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Is there anything more adorable and innocent than a Girl Scout? Definitely yes, if you ask some people (especially in the webcomic
community). For some reason, they often end up depicted as vile monsters who use deceptive cuteness and innocence
to guilt-trip adults into buying a product they neither want nor need (viz., Girl Scout cookies) at greatly inflated prices. And if that
doesn't work, they've got other weapons they can resort to...
Evil Girl Scouts are a type of Killer Rabbit
. They may not actually be called Girl Scouts
. Expect them to kick shins
. Sibling trope to Milkman Conspiracy
. Their cookies may be Made from Real Girl Scouts
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- In the Nick Carter spy novel Temple of Fear, Carter is kidnapped by three Japanese Girl Scouts. Well, actually, they weren't real Girl Scouts but they did fool him.
- The Ganymede Takeover by Philip K Dick. One of the illusions created by the hell-weapons is a battalion of Brownie Scouts, crushing skulls with their overbaked cookies.
- One of the Ghosts of Fear Street series by RL Stine was based around the heroine joining a troop of Girl Scouts who all turn out to be undead monsters.
- An in-universe example occurs in Sharyn Mc Crumb's Bimbos of the Death Sun. Two of the characters play a strategy game where the Girl Scouts are one of the major power-brokers. For starters, they have nuclear capabillity and control the KGB.
- The game is Illuminati with the serial numbers filed off. For the record, the girl scouts were not one of the organizations in the original game. The Boy Sprouts were though.
- In the Kiki Strike series, Ananka and Kiki recruit their team of delinquent heroes by scouting them out at Girl Scout meetings.
Live Action TV
- In an episode of Sister Sister, Lisa and Ray have a bet that Ray can't make $20 last an entire week. As soon as Lisa takes Ray's wallet, credit cards, etc, there's a knock at the door. Ray opens to a typical sugar-coated Girl Scout, and 'attempts' to say "No thank you," and closes the door. Cue the furious pounding on the door and the little girl threatening poor Ray. She nearly runs off with the whole $20.
- In an episode of My Babysitter's a Vampire, girl scouts sell cookies which turn all children creepy and evil, and make all adults leave town.
- In one episode of Murphy Brown, Murphy mentions how she's never trusted Girl Scouts because they "wear paramilitary uniforms while reciting oaths and starting fires."
- In at least one episode of the American Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Wayne Brady had to portray a sportscaster as played by a possessed Girl Scout.
- Larry cites this on Dharma and Greg:
"He acted this way when I wanted to be a Girl Scout."
"It's a paramilitary organization with cookies!"
- While not exactly evil, the girl scouts the Ace Of Cakes crew run into can turn into something resembling ravenous hordes.
Mary Alice: "Help me. I'm so scared!"
- An episode of The Man Show had a segment with a rude girl scout.
- The Golden Girls had an episode that featured a sweet-faced "Sunshine Cadet," Daisy (played by a young Jenny Lewis), who would kidnap Rose's teddy bear and mail back an ear when a ransom isn't paid.
- In an episode of Reno 911, two of the officers are about to walk up to a house to sell candy bars for a fundraiser. Down the sidewalk from them is a girl scout holding a box of cookies. After locking eyes, the cops race to the front door and gloat at beating the girl scout to the doorstep. She replies by whipping out two handguns and shooting at them.
- iCarly: In iOwe You, the mean teenage Sunshine Girls who are rivalling Spencer for their selling spot at the supermarket. Subverted with the incredibly shy and moe girl Emily who is the daughter of the hot mother Spencer is helping.
- A recurring Carol Burnett character on The Carol Burnett Show was a girl scout who would blackmail men into buying lots of cookies.
- A sketch on You're Skitting Me has a pair of Girl Guides acting like a protection racket and strong-arming an old man into letting them help him across a road (that he didn't want to cross) in order to earn their Being Helpful badge.
- Malcolm in the Middle had Girl Scouts' Fictional Counterpart the Buttercups taken camping by Francis without their troop leader. After getting lost these girls tied him up, wouldn't share the food they scavenged, kicked him out into the cold all night, and actually dragged him through the desert while still tied up. All this for trying to assert some authority.
- Ray Barone's tribulations with Girl Scout leader "Peggy The Cookie Nazi" on Everybody Loves Raymond. In their first meeting she beats him up and Ray has to be rescued by wife Debra.
- Garfield has a couple of strips where Girl Scouts resort to karate kicks and other physical attacks to keep Garfield from stealing their cookies. In one strip, after he gets beaten up by one, he says, "I'd turn her in, but who'd ever admit to getting mugged by a Girl Scout?"
- A Running Gag in the Australian comedy Verve by Mark Lucas is a Brownie who keeps stealing money when told to get the money from someone's wallet ("I can trust you, because you're a Brownie"). She doesn't even leave any cookies.
- Also appeared - in a way - in Psychonauts, during the "Milkman" mindscape, where the Girl Scouts, called "Rainbow Squirts", basically turn out to be the Ancient Conspiracy, and the final boss of the level is The Denmother.
- In City of Villains (ruled with an iron fist by Lord Recluse and his army of spider-themed Faceless Goons), one Mad Scientist contact makes an offhand reference to having bought cookies from the "spiderling-scout" daughter of one of his co-workers.
- There's a skin mod for Team Fortress 2 to replace the Scout with his apparently existent female sister, effectively named The Girl Scout. She doesn't have any audio clips yet, but based on her description, it's safe to assume she is a girl scout to some extent, and she does kill people.
- Subversion; beyond the deliberate pun, she's a 20-something gangster-turned-mercenary just like her brother.
- One of the video game adaptations for The Fairly OddParents, Breakin' Da Rules, had a chapter where Vicky hypnotizes the Creme Puffs to kidnap the Squirrely Scouts and tie them up in sheds, barns, and other places. Their main camp looks like a concentration camp, with barbed wire, walls made out of sharpened logs (like old forts), and giant spotlights mounted on towers. They also have glowing red eyes as a side-effect of hypnosis.
- In Holiday Wars, April Fools shapeshifts into the form of an evil girl scout. You can check it out here
- In the world of Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures , Girl Scouts are basically a Random Encounter monster - and one which most sane adventurers seek to avoid at all costs or this happens. Though, arguably, this evil could be fairly recent. After all, when you've had to issue a restraining order against an entire race, you tend to change your sale tactics a bit.
- In Casey and Andy, one of the main villains is Don Cindy, leader of the Girl Scout Mafia.
- Popped up in at least one Penny Arcade strip, where they brought out the big guns - a red-nosed girl-scout with blond pigtails and crutches, who successfully forced even Jerkass Tycho into buying a pile of overpriced cookies. Though it's close enough to count for this, in truth, this was not a case of evil Girl Scouts. Rather, it was a case of Tycho not being evil enough to resist the cuteness (and cookies). (Gabriel, on the other hand, claimed the girls spent the money on drugs...
- In Return to Sender, a monster diguises itself as a creepy Girl Scout. (Sequence begins here.)
- Not real Girl Scouts in The KA Mics, but pygmies disguised as Girl Scouts to lull potential victims into a false sense of security until they attack, although it kind of backfired in this comic.
- Girls Next Door subverts the trope, as the Girl Scouts from Hell are evil (and jerks) but trying to pull this on Erik is a very very bad idea. Even more as it gave him the opportunity to get rid of The Thing That Would Not Leave (and eats children).
- Later possibly double subverted as the thing came back... and had a brownie sash.
- Justice League "The Girl Scouts are responsible for the crop circle phenomenon." (Well, The Question believes so; he also believes that the government is using boy bands to control the public, and that aglets have some sinister purpose... Basically, he's got tons of them.
- In King of the Hill, "Arrow Girls" engage in cookie racketeering.
- A Fillmore! episode involved an undercover operation into a corrupt Girl Scout troupe run by an ex-Safety Patrol member.
- Even supervillains aren't immune: in Kim Possible the doorbell rings at Dr. Drakken's lair. His sidekick Shego says it's "probably one of those Pixie Girls pushing their cookies." "This time, we're ready." replies Drakken, with painful-looking countermeasures in place.
- An episode of Invader Zim was centered around the Girly Rangers. It was implied that they violently attack anyone who doesn't buy their "Chocolate-Covered Ninja Star Cookies". Dib eventually ends up with half a dozen of the cookies embedded in the back of his abnormally large head.
- Another episode Door to Door involves Zim trying to sell chocolate bars for Skool. After several failed attempts such as telling people, "please buy my candy or my little brother will go insane" he decides to use alien technology to show them the horrible future that will occur if they don't buy the candy.
- One episode of League of Super Evil had Voltar butting heads with the cute-but-pushy Suzie Scouts when they tried to sell him cookies.
- In the Dilbert Animated Series, one of the opening stings is a girl scout-type who clearly put on the waterworks to yoink Dilbert out of his money, even as he himself pointed out that her parents are wealthy and he doesn't need the overpriced cookies.
- My Gym Partner's A Monkey had a couple of girl scouts who threatened, and later mugged Jake and Adam for trying to sell chocolate-covered bugs on their turf. One of them even had an eyepatch.
- Among the Scout expies in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy? Mandy. And The Grim Reaper, but his evil is limited to selling worm-laden cookies (which everyone loved anyway), so subverted.
- Phineas and Ferb sort-of subverts this: Doofenshmirtz feels incredibly awkward around the Fireside Girls and cannot say no to buying their treats, but apparently all they do is stand there and look cute. The girls are actually usually helpful sidekicks to the main characters, Phineas and Ferb (and as absurdly capable as the pair, able to fight alligators and fix time machines).
- About the girls looking cute, Doofenshmirtz once tried to make them invisible just so their cuteness wouldn't make him feel awkward in front of them.
- In Home Movies, Melissa is forced to join a girl scout-esque troop to be more feminine. It ends up being played as a cult/pyramid scheme.
- Not exactly evil, but in one Johnny Bravo episode, Little Suzy pressured Johnny into buying cookies a'la Sam-I-Am. At the end he ends up buying a trainload of cookies for $2 (there was a special that day).
Johnny: A million and two cookies... Got milk?
- In another, much later episode, Johnny watches a Squint Ringo show where the titular action hero fights against an army of robot assassins dressed up as girl scouts. When he busts them and stands next to a smoking pile of scrap metal, he's asked how he knew they were robots. His reaction: "Robots?".
- The later seasons loved this, making Suzy the regular member of an entire army of girl scouts. In one episode, they wage a water-balloon war on Carl and the geeks, who in turn, recruit Johnny to train them. In another one, Johnny is assigned to watch over the Girl Scouts. He takes them on a trip near a building scheduled for demolition. When he looses track of them, and goes into the building to look for them, the scene shifts to the girl scouts chatting with the workers ready to demolish the building. They let Suzy push the button. Kaboom.
- South Park seems to toy with this a little in "The Succubus":
Chef's dad: There was a knock on the door. I open it, and there's this cute little girl scout.
Chef's mom: Oh she was so adorable with her little pigtails and all!
- Cindy in The Boondocks episode "The Fundraiser" fits this trope. She acts like a foul-mouthed, ruthless drug dealer, beating rivals savagely and intimidating customers into buying her product... which just happens to be cookies.
- Laura Limpin AKA The Big Badolescent from Codename: Kids Next Door, who is a member of the Skunky Scouts. In "Operation: QUIET", Numbuh Three slams the door in her face when she shows up selling candy before Numbuh Five remembers the previous incident with her. Fortunately, she "convinces" them to buy it, and it proves useful in keeping Stickybeard occupied after he also shows up.
- This drives the plot of The Problem Solverz episode "K-999 and Da Little Explorerz". Alfe disguises himself as a girl scout so can get Nina's last badge for flag communication. When she gets the badge, it turns out that the scouts were actually planning an alien invasion, and the Solverz have to stop them.
- Played with in The Baskervilles. Since the show takes place in Underworld the Theme Park, the "Ghoul Scouts" are supposed to be menacing delinquents; but when April's mom takes over, she tries to run it like a regular Girl Scout troupe, and we get Ghoul Scouts Are Good.
- When Hector Con Carne tried to form a league of destruction, there was a Girl Scout troop among the invitees. Even Scarr is afraid of them.
- In the Totally Spies! episode "Passion Patties", the Happy Girls developed extremely addictive cookies that cause people to become extremely fat in a matter of hours. However it was actually the person running it that was the actual bad guy, and the scouts simply thought they were selling normal cookies that were just that good.
- Inverted in Hey Arnold! where at the end of one episode, a group of girl scouts beat Helga up because earlier she mugged one of their own and stole her clothes so she could get into Arnold's house.
- Inverted in one episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, where Lilo and the girls in her Hula class were selling candy bars for their annual fundraiser. When Lilo is unable to sell her cookies to anyone, she meets a fast-talking experiment named "Slick" whose main function is the ability to sell anything to anyone. Although relentless in his function, Slick uses legitimate methods of persuasion and sweet-talking to lure customers into buying Lilo's products.
- For multiple reasons, the US Military has plans for dealing with an attempted rebellion by the Girl Scouts. Mainly, it's just to let the plan-makers practice making plans for beating unconventional enemies, but they did file the plans away just in case. Of course, they have done the same for everything from aliens to zombies.
- It isn't just the US that has them.
- Some say the girl scouts kill... via heart disease. The cookies!
- But the Thin Mints are just so delicious!
- Of course, for someone with weight issues or that has or is dangerously close to a serious problem, like diabetes or intestinal problems, having a cute little girl come up to your house and guilt you into buying sugary fattening cookies can come across as pretty mean.
- There is a Living Dead Doll that is a demonic Girl Scout. The poem on her box reads: Cookie's troop was not going to win / Their bake sale recipe was looking grim / So this sweet girl thought it would be best / To unleash her tasty treats of death.
- Not so much evil as plain badass were the first Girl Scouts. They heard what the boys were getting up to and gatecrashed a jamboree, demanding a piece of the action. The year was 1909; the recipient of the demand was Robert Baden-Powell; and the jamboree was the first official one ever. And they got what they wanted.
- Of course, look at the law of averages. Bullying exists in schools, the military, workplaces, and almost any other large group. It stands to pretty good reason that there is at least a few bad apples in the bunch.
- Some for pro-lifers:Girl Scouts are proud supporters of Planned Parenthood.
- Proof that some girl scouts are at least Diabolical Mastermind material was provided when a 13 year-old set up her cookie stand outside a medical marijuana clinic in San Francisco. She sold out her stock in 45 minutes. (And with recreational marijuana now legal in Colorado and more states likely to follow, such ideas for any sort of vendor might become more common in the near future...)