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->''"Although the scythe isn't pre-eminent among the weapons of war, anyone who has been on the wrong end of, say, a peasants' revolt will know that in skilled hands it is fearsome."''
-->-- '''Creator/TerryPratchett''', ''Discworld/{{Mort}}''

The scythe is a farming tool whose primary purpose is to mow grass and harvest grain. But in the arms of a skilled fighter--especially one whose social class [[ImprobableWeaponUser forbids him from owning conventional weaponry]]--it's as lethal as any sword or mace. It is also likely to mark the [[ExoticWeaponSupremacy special or dangerous enemy]], as well as the macabre touch brought on by evoking TheGrimReaper.

Scythes have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe been used as polearms before]] in real life, though this usually involved straightening the blade into something more like a large BladeOnAStick. But even keeping the blade perpendicular to the haft has its own benefits, such as being harder for the opponent to predict and building armor-piercing momentum in its swing, with the added bonus of being able to cut an opponent in half once you've impaled them. While farming scythes will only have the sharp edge on the inner curve, a war scythe will likely be sharp on both sides. Like its cousin the battle axe, don't be surprised if a fictional scythe is several times larger than anything you'd find in the real world.

A related weapon is the sickle, also known as the kama in Japan: a smaller, handheld scythe that is often duel-wielded in combat. What they lack in weight, they compensate with their ability to trap a sword with one blade and deliver the killing blow with the other. In Japan they're commonly associated with {{ninja}}s due to being a mundane tool that happens to be great for killing, perfect for deadly assassins masquerading as peasants beneath notice.

Because scythes and sickles have such specific connotations in fiction nowadays, simple farmers are rarely depicted using them, so [[TorchesAndPitchforks pitchforks]] are their melee weapon of choice in most armed-serf situations. See Real Life examples below for when they've been weaponized in real life.

SlayingMantis will often be portrayed with a pair of these. HammerAndSickle when paired with DropTheHammer. See also SinisterSwitchblade and SinisterShiv, other bladed weapons associated with unsavory people.

A sub-trope of WeaponOfChoice.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Shuhei Hisagi's Zanpakuto Kazeshini, which is a pair of chained together sickle-like weapons. He specifically states that he actually dislikes the weapon for its Sinister Scythe connotations. It's activation command is "Reap".
** There is also Nnoitra. His original weapon isn't really a scythe so much as a pair of opposite-facing crescent blade stuck to the end of a long pole. It's a truly impractical weapon. However, after powering up he grows six arms and his own strange scythe-like weapons becomes six double-bladed scythes, that he wields all at once. That can be regrown and shot out of his arm. RuleOfCool obviously applies. His resurrection activation command is "Pray, Santa Teresa" and refers to praying mantis -- probably the scariest and most badass insect.
** In the third movie the younger sibling [[spoiler:Shizuku]] wield one of these that was later passed on to [[spoiler:Rukia after the siblings [[FusionDance fused with her]]]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' Phantomon (''Anime/DigimonAdventure'') and [=MetalPhantomon=] (''Anime/DigimonSavers'') wielded scythes.
* Tsutomu Nihei (The creator of ''Manga/{{Blame}}'') made a one-shot manga called ''Digimortal''. The protagonist was a merc in a super-powered black armor with a toothy grin and skeleton-like features. Weapon of choice? A scythe.
* Oz of ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' fame is capable of summoning a good one. Originally believed to belong to Alice, later chapters have revealed him to be the original owner of it. And it's not just a good sinister scythe, but an indicator of awesome action. Whenever the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast B-rabbit]]'s Scythe is in his hands, shit's about to go down. After all, when he calls on the power the scythe represents, his nature as an incarnation of destruction shows itself.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', Celty can manipulate the [[CastingAShadow darkness flowing from her neck]] to form a scythe. As expected from something based on the Grim Reaper. Or a CYBORG Grim Reaper...
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'':
** Several [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] were armed with scythes: Garada K7 (two scythe blade were mounted on its skull and they could be used like boomerangs or like weapons in hand-to-hand combat), Brutus M3 (one sctyhe replaced its right arm), Karma K5 (he was armed with a more normal-looking)...
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': One of the CoDragons -Hardias, general of Evil Spirits Army of the Mykene Empire- was armed with a vicious-looking scythe.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': The WeaponOfChoice of the title HumongousMecha is Double Harken, a double-bladed scythe.
* ''Fracnhise/{{Gundam}}'':
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'':
*** The Gundam Deathscythe ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin *cough*]]) wields a [[LaserBlade Beam Scythe]]. Its pilot, Duo Maxwell, even refers to himself as the {{Shinigami}}, or God of Death. When his mecha is [[SoLastSeason upgraded]] in the TV series, it gets a double beam scythe; TheMovie's version gets a scythe with a bigger blade.
*** In ''Frozen Teardrop'', the Deathscythe's successor, Warlock Gundam, dual-wields beam scythes.
*** Duo has a personal beam scythe he pulls out ONCE in the series to use as a helicopter after breaking Heero out of a really tall building.
*** The Creator/KunioOkawara designed incarnations actually avert many of the potential problems with using a scythe as a weapon by having the beam emitter mounted on a pivot, allowing its angle to be adjusted, though this only comes up in the show once.
** Other Gundam scythe-users include the Abigor from ''V Gundam'' and Ghirarga from ''Gundam AGE'' (two beam scythes which combine into a double-ender), and the Forbidden Gundam from ''Gundam SEED'' (metal scythe).
* Zorin Blitz from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. An evil [[DarkActionGirl (female)]] Nazi with a scythe and [[MasterOfIllusion illusion]] and [[MindRape mind powers]].
* Kohaku's weapon of choice in ''Manga/InuYasha'' is a kusarigama made of demon bones; its blade is closer to the crescent curve of a western scythe.
* [[FanNickname ReiQ]] from the third ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie wields a mecha-sized one, probably for the Death implications.
* Fate's [[SwissArmyWeapon Bardiche]] from ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has an energy scythe form.
** The ''Scythe Form'' is later replaced by another scythe-looking form: the ''Haken Form'' in the main continuity, and the ''Crescent Form'' in the movie continuity.
* Both of Fumi's incarnations in ''Anime/MaiHime'' and ''Anime/MaiOtome'' use a scythe as their primary weapon.
* Dominikov in ''Manga/MurderPrincess''. He is a {{Shinigami}}, too.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Hidan: ''Three''. Bladed. Scythe. On the end of a retractable cord that lets him swing it around in [[ConfusionFu an incredibly unpredictable manner]] to attack and deflect projectiles. Justified in that its purpose is merely to draw blood for his [[BloodMagic ritual]]; he even admits that it is not very good for inflicting fatal injuries.
** Also, Temari's summon wields a scythe, it being a kamaitachi (a "sickle-weasel").
** Hanzo wields a traditional [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kusarigama Kusarigama]].
* Kamatari of ''Anime/RurouniKenshin'' is a scythe wielder. Notably, he usually uses it not to cut, but rather to smash enemies, and the sheer weight of the weapon is actually used effectively in battle. FYI, this is actually a subtle pun. He calls his weapon an ''ogama'', and a common Japanese word for a gay man is ''okama''. (Kamatari is a very feminine transsexual in love with a man.) Also, most of the smashing was done with [[EpicFlail a large ball and chain on the other end of the pole]], making it kind of a giant, mutant kusuri-gama.
* Umanosuke, leader of the three brothers trailing Mugen in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' had a kusarigama with an AbsurdlySharpBlade. [[spoiler:Mugen actually beats him by getting in really close and manipulating the chain into [[HoistByHisOwnPetard cutting the guy's head off]].]]
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** The eponymous character is a white-haired, red-eyed human who can [[EquippableAlly turn into]] a Sinister Scythe.
** And one cannot forget the ''wielder'' of said eponymous character and main protagonist of the series, Maka Albarn. Although the scythe is supposed an impractical weapon to use, Maka is able to swing, spin and slice all things possible with apparent ease and agility (this also being a contributing factor to the fact that ''Soul Eater'' is very popular for its fight scenes). Incidentally, "Maka" is also an anagram of "kama", which is a kind of sickle-like weapon. Not to mention in the anime, because of her parentage [[spoiler:she can also turn into a scythe.]]
** Another example is Maka's father, Spirit Albarn, who is also a scythe and, appropriately enough, the personal Weapon of the Shinigami. Stein is [[AxCrazy horrifyingly effective]] as Spirit's meister.
* Gilmer in ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' is armed with a small, double-bladed scythe.
* [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Abel Nightroad]], also known as Crusnik 02 from ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' wields an especially wicked, multi-bladed scythe. Made of his own blood.
* [[spoiler:Yuki]] eventually gains one in ''Manga/VampireKnight''. Somewhat subverted in the fact that she only uses it to help people.
* Sizer from ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' wields a giant scythe with her name engraved on the blade and a flute embedded in the handle.
* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' there are some scythe users, including [[{{Ninja}} Kotaro Fuuma]] who used a kusarigama, [[TheStarscream Basho Matsuo]] who wielded a large scythe with some kanji written on the handle and last but not least [[EvilGenius Diamond]]. In her case is justified since her scythe was an EnergyWeapon and thus able to cut almost everything.
* Elise from ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'' wields a huge, menacing-looking scythe. Strangely, she hardly uses it for actual combat, which is very unwise against the protagonist of the show.
* [[TheGrimReaper The]] [[{{Meganekko}} Grim]] [[{{Kawaiiko}} Reaper]] (natch) in ''Manga/HellTeacherNube''. It even has "Death" engraved in lovely cursive letters on the blade.
* The title characters of ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'' each carry a BFS (Big Fucking Scythe).
* [[spoiler:Ikuto]] from ''Manga/ShugoChara'' turns his [[spoiler:violin]] into a big scythe when transformed into [[spoiler:Death Rebel]].
* At least one incarnation of ''Manga/GetterRobo'' carries as its main weapon a curious type of double-edged poleaxe with one blade that extends into a scythe-like shape with a more conventional axe-head behind it.
* Once ''Manga/AoiHouse'' gets around to parodying action/horror, [[{{Tsundere}} Elle]] [[AlphaBitch Mathers]] gets a scythe...and immediately makes an extremely corny pun.
* A scythe gets major use as a murder weapon in ''VisualNovel/{{Ookamikakushi}}''.
* Doc Q of the Blackbeard Pirates in ''Manga/OnePiece'' wields a scythe. A double-bladed scythe. Appropriate, as his epithet is "{{Shinigami}}".
* Dead Master wields the black Dead Scythe in ''Anime/BlackRockShooter''.
* In the ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' manga, this is [[spoiler:Daemon Spade's weapon of choice-as opposed to the anime only episodes, where he used a gentleman's cane-like SimpleStaff]].
* [[CoversAlwaysLie The cover art]] of the ''Manga/DeathNote'' manga show Light Yagami wielding a scythe. Also several minor {{Shinigami}} characters, [[spoiler:[[EpilepticTrees though one of them might BE Light]]]].
* Kneesocks of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' transforms her socks into a pair of large golden scythes for combat.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' has the so-called "Scythe of Testament", which has a black-on-red color scheme and three spikes at the back of the head. Awarded to top graduates of New Hell's Runaway Spirit Squad, so far only [[{{Tsundere}} Haqua]] and Akari have been seen with one; the latter has one of its spikes broken due to wear and tear.
* In the first of many [[UnstoppableRage unstoppable rages,]] Ivan Isaacs of ''Manhwa/{{Priest}}'' decimates a horde of zombies with an ordinary farm scythe.
* Chikuma Koshirou from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' {{dual wield|ing}}s two kama scythes that [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang return to his hands when thrown.]]
* [[TheDragon Zwei]] from ''VisualNovel/HiiroNoKakera'' wields one in addition to eating people's souls.
* The leader of the Loyard clan in ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}'' wields a scythe. In-universe, this scythe is the inspiration of TheGrimReaper myth.
* ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}'' has the Kasanemanji School, whose weapon is the kusari gama. However, they [[ShownTheirWork use it only as a melee, last resort weapon]] while swinging the weight around. [[AxCrazy Sasuke's]] [[BladeOnAStick spear Beninuki]] resembles a scythe thanks to the curved blade jutting from the side, which he can use to behead his opponents when required.
* Among the supposed members of the Shinigami Dispatch Association in ''Manga/BlackButler'', only one has an actual scythe in possession -- [[spoiler:a rogue shinigami named Undertaker]].
* In ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear G'', Kirika Akatsuki's Armed Gear is a scythe with a green blade, fitting Kirika's {{Shinigami}} theme. Her Armed Gear can also change its appearance, but it's always a scythe.
* Kirika Kure, of ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', uses WolverineClaws shaped like sickles.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', Athena and her mother Metis wield scythes as in this verse, they are also death goddesses.
* In ''Manga/VirginRipper'', this trope is played straight with most shinigamis, but notably averted by [[TheProtagonist Hikari]], whose "scythe" is in fact a giant ''spoon''.
* Upon further improvement in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Black Goku demonstrates the ability to convert his LaserBlade into one and use it to open a portal to create copies of himself to overwhelm his enemies.
* One of the four candidates to the [[WeaponOfXSlaying Beast Spear]], [[CreepyChild Kirio Inasa]] from ''Manga/UshioAndTora'' can fight monsters with the weapon crafted by his father, the Elzaar Scythe, which he thinks it can be mass produced and used against [[BigBad Hakumen]] herself [[spoiler:, not knowing that it's just a plot from Hakumen to destroy the Spear]]. The scythe is collapsible and sports an axe-like blade in the back, resembling some sort of halberd.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Hooded One from ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}''.
* Isaac of ''Reaper 7'' wields a scythe, and is even called "Grim Reaper" by mooks for doing so. Later battle sequences seem to indicate that the scythe has an inward and outward blade.
* Reaper of Creator/MarvelComics has always used one. Even after [[ArtificialLimbs losing both of his hands]].
* [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Nekron]], the BigBad of the ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', wields a scythe that has a Power Battery built in.
* The Brazilian Comic Book ''ComicBook/HolyAvenger'' had a troglodyte character who wielded a scythe... but called it an Axe. Interestingly enough, it was later revealed the scythe had the advantages of both an Axe and a Scythe by ''D&D'' rules (as the Comic Book took place in a world that worked under the Rules of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''... and ''Defenders of Tokyo''... don't ask). Also intriguingly the character's name was Tork, a reference to Torque, stated below as one of the Scythe's main actual advantages.
* The weapon of choice for the Reaper, the BigBad of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: Year Two''.
* The Mosaic Man from ''[[ComicBook/HackSlash Hack/Slash]]'' used a scythe constructed from the bones of his early victims.
* The demonic wheat scarecrow wields one in the ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp'' story "Blood is the Harvest".
* In ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: The Zombie Situation'', Meriem uses a scythe to mow down a horde of zombies.
* [[DontFearTheReaper Bernie]] in ''ComicBook/DeathVigil'' wields an ornate scythe, but she uses it more for its inherent magical properties than for its blade. The scythe itself can revive people and create [[SpellBlade veilrippers]], but it's, in her words, finicky to use.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The Pyrefrost Beowolf in ''FanFic/RaindropsHearthsWarmingEveMiracle'' owns two massive ones carved of ice and has fire emanating off of them.
* Rep-Stallion's weapon in ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn''.
* [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] gets one as an EmpathicWeapon in ''Fanfic/ThePrinceOfDeath''.
* [[spoiler:Kurosaki Karin]]'s zanpakuto [[spoiler:Ongetsu]] from the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6902577/1/Phases-of-the-Moon Phases of the Moon]]'' is one of these. It overlaps with FourIsDeath at the end when she becomes [[spoiler:fourth seat of the Eleventh Division]]. [[spoiler:Ongetsu is also an example of AntiMagic.]]
* Baphomet, one of the "boss" Beasts, in ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorldSoldiersOfFortune'' uses an eight-foot-long black scythe.
* This is Sombra's WeaponOfChoice in ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage''.
* Likewise, Sunset Shimmer's choice weapon in ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsMagicalGirls''.
* Drayke Blackwood of the ''Fanfic/ShatteredDimensions'' series usually wields one.
* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', King Sombra wields a black bladed scythe sharp enough to slice through walls of crystals and a Kaiju's hide. When Xenilla manages to shatter the blade, Sombra is undaunted and tries to stab him in the throat with the broken handle.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Luna has used a scythe. Given she's a deity, the magic probably overrides the impracticality (which is lampshaded).
** Mortis, being [[TheGrimReaper the God of Death]], has been depicted with one on occasion. [[DontFearTheReaper Though the sinister part doesn't apply.]]
** Starlight (the MLPT version) became an Angel of Death after dying and wields a scythe. Though it can also transform into a sword.
** Chrysalis [[spoiler:(now an EvilTwin of Cadence after becoming complete)]] briefly wields one made of crystal while [[spoiler:fighting Cadence in the FinalBattle]].
* ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'': Super-villain Cricket’s weapons were two kamas. After defeating her, [[AntiHero Emma]] took them.
* Alice of the ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' fic ''FanFic/IWillNotBow'' wields a scythe.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Mitsuko Souma from ''Film/BattleRoyale'' wields a small scythe. ''For a beginning''.
* In ''Film/DraculaIIAscension'' and ''Film/DraculaIIILegacy'', Uffizi (the vampire-hunting priest) uses something that bears a strong resemblance to a switchblade scythe (along with a whip that can sever limbs or heads).
* A zombie Etruscan in the SoBadItsGood Italian ZombieApocalypse film ''Film/BurialGroundTheNightsOfTerror'' uses a scythe to decapitate a victim.
* ''Film/TheFrighteners'' had a villainous ghost disguised as TheGrimReaper, wielding a switchblade scythe. It looked like a relatively harmless, though ominous, wooden staff, though the blade would ''snikt'' out when whoever held it thumped the other end on the ground.
* In the ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' movie, one of the French vampires uses a scythe when playing death in a theatre, using it to cut things on stage. It is later used by Louis in his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against said French vampires, with lethal effect.
* The mute Amish man in ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' uses one -- though interestingly enough not to decapitate any zombies, just skewer them.
* A hand scythe is the WeaponOfChoice for the title character in ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon''.
* A character gets slashed [[GoryDiscretionShot partially]] offscreen with a scythe in ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers''.
* A sickle is the only weapon used by the killer in ''[=HellBent=]''.
* A character gets killed with a scythe in ''Unhinged''.
* The killer's main weapon in ''Mountaintop Motel Massacre''.
* The Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn favor agricultural scythes and sickles, for obvious reasons. They often [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xdN0QQwsP1A/TED-Ln0Q9RI/AAAAAAAAJfU/6TfsgGphgCY/s400/children_of_the_corn.jpg appear on posters as well]].
* The Mutos from ''Film/{{Godzilla|2014}}'' (2014) have [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140226002115/godzilla/images/a/a5/Godzilla_2014_Official_Main_Trailer_-_36_Muto_Hand.png curved scythe-like legs]].
* ''[[Film/CabinByTheLake Return to Cabin by the Lake]]'': SerialKiller Stanley kidnaps a guy from the set who annoyed him to torture him to death. He grabs a set of increasingly scarier weapons from a shelf to scare the victim, ending with a scythe. When the victim claims that it's just a prop, Stanley pokes him with the blade to dissuade him from that notion.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Commented about in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'': "Although the scythe isn't pre-eminent among the weapons of war, anyone who has been on the wrong end of, say, a peasant's revolt will know that in skilled hands it is fearsome." In this instance, those hands belong to TheGrimReaper who, as you might imagine, has some practice with it.
** On a possibly related note, the novel ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' is one of the few, if not only, fictional portrayal of scythes which notes that the traditional [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]] scythe is slightly different from the standard agricultural scythe. It also shows how Death makes his scythe. It's made of iron, sharpened on a whetstone, then an oilstone, then a steel, then hessian, then calico, linen, satin, silk, ''cobweb'', a ''breeze'', and finally ''daylight''. At this point it's so sharp that it can cut ''sound'' and the edge glows faintly from the plasma created by random air molecules bumping against it and getting sliced in half. That wasn't the "official" scythe, though, just an improvised scythe. His actual scythe is even sharper.
** Although in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', a vampire lord's ShamingTheMob strategy involves criticising the angry mob's choice of weapons "Pitchforks, yes, good mob weapon -- but scythes? The way you're waving them about you'll do more harm to each other. May I recomend sickles if you want to go down that route -- much more manageable."
* ''Literature/EclipseHunter'': Dark Sun uses this in the end of book one.
* Andalites in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' have scythe-like blades built into their tail anatomy.
* Unsurprisingly, it is the weapon of choice for Zane, the incarnation of Death, in Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series. His scythe is a switchblade model, with the blade (magically?) concealed in the shaft. It even comes with built-in snorkel.
* Kronos in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''.
* In one of the ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' books, one of the wraiths of [[BigBad Boris' warriors]] wielded a dual bladed scythe. Wether is a DoubleWeapon or a scythe with two blades on the same side is not cleared.
* In the ''Literature/{{Tunnels}}'' series, the Styx villains use scythes as their primary weapons.
* In ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', the eponymous character is confronted by an afrit wielding a scythe who uses it to deflect Bartimaeus's magical attacks.
* In the fantasy novel ''A Gathering of Heroes'' from Paul Edwing Zimmer, one of the heroes uses a "battle scythe" to literally mow down rows and rows of attacking Goblins. Before the battle, he carefully takes notes of the range and politely asks his companions to stay away from him, as he "doesn't like to cut down his friends too".
* In ''Literature/ExpeditionZ'', TheHero Adam equips himself with a scythe for the titular expedition despite its impracticality as he assumes that he's not going to be under constant threat by zombies.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Scythes are used by [[{{Psychopomp}} reapers]] and the death priests that assist them. They're as much a symbol of office as a weapon.
* In the ''Literature/{{Rigante}}'' novels, Huntsekker has one as his signature weapon. It's a European-style scytheblade, but with a shortened hilt so it's wielded like a kama and worn like a sword.
* The, uhm, magic police in ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' uses scythes.
* ''Literature/MercyThompson'': Mercy uses a scythe to behead some vampires.
* In ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', Cain is described as using a scythe to reap his fields shortly before he murders Abel, both to indicate his role as a farmer and as an indication that Cain is about to cause the first death in history.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Although frequently referred to as such, the mystical "Scythe" in the last season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is technically a combination of [[AnAxeToGrind axe]], [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice spear]], and [[CarryABigStick mace]].
* The demonic warrior Wolfram and Hart summoned in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' possessed the ability to pull scythes out of {{Hammerspace}}. Eventually Angel killed him using one of the scythes he'd discarded.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'':
** Loosely parodied with Nursie believing lots of ideas make one's foot fall off. This is due to a friend who had the "good idea" to cut his toenails with a scythe, causing his foot to fall off.
** In the same season Blackadder is imprisoned by some inquisitors who threaten to castrate him with a farming implement that's name none of them can recall. It turns out to be a scythe, of course.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' when Dean gets his hands on Death's scythe -- it's a rusty hand tool like you'd use for gardening. But then it soon becomes obvious that TheGrimReaper does not need props to be scary.
* The Reapers in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', use Sinister Scythes to murder Grimms.
* ''Series/JikuuSenshiSpielban'''s sidekick Helen, while in her battle outfit, occasionally used a double-ended sickle weapon; this was carried over when the series was adapted as part of ''Series/VRTroopers''.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Karsi is one of the Wildling leaders from the episode "Hardhome", and her weapon of choice is a pair of sickles.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Yarikh, lord of the sickle, the ancient Myth/HebrewMythology moon god. The crescent star symbol that would later be appropriated by the Arab god Hubal and later still, Mohammad's Islam, used to be associated with him.
* OlderThanFeudalism: Cronos/Saturnus from Myth/ClassicalMythology was probably a major TropeCodifier, fittingly as he was originally a harvest god who later got mashed together with Chronos (with a 'h'), the personification of time, specifically of time as a universal destroyer.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Mr. Pogo and Shark Tsuchiya used scythes in [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]][[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Scythes are pretty effective weapons in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' as well, although they are specifically stated to be redesigned.
** Their effectivness is rather reduced by the changes in critical damage rules in 4th edition.
** Averted with Chauntea, LawfulGood goddess of agriculture in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting, whose favored weapon is the scythe.
** In 3rd/3.5 edition, and ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' which is based on that edition's rules, they have a x4 Critical[[note]]In other words, the damage dice are rolled 4 times on a successful confirmed critical hit[[/note]]. Most common weapons just deal double damage on a critical hit. Some weapons, like a bow, deal triple damage. But a petty farmer with a Scythe (and they indeed depicted the farmer with one in the core rulebook) can cut almost anyone in half with a critical hit.
* A number of champions of the Chaos God Nurgle in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' wield scythes.
** Notably the special character Typhus, who swings a nasty weapon called a Manreaper. Mortarion, Daemon Prince of Nurlge and Primarch of the Death Guard, also wields a massive scythe named "Silence."
** Lord Bale in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' wields one as well.
** The [[CosmicHorror Nightbringer]] also tends to carry a scythe, although his is purely ornamental.
** Many of his Necron minions, however, are armed with Warscythes, which are very powerful close-combat weapons. Technically, though, the warscythe is a glaive, not a military scythe. That's more due to their blades phasing in and out of existence as needed. They are however shaped like the above mentioned ''kosa bojowa'' rather than normal scythes... did we mention ''kosa bojowa'' translates to ''battlescythe'' or, oh, ''warscythe''?
** Wizards of the amethyst order in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' often carry scythes. In this case they are purely for show, functioning like {{Magic Staff}}s instead of melee weapons (the wizards of the order specialize in death magic, and the scythe has the usual connotations with the grim reaper).
** The Spyrer Matriarch in ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' uses a [[ChainsawGood Chainscythe]]. Yes, as in a scythe with a chainsaw blade. She also wields it ''one-handed'', carrying a monomolecular sword in the other hand.
** The Tyranids are particularly fond of adding scythes to their biologically-constructed arsenal. So much so that most Tyranids carry a pair! Or '''two''' pairs!
* Of course ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' brings us the scythe version of the BFS, creatively called a Grand Grimscythe.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' Japanese Shinigami are shown to wield massive scythes whose blades are nearly three-quarters the length of the actual handle, and are mentioned to cut not with actual blade-edges, but with the literal supernatural essence of death -- making the act of hitting one with his own weapon ''entirely pointless'', as they are already dead.
* ''TabletopGame/SLAIndustries'' gives us the 'Dynamic Precision Blades' company's product, the 'flick scythe' - a staff with an extendable scythe blade that oscillates for extra damage.
* The Skeleton monsters in the board game ''TabletopGame/HeroQuest'' wield scythes in combat. Possibly justified by the fact that Skeletons are mindless warriors who don't need more sophisticated weapons.
* Scythes in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' are equally lethal and ridiculously unwieldy.
* The warlock Moshar the Desertwalker from ''[[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms Hordes]]'' has himself a nasty-looking scythe.
* In ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'' (from the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness), Lucifer fends off Michael with a scythe because it's what's on hand when Michael comes down to break up the fallen's agriculture lesson to the humans. Yes, Michael the Archangel, with a sword, was beaten by Lucifer, with a scythe. Part of that is the symbolism -- angels are ''very'' big on that sort of thing, and a scythe freely given to defend oneself from oppression carries a lot of weight. The scythe in question appears again in the sourcebook ''Houses of the Fallen'', where it's gotten significantly stronger because Lucifer touched it.

* In LEGO's ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' series, [[MysteriousMercenaryPursuer Nidhiki]] wielded a big scythe during his days as a Toa of Air. It was destroyed when he was mutated by [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Roodaka]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'', War can obtain a scythe said to be used by his brother Death. However, in ''Darksiders II'', Death's scythes (it's a standard weapon type he acquires many examples of) are different in appearance and functionality. While it can still be a two-handed scythe, it also has the ability to split into two smaller scythes for extra badassery. It's likely the wielder rather than the weapon -- he ''won't'' separate it or never learned to. War's fighting style emphasizes power moves for every attack, hard blocks, and practiced-but-still-limited FlashStep usage. Death is more versatile overall with weapons, as reinforced by their respective performances with their brother Strife's guns.
* The Tall Man in the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'' series by Ben Croshaw carries around a ''sinister'' spike with four very wide scythe blades. He uses it more like a club than anything else. That, or he just stabs things with the other end (which basically acts like a spear)
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Scyther and Kabutops have scythes for hands. Naturally, they're considered to be two of the more badass Pokémon. Absol has one on its ''head.''
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'':
** Lots of demons in ''Diablo II'' use scythes as primary weapons and scythes are available as equippable weapons, powerful but not that effective.
** Also, some of the Uniques aimed for the Necromancer were Scythes adorned with skulls. And the lack of effectiveness from the scythes come more from the fact that slow weapons with heavy damage are largely useless in the game, due to the fact it means you take a long time to recover and thus are incapable of effectively dodging insta-kill attacks (like some creatures' ability to cast an uber powered version of the Sorceress inferno, and some bosses' attacks). Still, it is said a Concentration specced Barbarian would be able to pull it off...
** Scythes (particularly War Scythes) are effective weapons for Druids since they get a Fast (or Very Fast) attack speed. They work especially well with the Shapeshifting skill tree.
** Median XL's Necromancers are quite fond of using scythes as their WeaponOfChoice, and have some nice attacks such as Angel of Death that do nasty damage.
** While Malthael, the BigBad of the VideoGame/DiabloIII expansion ''Reaper of Souls'', is the Angel of Death, his WeaponOfChoice are two wickedly-sharp sickle-like swords known as shotels rather than a scythe.
** Xul, representing the Necromancer class from Diablo II in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', wields a Sinister Scythe. [[TheSouthpaw Literally.]]
* Also in Blizzard's ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', it is fitting to see on the macabre-sounding [[http://www.starcraft2.com/features/protoss/images/darktemplar-thumb1.jpg Protoss Dark Templar]] unit a particularly wicked double-scythe as the weapon of choice.
* Magus from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
* Lynx from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. [[spoiler:Although when you switch bodies with him, outside of one battle, you use your [[BladeOnAStick swallow.]]]]
* Testament from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''; his has an unusual look to it and may actually be part of him. The blade is his blood.
* Zasalamel and Abyss of ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur]]''. Astaroth's ultimate weapon in [=SC 2=] was also a scythe (appropriately named {{Th|eGrimReaper}}anatos), although all his other weapons were axes and the occasional hammer.
* ''VideoGame/DotHackGUGames''
** Haseo has a scythe as his special weapon. "Ticking Death". Subtle, eh? His badass AI alter ego, Skeith, uses one too.
** Despite so, in-game, scythe-wielders are just a job-class. In this game, scythes are actually ''defensive'' weapons, with a respectable range (behind spears and guns) and can take on multiple enemies to boot. A player would swing it in a circular arc, thereby affecting any enemies caught in its swipe. Charged attacks would throw enemies away before they can get too close, hence the class's name, Flick Reapers.
* A scythe customized for military use is one of the wieldable weapons in ''VideoGame/PandorasTower''. Its main use is for hitting multiple {{Mooks}} at once.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'':
** Although somewhat expected of Death in the series, his main unique method is to make mini-scythes appear from nowhere and rain down on you. In some games he does use the scythe for melee attacks, or even turns it into a [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning buzzsaw]] that he sends after you.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'' allow you to equip Death's Scythe. It's insanely powerful but very, very awkward to use, and often difficult to score a hit with.
** Shanoa, via the Falcis series of glyphs, can use sickles as a weapon in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''. By magically combining two of them, she creates a large enough scythe to make Death envious.
** You get to use one in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness Curse of Darkness]]'', but you have to [[ItemCrafting create it]] yourself.
** Another hatchet-type weapon is Zaghnol, which is described as a war pick, but looks like a small scythe.
* Thanks to relatively realist approach concerning weapons in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', the scythe-weapon in this game is aptly named "War Scythe". The weapon is an exact reproduction of the Polish Kosa Bojowa, being treated more like a polearm than anything. See Real Life entry below.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' plays this trope entirely straight with the Great and Lifehunt Scythes, which are classified as halberds. In a good bit of the game imitating the RealityIsUnrealistic aspects of scythe combat, whether intentionally or not, they are very capable of hitting an opponent facing you from the side or back, bypassing their shield (this is called "dead angling" by the game's community). Naturally this is difficult to pull off, but holding the scythe with two hands and performing the strong attack swings it in a wide arc, and thanks to the blade's angle with the pole, it does the dead angle really well. This ties to the scythe's supposed edge of being unpredictable, if cumbersome in combat; holding it one-handed is ineffective at best and its regular attacks are situational and hard to hit enemies with. ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' expands "reapers" into a new weapon type, including several sickles and [[ImprovisedWeapon a large, inwardly curved sword chained to a pole]]. Strangely, both games have a weapon that is called "Scythe" that is clearly [[BladeOnAStick a bardiche]] and is classified in ''II'' as a halberd instead of a reaper (it's suspected this is one of several [[BlindIdiotTranslation translation errors]]; ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' finally made the name "Glaive").
* Specter Knight of ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'' has TheGrimReaper motif, wielding a scythe just as one would expect. When he's resized as a playable character, [[BladeOnAStick the blade alone is]] [[{{BFS}} almost as tall as he is.]]
* Marluxia from ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''. It's worth it to mention that his scythe is not only huge and sinister-looking, but also the blade is '''PEPTO-BISMOL PINK'''. Marluxia also backed this with some serious [[GreenThumb pink thumb]] flower magic. Originally it was specifically CherryBlossoms, which also angled his power towards death, fitting of his weapon. Later versions changed this to Roses.
* ''VideoGame/MagicRampage'': The Player can purchase the Death Scythe, appropriately named.
* Lady Harken from ''VideoGame/WildArms1'' and its [[VideoGameRemake remake]].
* The Dis Astranagant from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha 3''. Naturally, the Gundam Deathscythe also makes a number of appearances throughout the series.
* In ''VideoGame/LunarKnights'' Lucian is able to get the scythe Hel, which can split into four blades forming a claw that he can use in a {{spin attack}}.
* Like the Gundam Deathscythe and Dis Astragant, most of the Specineff-class HumongousMecha in the ''VideoGame/VirtualOn'' series wield scythes that can release energy-based RazorWind attacks.
* Serene from ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand'' is best with scythes. Some other characters can use them, too, but they're not quite as proficient.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
** Prometheus of the ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' series uses the energy scythe variant.
** He was preceded by Sigma in ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', while disguised as a Grim Reaper, and Red of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX7 X7]]'', who had a ''{{double|Weapon}}''-ended scythe.
* Noob Saibot used a scythe in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''. Moronically, he was given a ''hammer'' when he returned in ''Armageddon''. It was a [[PunnyName Troll Hammer]]. Oh, Midway.
* Gig from ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''. Being the [[TheGrimReaper master of death]], he has the ability to [[ArmCannon morph his arms into scythes as well]], should he wish to.
* There are a few scythe weapons in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'', notably Soul Eater and Soul Banish. Naturally, they're sinister, cursed weapons that drain the user's health over time, but possess powerful special attacks such as a ranged one-hit-kill spell, in the case of Soul Banish.
* Aunas' Clone from ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa3'' has a one-hit-kill move: Deathgod Stove, Naturally there is an Evade skill that can be learned for it; Death Sickle Evade.
* Piastol from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia Legends''.
* Present in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. While the villagers wield small sickles, many monks in the castle have scythes as their weapon of choice. Unusually for this trope, they aren't really very good with them, as their attacks (even more than the other Ganados) are quite easy to predict. Although if you get hit by one at that's been thrown at shoulder height, well, hope you weren't too far from a save point.
* Scythes are the weapon of choice for the Dervish class in ''VideoGame/GuildWars Nightfall''.
* While ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' lacks scythes as a distinct weapon type, a few of their staves are scythes and any staff equipped by a necromancer becomes a shadowy scythe when they attack with it.
* Ryu Hayabusa in the Xbox remake of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' can use a pair of kama chained together nunchaku-style and known as the "Vigoorian Flails". Probably the only reason why he isn't cutting himself up with them by accident, given their actually high usefulness, is because he is a CharlesAtlasSuperpower-ed HighlyVisibleNinja Badass. ''Ninja Gaiden II'', the 360 one that is, sees a proper Big F-ing Scythe in Ryu's hands, as well as a kusarigama.
* Menardi and her sister Karst both use scythes in the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games: this may be standard practice among female Fire Clan warriors. These scythes even have their own Unleash powers, although the player can't obtain enemy weapons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Komachi Onozuka, the resident [[TheGrimReaper shinigami]]. However, she usually attacks by [[CastFromMoney firing coin danmaku]] at you. In the second fighting game, however, Komachi DOES use her scythe occasionally, especially when forced into physical combat. Komachi is in fact so good with her scythe that she can do RazorWind attacks with it. Which is clearly impossible to do with that kind of weapon.
** In the PC-98 era, Elly from ''Lotus Land Story'', who actually threw the scythe at you like a boomerang. Worth mentioning that Elly's scythe is [[ImprobableWeaponUser curved around herself]] and that it's one of the few things in the series that can destroy your bullets.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Dark Knights in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' have this as one of their best rated weapons (the other, also rated A+, is Great Swords). A running joke in the ''Final Fantasy'' community about Dark Knight accuracy is largely because Scythes have high damage but very high delay, so a single miss means it takes a long time to get a hit in, compared to other classes using faster weapons: a one-hand sword can hit four times in the time it takes a Scythe to hit twice, with the advantage that missing one of those four attacks reduces damage output by 25% instead of 50% for the Scythe.
** Ark Angel TT gets a special mention for wielding a scythe that's [[http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/images/mobs/arkangelTT.jpg bigger than he is]]. Bonus points for materializing it in the boss fight cutscene.
** Sice from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'' wields a scythe and has abilities reminiscent of a Dark Knight.
* In ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' Manny Calavera, being [[TheGrimReaper a Grim Reaper]] carries a retractable scythe throughout the game. However for the most part he's not all that great at using it in combat, using it mostly as a tool to solve puzzles instead.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'':
** In ''Dead Rising'' you can find a scythe as one of your various BreakableWeapons. It is a favored melee weapon due to its high durability and its ability to one shot zombies (you hook their neck on the blade and then pull, cutting their head off and earning bonus PP) and do crowd control. However, it's less useful against cultists and soldiers due being unable to one-shot them.
** Makes its return in ''[[VideoGame/DeadRising2 Case West]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/DeadRising2 Dead Rising 2: Off the Record]]'' with its instant kill and crowd control capabilities still intact. But with the added bonus of combining with the katana to make one of the deadliest combination weapons in the game. Aptly named: Reaper.
** ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'' brings back the Reaper and allows you to combine it with a grim reaper mask and gasoline to form the Ultimate Grim Reaper, a flaming scythe that lobs exploding skulls everywhere when it's swung, making it one of, if not the most effective non-vehicular zombie killing melee weapon in the series.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' includes the Dagger Axe, the Real Life "ge" in the game.
* The Joker species from ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' uses scythes. However, their scythes tend not to resemble actual scythes so much as enormous, hooked axes, since they're bladed on all sides and are considerably thicker than real scythes.
* Vanessa, the Witch of Immolation, uses scythes in ''VideoGame/LuminousArc''.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The miniboss Gomess wields one in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''
** The Poes in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', giving the already ghostly enemies more of a Grim Reaper vibe.
** The Yiga Footsoldiers use sickles as their basic weapon in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. Stronger versions take the basic design and turn it into RingsOfDeath.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'':
** In ''Heroes of Might and Magic V'', wights and wraiths wield scythes.
** Also, in ''Heroes of Might and Magic 3'', the Devils and Archdevils wield scythes.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 5'' wields a scythe so large, its edge is as wide as your character.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'':
** ''Devil May Cry 3'' features a large number of enemies with scythes, including one Laserblade and one [[FlamingSword made of fire]].
** The original ''Devil May Cry'' also featured these guys; first their was the sin scythe, a ghost wielding one scythe. Its bigger brother is the Death Scythe, who usually uses one but will often ''quadruple'' wield scythes.
** There's also Nevan, an [[RuleOfCool electric guitar scythe that shoots bats and lightning]].
** Also, the Sparda sword transformed into a scythe when you threw it.
** Dante has this as one of his main weapons in the [[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry reboot]]. Interestingly enough, is an angelic holy weapon called "Osiris".
* The Horned Reaper from ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' wields one. In the intro to the second game, it's revealed to be a ''switchblade'' scythe. Badass.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** A class quest allows one to gain a Scythe. Different then most in that it's a class quest for ''Warlocks'' and it functions as a ''magic staff''.
** Other classes can get a frost-themed scythe from the seasonal {{bonus boss}} Ahune. Like the warlock scythe, it's also classified as a staff.
** Also, there is a polearm version of the Warlock scythe/staff, wieldable by the Hunter, Death Knight, Warrior, Druid, and Paladin classes.
** A druidic artifact known as the Scythe of Elune is referred to several times throughout the game. Most of the references to the Scythe were before any expansions; due to ''Cataclysm'', many of these references are lost. A blink-and-you-miss-it reference to the Scythe was made in Northrend, but the Scythe seems to have finally come to a resting place of sorts in [[spoiler:Gilneas, AKA the worgen starting zone. Which makes sense, as the Scythe of Elune only pops up in storylines involving worgen]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Patapon}}'' the Zigoton boss Gong wields a powerful scythe, which can be retrieved when he is defeated. In ''Patapon 3'', Ravenous uses a very ornate and oversized magical scythe.
* [[TheDragon Gaspard]] in ''[[VideoGame/DarkChronicle Dark Cloud 2]]'' used to wield a blood-red sword, but after being defeated by [[YouKilledMyFather Monica]] he took the blade and attached it to a pole, giving him even greater range. The skull at the base only adds to the menace.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'':
** Scythes are one of the weapon types Yangus can use. Building his skill with them lets him learn stealing techniques, for some reason.
** Also the Dark Druids enemies can summon a red scythe made of energy to attack.
* Being the [[TheGrimReaper Arcana of Death]] in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', Dieu Mort naturally has one that he uses for his [[LimitBreak Arcana Blaze]].
* ''VideoGame/ShiningForceIII'':
** Basanda one of the powerful leaders of the antagonists, has an oversized red scythe but with a short handle making it no longer than a sword in artwork, she's a magic user through so rarely will she attempt to hit you with it. In addition Lizard Men use scythes with enlarged blades much like an axe.
** Also the Lizard-men wield come scary scythes.
* ''Videogame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' features wraiths that carry scythes, they look a lot like Death.
* ''VideoGame/ShiningSoul'' has many enemies that carry around scythes notably in the Glaybull Temple.
* In the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' series, Akechi Mitsuhide wields two of them. He's a pretty damn creepy character in this series, possibly reflecting his status as betrayer of Nobunaga.
* If we're letting kusari-gama in, then Earthquake's rig from the ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' games belongs here. Of course, a sickle for him is about scythe-sized for the rest of the cast. Even doubly odd, his seems to be sharpened on the outside of the curve, given the animation of his heavy slashes.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s Ragna the Bloodedge, aka The Grim Reaper, has a {{BFS}} called Blood Scythe that unfolds into a scythe with a red energy blade for a couple of his attacks (most notably his FinishingMove).
* Hiro from ''VideoGame/SpectralSouls'' particularly stands out because of that fact that, perhaps in homage to the fact that they're so impractical, she's the only character in [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a cast of 45 playable characters]] that can actually use them. It's explained in other Neverland games that scythes are weapons made of material native of the demon realm, which is why only demon units can use them, and not even all of them. Humans will literally die if they use one of those, and they deal damage because of their alien, demonic nature rather than because they are effective weapons. Hiro's trademark scythe in particular, Gate of Hell, can ''rip an opponent's soul out instantly and send it straight to Hell'' when used on someone with an evil heart.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'':
** Yue Ying wields a fairly viable-looking scythe in ''Dynasty Warriors 4 and 5'', as (at lower levels) it's simply a short staff with a small perpendicular blade at the end. Higher level weapons fall towards the trope, as the blades get progressively larger and more, well, scythe-like.
** In ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', the {{Ninja}} Hanzo Hattori wields a ''kusarigama'', which combines sinister scythe and EpicFlail.
** In the crossover series ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'', Orochi (and Orochi X) wields a massive scythe.
** And now there is Kiyomasa Kato, whose weapon is called "steel halbeard" but it's clearly a scythe with a straight handle and a spear tip.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'', both the Devil Monk and Psycho Nun monsters use scythes.
* One of these becomes a vital weapon in ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'', both for plot reasons and as an emergency healing source (it's a vampiric weapon). You probably won't use it unless you have to, though.
* In the ''VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath'' series, the second game introduces Slayers who use these (called "hooks" because of graphical constraints on the area they can occupy). The first Slayer you encounter is the second boss-class enemy in the series, and the very first enemy that's actually a serious threat one-on-one. Despite being (like you) a OneHitPointWonder, Slayers are the puzzle game's version of a PerfectPlayAI.
* In ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'', Dante defeats Death and takes his scythe as his personal weapon. [[spoiler:Or so he thinks.]]
* Yeager in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' uses a scythe where the handle is also a gun. It can also collapse into a crossbow.
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', Alexander makes use of a scythe for its intended purpose: to cut down foliage -- in his case, a regenerating bush.
* ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' makes scythes incredibly powerful--they're [[TacticalRockPaperScissors strong against all other melee weapons]]. Two characters use them, of whom one's the BigBad, Gulcasa, and the other is {{Nerf}}ed with a mere garden scythe. She's a housewife.
* Anesha from ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'' favors this kind of weapon.
* Margaret [[EarWorm (Is greek, you geek / it means "a pearl"...)]] Moonlight from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' has [[MixAndMatchWeapon two anti-tank rifle scythes]].
* Paula from ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'' wields a rather awesome one.
* ''VideoGame/DarkAgeOfCamelot'' has the Valewalker, a [[MagicKnight fighter-mage]] who specializes in the use of the war scythe.
* Kureha Yamisaka from the game ''VideoGame/DaemonBride''.
* Mad Monarch Dryst from ''VideoGame/{{Brigandine}}''.
* The Executioner from ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' chase the eponymous heroine with a gargantuan scythe, swinging it at a ludicrous speed and chopping even his own minions in the path.
* Vivi of ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'' uses this ''freaking sickle'' as a barber's razor to try to kill Lance in a DangerouslyCloseShave.
* Angela from ''VideoGame/RustyHearts'' can choose to specialize in these once you hit lvl 10 with her. It also seems to be her signature weapon given that most of the art depicts her with one.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Drakensang}} Drankensang 2: The River of Time]]'' and its expansion you can find two examples: the Marus War Scythe (which looks more like a real world Polish war scythe and is used as a polearm) and Kazak's weapon of choice. In the latter's case, the scythe itself looks more like a traditional farming tool (curved shaft and handle included), has a smaller blade on the other end and mostly use it like a sort of pickaxe to skewer your characters.
* One of ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'''s most powerful weapons, the Villainous Scythe, is crafted from a [[ShovelStrike shovel]], for two Improvised Weapon tropes in one.
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' features five such weapons, but does so with its trademark realism for the genre. The sickle and military sickle are one-handed weapons, the former being the traditional harvesting tool and latter resembling a kusarigama sans chain. Peasants will often carry a traditional field scythe, with an inward-curving blade mounted parallel to the shaft of the weapon. The military scythe is essentially a basic BladeOnAStick with a straight blade, whereas the shortened military scythe is the same weapon with its haft cut down to become a two-handed weapon, resembling a sword with a long wooden grip. ''With Fire And Sword'' actually has a unit type dedicated to the use of scythes, known as Scythe Wielders. Unfortunately, they are using ''agricultural'' scythes and are thus the weakest Polish conscripts available.
* The {{M|assivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame}}MORPG ''Videogame/RagnarokOnline'' has the Crescent Scythe, a MVP drop.
* A class of weapons in ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}''. The Ether Reaper uses a blade [[LaserBlade made of plasma]], though it the blade is straight and perpendicular to the handle, making it look more like a massively stretched tomahawk. The Reaper Prime is slightly more orthodox in appearance, looking like a regular scythe, albeit with a smaller secondary blade beneath the primary and small reverse-face blades. The Hate, the calling card of [[HeroKiller the Stalker]], has a relatively normal scythe blade with what appears to be a bottle opener in it. The Kamas are miniature hatchet-like scythes, which can be dual-wielded. The "Reaping Spiral" melee stance allows you to throw scythes as a PrecisionGuidedBoomerang.
* One of the monster types in ''VideoGame/SilenceOfTheSleep'', possesses a powerful scythe-like appendage.
* In ''VideoGame/StandstillGirl'', two of the bosses are armed with scythes. One is a [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]]-like Time Scar created from some of Alice's memories. The other is a BonusBoss that can be fought at the mental hospital: he's a former highly decorated soldier who's now consumed by melancholy and depression, and the scythe is his treasured weapon from the times of war. You defeating him (which is very difficult to achieve) actually breaks his scythe instead of killing him, impacting him enough to let the hospital's Shadeling doctors take care of him.
* There's a type of enemy in ''VideoGame/NosferatuTheWrathOfMalachi'' that wields these, giving them an annoyingly long reach.
* Gordeau from ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth'' uses a large scythe with impressive reach.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Bloodborne}}'', by refusing and subsequentially killing [[spoiler:Gehrman, the First Hunter]], you gain access to the Burial Blade, a scythe with a detachable blade utilizable as a sword, and the basis for all other [[MorphWeapon Trick Weapons]] in-universe.
* [[spoiler:Renne]] from the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'' has a scythe about as large as she is as her primary weapon, which she can apparently pull from hammerspace at will.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'' there's the Chernobog, a three bladed scythe powered by the souls captured by the [[TheGrimReaper God of Death of the same name]]. There's also an enemy scythe wielded by an [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Infernal Demon]] named Hideous and a [[DoubleWeapon double-ended scythe]] used another demon named Hatred that is available as temporary ExclusiveEnemyEquipment.
* The Fiend enemies and their Terror Fiend variant from ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' are clear Grim Reaper ersatzes that use a scythe to OneHitKill one Mii.
* Used by Lord Mortimer, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/CharlieMurder''. He's always seen carrying it, and usually wipes the blood off it. His [[spoiler:phantom clone also uses one]].
* Pendles the {{snake|People}} [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]] from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' wields two small different looking handheld scythes kamas. According to his lore challenges, the left handed kama is made from the [[BadWithTheBone bones of a Kormiri Aviant]] while his right handed one is a modified [=BlissTek=]™ ice-climbing axe.
* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'': Two death deities come armed with scythe. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Thanatos]] evokes the classical Grim Reaper style and wields a massive scythe that deals huge damage. [[Myth/JapaneseMythology Izanami]] has pair of kamas, which is smaller than scythe, but she throws them around like a boomerang and being a Hunter, is capable of dealing continuous damage that hurts a lot.
* The weapon of choice of [[spoiler:Renne]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'', who seems perfectly innocent until pulling the scythe out of nowhere. At which point the nom de guerre [[spoiler:Angel of Slaughter]] suddenly makes sense.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dungeons}} II'' has the [[TheGrimReaper Black Deaths]], female ghosts in black ballgowns armed with huge scythes to go with their death motif, and can deliver massive damage to enemies.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' features [[{{Ninja}} Kayn]], who wields a {{living|Weapon}}, {{evil|Weapon}} scythe named Rhaast. Kayn in gameplay is an assassin-fighter with large, sweeping scythe attacks, but the twist is that the two are constantly struggling for control, with [[TheCorruption Rhaast attempting to possess Kayn's body]] and [[HijackingCthulhu Kayn attempting to purge the Rhaast from the blade for himself]]. Depending on who you target and kill, one of them will succeed, with two different potential upgrade paths that stay for the rest of the game.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has Erika Furudo, who wields a scythe of Truth. As in, literally made out of Truth. Her master has a similar one herself, with the ability to reap miracles. This is potentially a major clue about [[spoiler:[[EnemyWithout her true origins]]]]. Erika also uses this weapon in the ''Ougon Musou'' fighting games.
* In the ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' fighting game, Daybreak, Rika Furude's standard weapon is a standard hoe. However, in the expansion, she can switch to a scythe, which gives her a number of magical attacks as well as being very quick.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Main character Ruby from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is a subversion. When she first appeared in the Red trailer wielding a scythe/sniper rifle hybrid (officially called an HCSS; High Caliber Sniper Scythe), people predicted that she was going to be a grim AntiHero. However, she's actually quite cheerful.
** Her uncle/mentor Qrow, meanwhile, wields a scythe/greatsword/shotgun hybrid and is a bit more grim in his demeanor, though that's largely not really his fault.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': [[DarkIsNotEvil Keela]] can summon one at will, although her version is far less sinister than the Master of the Dammed's.
** The Possessor Ghost's scythe is the length of its ''body'' and has spikes on it.
** The scythe of the Master of the Dammed himself, however, makes the Possessor Ghost's look puny by comparison.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Butch of ''Webcomic/ChoppingBlock'' wields a sickle, but consistently refers to it as a scythe. When someone corrected him on it, he killed her with his "fucking doohickey."
* In ''Webcomic/GoblinHollow'', Penny, after deciding that joining in a ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]'' game and getting placed as a [[OurFairiesAreDifferent pixie]] [[http://www.rhjunior.com/goblin-hollow-0054/ for being late]], but when [[http://www.rhjunior.com/goblin-hollow-0055/ Penny takes a look at the equipment list]]... [[spoiler:[[http://www.rhjunior.com/goblin-hollow-0081/ And she wasn't above using it, either!]] The skeletons never stood a chance.]]
-->'''Fred:''' You gave the pixie a '''''VORPAL SCYTHE??'''''\\
'''Penny:''' (''in a evil voice'') EEEXXCELENT.\\
'''Ben:''' It was either that or the Level 10 ''[[KillItWithFire Wand of Fireball]]''--
* ''Webcomic/GrimTrigger'': Death has two of them, and Valamar has at least one, which he revealed during his MilitaryCoup.
* ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', being TheGrimReaper, has wielded a number of scythes. Initially he had a somewhat axe-like scythe but Central broke it over his face, then Satan made him a replacement out of the spine and skull of a religious fanatic which Kane stole, and currently he wields a rather plain looking (and more traditional) scythe that Farrago made (and which he likes a lot more than the previous ones).
* Death from ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' naturally has one. [[DontFearTheReaper While Death's a nice guy]], his scythe is a very powerful MorphWeapon capable of turning into [[CoolPlane a fighter jet]], [[WebComic/DinosaurComics a dinosaur]], [[VideoGame/GrimFandango a giant skull]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a cup of tea]], and [[spoiler:[[NukeEm a nuclear bomb]]]].
* [[GrumpyBear Karkat Vantas]] from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' wields a sickle as his WeaponOfChoice. His Sburb aspect is, [[StealthPun naturally]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sickle-cell_disease blood]].
* Death from ''Webcomic/{{Deities}}'' has one.
* These are the standard weapons for Plague doctors in ''Webcomic/WastelandersAnonymous''
* In ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'', {{the Worm that Walks}} GodEmperor Gog-Agog [[http://killsixbilliondemons.com/comic/wielder-of-names-4-76/ wielded]] a large scythe during the Universal War.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Lovelyss}}'' antagonist Gaskar the Guts wields a large scythe despite the sci-fi setting and abundance of guns.
** Gaskar also appears in a flashback scene in the prequel ''Webcomic/{{Lovesyck}}'' where he is recognisable by his scythe.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Predictably enough, Grimm Reaper from ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries''. At least his has a high-tech monofilament blade that can cut through anything.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'':
** Lulu Altaire's designated weapon. She holds onto it until the end of the game, even killing [[TheScrappy Liam Black]] with it.
** Joe Rios from V4 also pulled one. The [[TheGrimReaper mental image it provides]] does not match up very well with [[ChaoticGood his personality.]] However, he pulls a BatmanGambit to get [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Cisco Vasquez]] on his side with it.
* Usually exists in ''Literature/ChaosFighters''. There is even a job class assigned to it, the slayers, who uses knight equipment but uses scythes.
* Darkstar from ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'' IS a sinister scythe.
* Corah from ''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2766952/1/Elemental Elemental]]'' wields one. This one is unique in the fact that the scythe is collapsible, complete with fold-in blade.
* Ark'hen from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', the PhysicalGod of death in a FictionalVideoGame has one.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': TheGrimReaper motif supervillain, Professor/Doctor Reaper has a scythe which "was a horrific amalgam of necrotic and destroying energy. No wound inflicted by the blade would ever heal naturally, and even magic would be touch and go."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Grim, from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has one since he is TheGrimReaper. His scythe is a magical object capable of doing any number of sinister supernatural things. Most of the [[HilarityEnsues hijinks]] in the show is the result of Billy stealing it. When Mandy steals it, it's used as a [[DeusExMachina quick fix for the plot complication]].
* Calendar Girl (a.k.a. Page Monroe) in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Mean Seasons", wields a scythe in her winter incarnation. Of course, as is often the case with Bat-villains (especially in this show), she's more "highly disturbed" than evil. What she says to her prisoners is rather chilling:
-->'''Calendar Girl:''' Now I only have one holiday left to celebrate. ''(coldly)'' The Day of the Dead. And you're going to ''celebrate it'' with me. ''(swings scythe within inches of their heads)''
* Being a more action-based show than the above, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has Scarecrow use one in his appearance in a [[TheTeaser Cold Open]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight'': [[ScaryScarecrows Scarecrow]] and his gang of escaped [[BedlamHouse Arkham]] inmates and CrazyHomelessPeople wield scythes and sickles in the "In Darkness Dwells" segment.
* Cronus' weapon of choice in ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans''.
* The supervillain Grim Reaper in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has a serrated cybernetic scythe that [[BladeBelowTheShoulder extends from his right arm]].
* [[spoiler:Season 2 BigBad Qilby]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' can create and wield a scythe made of [[PureEnergy pure wakfu]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', the Monkey King attacks Jackie with one. Jackie points out that killing someone with a scythe isn't very funny. Being a villain obsessed with comedy, the Monkey King agrees and discards it.
* Pitch Black of ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' wields a massive scythe made of Nightmare Sand.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Scythe blades mounted on a straight pole like a spear or glaive have been used as weapons and have been made specifically for warfare as far back as 400 BC by the Thracians north of Greece, called rhomphaia. Blades that curve forwards were quite common in antiquity and very effective against armor of the day; Roman soldiers encountering Dacian warriors, who were commonly equipped with a similar weapon called a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falx falx]], soon found themselves needing to modify and reinforce their armor, virtually unheard of at the time. They can still be found in [[KukrisAreKool Kukris]], various forms of [[MacheteMayhem machetes]], and even some [[KnifeNut knives]] such as hawkbills and karambits.
* Actual combat-training for regular scythe was invented. A fellow by the name Paulus Hector Mair preserved mysteries of this art for us in [[http://mdz10.bib-bvb.de/~db/bsb00006570/images/index.html?seite=411 his fencing manual]]. It also contains techniques for sickles (though, unfortunately, [[DirtyCommunists no hammer]]). That guide pretty much takes advantage on how a scythe can screw enemies hard simply due to its shape which makes it unpredictable. You can block a sword, an axe, and any other polearm, but since the scythe's blade is mounted perpendicular to the shaft, it can easily reach around a shield or a sword parry to strike a person.
* As for the halberd comment above, some halberd heads actually do look like shortened version of scythe blades. Then again, those blade heads look like {{Swiss Army|Weapon}} BladeOnAStick; one for any kind of battle situation on the battlefield. Very appropriate too: the halberd was popularized by the Swiss (mercenaries, mostly), and remains closely associated with the ceremonial Papal Guard. (Well, with ceremonial Papal Guards. The actual Guard is a serious bodyguard force, despite the outfits.)
* The museum in Dumfries, Scotland has a couple of war scythes dating from 1715. When you needed to arm a bunch of troops that were also farmers quickly it was a cheap and pretty effective away. Plus they were [[RuleOfScary scary]]. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_scythe The Other Wiki]] for a few more examples.
* The Polish ''kosa bojowa'' (meaning just "combat scythe"), was used as a weapon in several Polish uprisings. It involved modifying the blade so that it extends upright and outward from the pole, making it an [[BladeOnAStick improvised glaive]]. Nowadays "setting the scythe upright" is an expression used metaphorically to symbolise militancy.
** Fun fact: [[http://polona.pl/item/3751263/10/ there are manuals]].
* The Chinese ''ge'' (戈) or dagger-axe, is essentially a scythe. It consisted of a bronze blade attached to a pole at 100°, which allowed for slashing attacks and hooking moves to disarm an opponent or drag cavalrymen off their horses. National Geographic had a demonstration [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usTPupO0Ew4&feature=related here]]. Originally developed from a farming implement, the ''ge'' came to be a dedicated weapon used by all warriors, noblemen and peasants alike. As warfare in China became increasingly professionalized, the ''ge'' was eventually replaced by the ''ji'' (戟), which is essentially the same thing but with a pointy-headed tip for thrusting.
* The Japanese ''kama'', a one-handed sickle-like implement, and was used to harvest rice, and later adapted by peasants during a revolt; the fighting style used with these weapons use the weapon's unusual design to catch, entangle, and sweep limbs and weaponry (most fiction depict scythe fighting in much the same way). In fiction, it's often seen in the hands of {{ninja}}, as a farming implement was frequently beneath suspicion of those looking for potential assassins. ''A kusarigama'' is a scythe with a [[EpicFlail long weighted chain]] attached. It still looks quite inconspicious but the combination allows to swing the chain with both hands without taking your hand off the kama.