"There's just something about oversized sharp objects that really bring out the craziness."
Sometimes you'll come across a girl, often cute and sweet-looking
... but she'll be brandishing some sort of scary weapon at you in a murderous fashion! EEEEEK!
Run for the hills!
Most commonly the weapons are knives
, but other psycho weapons are also common, such as chainsaws
or other instruments of pain and destruction.
She's usually also Yandere
, or, failing that, Cute and Psycho
Compare Grotesque Cute
, Small Girl, Big Gun
, Glacier Waif
, and Ax-Crazy
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Anime & Manga
- Quentin Tarantino wrote one of these girls (Gogo Yubari) into Kill Bill. She used a wakizashi on a perverted salaryman with very gory results and battled the Bride with a saw-bladed meteor hammer.
- Fans of Takashi Miike's work may remember a little film named Audition. Asami Yamazaki is gentle and soft-spoken - but what she does with razor wire and acupuncture needles in the last twenty minutes will make even the most hardened horror fan cringe. The appearance of a previous boyfriend in a dream sequence shortly before gives some idea of what she will do to prevent her lovers from leaving her.
- At the end of Serenity, River uses a sword and axe taken from the Reavers to wipe out every Reaver in a hallway during the battle on Mr. Universe's moon.
- The Japanese revenge-porn movie The Machine Girl is built entirely on this trope; Ami, the title character, is an adorable Japanese schoolgirl with a comically oversized machine gun fitted over the stub of her severed left hand. Before the injury, she wielded a kama sickle.
- In High Tension, when the protagonist Marie's best friend Alex is abducted by a depraved serial killer, Marie fights psycho with psycho by wielding a butcher knife, a club wrapped in barbed wire, and even a circular saw in her efforts to get her friend back. In fact the saw is an industrial concrete/steel saw, a tool that can be used to cut through reinforced walls. You could probably take on the Terminator with one of those things.
- The quiet female protagonist gets this way when she and her grandfather are terrorized in Axe!.
- The entire point of Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers.
- Ellen Page dons Wolverine Claws in Super.
- Yamasaki Asami, the psychotic serial killer from author Ryu Murakami's book Audition, on which the Takashi Miike movie above is based, fits this trope to a T. Not only does she paralyze her victims using a syringe injected straight into the skin under the tongue, but she removes a man's foot with a wire saw and would have gotten the other foot too if she hadn't been killed.
- Rats, Bats and Vats does this as part of the Spoiled Brat Virginia "Ginny" Shaw's getting better.
- Death's adopted daughter in The Light Fantastic:
Ysabell was standing in the archway, smiling faintly. She held a scythe in one hand, a scythe with a blade of proverbial sharpness. Rincewind tried not to look down at his blue lifeline; a girl holding a scythe shouldn't smile in that unpleasant, knowing and slightly deranged way.
- In later Discworld books, her daughter Susan has much the same effect, despite being decidedly un-deranged. She does still have a Sinister Scythe, after all, and there's something more chilling about her variety of sanity.
- Of course, due to the level of Retcon in the early Discworld books, when we properly meet Ysabell in Mort, just two books later, she's a perfectly normal (normal enough, anyway) girl, albeit a bit spoiled.
- Mitsuko Souma in Battle Royale uses a kama (Japanese sickle) as her signature weapon in all three versions of the story.
- In the story Dark Red Mind, the fourth wall cutting Kaitlyn Wernher is a slight example of this trope. Upon first glance, she just seems like an exceptionally cheery twenty year old woman. But it's all a mask. Mentally, she's severely crazy, completely insane and totally fucking bonkers. As for her weapon, she doesn't need one. Her superhuman power is cutting. She can fucking split anything she looks at in half.
- Shallan Davar in The Stormlight Archive. Cute, shy, Deadpan Snarker, and carries a Shardblade.
Live Action TV
- The verse gives viewers Faith and that wicked looking knife. Buffy with a scythe doesn't count, that's saved for Willow when she goes round the bend when magic is gone from the world, takes the scythe to England, has it ready when she goes to visit Angel and he threatens her after a mass demon attack and not knowing who is at the door, and uses it to slice up his son.
- And there's Dana wielding a bonesaw.
- There's also Fred. This is practically her thing: Crossbows, Ax-apults, flamethrowers, automatic scythe traps, sniper rifles. The writers seemed to be competing with each other to see what loony item she holds next.
Fred: The halberd could work. Acting like I'm all addle-brained talking about other dimensions. (mocking) Pylea? Never heard of it! (angry) Right. How 'bout a flail-whipping? Would that take a nice long time?
Angel: Hours, if you do it right. — Not that you should do it at all. (takes whip from her) Ever.
- Um, Buffy and the rocket launcher, anyone? That she aimed at her own ex-boyfriend and his crew.
- Arrow gives us China White, who is a white-haired girl played by the not-at-all unattractive Kelly Hu, yet in every appearance carries a knife with her, and in her first appearance, casually kills somebody by slitting his throat.
- April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation is seen threatening Ann while brandishing a comically sizable syringe.
- In Warhammer 40,000, the Sisters of Battle (an entire army of Nuns With Guns) feature large numbers of women carrying gigantic flame-throwers, fully automatic armour-piercing rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, and guns which melt tanks...as a basic troops choice, but this being Warhammer 40,000, this is nothing to raise a brow at. The true psycho-weapon carriers are Sisters Repentia, entire squads of women wearing three strategically-placed scraps of parchment and carrying eight-foot-long chainsaw swords, driven on by an armoured woman with a barbed cat-o-nine-tails in each hand.
- While women carrying big, scary looking weapons is fairly common in Exalted, the Maiden of the Mirthless Smile is probably the one with most of this.
- Mutant Chronicles gave us the Imperial Mourning Wolves, which are an Amazon Brigade of these. Picture a thousand Action Girls with the temperament of Troll Slayers, wielding kusari and Wolverine-style claws. And then there's Valerie Duval, who thought building a single-shot 20mm autocannon into the handle of a tonfa with a 6-inch blade already on it was a good idea.
- Champions Online has the Harajuku Twins: Elegant Gothic Lolita Rin wields a truely Sinister Scythe with a bat-wing-shaped blade in one hand and Genki Girl Shizuko carries a gatling gun with a teddy bear sitting on the barrel/s. Oh, and the two are good girls! They aid players in battle for one hour, after being summoned with a certain "henchman device". Buying that device also unlocks their weapons.
- "Conclusion of Blood," the bad ending from the Visual Novel School Days involves Kotonoha Katsura using a saw as a murder weapon, and so does the anime ending.
- Aversion: Dragon Age: Origins has Leliana, a heroic equivalent who first shows up trying to talk down the bad guys while dressed in the robes of a priestess (I may add that no priestess has been seen so far in the game with any sort of lethal weapon) and jumps in on your side with a long knife when things go south.
- Played almost straight in Dragon Age II with Merrill. While only carrying a simple staff of any kind, she is a Blood Mage who works together with demons, which in the world of Thedas is considered the second highest kind of evil abomination, only surpassed by mages that have become permanently possessed by demons.
- Female elven warrior Warden. Two-handed broadsword. Run.
- The eponymous character from American McGee's Alice slices and dices everyone and everything with her wicked kitchen knife. Until she needs to kill faster and more efficiently, that is. This is a literal psycho example, since she's really locked up in an insane asylum and all this is a battle for her sanity.
- In Heavenly Sword, the supporting heroine, Kai, is an adorable girl who seems not all there in the head. She wields some sort of giant reloading crossbow. She also won't hesitate to threaten an enemy's 'weak point' for 'massive damage'.
- Touhou character Sakuya Izayoi seems to be this, to an extent.
- In Yume Nikki, Madotsuki can use a kitchen knife, which causes some characters to move away from her if equipped, and is only effective against characters are harmless anyway (Uboa can't be stabbed, and the Toriningen take multiple hits, and will almost certainly get you first). She has 24 effects/items that she can use in total, but judging by the Fan-Art, the knife is easily the most remembered. Most player characters in Yume Nikki fangames. Urotsuki from Yume 2kki in particular uses a CHAINSAW, and other one use a pipe and another a club with nails in it, another an axe, and more.
- Baby Bonnie Hood from Darkstalkers, who is modeled after Red Riding Hood, has a whole arsenal of weapons in her basket (which she also uses as a weapon).
- Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice: Sapphire and her chainsaw. Played for laughs in one of the funniest moments of the third game. She's also proficient with axes.
- Tira from SoulCalibur uses a weapon that's crazy in itself, being a bladed hula hoop sort of thing.
- Each Little Sister in the BioShock games wields an ADAM-harvesting syringe as big as herself - but the real danger comes from the Big Daddy that protects her.
- Krusche Elendia of Ar tonelico isn't a psycho per se, but being a Wrench Wench as she is, her weapon of choice is a chainsaw.
- Alfimi from Super Robot Wars is an adorable Emotionless Girl who pilots
a Humongous Mecha an Eldritch Abomination styled after a Japanese demon wielding a katana. In her ultimate attack, she smiles cheerfully while impaling the enemy and wiggling the sword inside the wound, which is even more disturbing when she does it in Endless Frontier EXCEED without her mecha.
- The Bella Sisters in Resident Evil 4. Imagine the earlier Dr. Salvador fight, but with female Spanish maids. As in plural. Something of a subversion as male Ganado aren't any less Ax-Crazy than the females.
- Cute Witch Evie from Vindictus gains the ability to wield an increasingly large, elaborate, and frightening-looking Sinister Scythe (some versions of which are larger than she is).
- Lady in Devil May Cry 3 sports the "Kalina Ann," a modified rocket launcher that is topped off with a bayonet.
- Presea Combatir of Tales of Symphonia fame wields a battleaxe.
- Dark Souls has Maneater Mildred who suddenly attacks the player with a giant meat cleaver.
- Pony Fantasy VI has Applebloom, whose weapons include a Chainsaw and Automatic Crossbow.
- Lollipop Chainsaw. A cheerleader in a Bare Your Midriff outfit with a friggin' chainsaw. Nuff said.
- Brain Dead 13 has Vivi the Vampiress. Just when you think she can do a manicure as in "treatment for fingernails", she uses the word "manicure" as in "cutting off people's hands with a butcher knife", which she has! Yikes!
- Molly in The Walking Dead fights with an ice axe she calls Hilda. And she's more badass with it than all the other characters combined.
- Both Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors have this in spades. Female characters pack all sorts of psycho weapons like knives, bladed hoop weapons, and in one particularly notable instance (Dynasty Warriors' Bao Sannang) what appears to be a giant yoyo with blade attachments.
- Little Red Riding Hood from Ever After uses a saw (the second little pig's, given to her by the surviving one) as her signature weapon.
- Another Red, this time from No Rest for the Wicked, wields a psycho weapon - an Axe, and is one of the more psychologically unstable characters in the series.
- Mell Kelly of Narbonic has an alarming tendency to get her hands on such weapons, which, coupled with her nature, makes her one of the scarier (in a funny way) characters of the series.
- Oasis from Sluggy Freelance is a very sweet girl until something comes between her and Torg or she spots a Hereti Corp employee. Then the knives come out.
- At one point, however, Torg makes her agree not to use violence anymore, so while she'll still attack Hereti-Corp employees when Override B-1 kicks in, she won't arm herself beforehand while she's lucid, resulting in the use of pencils (and notably a laser cannon she's been told is "the biggest Sharpie they make") as Psycho Weapons. It is AWESOME.
- Lily from After Lily wields her psycho weapon (a knife) as early as page 4 with very... bloody results.
- Kanaya (grimAuxiliatrix) from Homestuck wields a chainsaw. And is perfectly fine with using it to CUT OFF TAVROS' LEGS WHILE HE'S SLEEPING.
- Not just girls, but Protectors of the Plot Continuum Agents in general, tend to be unbalanced. They also tend to have a thing for pointy objects, BFG's, flamethrowers, and Death Rays.
- Don't piss The Nostalgia Chick off. Lord MacGuffin learned this when she pointed a gun at him, and Lupa nearly got stabbed in the chest because she had Todd's "affections". Elisa strangles Paw with a scarf and pokes him in the crotch (twice!) with his own dart after it accidentally hit one of her stuffed Phantom dolls.
- Jade Sinclair (Generator) of the Whateley Universe loves this trope. There's her cabbit... that turns into a Killer Rabbit and once slaughtered around a dozen badguys in one fight. There's her Hello Kitty compact, which flies... and knives pop out of the sides to become a sinning top of doom. There's 'Spinner', which is basically a lawnmower blade spinning at high speed without the lawnmower engine or housing getting in the way. There's the big athame that she turned into a spinning blade. The railroad spikes. The bear trap. There's a reason she's on the page for Crazy Awesome.
- Windows 98 SE-tan a.k.a. "Secchan" is usually depicted with a can opener which she uses to castrate all men.
- In Worm, the supervillain Bonesaw looks like a young girl with carefully styled curly blond hair. She is actually a Tinker, an extremely talented mad scientist whose specialty is altering biological organisms. She takes pleasure in kidnapping people and using them in horrific experiments, remaking them into monsters. Imp might also fit this more directly, as she is described as a pretty teen girl who walks around with knives and fireaxes, and her Perception Filter superpower makes it easy for her to walk right up to people and stab them, which seems to amuse her greatly.
- RWBY has main character Ruby, whose weapon is Crescent Rose: a red and black scythe taller than she is which also incorporates a high-caliber sniper rifle. She is also The Heart of the main characters, a sweet idealistic girl who mainly wants to help people through slaying monsters.