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[[caption-width-right:350:"Big Bertha" in action.]]

Military people, [[TruthInTelevision real]] or fictional, have a [[BlackComedy macabre (and often hilarious)]] tendency to give cutesy nicknames to some truly nasty and often lethal hardware. This trope does for weapons what FluffyTheTerrible and {{Fluffy Tamer}}s do for the animal kingdom, with possibly a little bit of overlap with ICallItVera.

To understand the significance of this trope, the "Bouncing Betty" is a buried land mine with a double charge. When it was stepped on, it had a small charge that detonated, launching it to waist height, whereupon the second charge would explode, at a minimum [[GroinAttack destroying the soldier's penis and testicles]].



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* L'Arc-en-ciel is French for Rainbow. It is also the name of the ''Arthra's'' WaveMotionGun in the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''.
** The titular character's magic staff is named "Raising Heart." Kinda tame and cute sounding compared to the other magical devices in the show, like [[BladeOnAStick Bardiche]] or [[DropTheHammer Graf Eisen]]. Said staff is also capable of raining [[BeamSpam pink beams of doom]] and [[WaveMotionGun a beam that could level cities.]]
* Anime/GirlsUndPanzer. Katyusha usually calls her team's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kliment_Voroshilov_tank#Models KV-2]] (a 152mm assault howitzer in the body of a heavy tank) "[=KV=]-[[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics tan]]". Which, accounting for Japanese translation convention, is a pretty accurate depiction of how the Russians name their equipment (see the RealLife notes for Russian Katyushas below).
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Cyborg ChildSoldier Triela does hand-to-hand combat with the Italian GIS special forces, who dub her Lepretto (roughly "bunny") after a child's doll that shares her TwinTails.
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' has a deceptively poetic name (and thematic design) for its apocalyptic weapons system. [[spoiler:The Moonlight Butterfly.]]
* Funky Boy is a "bio weapon" from the ''Anime/{{Redline}}'' world. In other words, it's a [[LovecraftianSuperpower Lovecraftian]] [[BodyHorror blob]] of [[NightmareFuel yellow matter]] the size of [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever an aircraft carrier]], which can scream a {{wave motion gun}} and [[spoiler:survive a blast from a {{kill sat}}]], all while [[EldritchAbomination still in its infant stage]].


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/OpenSeason'', [=McSqueezy=] blows up a hunter's truck with a bomb improvised from a propane tank. He calls it Mr. Happy.


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

* ''Film/MenInBlack'''s Noisy Cricket, which doesn't look very nasty until it's fired.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'': When Moriarty's troops can't hit Holmes, Watson, and Sim with their regular guns and mortars, they pull out the absurdly large cannon named Little Hansel.
* ''Film/{{Hellboy}} II: The Golden Army'' has Hellboy and his [[{{BFG}} Big Baby.]] It's a big revolver. As in "it's so big Hellboy has to hold it in his Right Hand of Doom" big. It also shoots mini rockets that say "Suck on This" and the grip looks like it was made from a rifle or shotgun butt.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'' has [[Wrestling/JesseVentura Blain]]'s [[GatlingGood Minigun]], "Old Painless."


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/EndersGame'' features the Molecular Detachment Device, capable quite literally of destroying whole planets. Also known as the Little Doctor or Doctor Device, for M.D. Device.
* The spear of Gil-Galad, ''Aiglos'' (literally "snow-point", or rather "icicle") in Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* ''Literature/TheLostFleet''': While liberating a prisoner-of-war camp in the fifth book, enemy stealth commandos carrying 'hupnums' are detected approaching. When Captain John Geary asks for elaboration, while musing to himself that they sound like a cute fairy tale creature, he is informed that its an acronym for [=HUman Portable NUclear Munitions.=]


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Creator/StephenColbert has his handgun, which he calls "Sweetness".


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The "Broken Butterfly" magnum and "Matilda" automatic handgun in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4.''
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 3'''s "Kalina Ann" rocket launcher, used by Lady. She specifically named it after her mother, who was [[spoiler:killed by her father Arkham for a demonic ritual of some sort]].
* The "Tiny Bee" pistols used by Gunners in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2.''
* From ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', Heavy's Sasha and Natascha, which are two mini-guns. Though it's averted with his other big guns: the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Brass Beast]], the [[VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory Iron Curtain]], and the [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster Tomislav]]. Then, it turned out he had his own cutesy names for some of them too, including Svetlana, Oksana and [[OddNameOut Sheila]].
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' features several combat vehicles with silly names. Among them are a spiked tank called "Melty Honey", a camouflaged tank known as "Bull Chan", and of course, the titular "Metal Slug" tank. The "Augenstern" is the most glaring example; it's a massive, four-legged death machine whose name is German for "my darling".
* ''[[Videogame/MechWarrior MechWarrior Living Legends]]'' has the Atlas "A" variant, affectionately named "Mr. Bubbles". Mr. Bubbles is a 100 ton HumongousMecha toting three rotary autocannons, missile racks, and enough armor to shrug off a small army.
* Several missions in ''VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation'' has the player assisting his nation's navy, which is spearheaded by their flagship, the "Marigold," [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirov-class_battlecruiser a Kirov Class battleship.]]

[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The TropeNamer is the "Bouncing Betty". Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-mine should bring you up to speed...]]
** Finnish name for that contraption is ''Hyppy-Heikki'' (Hopping Henry).
** Swedish servicemen famously call a similar contraption "Lille Skutt" ("little hop") after a cute cartoon rabbit from ''ComicBook/{{Bamse}}''...
*** Heck, ''Bamse'' itself is an anti-air missile. Considering the very explicit pacifism of both the character and the author of the comic, you can understand why Rune A. was not amused.
*** Even leaving aside the character, ''bamse'' was and still is a cutesy adjective (for large).
* The Germans had a knack for this in both World Wars.
** Various artillery pieces were known as "Big Bertha" (German ''Dicke Bertha'', literally "thick (fat) Bertha"). The most famous was perhaps the railway gun, shown at the top of this page.
** A longer-barreled but smaller-bored (relatively speaking) railway gun on the same type of mounting as the "Big Bertha" was known as ''Schlanke Emma'' ("Slender Emma").
** And the most famous (or most bizarre, depending on your point of view) German artillery piece of World War One, the ''Paris Gun'' that shelled the French capital from a range of over 70 miles (110 kilometers), was according to Ian Hogg nicknamed "Die Pariserin" by its crew--which as he points out translates into French as ''La Parisienne''.[[note]]A reading in English as "Die, Parisians" would be incorrect. Apt, but incorrect.[[/note]]
** Yet another [[UpToEleven absurdly-huge]] German gun was called Dora.
** The 180-ton ''Panzerkampfwagen'' VII was known as the ''Maus'' ("Mouse").
** The WWII-era German self-propelled gun known as the ''Hummel'' (bumblebee) looks like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummel_(artillery) this]].
** Two huge German Krupp K5 railroad guns were used to defend against the Allied landing at Anzio, Italy in 1944. Their crews nicknamed them ''Leopold'' and ''Robert'', which are men's names and only slightly cutesy... but the Allied soldiers who were taking fire from the guns called them ''Anzio Express'' and ''Anzio Annie''.
** The current German army has a difficult time finding acceptance with the civilian population, so they avoid overly aggressive or martial names for their equipment. Combat vehicles often have names like "mongoose", "weasel", or "dingo", which are all cute animals, but also very vicious predators. For the same reason, there is the PantheraAwesome naming theme with "leopard" (the German MBT), "cheetah" (the "Gepard" AntiAir) and the "fennek" recon vehicle.
* As well as giving the Germans a run for their money when giving cutesy nicknames to German weapons, the Allies had their own fair share of such names.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_boy Little Boy]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_Man Fat Man,]] the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. The very first bomb, tested at Alamogordo, was simply called "The Gadget".
** The [=BLU-82=] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BLU-82 Daisy Cutter]] doesn't sound like much, but it was often used during the UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar to create instant helicopter landing zones in the jungle.
* And British tanks in the early part of WWII had some pretty cute names, too. How about the "Valentine" (because production started on Feb 14th) or the "Matilda" (which depending on which story you believe, was either named from a cartoon duck popular at the time or was [[TranslationTrainWreck actually not at all]] German for "victory")
** One of the first tanks imported in volume from the USA was initially called "The Honey" because it was a delight to drive and maintain. British generals fretted that having two main battle tanks with names like ''Valentine'' and ''Honey'' suggested the men weren't getting the idea about it being a war.[[note]]After some thought, the British generals initiated a system where American tanks were named after cavalry generals of the American Civil War (if they were the smaller faster light tanks) or infantry generals (if they were the heavier infantry tanks). Thus the Honey became the ''General Stuart'', closely followed by the Lee, Grant and Sherman. This naming principle so impressed American authorities that it initiated the naming ssytem for American tanks that persists today.[[/note]]
** The RAF dropped 4000 lb "Cookies" on German targets throughout the war.
** ... and 12,000 lb "Tallboys".
*** Seemingly Sir Barnes Wallis was a bridge player as he named the 22,000 lb bomb as ''Grand Slam''.
* ''Molotov Bread Basket'' for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov_bread_basket Soviet WWII cluster bomb.]] The Soviets, who firebombed Helsinki in 1939, [[BlatantLies claimed to just drop bread to the starving Helsinki children]].
** The Finns gave name to [[TakeThat "a drink to go with the main course"]] - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov_cocktail Molotov Cocktail.]]
* Several variants of Russian rocket artillery were named ''Katyusha'', which is a cutesy nickname for "Catherine" and the title of a [[NewerThanTheyThink 1938 song]] about a young woman waiting for her lover to return.
** The Tupolev SB-2 bomber bore the same nickname.
*** This has resulted in quite a few jokes about "Katyusha walking out onto the shore" (a line from the song)... to unleash a barrage of rocket death on the enemy.
*** The Germans referred to it as "Stalinorgel" which means "Stalin's Organ" ([[AccidentalInnuendo no, not that one]]) from the sound the rockets made and the way the rockets were mounted in a mounted in a single row of tubes, resembling a pipe organ.
** Similar to the ''Katyusha'' was the American T34 [[MacrossMissileMassacre multiple rocket launcher]] mounted on the M4 Sherman medium tank. Dubbed "Calliope" due to the similarity between the launch tubes (''60'' of them) and the musical instrument.
* Cannons have been named for as long as there have ''been'' cannons. Since there was no standardization for the bore sizes, the balls and loading and cleaning equipment had to be custom-made for each cannon. Naming the cannons made it easier for the less-well-paid members of the cannon crew to fetch the right equipment.
** There is a very large medieval bombard known as Mons Meg which is kept at Edinburgh Castle. Mons refers to the location of one of the early testing sites; Wiki/TheOtherWiki is not entirely sure where the name Meg came from.
** A 15th-century cannon cast in Marienburg (Polish: Malbork) for the Teutonic Knights and borrowed by the Margrave of Brandenburg to crack the castles of some robber barons was called ''Faule Grete'' ("Lazy Greta").
** Humpty Dumpty (yes, the one in the nursery rhyme) was originally a cannon in the English Civil War!
** And before gunpowder, siege engines got the same sort of treatment. During the [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades siege of Acre]], King Phillip II of France famously nicknamed one of his two trebuchets "Bad Neighbor". (The other one was "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast God's Own Sling]]"; the opposing Muslim army had its counterpart, "Bad Kinsman").
*** The two trebuchets even get a cameo in a mission depicting that siege in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII''.
** The very word "gun" is believed to derive from the woman's name "Gunhilda", possibly because of a large English ballista with that nickname that was built around the time gunpowder weapons were becoming common.
* Quite a number of standard words for weapons are of this type:
** A Roman boarding device used since the First Punic War was called the ''corvus'' meaning "raven" or "crow".
** Caesar mentions a type of ground obstacle used by his army in the siege of Alesia. The legionaries called them ''liliae'' ("lilies") and they consisted of a conical pit with a sharpened pole at the bottom.
** A type of Roman catapult was called the ''onager'' "wild donkey".
** During sieges, Romans would also use ''vineae'' ("vine arbours"), mobile shelters to protect soldiers approaching a defended enemy wall.
** The morning star.
** A type of (mainly) anti-cavalry barrier used from the middle ages to the advent of barbed wire is called the "cheval de frise" (literally: "Frisian horse"). In German it is called a ''Spanischer Reiter'' ("Spanish rider").
** The name of an early gunpowder weapon, the petard, is derived from the French word for "to fart".
** Grenades were called "grenades" due to their resemblance to pomegranates.
** The word "howitzer" is rooted in the Czech word for "sling", this type of artillery piece was so named by the Hussites, who were obviously thinking of the story of David and Goliath.
** Another type of artillery piece, the mortar, is named after a utensil used e. g. in the kitchen since the dawn of history.
** The word "pistol" is rooted in the Czech word for whistle.
** "Torpedo" was the name for an electric ray before the naval weapon was called after it.
*** In World War 2, sailors of the German ''Kriegsmarine'' referred to torpedoes as ''Aale'' ("eels"). Meanwhile, Anglophone sailors sometimes referred to torpedoes as "fish".
** A type of concrete dugout is called a "pillbox".
* The American CivilWar brings us Pumpkin-Slingers (rifles with unusually heavy bullets), Donkey-Kickers (rifles that had a ''lot'' of recoil), pepperboxes (multishot pistols), wormcastles and tacks (biscuits that are stale to the point of being harder than rocks).
** Nowadays, we call that "[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Dwarf Bread]]" or ''[[Literature/LordOfTheRings cram]].''
*** Finnish army hardtack bread is called ''vaneri'' (literally "plywood").
* Russian 18th-century howitzers were called "Unicorns".
** Russia in general has a lot of fun with this tradition. It has self-propelled artillery pieces named after flowering plants ("Acacia", "Hyacinth", "Peony"), mortars with the same naming scheme ("Tulip", "Knapweed"), an autocannon named "Ballerina", anti-tank missile "Pipsqueak", anti-ship missile "Mosquito" and, ta-dam! - mobile incendiary rocket launching system called "Buratino" (basically, Pinocchio). Unfortunately, most of these names are not used by foreign military experts, who prefer to use ReportingNames.
* There was an early-1960s era Soviet antiarmor guided missile with the NATO ReportingName of AT-1 "Swatter," but which Russian troops nicknamed the "Shmel", or "Bumblebee".
** "Shmel" is (also?) [[http://world.guns.ru/grenade/gl46-e.htm something else altogether.]] Namely, a launcher of a fuel-air explosive grenade. That is, it's not tank-killing, but it creates a three-metre exploding cloud that takes out everyone in a room, regardless of their personal armor. And a wall or two.
** [[http://world.guns.ru/grenade/gl36-e.htm "Canary"]] is a flashless and noiseless underbarrel grenade launcher.
** The R-60, an aircraft launched, infrared air to air missile is [[ReportingName known to NATO as the AA-8 Aphid.]]
* One of the anti-aircraft guns used on US naval ships was a 1.1 inch quad gun nicknamed "The Chicago Piano." Prior to that, "Chicago Piano" was a nickname for the Thompson submachine gun, AKA the Tommy-gun.
** Or maybe, since the Tommy-gun is also known as "Chicago typewriter", the nickname was chosen to mean "bigger than a Tommy-gun".
** The British equivalent was called the "Pom-pom", after the noise it made when fired, with four or eight barrels to a turret.
* The suitcase that U.S. Presidents have near them at all times containing the nuclear launch codes is creepily but hilariously nicknamed "the football," and the card holding the code to open the football is called "the biscuit." (The former nickname seems to have confused the Brits who created ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', as in one scene the President is shown carrying a suitcase that is ''literally shaped like a football''.) The person carrying the "football" is often referred to as "the quarterback".
** The Russian equivalent is called just "the little nuclear suitcase" (its official name is "Cheget").
* The Dutch anti-missile system consisting of a radar commanding a [[GatlingGood GAU-8 30mm Gatling gun]] (yes, the exact same kind they [[MemeticMutation strap planes to]]), is called the "Goalkeeper".
** The American equivalent, officially known as the Phalanx, is nicknamed "[[Franchise/StarWars R2]]". The British equivalent, meanwhile, has the slightly less cuddly nickname of "[[Series/DoctorWho Dalek]]".
* Towards the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Americans introduced a large air-launched rocket (11 inches in diameter, with a 148 pound explosive warhead) designed for knocking out bunkers. It was known as "[[Literature/AChristmasCarol Tiny Tim]]".
* Not an example of cute but still fitting the funny factor is the "Ontos", a six-barreled tank destroyer used by America during the Vietnam war. "Ontos" is Greek for "The thing".
* Speaking of the Vietnam War, there's the famous Bell HU-1 helicopters. Officially known as the "Iroquois" but better known by aviators and the US military as the "Huey".
* The most portable nuclear weapon system ever invented, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett_%28nuclear_device%29 Davy Crockett.]]
* In Israel, it's interesting that almost all military slang has to do with farming and agriculture. This may be attributed to the fact that, while [[BadassIsraeli Israelis are battle-hardened by circumstances]], the traditional Zionist ideal has always been [[CallToAgriculture a peaceful agrarian existence.]]
* The US famously built and comissioned over [[ZergRush 150 aircraft carriers]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, while an impressive number of these were full-sized fleet carriers, the lion's share were small, cheap, and slow Escort Carriers. Given their mass produced nature and ubiquitousness, their nicknames included "Jeep Carriers", after the small all-terrain utility truck used by the Army.
* In general, ReportingNames used by various militaries can lend themselves to this.
** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, American naming practice was to assign enemy fighters with male names (the Mitsubishi [=A6M=] Zero was officially called the "Zeke") while most other aircraft were given female names (the Aichi [=D3A=] dive bomber was known as "Val")