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- In One Piece, Arlong's strongest weapon is the "Kiribachi", a gargantuan BFS with a saw-like blade, based on shark teeth (see picture). Later, in the Water Seven Arc, the carpenters from Galley-La use large saws as melee weapons.
- Bleach has Renji's Zanpakutou Zabimaru, a spiked falchion revealed to be a Whip Sword. Later we find out that Hiyori's Kubikiri Orochi takes the form of a gigantic jagged cleaver.
- In Berserk, Inquisitor Mozgus' Quirky Miniboss Squad all fight with torture tools, including serrated blades.
- Shishio Makoto from Rurouni Kenshin wields a finely serrated sword that never dulls, and also doubles as Flaming Sword.
- Brought Up to Eleven in Naruto: Kisame's Living Weapon Samehada is composed of nothing but rough scales and hooks which can jut out on command to cut people to ribbons.
- Shira from Blade of the Immortal possesses a large cleaver-like sword with barbs, which he usually uses to maim, shred and sometimes rape his (frequently female) opponents.
- Two of them are seen in Gamaran: The first is the Murderous Sword Kurotsuji (Black Crossing), a nodachi with a serrated edge said to be very destructive when used in battle. The other one is Riko's sword Genbou, another barbed katana, though his is made for defense and its edge is completely covered in barbs (while Kurotsuji's one is plain near the tip).
- In The Seven Deadly Sins, the Holy Knight Threader carries a BFS that resembles a Japanese saw called a ryoba.
Films — Animation
- In Atlantis: The Lost Empire, the team's medical officer, Dr. Joshua Sweet, is quite fond of a large medical saw of his. Later, said saw is used in the climax.
- The One-Eye weaponry from The Thief and the Cobbler is composed by a large use of this and Spikes of Villainy.
- Lord Shen from Kung Fu Panda 2 wields a spear with a flame-shaped blade resembling a flamberge, fitting his fire motif. And he's pretty much an Ax-Crazy villain in battle.
Films — Live-Action
- A Mook from Ong Bak wields a saw as an Improvised Weapon.
- The Dragon in Willow has a blade with serrated edges. In the climax he uses it to stab one of the good guys to death. Also, Sorsha uses a serrated sabre as her Weapon of Choice.
- The main villain in Cutthroat Island wields a highly intimidating serrated cutlass.
- The machetes used by the killers in Just Before Dawn have custom-made serrated blades.
- Remy in Repo Men is fond of using knives and the various cutting tools he used in his job as an autoforg repo man. During the climax outside the Pink Door, he grabs a surgical saw to use against the attacking repo men.
- The golden sword in The Man Who Saves the World (a.k.a. Turkish Star Wars) not only is large, important (and clearly made of painted wood, but is full of barbs, in reminiscence of a lightning bolt.
- In Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky, a prison inmate gets it in the face with a double-edged saw-toothed machete.
- In the Dragonlance novel The Companions, Sturm Brightblade is forced to fight in the arena against a minotaur gladiator, who uses a massive sword with a jagged edge.
- Deconstructed in All Quiet on the Western Front. The narrator mentions that veterans on the front take away from new soldiers any sawtooth bayonets they find on them, because a) anyone captured with them is killed outright rather then taken prisoner and b) they tend to get stuck in people, making them inferior weapons.
- In The Belgariad, Ulgos use knives with all sorts of nasty hooks to do more damage.
- J. R. R. Tolkien's The Two Towers. The yellow-fanged orc guarding Pippin has a saw-edged knife.
- The Zombie Survival Guide mentions serrated edged knives in the chapter on anti-zombie weaponry, but notes that they have a tendency to get lodged in zombie skulls and encourages the reader to choose a plain-edged knife if one is available.
- Star Trek: The Original Series pilot episode "The Cage". While in an illusionary fight to the death, Captain Pike picks up a barbed spearhead and uses it to impale the opponent jumping on top of him. Watch it here.
- Kamen Rider Gaim: Kamen Rider Bravo, the Affably Evil Blood Knight, has a pair of these, the Duri Noko. The movie-exclusive Kamen Rider Fifteen also has one, the Yomimaru.
- The lizardmen in Warhammer use blades with obsidian teeth, based on the Aztec weapons. Also, many champions of chaos use similar weapons, including possessed ones that grow actual teeth.
- Shadowrun. The Aztlan supplement has the macuitl sword, which has razor sharp slivers of obsidian or flint embedded in the edge. It is capable of decapitating a target with a single hit.
- Dungeons & Dragons. In early editions the demons known as Rutterkin used sawtoothed swords, with the blade having sharp "teeth" coming out of it like a saw.
- One of Hasbro's Spider-Man toylines features a Ninja Spider-Man, who wears samurai armor and carries a serrated sword.
- The Forsworn weapons in Skyrim consist of hand-made weapons with loads of sharp bones and fangs to form serrated edges. Daedric weapons have serrated edges; some even have two points (ie, the Daedric Greatsword and Daedric Arrows).
- In one of the Knights of the Old Republic games, one of the item descriptions mentions that some Sith prefer these over lightsabers for the more visceral sensation of blade cutting flesh.
- One of Nadia's sword upgrades from Nightmare Creatures is a silly-looking spiked sword.
- Yoshihiro's default BFS from Sengoku Basara, though he uses it more like a club than a saw.
- From Samurai Warriors, there's Ginchiyo Tachibana. All her weapons are barbed katana with a lightning motif.
- Kratos' swords from God of War. And yes, he's willing to cause a lot of gore with them.
- Devil May Cry 3 has Agni and Rudra, which also count as Sinister Scimitars, Dual Wielding, Empathic Weapons, and Elemental Powers.
- The female Mad Scientist in BloodRayne duel-wields amputation saws.
- In Team Fortress 2, the Medic class has a bonesaw as his standard melee weapon; the alternative Medic melee weapons tend to have straight blades. In addition, one of the Sniper's alternative weapons is a wooden serrated knife which does less damage but causes bleeding.
- In WarCraft III, Frostmourne has barbs on its blade, in contrast to the plain-looking runeblades of the generic Death Knights.
- During his One-Winged Angel form, Oda Nobunaga from Onimusha wields the serrated scimitar Genma Samonji, which can be picked up in the sequel by Soki as an earth elemental sword named Starkiller.
- In one of the many Samurai Shodown games, the mercenary warrior Yachi fights with a large, barbed falchion.
- One of the weapons from Redneck Rampage is a gun that throws circular saw blades at will.
- Dong Zhuo from Dynasty Warriors combines this with Sinister Scimitar before using a huge mace in later titles.
- In Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine multiplayer, tactical marines can wield a serrated combat blade in close combat.
- In Neverwinter Nights 2, Lorne wields a gigantic serrated falchion. After you defeat him it's given to you, though you can only use it if you're evil.
- In NieR, Kainé Dual-Wields two serrated swords.
- Both Demon's Souls and Dark Souls has its contributions:
- Flamberge from both games. Depicted either as a serrated greatsword or an undulating, wave-like blade, both inflict Bleed Status and is the only Greatsword that scales off Dexterity.
- Scraping Spear from Demon's Souls is a serrated spear, one that inflicts unblockable damage to equipment so your armor and weapons break down eventually.
- Magic Sword Makoto from Demon's Souls. They inflict a constant HP damage to yourself, but also inflict Bleed damage. Notice a pattern here?
- Spiked Sword and Spiked Shield from Dark Souls. They both form a set with Armor of Thorns set. As expected, they also inflict Bleed damage.
- From Bloodborne, you have the Saw Cleaver and Saw Spear. The former is one of the possible starting weapons and the latter can be found later in the game. Both weapons bestow bonus damage against beast-type enemies when using the serrated edge.
- Moredhel weapons from Betrayal at Krondor are usually serrated.
- Prince of Persia:
- Rodan from After The War wields a bionic Morph Weapon called Lone Wolf who's a jagged longsword in its basic form.
- General RAAM from Gears of War uses a serrated short sword. Well, short to him, anyway.
- The final boss of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Demise, uses a dark copy of the Master Sword with a black, serrated blade.
- The swordbreaker. Though the barbed side was used defensively.
- The Maquahitls or Macana and many "swords" made by primitive tribes tends to be wooden blades with lots of obsidian splinters or shark teeth embedded in them, like some sort of saw.
- The legendary monk warrior Benkei Musashibo Saito was said to carry around several weapons with him. One of these was a large saw.
- Averted by the Canadian soldiers in World War II, who were issued serrated bayonettes and would immediately file them smooth as soon as they got into the field. The reason for this was two fold:
- Some soldiers (on all sides of the war) would play this trope straight by carving serrations into their blades to make their opponents suffer more before death, and thus any soldier with a serrated blade was labeled as an Ax-Crazy psychopath who would be killed on sight even if he surrendered.
- Some armies issued serrated blades only to officers and higher ranked troops, thus carrying such a weapon marked you as a better target and one who was likely to be shot first, or captured and interrogated.