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Knife Nut

"Guns for show, knives for a pro."

There are two things about knives that make them special in movies and television. First, they are badass, since there is nothing more humiliating than being beaten with a blade shorter than your palm. Second, they are scary, as a single glimmer from its profile in Ax-Crazy hands has been known to provoke screeches of horror (that and the possibility that they're more painful than any gunshot will ever be). And sometimes, it is both.

Finally, they're generally easier to obtain and own legally than guns.

Throwing knives are also a very popular ranged weapon in fiction, despite not being very well suited for combat in real life. (It's very hard to get them to hit point-first when aiming at a moving target.)

Subtrope of Weapon of Choice. Contrast with Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight. May lead to a Knife Fight. Related to Kukris Are Kool, Machete Mayhem.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga 
  • Tenten in Naruto carries thousands of knives and knife variants in her scroll which she summons and throws at high speed from midair.
  • Tower of God: Koon likes too use Knives. How many knives? Many knives
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Yami Bakura. Especially in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. "I like knives. They make me feel all tingly."
    • Yami Malik/Marik also has a fondness for using the concealed dagger in the Millennium Rod.
  • Chloe and Lady Silvana in Noir and Nakhl in Madlax (almost) never use any weapons other than ritual daggers in combat and are nigh undefeatable with them.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Maes Hughes uses push knives, of course adding to his status as Ensemble Dark Horse. His skill makes him the fastest to kill a homunculus, and he even did it twice. Of course Death Is Cheap... for them at least. He can throw his knives, which are not in any way suited toward throwing, to impale skulls. They're called push knives for a reason.
    • Barry the Chopper likes to cut up helpless people for fun.
    • Lan Fan and Fu are both adept in their use of knives, particularly kunai.
    • Fully justified for Mei Chang, because kunai are necessary for alkahestry.
  • Rin from Mnemosyne is virtually a female version of Hughes, barring the fact that she's immortal. Stoic Spectacles? Check. Investigative line of work? Check. Obfuscating Stupidity? Check. And of course, push knives? Check.
  • Wonderfully ridiculed in Azumanga Daioh.
  • In Berserk Judeau's weapon of choice are throwing knives. They're later incorporated into Guts's arsenal following his death in the Eclipse.
  • In One Piece:
    • Dracule "Hawk Eye" Mihawk kicks Zoro and his three sword technique's butt with a 4 inch manicure knife.
    • Not half the badass Mihawk is, but we briefly meet a villain named 'Big Knife' Sarquiss because... well, his knife is really big.
    • Buggy the Clown also has shown a tendency to use knives.
    • Sanji is quite fond of his kitchen knives, though he never uses them on anything except food.
  • Kuro(u)do(u) Akabane (aka Dr. Jackal) from Get Backers pulls off Diagonal Cuts in rapid succession with his (wait for it) scalpels, when he's not throwing them en masse ("Deadly Rain!"). And you don't want to know where he stores them...
  • Alexander Anderson from Hellsing could be considered a Knife Nut, if you just replace knife with holy socket bayonets. Much like Akabane, he can shoot countless amounts of these blades with deadly accuracy and slice entire subway cars in half with them easily. In one author's note section, Hirano goes so far as to say that the reason Anderson can produce so many out of Hammer Space is because he's actually fourth-dimensional.
  • Asakura Ryouko, the Girl with Psycho Weapon in Suzumiya Haruhi. Worse yet, it's a combat knife with nasty spikes on the backside. And Asakura can be scary. Very scary.
  • Tsukihime:
    • Shiki Tohno is the prime example: early in the story, he uses a fruit knife to cut someone into 17 pieces over the course of... one second. This isn't even touching the main ability of Shiki; he can see the "concept of death" on anything under Gaia. Cutting the lines causes irreversible (and often dismembering) damage; striking the very center of something's "meaning of existence" ends its lifespan, destroying it so completely only memory remains. He could actually cut the lines or points with anything from a pencil to a corkscrew, because it's just a matter of tracing lines with something sharp for him. But since Shiki prefers his knife over everything else, and because of certain sides of himself he's not initially aware of, he's the ultimate Knife Nut. Despite being a carefree, somewhat-irresponsible goof.
    • When trapped in a dreamworld, Shiki's swisscheesed and patchwork memories, unique heritage, and personal fears of himself leads to the creation of an evil reflection of himself called "Nanaya," with whom he has some crazy knife-fights in Kagetsu Tohya. In Melty Blood, "Nanaya" later makes a reappearance, but in the real world, thanks to The Night of Wallachia's rumor-materializing power.
    • The Big Bad, Roa, also fights with a knife... mainly because his host wants to. Roa, having gone through reincarnation so many times, can actually see the "life" in living things, similar to how Shiki sees "the end" in anything.
    • Shiki even mentions that, for him, there can no other weapon than the knife. Fortunately, the knife suits his fighting style very well and his ability to erase anything with a single precise stab.
  • Ryogi Shiki, despite her main ability being with swords, favours knives for the convenience of being able to carry them around unnoticed in public. The sixth movie pokes fun at this trope when Shiki steals a school dining hall knife only to be discovered by Azaka, who immediately takes it away from her. Shiki looked pretty sullen after losing it.
    • In the novel, she then subverts this by pulling out the other knife she stole, once Azaka locks up the first one in her cabinet. She then reveals that the real reason she was sullen was that she wanted one to use, and one for a souvenir... not that a mere lock would have kept her away from it if she really wanted it, but still.
  • Cinque of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha comes equipped with an Eyepatch of Power and a set of exploding throwing knives, and had killed an S-Rank mage on one of her earlier missions. Generally not someone you want to mess with.
  • While doing an Homage to John Woo, Haruko of FLCL suddenly gains the ability to deflect dozens of bullets at once using a razor, which Amarao finds both shocking and absolutely ridiculous. Contributing to this ridiculousness, the bullets were not simply deflected, but are shown on the ground cut in half lengthwise.
  • Despite the fact that nearly everyone else uses machine guns and other firearms, Chane Laforet of Baccano! uses small throwing knives as her weapon of choice. She's skilled enough to deflect bullets and throw them with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Throwing knives are also Ken's specialty in The Daughter of Twenty Faces. It's worth noting he isn't very "nutty" about it, however, just very good with throwable sharp objects.
  • Dio Brando of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is famous for his use of throwing knives. He can also stop time to make sure that they hit their target. He actually only used the knives during one fight, after just sort of finding them lying around, but they eventually became a symbol of the character. This screen visually sums up this trope so well, particularly the "nut" part.
  • Humongous Mecha that rely largely on Humongous Combat Knives include Arm Slaves, EVA units (especially Asuka and Unit 02), Terminus-Class LFOs, and basic Aestivalis frames. Mecha with combat knives demonstrate all the fun melee tropes you see in Super Robot Sword Fights while being more "realistic." All of these examples also come with machine guns, however, the guns are mostly useless.
    • The guns used by the Arm Slaves may be relatively useless against other Arm Slaves, but they're quite useful against tanks, infantry, and other classes of mooks.
    • Especially since Arm Slaves come equipped with two kinds of knives- a regular close-combat variety with a chainsaw edge and a throwing variety laden with plastic explosives.
  • Kino of Kino's Journey is in one episode ordered to disarm at gun-point, and proceeds to spend a considerable amount of time pulling knives out of her clothes- and this from a character who also carries two pistols at all times.
    • Including one with a blade surrounded by four .22 firing chambers (an actual design, though without the Laser Sight).
    • In the novels, Kino is shown to buy knives from nearly every shop she visits, often just because they "look pretty."
  • Basilisk has all three of these: Akeginu, Hotarubi (from the Iga) and Kagerou (from the Koga) using knives as their Weapons of Choice, in addition to their own powers.
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, Belarus is a cute-looking little girl with a knife. She's the little sister of a male Yandere, Russia. Do your maths.
  • Shenhua of Black Lagoon is as good with knives as Revy is with guns.
  • Palm Siberia from Hunter × Hunter definitely qualifies.
  • Kallen of Code Geass has a knife disguised as a wallet that she ends up pulling on several of the main characters. The only reason it doesn't show up more is that she's also The Ace.
    • Rolo Lamperouge's weapon of choice tends to be a switchknife that he uses combined with his Geass.
  • Gunslinger Girl's Pinocchio (particularly the manga version), cites knives to be his favorite weapon.
  • Gunsmith Cats. Professional Killer Natasha Radinov uses a Spetznaz knife that shoots its spring-loaded blade.
  • Mirai Nikki's Gasia Yuno is a knife nut, which makes sense, because she's nuts in general.
  • Full Metal Panic!. Xia Yu Lan likes machetes, at one stage battling Melissa Mao with one in each hand. Even though Mao was armed with a rifle she was lucky to escape with her life.
    • And this skill of hers can be traced back to its origins: Gauron. After all, he was the one that took Yu Lan in, and trained and raised her. It's revealed in the novels that Gauron's Weapon of Choice and specialty is with knives. Sousuke learned this the hard way during his first fight with him.
  • Hei from Darker Than Black mostly uses knives and a retractable steel wire (used sort of like a cross between a whip and a Grappling-Hook Pistol). The knives are usually attached to said wire so even if a thrown knife doesn't kill someone (which is usually the case), he can still use it to zap them.
  • Colice from Gun Blaze West has throwing knives as her weapon of choice.
  • Tomonori Komori from Naru Taru not only carries a knife of his own, but his shadow dragon, aptly named Push Dagger, is also shaped like a giant knife.
  • Gundam SEED and the Cosmic Era works in general.
    • The Strike Gundams' and Impulse Gundam's standard armaments include a pair of anti-armor combat knives stored in the hip portions of their armor. A pair of rocket-propelled ballistic knives (The "Stiletto") can be found in the same place on the Earth Alliance's mass-produced Dagger-L's and Windams, and a trio of those can be found on the shoulders of the Blu Duel. As the Strike Gundam's pilot, Kira makes use of the knives numerous times, while Mu La Flaga, as the Brainwashed and Crazy Neo Roanoake, uses a Stiletto to destroy the shield of Kira's Freedom Gundam a few years later.
  • Godchild's Cassian is a fan of throwing knives. He's actually a rather calm person, though.
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: Belphegor. He's a knife-wielding psychopathic assassin in the Varia.
  • Valmet from Jormungand, while not gun shy in the slightest, seems to enjoy opportunities to do some knife work. In fact, her solution to taking out a bullet-proof van chasing her car in the first chapter was to draw her blade and tell her driver to get closer.
  • The Nightmare Fetishist narrator in Goth becomes one of these over the course of the series. He gets his first set of knives from a collection left behind in a home that a Serial Killer had abandoned and quickly becomes proficient with them, his own homicidal urges being a strong source of motivation.
  • Daggers were Thorfinn's Weapon of Choice for close combat pre time-skip, but he is good at throwing knives too.
  • Izaya from Durarara!! is quite fond of using a switchblade (hidden under his sleeve) as his main weapon of choice. He even uses it to shave a man half bald at one point! Also, Haruna Niekawa, while possessed by Saika, uses one to stab people with in order to spread Saika's "children" before she snaps out of it.
  • After being blackmailed and broken by her teacher, Chizuru Honda of Bokurano started to carry a knife with her at all times. She threatens Kako with it when he was about to rape her in her house, and in the manga, she stabs him in the neck and slits his jugular with it when he freaks out during his battle. And before dying, she passes it down to Kirie, who later uses it to injure Hatagai.
  • The titular character of Violence Jack. Due to not remembering his name, he named himself after his signature jackknife. His real name is Akira Fudo.
  • In Sword Art Online, Sugou Nobuyuki fights Kirito in the real world outside the hospital where Asuna just woke up from using a combat knife, but is ultimately defeated and is arrested by the police.
  • Lady Chiyo from Toriko is known for her delicacy when wielding kitchen knives. In fact she's so delicate she can cut an animal (or person) to pieces and they don't even notice.

    Comic Books 
  • Blade. Seriously, he's called that for a pretty good reason. He isn't crazy, but he's plenty scary and deadly accurate in throwing blades, not to speak of his swordsmanship.
  • Johnny C. from Johnny the Homicidal Maniac IS this trope. The guy detests guns, and twin daggers are his trademark weapon of choice (though he does use a taser occasionally)
  • Hondo Karr of Star Wars: Legacy is a Stormtrooper that favors twin vibrodaggers.
  • Mack "Clownface" Delgado in Body Bags doesn't need a gun, because he's "learned how to throw a knife at a velocity that makes its impact like a mortar round." In addition to that trick, he's been shown to perform a Diagonal Cut on two guys in one swipe and cut a gun in half.
  • X-Men character Warpath currently dual-wields knives made of vibranium as his signature weapons in X-Force. Noteworthy in that he is not Ax-Crazy at all.
    • Short time X-Man and heroic sociopath Marrow, also from the X-Men comics, almost always uses bone knives which grow from her own body as weapons. She is drawn with them on nearly each cover she appears on.
  • The Corinthian, in his first appearance as a villain in The Sandman, seems very fond of knives. This is both for creepy purposes (menacing a victim with one in his hand, taking a felled mugger's switchblade and opening it in front of his face while commenting on how nice a knife it is...) and for much more practical ones.
  • Diabolik, the Villain Protagonist of the Italian comic of the same name.
  • Raphael of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles uses sais as his Weapon of Choice. (Well, he calls them sais, but an actual martial artist would call them daggers.
  • Batman:
    • Victor Zsasz.
    • Dagger, a minor member of Batman's Rogues Gallery (who once disabled the Batmobile with a single well-aimed thrown knife).
    • Also Batman's son, Damian.
    • Speaking of Damian, The Joker becomes very much one of these in Batman: R.I.P. in which he makes frequent, borderline fetishistic use of twin switchblades to mutilate not just enemies and loose allies, but himself.
  • Here's some obscure ones from DC Comics: The assassins Hellhound, Brutale, and Lady Vic all make use of a variety of knives, as does the serial killer Murmur. Wonder Woman occasionally ran into a mercenary who called herself Moot, who favored a stiletto she called "The Moot Point". On the heroes' side, Nightblade and Black Condor II are both noted as skilled knife throwers.
  • Elizabeth Rose.
  • Many members of the G.I. Joe team (as well as Cobra) are skilled with knives, but Snake-Eyes has collections of them. His spike-knuckled trench knives get mentioned more than a few times during the Marvel Comics run alone, and his third costume (assembled from parts taken from his Cobra interrogators) has a pair of knives mounted right on his chest.
  • In Astérix, Brutus is usually seen playing with a knife as foreshadowing to a certain event between him and Caesar. Caeasar, at one point, tells him to put it away before he hurts himself.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Shinji Ikari in Points Of Familiarity.
  • Jago from Ah Archfall. He generally has at least four on him (and he prefers his khukuri to his sword as a primary weapon).
  • The Teacher Creature becomes this after being unmasked in Attack Of The Teacher Creature.
  • Kage: Jade has gained the ability to summon an apparently limitless number of kunai and shuriken from Hammerspace.
  • Yognapped's Minecraftia is filled with swords carved from solid diamond, yet Sben still insists on using his personal dagger. Justified in that it's stated to be diamond-edged.
  • Judge Rawne in the Judge Dredd fanfic Aegis. Teaches knife fighting at the Academy of Law, has a display of knives in his office, and is the best knife fighter in the city. Word of God is that he is named after the Major in Gaunt's Ghosts. Makes the mistake of bringing a knife to a fist fight.

    Films — Animated 
  • Colette in Ratatouille, revealed when she "briefs" Linguini. She's never killed anyone (so far as we know), but is a bit disarmingly comfortable around knives.
  • Mother Gothel in Tangled is shown using this to threaten people and actually uses it on Flynn.
  • Lord Shen, the Big Bad of Kung Fu Panda 2, is dangerously skilled in the use of feather-shaped throwing knives that he conceals in his own feathers.
  • A non-villainous example is Vitaly the tiger from Madagascar 3, who also uses throwing knives, although he is skilled with any sharp, pointy object. He uses them to threaten the main characters early in the movie and later throws them as stepping stones to help another circus animal escape Captain DuBois.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Kick-Ass has a scene where Mindy (aka Hit-Girl) when asked what she wants for her birthday, replies (after first worrying her father by pretending to want a puppy and a doll) that she'd love "a Benchmade Model-42 Butterfly Knife". On the day in question, she receives a matching set of them and is overjoyed. She even proceeds to demonstrate just how good she is with them in a display of twirling.
  • Robert Rodriguez often casts Danny Trejo with these types of roles, most famously in a film simply titled Machete.
  • Soap from Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels reveals that he has a collection of large knives ("big fuck-off shiny ones"), and delivers a speech about how they're more practical than guns because they're quiet, concluding, "Guns for show, knives for a pro." The rest of the gang is creeped out. As the sole member of the group with an honest trade, this is both ironic and fitting. His job as a cook would presumably make him comfortable with knives and butchering.
  • Kyra and Riddick use a lot of knives throughout The Chronicles of Riddick , though they're not above using guns if necessary.
  • Nadia from Pandorum is this.
  • Roque of The Losers is their resident knife man, first confirmed when, while the others are betting their various souvenir weapons, he continues to bet bigger and bigger knives. It reaches a rather ridiculous zenith when they even task him with cutting loose tied up people he'd rather not merely because he's "the knife guy".
  • Leon explicitly postulates that the better you are, the closer you can get to your victim: sniper rifles are for beginners, and only a real pro uses a knife.
  • In The Matrix Reloaded, the Twins initially fight with straight razors.
  • In the '80s Van Damme movie Cyborg, Van Damme awesomely used dozens of knives as he carved his way through gangs and bandits in an After the End setting.
  • In the scary category, the shower scene of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho involves a screaming woman, a big knife, and scary music.
  • Most Steven Seagal characters.
  • In The Dark Knight the Joker carries a number of knives on him. He states that they're his preferred weapon because he can savor his victims' subtle changes in expression as they die. He even carries a potato peeler.
  • The eponymous character of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street infamously used the barber's straight razor for his killings. Between him and Jack the Ripper, the razor soon developed a reputation as a murder weapon.
  • Loki in Thor and The Avengers is able to throw knives with unerring aim. He has even demonstrated his close combat abilities with a dagger in Thor: The Dark World.
  • In The Lord of the Rings films, when his bow wasn't practical (which, given his skill, wasn't often), Legolas brought out a pair of fine elven knives. In the book he has only one long knife.
  • In The Hobbit films, Fili carries a ridiculous amount of blades and knives.
  • V in V for Vendetta carries an arsenal of knives under his cloak.
  • The eponymous character of Crocodile Dundee always carries a gigantic hunting knife around with him as a trademark. When a New York mugger tries to menace him with a switchblade, Dundee is famously unimpressed and presents his own, saying, "That's not a knife! That's a knife!" in his Broad Strine.
  • Mutt from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and his switch-blade, which he can be seen playing around with in a couple scenes.
  • Rambo just can't live without one. He actually makes a knife himself in the fourth film.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera
    • Luigi Largo. He's known to have sex with the stab wounds he's inflicted, among other delightful things.
    • The Repo Man himself, though his "companion" technically makes him a Scalpel Nut.
  • Detective Somerset in Se7en is a completely sane heroic example, always carrying a switch blade wherever he goes and practicing throwing it at night.
  • Bill "The Butcher" Cutting from Gangs of New York, who is a gang leader and a professional butcher who practices knife-fighting on meat. The character was based on a real gang leader/butcher called Bill "The Butcher" Poole.
  • Alfred the Battle Butler from Hudson Hawk has spring-loaded knives hidden under his sleeves, which eventually lead to his death.
  • The Hunted could be more appropriately titled "Ode to Knife Nuts." For the final fight, the two fighters subconsciously agree to stop the chase just long enough to chip/sharpen their own. Then they rip each other to freaking shreds.
  • A rather unusual example is Guiron from Gamera Vs Guiron. His own head is a giant knife which he uses to slice his enemies to pieces.
  • Britt (James Coburn) in The Magnificent Seven. His weapon of choice is a throwing knife. His introduction to the audience is him being being forced into a face-off against a guy who fancies himself a gunslinger: his gun against Britt's throwing knife. Britt wins. This isn't to say that he's not also a very good marksman with a gun.
  • The Butcher in Wanted is the knife instructor for the Fraternity, pointing out that knives don't jam or run out of ammo. His words are backed up beyond all expectation when he shows his ability to deflect bullets by slicing them in midair.
  • The Yakuza leader in Versus wields switchblades.
  • Malak the thief in Conan the Destroyer.
  • In Kill Bill, Vivica A. Fox's character "Copperhead" is apparently a knife nut. The Bride seems to know this about her and chooses to face her in a knife fight rather than bring along her Cool Sword. Once they reach an impasse, they make plans to square off in a second knife fight. Although Copperhead ultimately tries to shoot the Bride with a hidden gun, she's apparently a terrible shot and misses her at point blank range. Shoulda stuck with the knives.
  • In Pulp Fiction, Mia Wallace describes her character from Fox Force Five as the knife nut of the group.
  • Jack, the psychotic Triad assassin played by Wu Jing in Sha Po Lang, does most of his killings with his tanto knife.
  • Colonel Quaritch in Avatar doesn't go in for half-measures: he outfits his AMP Suit with a freakin' huge combat knife.
  • Inglourious Basterds: Lt. Aldo Raine and Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz love their knives. Stiglitz's knife even has the phrase "My Honor is Loyalty" engraved on it, which is ironic since he is a German traitor who killed thirteen Nazi officers. Presumably it's an SS-issue dagger.
  • Saso, from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, though he doesn't limit himself solely to knives.
  • Serial Killer O'Ryan in Suspect Zero uses a long, curved dagger as his Weapon of Choice, both for killing his victims and his signature of removing their eyelids.
  • Rincon from the movie Zombie Strippers.
    Rincon: I like knives.
  • Christmas from The Expendables, who would get into occasional discussions with Stallone's character over the age-old "guns vs. knives" debate. Gunnar also uses a huge bowie knife, but it doesn't get much usage until the end.
  • Mississippi (James Caan) in El Dorado. He is brilliant with throwing knives (in his first scene he goes face to face with a gunman across a table and kills him before can bring his gun up).
  • Colt Hawker in Visiting Hours prefers using his trusty switchblade to kill his female victims.
  • The killer in Intruder is fond of using huge kitchen knives.
  • Ben Echmeyer, a minor character in The Men Who Stare at Goats, briefly demonstrates his "shock and awe" knife technique with two bayonets from his knife collection. Among other skills.
  • Every killer in the Scream series has used a Buck 120 model knife almost exclusively.
  • Lynne from The Warrior's Way.
  • Matsu in the Joshuu Sasori series favours a common kitchen knife generally, or on occasion a tanto or a scalpel.
  • Cudjo in Swashbuckler, a knifethrowing rogue who helps the main character to stage a revolution against the Big Bad Governor Durant.
  • The Dagger Debs in Switchblade Sisters.
  • Elysium: Asside from being a fan of katanas, Kruger has a big combat knife strapped across his chest, plus explosive shurikens. He also uses a shard of broken glass to kill Delacourt.
  • In Clive Barker's Nightbreed, the serial killer Dr. Decker prefers to use huge carving blades to kill his victims, often appearing with one in each hand. He's briefly seen in his apartment with an entire collection of knives and blades laid out in front of him on a conference-style table.
  • Reb Brown's character in Last Flight to Hell is a heroic example, but about as sane as any Reb Brown character.
    Spoony: It's not quite as fun as watching Reb loudly massacre people with a heavy machine gun hefted under one arm, but you can't complain about Reb murdering people with knives.
  • Hannibal Chau in Pacific Rim has his butterfly knife, which he's quite proud of and adept with.
  • X-Men:

    Literature 
  • The Fremen of Arrakis from the Dune series are a society of knife nuts. Every man, woman, and adolescent wields a curved crysknife made from the tooth of a 400 meter-long sandworm, and they train their lives to become impossibly deadly with it. They practically worship their knives. For instance, their knives are never allowed to leave the planet, anyone who owns one cannot leave the planet without their permission, and any outsider who sees the blade of a crysknife must either be cleansed or killed. Their obsession comes in surprisingly handy given that shields have made melee combat the standard for infantry soldiers.
  • Each member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood gets a custom-made, matched-to-the wielder set of black knives, perfect for stabbing the Lessening Society members back to the Omega. They are hand forged (literally) by Vishous.
  • This seems to be a Cooper family specialty in the Tortall Universe. First, George Cooper—the King of Thieves—uses knives as his Weapon of Choice and has several on his person. His daughter Aly wears at least half a dozen hidden in her clothes at any given time. And their ancestor Beka Cooper did the same, being a cop who was often in dangerous places with other Knife Nuts.
  • Briar from the Circle of Magic. Seems to be Tamora Pierce's favorite weapon for commoners.
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld series features a multitude:
    • Jonathan Teatime is a knife-wielding, psychopathic assassin in Hogfather
    • Carcer Dun is a knife-wielding, psychopathic Serial Killer who always has an extra one.
    • Pteppic is a certified assassin and Pharaoh of Djelibebyi. When he finds of that his "companion" feels naked without her many bracelets, he has to admit that he feels naked without his knives.
    • Assassins in general are known to conceal so many knives on their person that they could qualify as a live-in kitchen.
    • In Jingo, Carrot runs across a knife nut boy. After a brief interview, Carrot discovers that the boy does not have enough gum to share with his playmates, but has more than enough knives for everyone.
    • Lord Vetinari keeps a drawer full of sharp, pointy greetings for rude callers.
  • In Snow Crash, Raven, named by Hiro Protagonist as "the baddest motherfucker in the world," is an Aleut from a tribe that perfected the art of making glass knives with monomolecular edges that cut right through kevlar. Raven carries an arsenal of them, using them for throwing and fighting. Before the story begins, he steals a nuclear warhead from a submarine after slaughtering the entire crew with his knives. Uncle Enzo, the leader of the Mafia as well as an ex-commando, always carries a straight razor in his pocket. In the end, the two have themselves a knife fight. Enzo manages to shatter Raven's knives, but gets the worst of the exchange.
  • Chisel of Illegal Aliens who carries hundreds of them at any given point in time. He survives being stomped by a giant robot due to the sheer number of knives providing impromptu armor.
  • In the Fingerprints series, one villain says the memorable lines, "I wonder how many cuts it will take you to die? I bet thousands and thousands..."
  • Sonia Steiglitz, the beautiful and sadistic daughter of the ex-CIA chief/archaeologist villain of The Takers, a modern Two Fisted Tale homage by Jerry Ahern. She uses guns when necessary, but prefers a knife.
  • A large number of the characters in the Wheel of Time series seem to be knife nuts, as Mat, Thom, Min, Faile, and many Aiel, at the least, are all experts at wielding and throwing knives, usually pulled from all around their person with no explanation how so many weapons could fit on them.
  • In Malazan Book of the Fallen, Kalam Mekhar, Rallick Nom, Crokus, and Apsalar all use daggers and throwing knives to impressive effect against better-armed enemies. Most of the assassin characters in the series, especially the Malazan Claws, are armed with pairs of knives.
  • In The Edge, Declan is quick with his blades and has a canvas roll of knives he cleans regularly. The little boy Jack is awed by the display. Later Declan baits a trap for Jack with a particular knife he'd been eyeing, and then bribes him into cooperating with the knife.
  • Almost everyone in the titular unit of the Warhammer 40,000 Gaunt's Ghosts books is able to use a knife well. In particular, Rawne's skill with them is demonstrated through the conspicuous aversion of There Will Be Toilet Paper when using his straight silver to shave in Ghostmaker.
  • In Andrew Vachss's Burke books, Michelle is said to be very fast with a straight razor.
  • In The Belgariad, Silk, Liselle, Sadi, Relg and Beldin all have a fondness for knives in combat. Silk usually carries at least three or four, Sadi poisons his, and Relg's has all sorts of sticky-out bits note  that do all kind of nasty things both on the way in and on the way out again. Beldin's has hooks. Liselle is straightforward and discreet about hers, at least compared to the others. She only carries a couple of small simple daggers.
  • Lots in Terry Brooks' Shannara series. Brooks seems to view the knife as a nice, lightweight weapon, and many characters, heroic and villainous carry them in addition to (or in some cases in favour of) heavier blades. This leads to an awesome Knife Fight between one of the heroes' and The Dragon in the climax of Voyage Of The Jerle Shannara.
  • In The Princess Series Talia is skilled in hand to hand combat and can use many weapons well but knives tend to be her primary weapon of choice.
  • Ferahgo in the Redwall book Salamandastron is notorious for his knife collection and skill with using them. He even has different knives assigned to different tasks, such as "the killer" and "the skinner". It varies on which order he uses them.
    • Rasconza in Pearls of Lutra is never seen without at least ten knives on his person.
    • There's also Oilback in Martin the Warrior, Tazzin in Triss, Sawney Rath in Taggerung... Really, there's about one every other book.
  • Clove's preferred weapons in The Hunger Games are a jacket full of knives. And she never misses.
  • The Dresden Files
    • "Gentleman" John Marcone of seems to materialize them from thin air and is very good with them.
    • Vittorio Malvora also uses them. Harry points out that when you've had centuries to practice and can launch them at a hundred miles per hour,you make up for the fact that thrown knives aren't particularly good weapons.Hell even when one missed the hit from handle caused Harry's hand to go numb.
  • In Dragaera, the knife is often the preferred weapon of Jhereg assassins, such as Vlad Taltos, who keeps a small arsenal of them hidden about his person. He uses quite a bit of throwing knives, but they're mostly useful as distractions: they hit hilt first, make the other guy flinch, or just make a minor wound. His wife Cawti is a fellow assassin who is known as "The Dagger of the Jhereg."
  • Bèbelle from Malevil. A Creepy Crossdresser who pretends to be a woman to get close enough to cut throats.
  • Annabeth from Percy Jackson and the Olympians; knives are used by clever fighters according to Luke, and since she is a child of Athena, she uses one as her weapon of choice.
  • Blade from the Endworld series carries a pair of Bowie knives that he loves obsessively on his person at all times.
  • Laika is the most extreme in the Northland Series, but it is a common trait.
  • All Tomorrows Parties features the Taoist assassin Konrad, who takes meticulous care of his tanto, practices an Argentine school of knife fighting considered mythical within the setting, and is ridiculously deadly with his blade. While not knife nuts per se, Rydell and Chevette wind up carrying a ceramic switchblade and a knife with a pattern-welded blade made from the drive chain of a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, respectively. Both are used at crucial points in the plot.
  • The Nightside books have Razor Eddie, Punk God of the Straight Razor, who unsurprisingly wields an absurdly sharp straight razor. It's mystically bonded to his very being. Bad Penny also carries a brace of silver daggers, one blessed, the other cursed. When she uses both simultaneously, it's noted that some gods would die from such a blow.
  • Alex from A Clockwork Orange carries a straight razor, or as he terms it, his "fine starry horrorshow cut-throat britva".
  • Tarzan is defined by his hunting knife, to the point that those who only know the character from adaptations can be forgiven for not knowing that he's also a gifted marksman.
  • David Gemmell's Waylander is best known for his trademark two-shot crossbow, but carries a crapload of knives for use when he's fired both bolts. He's specifically described as a capable swordsman, but a brilliant knife-fighter.
  • The Ysabel Kid from J.T. Edson's Floating Outfit series is an expert with the Bowie knife.
  • Time Scout includes Sven Bailey, Jack the Ripper and his mad cultists.
  • In Dracula, Quincey Morris carries around a large bowie knife as part of his characterization as an American cowboy. Later he's upstaged by Arthur Holmwood, who busts out a kukri from his days in the military.
  • The eponymous character of The Acts of Caine.
  • In A Brother's Price, it's said of the Whistlers going to court that Summer carries one six-shooter and three knives, Corelle carries no knives but two six-shooters and a derringer, and Eldest matches Summer with knives, Corelle with guns, and also carries two pairs of brass knuckles and a wire garrote. Even Jerin has a knife.
  • Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book plays this trope, ahem, to the hilt in its very first line, using it to draw the reader in and establish a frightening mood.
  • The Apprentice Rogue: Black Knights prefer short weapons like daggers and short swords to a BFS because it would conflict with their fighting style.
  • Mistborn The Orignal Trilogy: Mistborn use obsidian knives as their Weapon of Choice, since metal ones are vulnerable to Allomancy.
  • Simon Templar prefers knives to guns; his ability with his favorite throwing dagger, "Anna," saves his and others' lives numerous times.
  • Sopy Kratides in The Hound of the D'Urbervilles; a Greek assassin who works variously the Greek government, the Department of Supplies and Moriarty's Firm. She mentions that she prefers knives because you get to look into the eyes of your victim as you kill them.
  • Although Legolas in The Lord of the Rings prefers bow and arrows, he also has a long knife for when he runs out of arrows, such as at Amon Hen.
  • Osprey in Devils Cape uses special knives strapped to her fists as her primary weapon.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Locke is something of one in LOST. He boarded the plane for a survivalist adventure in spite of his handicap and brought a bag filled to bursting with various knives. When Locke shows off his collection, the other survivors are creeped out, which goes along with the way the first few episodes tease Locke as some sort of psycho-killer. He later proves adept at hunting and butchering wild boar with only his knives.
  • Alpha in Dollhouse
  • Cameron in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, despite being an emotionless cyborg seems to have a thing for large hunting knives. She also carries what looks like an Exacto knife on her for when she suddenly has the need for cutting things, as opposed to punching them through walls.
  • Sarah Walker in Chuck embodies this trope as well. In the pilot episode alone, she manages to take down three NSA agents in a crowded nightclub while dancing, and follows this up by stopping an NSA SUV by throwing a knife into a one-and-a-half-inch button from twenty feet away. A later episode reveals that this is a skill she already had before the CIA recruited her.
    • In another episode, she hurls a knife through her beeping alarm clock instead of simply pressing the snooze button. So clearly she really likes knives.
    • And the Greta played by Summer Glau has a tendency to get out her switchblade for everything.
  • Firefly's Jayne Cobb has a number of large, heavy, nasty-looking hunting knives in addition to his collection of guns.
  • The cast of NCIS follows Gibbs' Rule No. 9: "Never go anywhere without a knife." Ziva David is especially enthusiastic, with an extensive selection, and she holds a knife-throwing class for the team, naturally hitting the target over the heart in her demonstration. Tony hits the stomach, McGee doesn't even get the knife to the target, and Lee lets the knife slip out of her hand, almost hitting Gibbs in the face.
    • Mostly averted, they simply use their knives as tools
  • Star Trek. Everyone in the Mirror Universe, though the women seem to be the only ones who actually use them.
  • On Top Gear's Bolivia special in 2009, the normally even-tempered James May seems quite pleased to get his hands on a machete.
    • "I'll cut your ***ing head off; you will need to beep that, BBC 2."
  • Heroes: Season 4 character Edgar mainly uses knives with his Super Speed combat skills.
  • Ronon has as many knives on him as you need. He has a hell of a time getting through airports.
  • Al Swearengen in Deadwood is a skilled knife-fighter who cuts a number of throats through the series. He is a self-confessed terrible shot with a gun, and at one point curses himself for sticking with knives rather than learning to shoot properly.
  • In Deadliest Warrior, the NAVY Seal Rob Roy...goes a little crazy. Just a little.
  • Obligatory Buffy the Vampire Slayer examples. There's Faith and her large knife, and Willow attacks Glory with a bag of knives as part of a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. During a nightmare Faith has about bring hunted and killed Buffy becomes this.
  • Larry from Burn Notice prefers to use knives.
  • In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Trini Kwan wields twin daggers called the Power Daggers. And of course there's Tommy's Dragon Dagger, which is also a flute.
    • In Power Rangers Wild Force, Jindrax wields an apparently endless supply of small wavy throwing knives, which he can turn into longer swords at will. He also qualifies for the 'nut' part early in the series before his voice actor is changed, and he goes from "what if The Joker were a Power Rangers character?" to, well, what you think he always sounded like if you haven't watched the series recently.
  • Eliot from Leverage can edge up on this sometimes. Justified as he's also a chef when he's not killing people.
    Hold a knife like this (normally), cuts through an onion. Hold a knife like this (switches to a backhand grip), cuts through, like, eight yakuza in four seconds. Screams, blood, carnage. People are like knives. Everything's in context.
  • The Wicked Witch of the West is this in Lost In Oz, even wearing knives over her hands.
  • Morgana in series four of Merlin carries a knife with her at all times.
  • Joe Harvelle in Supernatural likes to play with a knife that used to be her father's.

    Music 
  • Sometimes lost in translation, but Mack the Knife uses a knife. Some versions are more explicit than others.
  • Lemon Demon wrote a song that fits the trope, 'Knife Fight'.
  • Tom Waits has an instrumental song called "Knife Chase" on his Blood Money album. It comes from the musical Woyzeck, where it's the backing music to... well, Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • The Flash Girls' song "A Girl Needs A Knife" is pretty much made of this trope.
  • The Sentinel by Judas Priest: Knife Nut + Cold Sniper.
  • While the Insane Clown Posse are more associated with hatchets, Violent J had a solo track on The Amazing Jeckel Brothers titled "I Stab People". He followed up with a song called "Still Stabbin' " on the later album Bizaar.
  • Fun With Knives by Velvet Acid Christ
  • Based on what Slim does to Big Jim in Jim Croce's "You Don't Mess Around With Jim", I think he qualifies. To clarify "And when the cuttin' was done the only part that wasn't bloody was the soles of the big man's feet. Yeah he was cut in about a hundred places..."

    Musicals 

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Saxon Kenchu in Candorville collects knives, and at one point gave a speech about how they were the first weapons ever developed and they allowed humanity to triumph over a world full of hostile predators. He initially seems Axe Crazy, but this is partially subverted—having to survive as a Dhampyr has left him Properly Paranoid and somewhat hardened, but he's a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire and is trying to keep the main character alive.
  • Willie Garvin in Modesty Blaise, who is a horrible shot with a handgun but a dead aim with thrown knives.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Dark Eldar in Warhammer 40,000 and Dark Elves in Warhammer Fantasy do seem to have a lot of knives on them most of the time. And their Spikes of Villainy all over their armor.
    • Lelith Hesperax, just to put some specifics out there. Most Dark Elves in Fantasy use swords more than knives, though.
      • To elaborate on just how much of a knife-nut Lillith is; she carries two very sharp, pointy knives as her main weapon of choice, her fingernails have knifeblades surgically attached to the underside of them (and for good measure she keeps the natural part filed to a point), with the same deal for her toes. She also carries razorblades between her toes, to add a little extra kick. Lastly, her very long, very thick hair is filled with razorblades and wire. Sh can effortlessly and gracefully kill you with any of these whilst making the battle look like pornography (helped by her Stripperiffic outfit (which is practically made out of knives).
    • Catachan Jungle Fighters forge their own knives which can reach up to twenty inches long for Catachan Fangs and four feet long for Devil's Claws. Even orks find them impressive, and their basic weapon is a five-foot-long axe/machete/backscratcher.
  • Dungeons An Dragons:
    • The Invisible Blade prestige class in Dungeons & Dragons 3.5.
    • The Soul Knife is a Psionic Class in Dungeons & Dragons 3.5. Their mind is a weapon, and that weapon is a knife.
    • There are also the prestige classes Daggerspell Mage and Daggerspell Shaper, arcane caster/rogue and druid/rogue hybrids, repectively, that gain special abilities when wielding daggers.
    • The Whisperknife is a halfling only prestige class that specializes in light thrown weapons, usually daggers.
    • Many rogues in Fourth Edition Dungeons & Dragons use daggers as their Weapon of Choice. One Paragon Path, Daggermaster, even allows the rogue to specialize in using them to deadly effect.
  • Knives are part of standard Al Amarjan dress in Over the Edge. They're mostly used to open up chip packets and the like.
  • In the old Warhammer Battle skirmish-based spin-off, Mordheim, there's a special mercenary character called Johann The Knife... and he has a special rule called Knife Fighter Extraordinare that allows him to bypass the limit of three knives thrown during his turn, allowing him to throw six knives per turn if he doesn't move. He's so good with knives that they count for swords during battle.

    Toys 
  • Dark Hunter Lariska in BIONICLE uses poison tipped throwing knives.

    Video Games 
  • Ratchet Altair from Sakura Taisen.
  • Stiletto Anyway in Anachronox uses plenty of throwing knives.
  • Vamp in Metal Gear Solid 2 has a signature knife and is obviously quite nuts. He apparently has kind of a knife fetish.
  • Dolph in Suikoden V could carve out your liver and hand it to you, despite having one of the goofiest fighting stances ever.
  • Tonberries in Final Fantasy. Behold the evil!
    • Kiros in Final Fantasy VIII, double armed knives. His standing battle pose even makes him look like an Axe Crazy assassin at the first grace.
  • Knife kills in Counter-Strike are a particularly Bad Ass Cherry Tapping. Not the case of a backstab, however which is a one hit kill.
  • Ryuji Yamazaki from Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters always carries a knife around wherever he goes. Just try not to get too close to him.
  • There's a reason Edge from Rival Schools chose his nickname. He loves to play with knives and uses them frequently in his arsenal of dirty tricks.
  • Although Lucas Kane in Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy) never uses a knife outside the opening sequence, he is depicted holding a bloody blade on every box art to underline the psychosis surrounding him throughout the game.
  • A knife called the "Vorpal Blade" is Alice's primary weapon in American McGee's Alice. It gets deadlier in Alice: Madness Returns
  • In Rise of the Kasai, while Tati does have access to other weapons including a huge axe, a deadly spear, and a supply of exploding toxic mushrooms, her favorite weapon is a pair of twin knifes that she especially uses to maul Kasai warriors.
  • Kevin Smith in Killer7 uses throwing knives as his primary weapon and a larger knife for close quarters combat.
  • Sakuya Izayoi from the Touhou series fights by throwing a seemingly infinite number of knives that she actually recovers between volleys by stopping time.
  • In Resident Evil 4, the protagonist Leon is a knife fighting expert who uses his knife for everything from breaking locks to taking down giant mutants, but his Axe Crazy Worthy Opponent Krauser cements his status as the game's Knife Nut by having a much bigger, nastier knife.
    • Actually they use the same model of knife. Krauser's has a design on it, and a little notch so he can twirl it, but that's it.
    • Which Leon then gets when you beat him in the knife fight sequence.
      • Ironically, Krauser's weakness in his boss battle is using the knife.
    • While calling her a nut would be an insult, Sheva stabs Wesker seventeen times with a knife.
    • Jill is portrayed as stabbing with her knife when other characters swipe.
    • Claire's opening video has her throwing a special forces knife into a zombie. She was trained by her brother after all
  • Larxene, the Psycho Electro Dark Action Girl of Kingdom Hearts.
  • One of the funnest parts of Assassin's Creed is to kill as many people as possible with your hidden blade. This is particularly fun with the beggars, who constantly harass you for coins, or the lepers, who are apparently well enough to push you two metres back whenever you get remotely near them.
  • Canaan in Xenosaga Episode III
  • Hawkeye of Seiken Densetsu 3 demonstrates Dual Wielding with knives. One of his techs, the "Flying Swallow Toss," involves tossing a barrage of knives at every target on the screen. One wonders where he keeps it all...
  • Rolento, military madman from the Final Fight and Street Fighter games.
  • Yōsuke Hanamura in Persona 4 uses knives in battle.
  • You can make a custom Knife Nut character in Jagged Alliance 2. Stealth and night ops specialties plus throwing knifes equals one-hit death for everyone on the opposing team. One recruitable mercenary, Bill "Razor" Lamont, is also crazy about knives, and talks about cutting throats or how knives "never run out of ammo" with disturbing regularity.
  • Fire Emblem: Thief/Assassin/Rogue characters. In the early games, these are just swords animated as knives (particularly cool for the assassins). As of Path of Radiance, knives became their own weapon type, which thieving characters used exclusively and Sages could also use (though they'd have to forgo staves to do so), although this latter feature was no longer in effect in Radiant Dawn.
  • Peketo from The Black Heart; all his specials and some of his normal attacks involves the use of knives.
  • The Spy in Team Fortress 2 wields a butterfly knife that can be used for a one-shot kill backstab. This is awesomely subverted in the Sniper's introductory video, as like Crocodile Dundee above, the Sniper is an Aussie with a bigger knife (that does not have the backstab in-game).
    • Almost all of the Spy's unlockables follow this as well. Your Eternal Reward cloaks the victim's body while giving you their disguise at the cost of losing the disguise kit, and the Big Earner gives back some cloaking charge upon a kill with a slight health handicap. The Sniper got another big knife called the Bushwhacka, which crits when it would normally mini-crit in exchange for some fire vulnerability.
  • Players are encouraged to use the knife in Battlefield 2142, as it is always a one-shot kill.
    • Although lag will sometimes require you to make a second swipe, despite the "stab" noise.
  • The Rogue class in World of Warcraft is a good example of this trope, as some of their strongest moves require daggers while others are adjusted when wielding a dagger to compensate for the weapon's low damage per hit. The dagger's fast speed makes it good for triggering certain effects like poisons as well.
    • Combat rogues who take the Close Quarters Combat (dagger and fist weapon spec) talent get a bonus while using daggers and fist weapons that they won't if they use other weapon types.
  • Subverted and played straight with Mitadake High. The knife is the weakest weapon in the game except for the dead taser and the empty can of paint, but that doesn't stop people from enjoying them.
    • This may have something to do with the fact that, besides the Hammer and the weaker Nanatsu Yoru, the Knife is one of the only weapons that can kill without draining all of your energy.
  • Sherudo Garo, the Stage 2 boss and Big Bad of Time Crisis. Given how annoying knives are in the Time Crisis series, this also has the effect of making him into That One Boss.
  • Sarah Kerrigan in StarCraft, before and after her transformation. Before her transformation she likes killing with knives (no in-game ability, but in the novel Liberty's Crusade she takes out a room of guards on Antiga Prime), and after her transformation, she not only has knives on the end of each fingertip, but has wing-like appendages growing out of her back which end in...you guessed it... more knives.
    • * ahem* Queen of Blades.
    • Starcraft II presents Gabriel Tosh, who flips around an oversized butterfly knife. And also uses it on Voodoo dolls.
  • Kyrie of World Destruction: Michibikareshi Ishi uses knives for his basic attack. All his attack spells involve either knives or throwing several knives. His Limit Break can throw up to sixteen knives that, due to lazy programming, hit every enemy.
  • A popular class combination inside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is an honourable mention - using the 'Tactical Knife' pistol attachment (holding a knife and a pistol out at the same time to strike faster), the 'Marathon' perk (to sprint forever), the 'Lightweight' perk (To move faster) and the 'Commando' perk (to be able to strike with the knife from farther away); you get a class that even Penny Arcade notes its effectiveness (check the 'News' section for more on their opinion.
  • The Green Beret character from the Commandos series is something of a knife nut, even quipping that they should help an isolated group of Allied soldiers by "offering a hand. Or a knife." Plus, the Diver can throw knives from the second game on.
  • Hazama in BlazBlue uses twin butterfly knives in combat, and has several more hidden within his pockets.
  • Konstantin Brayko in Alpha Protocol is a both a nutter and a knife fanatic. A Knife Nutjob, if you will. Michael himself uses a knife for stealth kills.
  • Ange Serena of Tales of Innocence. For a character whom most would dismiss as a White Magician Girl, she sure has some impressive melee combos with that knife of hers.
  • Danette of Soul Nomad uses two of them.
  • Shank uses two knives as his main melee weapons, if you couldn't tell by his name.
  • Ayame from the Tenchu series uses a pair of knives, specifically; kodachi.
  • In Mitsumete Knight, one of your eventual enemies, the Circus' Knife Thrower Pierrot, uses them in battle. The Eight General Corkilneipha the Swift Thunder is another enemy Knife Nut, but of a different variety: rather than knives, he uses thunder-embued needles.
  • Seether from Wing Commander IV uses a double-bladed knife, first threatening Blair with it, then slitting Captain Paulson's throat.
  • In the original Goldeneye 007 for the N64, one level opens up with James Bond in a jail cell within a Russian satellite facility. Naturally he has no guns, but he can use the electromagnet in his watch to get some throwing knives from a drain(?). Said knives can be used to great effect, and re-used if retrieved. There's also a "hunting knife" available as a melee weapon via a cheat code.
  • Aht in Radiant Historia dual wields daggers as her weapon of choice. Most of her non-trap special abilities involve her throwing them, as well.
  • Rem from the upcoming game Final Fantasy Type-0 dual wields daggers.
  • The main character from Rush'n Attack squares off against an army of soldiers, all clearly holding rifles (although few of them actually use them), but other than the occasional bazooka, fights solely with his knife. The HD remake most of the enemies also fight with knives or punch knives.
  • Warrant Officer Emile-A239 from Halo: Reach is never seen without his signature kukri, and is introduced while sharpening it on his armour. Ironically, he only uses it once.
    • The expanded universe establishes that Fred-104 is the best knife-user among the SPARTAN-IIs.
  • Kai Leng in the Mass Effect series. He appears in the games for the first time in Mass Effect 3 where he's gunning for Shepard. He first appeared in the book Mass Effect: Retribution, where he killed a krogan with a knife and later killed SIX turians by himself with just a knife.
    • In Deception, he also kills the most powerful biotic in the galaxy (basically an individual with a bunch of very powerful psychokinetic powers, and the ability to summon miniature black holes and energy balls at will) with... a sharpened toothbrush.
  • Kano and Frost from the Mortal Kombat series. They both dual wield them.
    • Also, Mileena uses paired sais. (Although again, they would be called daggers or stilettos by true martial artists.)
  • The Assassin class from Guild Wars. Even though the dagger is the lowest-damage weapon in the game, Assassins use them to great effect, often drawing out huge amounts of bonus damage from their skills.
    • They also have a few skills that allow them to throw knives for different effects.
  • Archduke Maximilian Von Reginrave, Big Bad of the first Valkyria Chronicles, has a collection of thousands of knives, and often carries several hidden on his person. He can use them very well. This is yet another manifestation of his raging paranoia, the result of him growing up as the hated bastard child of the Imperial royal family who's brothers constantly tried to get rid of.
  • Madotsuki from Yume Nikki is frequently depicted as one because of a widespread Player Tic which involves killing everyone, with the knife being the only weapon available.
  • As with almost every weapon-to-personality tropenote , Last Scenario completely averts this—the knife-using party member is the closest thing available to a Science Hero.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Imperial Operatives specialize in knife attacks, and all Imperial Agents get an equipment slot for them. They are always used more like daggers though, gigantic daggers.
  • Several mooks in Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel. Zsasz definitely counts in both games as well.
  • Dragon Age II has many characters who wield knives, but three named characters shine above the others. The first is Hawke, who can be turned into one if played as a rogue and specced in Dual Wielding. The second is Isabela, whose specialty is fighting battles of attrition against multiple enemies. But the most notable example of this trope in the game is DLC-only Tallis, who not only has two daggers that cannot be un-equipped for use in hand-to-hand combat, but also has a seemingly infinite supply of throwing knives, making her the only party member in the game who uses thrown weapons outside of cutscenes.
  • Fallen London has Jack-of-Smiles an Expy of Jack The Ripper Actually Jack-of-Smiles is his knives.
  • Guild Wars 2 features two classes that can dual-wield knives: elementalists and thieves. However, only thieves make actual use of the knives themselves. Aside from a super-fast attack rate, Dagger Thieves can throw daggers to damage and cripple a target, leap at an enemy with a quick strike, stack copious amounts of bleeding on enemy groups, and even turn invisible — which sets up a devastating Backstab move for at least double damage. Heck, even their normal auto-attacks will poison enemies continuously.
    • Thieves can also use daggers in their offhand with a sword, and can dual-wield a dagger/pistol combo in either hand for different results. A favorite trick among players is to use the pistol skill Black Powder Shot and leap through the cloud with the dagger skill Heartseeker. This renders the player instantly invisible and sets up a backstab. Suffice it to say, knives are at the heart of any good thief's offense.
  • As of a class revamp in October 2013, Disco Bandits in Kingdom of Loathing have a number of skills involving stabbing their foes with knives, as artfully represented in the skill description of Disco Shank: "There are very few problems that cannot be solved with the judicious application of a very, very sharp knife."
  • In the Double Dragon series, the knife is one of the most lethal weapons, and is most often wielded by Williams. In Double Dragon Neon, it can stab through multiple enemies at once.
  • In the Marathon scenario Courier 11, the Hunting Knife replaces the bare knuckles as the player's melee weapon. One level has hostile BOB's with Deflector Shields who only be killed with the knife.
  • In Hotline Miami, choosing Dennis the Wolf as your mask lets you start off with a knife. Also, the Biker's primary weapons are a butcher's cleaver and three throwing knives.

    Visual Novels 
  • The [9]th Man of Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors threatens Clover with a knife at the start of the Game. Ace later takes a knife (either his or finds his own) and kills Clover in the "Safe" ending, and the rest of the cast in the "Knife" and "Submarine" endings.
  • The mysterious killer in the Yarudora game Double Cast primary uses a knife, giving much tension in the scenes where he assaults the protagonist and/or his friends.
  • Guilio The Knife/Knifer from Lucky Dog 1 is extremely skilled with a knife, citing that it's his favourite weapon - Ivan comments that he's practically useless without one. It becomes very useful when he needs to do knife tricks so the team can pretend to be performers after escaping prison.
  • Souji in Suika always carries a silver knife in his pocket, but isn't actually a murderer or anything. But he does consider using it at several points and appears to have a fairly violent side that he suppresses. It's finally justifiably used near the end, but he doesn't kill anyone.
  • When sweet little Kotonoha Katsura from School Days snaps after all the Break the Cutie and her own emotional unstability, she grabs a cleaver and shows how well she can use it. Seeing the kid slash Sekai's throat open with it in one of the bad endings is... horrifying.
    • In The Anime of the Game, it's even worse. Sekai fatally snaps on Makoto via stabbing him repeatedly in the chest with a kitchen knife, then Kotonoha stabs and cuts Sekai's stomach open few afterwards with another HUGE knife... after revealing that she beheaded Makoto's corpse. And then she carries the head with her.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • In The Gamers Alliance, several assassins and thieves like using knives and daggers in their line of work. Sinlarine shamans have ceremonial daggers which are mostly for show but with which they can focus their innate powers to travel between the Void and the Land of the Living by shifting from one plane of reality to another.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has Bakura, who once states, "I like knives. They make me feel all tingly inside." He has also proposed to kill Yugi multiple times with knives.
  • Rhianna von Adolph from Open Blue uses a diamond-coated combat knife, which she tends to playfully toss into the air and catch whenever she's talking to somebody. She can either chuck this at people with alarming accuracy, or cut them up seven times before they hit the ground.
  • Protectors of the Plot Continuum: Many agents use knives, or bladed weapons in general.
  • Sock Baby: Though initially he might seem to be a wacky ninny, Davis The Grey is still deadly with a switchblade. He uses one to murder Burger in the car and steal Sock Baby while Ronny is distracted, and very nearly defeats Ronny with it.
  • Dr. Kerzach's Weapon of Choice is his amorphous metal switchblade. He is quite proficient with its use as a weapon too.
  • Cutlerylover has a channel (as you can tell from the title) primarily focused on blades, knives in particular.
  • The Gaming Pixie in her review of Eversion. Also in her "gaiden review" of Yume Nikki.
  • Evan of Everyman HYBRID is an absolute fiend for knives, switchblades, cleavers, daggers, and knife gloves a la Freddy Krueger. He's rarely seen without some kind of cutlery in his hand, which is getting increasingly worrisome, as he seems to be on a greased slide to Ax Craziness. Oh, and he's occassionaly possessed by a disembodied homicidal maniac.
    • EMERGENCY. MACHETE.
  • Quinsy Sharps in The Motley Two. He's literally described by the author as a "knife nut."
  • Kat and Mouse - Guns for Hire: Mouse is fond of all things sharp and stabby and carries an arsenal from throwing knives to her favorite wakizashis.
  • The nameless interviewee in the Terrible Interviewees Montage episode of Trope Of The Week makes Tom rather uncomfortable with his knife play.
  • Vadiir in Dark Dream Chronicle has racks of knives, including a kukri machete as his Weapon of Choice.
  • Daniel from Shiny Objects Videos.
  • Ato of The Questport Chronicles smuggles knives into the Questport Temple, where weapons of any kind are absolutely forbidden.
  • Worm has Jack Slash — a knife nut with the ability to extend the cutting range of his weapon indefinitely.
  • Jeff The Killer is known to like his knives.

    Western Animation 
  • Mai in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Brock Sampson of The Venture Bros. carries a large knife instead of a gun. Tim-Tom and Kevin, the Murderous Moppets, also show a particular fondness for stabbing things with their switchblades.
    Tim-Tom: We could take out his tongue.
    Kevin: With a knife!
    Tim-Tom: Remove his heart.
    Kevin: Yeah, with a knife!
    Tim-Tom: A bigger knife!
    Kevin: Fucking knife!
  • Razorback in Spiral Zone.
  • Roberto, a mentally unstable robot from Futurama has an obsession with stabbing things with his trusty "Stabbing Knife."
    • Ha hAAAaa!
  • Frances from The Weekenders judging by her catchphrase "I like pointy things!"
  • Early Cuyler from Squidbillies seems to have an infinite supply of identical buck knives along with his Sawed-Off Shotgun.
  • An Anti-Hero example is Razer from Green Lantern: The Animated Series, who seems to keep an unsettlingly large number of knives on his person at all times. Considering he has a Red Lantern ring on his finger, one wonders why he does so.

    Other 
  • A Philippine Urban Legend warns that Batangueños (people of Batangas province in Southern Luzon) all carry a balisong and will use it to settle matters of honor.
  • A knife is the only civilian item [besides eyeglasses] the Finnish conscripts may carry while in uniform. Most Finnish conscripts bring their own knives with them from home when entering the service.
    • Getting one's first puukko is a ritual of coming to an age in Finland. For both boys and girls. The knife doubles as a handy tool, a dining utensil and a close combat weapon in the Finnish Army. The Finnish Army produces ceremonial puukko, which are awarded in the same way other armies award ceremonial swords and daggers.
  • Spanish people of Renaissance times developed straightforward—and often dirty—swordfighting techniques for street brawls, which developed into knifefighting techniques as the decades passed. This produced a strong knife culture throughout Spain, with the Andalusian navaja becoming ubiquitous. Latin American countries seem to have developed strong knife cultures in the past as well, likely from both Iberian and native influences; the gauchos of the South American grasslands are commonly identified as both good horsemen and deft hands with knives.
  • Tony Atlas had this much to say when asked about why it took so long for Bruiser Brody to get medical treatment after he was stabbed by Invader #1.
"So I get Brody to the hospital and I told them that I got a friend that got a stabbing. Now one thing about Puerto Rico that a lot of people don't know, a stabbing in Puerto Rico is like a cold in America. They don't take it seriously because they get stabbed, its a common thing there. You may be in San Juan, a nice area but once you get out of San Juan, let me tell you Puerto Ricans believe in stabbing people, maybe not in American but over there stabbing is very very common...
...so I told it was stabbing, he opened up the door he showed me a bunch of people standing there with stab wounds but not as severe as Brody's."
  • Viking women regularly owned daggers as part of their clothes. One would suppose it figures.
    • Likewise, in Medieval Finland. The symbols of the lady of the house was knife and keys on belt.
  • Jim Bowie is the namesake of a particular type of large hunting knife that he carried and used in several knife fights.
  • The Nazi SA were famous for their use of knives in street conflicts during The Weimar Republic, as opposed to the Communists, who preferred beer bottles, bats and chair legs, and other clubs. It was said at the time said that if you went to the hospital you could tell who won the latest street brawl just by the type of injuries: crushed skulls and blunt-force trauma meant that it had been the Communists, while mostly stab wounds meant that it had been the Nazis.
  • The Sicarii. You don't get a name that means "dagger-men" without trying.
  • Hong Kong Triad gangs most commonly wield knives and machetes due to the difficulty of obtaining firearms in the city.
  • There are a fair number of self titled "Knife knuts" scattered around the internet on various forums and the like. In a distinct subversion of this trope, they tend to be well spoken, gentle, and good humored individuals that just happen to collect knives and enjoy talking about them. They have their own magazines, conventions, and are generally a friendly sort like any other group of hobbyists.
  • The story goes that John Henry "Doc" Holliday once literally brought a knife to a gunfight—and used it successfully. It wasn't the one he's most famous for participating in, of course, but he did make short work of an obnoxious and dishonest poker player who barely got his gun out of his holster before Holliday took up his blade and lay him out dead.

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