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->''"There is just something sexy about a woman with a blaster, too bad my wife doesn't agree to that."''
-->-- ''Franchise/StarWars: KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''

Girls With Guns describes a sub-genre of [[ActionAdventureTropes action media]] that focuses on strong female leads being awesome with firearms. May or may not involve HeroicBloodshed. It was developed somewhere in the Hong Kong film industry and has since made itself a genre that is often used in anime. Usually involves gun fights, stunts and martial arts.

SmallGirlBigGun is a subtrope--Girls With Guns aren't necessarily small, and their guns aren't necessarily big. Yeah-heh.

Compare SuperheroPackingHeat and MilitaryMoe. See also Wiki/TheOtherWiki's page [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girls_with_guns on the subject]].

'''Note that this page describes a genre, not a character trope.''' Individual examples of Girls With Guns go on TheGunslinger.




[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Creator/BeeTrain and Koichi Mashimo in particular deserve a special recognition for popularizing the genre with their trilogy:[[note]]Mashimo was also the director of the LightNovel/DirtyPair Movie ''Project EDEN''[[/note]].
** ''Anime/{{Noir}}''
** ''Anime/{{Madlax}}''
** ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja''
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin though you should have known that from the title]])
** The title of the intro theme to the image album is "Ragazza Col Fucile". [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the trope name (singular), in Italian]]
*** More precisely, "girl with a rifle".
** The series could almost count as a {{Deconstruction}} of the genre, with the girls becoming badass {{Child Soldier}}s though extreme mental conditioning and cyberization, drastically shortening their lifespan to the point that none of them will live to see 18.[[note]]Then again, they're also all victims of Italy's criminal underworld, so there's a complex justification for the whole thing; these girls would basically already be dead otherwise.[[/note]] There's a good amount of good old-fashioned ass-kicking, but the series is mostly about playing the premise for all the tragedy it's worth.
%%* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' (probably kicked off the genre, at least within anime)
%%* ''Manga/GunsmithCats''
%%* ''Anime/{{Kite}}'' (and ''Kite Liberator'', too)
%%* ''Anime/NajicaBlitzTactics'' and ''Anime/AgentAika'' (same studio).
%%* ''Anime/BurstAngel''
* ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'' has its main heroine constantly perform spectacular feats with a revolver.
* Creator/ShirowMasamune obviously [[AuthorAppeal has a fetish]] for Girls With Guns: though the boys get to play as well, the main characters in his books are usually female, and spend much of their time toting, and being awesome with, guns. (Or in one case, ''tanks''). Some of his works:
** ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell''
** ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}''
** ''Anime/DominionTankPolice''
%%* ''Anime/{{Canaan}}''
%%* ''Anime/MezzoForte'' and ''Anime/MezzoDSA''
* ''Early Reins'': [[DieHardOnAnX Die Hard on a train]], in TheWildWest, with six girls with guns as the heroes.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has Revy, Roberta, Balalaika, and the entire church of violence. Practically every fighter that survives for [[{{Mooks}} more than a episode]] is a woman. Possibly a fetish given how curvy the women are drawn and the fact Rei Hiroe is also a known {{Doujinshi}} artist.
* ''Manga/{{Upotte}}'' is about [[MoeAnthropomorphism girls who ARE guns]].
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' has girls playing with very big guns... on tanks!
* ''Manga/TokureiSochiDantaiStellaJogakuinKoutoukaC3Bu'' and ''Manga/{{Sabagebu}}'' are about {{Japanese School Club}}s revolving around guns usage (albeit [[{{UsefulNotes/Airsoft}} not real guns]]) and mock battles with those guns. Somehow both these clubs are [[AmazonBrigade all-female]], but given they're set in an [[SchoolgirlSeries all-girls school]]...

%%* ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp''
* ''ComicBook/{{Agent327}}'' mixes this with SpyFiction.

%%* ''Film/SoClose'' With Lynn and Sue.
%%* ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' With Rihanna's character.
* ''[[Film/{{DEBS}} D.E.B.S.]]''. The four girls in the D.E.B.S. squad carry automatic pistols when on duty and get in occasional gunfights with the opposition.
%%* ''GunCrazy''
%%* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' (among being [[GenreBusting many other things]])
%%* ''AssaultGirls''
%%* ''Film/AngelsRevenge''
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' has the Lady, who is commonly remarked upon as she's the only woman in the gunfighting tournament.
%%* ''Film/{{Colombiana}}''
* Referenced in ''Film/JackieBrown'': we don't see the two female leads packing much heat, but in the scene where [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Ordell]] is introduced he's watching a video of a woman in a bikini shooting an automatic weapon.
* ''Film/{{Mercenaries}}'' is essentially a distaff counterpart to ''The Expendables'' and features copious amounts of guns and girls.
* ''Film/BadGirls'', about four WildWest prostitutes who are wanted by the law.
* ''Film/{{Bandidas}}''. One of the girls is afraid, and quite rubbish, with guns, and so uses knives; but still uses one at the climax of the movie. The other is definitely a gun kind of girl.
* ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' Violet counts with her twin uzis.
%%* ''Film/AeonFlux'' With the protagonist of the same name.
* ''Film/TheNorthStar'', a 1943 war movie, plays this utterly straight with peasant girls Marina and Sophia, who end up as snipers trying to stall the Wehrmacht advance in Ukraine.
* ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'': The Machine Gun Woman is called that for a very good reason. She effortlessly outshoots every other character in the film.

* The short story anthology ''A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters'' ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin also features monsters]])
* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', when it's not being a RomanceNovel, is this thanks to a combination of WorldOfActionGirls and the invention of firearms.
* ''Literature/DamselsOfDistress'': The title comes from the all-female mercenary gang. Of the six members, only two are not familiar with firearms.

[[folder:LiveAction TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Margaery plays upon this trope by feigning interest in Joffrey's crossbow to appeal to his fetish for violence.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Charlotte "Charlie" Matheson started out as an archer with a bow and arrow. By [[Recap/RevolutionS1E10NobodysFaultButMine episode 10]], she has dropped that weapon in favour of guns.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': The title character is a girl who's harder than nuclear nails. A female cyborg often acts as her partner.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries''. She's often shown on the cover and title screens of the [=DVDs=] posing with her [[BlingBlingBang gold-plated revolver]]. Miss Fisher carries this in her handbag in her first adventure, much to the consternation of Aunt Prudence. Usually knows where it is, [[ArtisticLicenceGunSafety but is still leaving it in unsecured places]].
* Mirri of ''Series/XCompany'' is one of these, although she also becomes adept with blades and unarmed combat

* [[Music/{{Styx}} Tommy Shaw]]'s song, "Girls With Guns".

* ''Theatre/AnnieGetYourGun'' obviously.
* ''Theatre/{{Brand}}'' by Creator/{{Henrik Ibsen}} has Gerd, the beggar girl, famously carrying a rifle and effectively ending the whole play with a single shot.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MachoWomenWithGuns''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has got an entire ''[[AmazonBrigade army]]'' of them, in the form of the [[ChurchMilitant Adeptas Sororitas]]. Fans occasionally refer to them as [[FanNickname "Nuns with Guns"]] and "Bolter Bitches".
* Create a female Gunslinger character in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', and this is what you get.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TombRaider'' with Lara Croft often carrying her dual pistols.
* ''VideoGame/GirlsFrontline'' is about you commanding an army of [[MoeAnthropomorphism girls who ARE guns]].
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' is a first-person shooter starring a female agent named Joanna Dark who fights aliens.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wet}}'' counts with its hot female mercenary Rubi Malone.
* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' has Faith, a runner who knows how to use guns when she comes across them.
* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' has Cate Archer a sexy female British Spy.
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTrespasser'' has Anne who fights dinosaurs with various firearms.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' has Samus Aran with her Power Suit and Arm Cannon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}'' has Konoko who is a cyberpunk cop.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' has the witch protagonist of the same name who dual wields pistols on her hands and even her feet!
* ''VideoGame/BulletWitch'' has Alicia with her big, transforming long gun.
* ''VideoGame/UnchartedTheLostLegacy'' has tough, foul mouthed and snarky Chloe finally getting her own game! Step aside, Nathan Drake, it's Chloe's time to shine for once!
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' has Aya Brea an NYPD officer who is good with her guns.
* ''VideoGame/TabulaRasa'' has Sarah Morrison in this short-lived RPG shooter.
* ''VideoGame/FearEffect'' has Hana, a gun-toting assassin.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' features this strongly, focusing on four young girls who use hybrid weapons to hunt monsters.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' is based around the titular hot female assassin.
* ''WesternAnimation/RevisionedTombRaiderAnimatedSeries'' is Tomb Raider in cartoon form basically.