actually, there is.
- Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the first USB-powered chainsaw in the world! It's a fake.
- Terry Funk had that silly "Chainsaw Charlie" gimmick. Silly, yes. But then you realize that it's an older, beat up, mentally unstable, drug-addicted guy whose claim to fame is being in some of the most 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 Oh, Crap 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 diamond-dust cutting edges, that can slice through granite.
- That thing over there is a 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 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.
- A Lego chainsaw. Nothing else needs to be said.
- A chainsaw bayonet. Finally real life version.
- Chainsaw vs. Mountain Lion
- Bruce Campbell himself says in an interview how much he hated working with the chainsaw in The Evil Dead movies. Not only was it too heavy, which he mentions in My Name Is Bruce, 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.