Don't go messing with a girl with guns
They don't need you
They couldn't love you
They couldn't be any fun
She may look cute in her school uniform
, but she's packing enough firepower
to overthrow a Central American dictatorship
. And she'll probably
use it, too, before the half hour is up, no matter how minor the situation — because she's just that Trigger Happy
How does she carry all those guns, anyway? Maybe it's related to the phenomenon of the Hyperspace Mallet
Sometimes pops up with the Little Miss Badass
. Don't worry about the Missing Backblast
when she uses it though, it's all Rule of Cool
Compare with Cute Bruiser
, Girl with Psycho Weapon
, the Girls with Guns
genre (when the girls aren't necessarily small and the guns aren't necessarily big), and Black Magician Girl
(the fantasy version).
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Anime and Manga
- Private Vasquez from Aliens is played by a 5'3 actress and wields a 40-pound machine gun. "Let's rock!!"
- In the movie Jackie Brown, the characters are seen watching a video of bikini-clad women firing off massive assault rifles. Such things actually exist.
- Mattie in both True Grit adaptations.
- Smokin' Aces gave the smallest girl in the cast the largest weapon, a fifty caliber anti-personnel rapid-fire sniper rifle that shoots straight through walls.
- While Morgenstern, from The Spirit film, looks like an ordinary rookie cop at first, later she pulls out a massive Hand Cannon of a gun.
Commissioner Dolan: Is every goddamn woman in this goddamn hell hole out of her goddamn mind?
Morgenstern: No, sir. We're just equipped.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Elizabeth Swann normally prefers swords, but dips into this trope as part of her new Action Girl status in the beginning of this movie. They make her take out all her weapons, including one large handgun. It's never made clear where she kept it. Or is it?
- Little Rock from Zombieland can use a quite impressive arsenal for a 12-year-old.
- In Predators, one of the character is a Special Forces sniper played by Alice Braga. The actress went on the record as saying that she had to train a lot just to be able to carry the gun around.
- Nikita carries a Desert Eagle. Lampshaded in radio adverts for the film, where Antoine de Caunes said, more or less, "If you like movies about pretty girls in teeny tiny dresses carrying big guns..."
- Ma-Ma in Dredd mostly plays with blades, but when she uses a gun it's a really big one.
- Hope Adams from Women Of The Otherworld has the superpower of sensing chaos, but no combat abilities. She's also quite shor- petite. Since her chaos detector invariably draws her into danger, she makes a point of carrying at least one gun with her, and she regularly practices with it.
- Shiro Miaowara of The Adventures of Samurai Cat is male, but fits the trope otherwise; he's a tiny little boy, and packs ridiculously huge guns. At one point he totes around a giant
vulcan Avenger cannon and says he's able to swing it about thanks to possessing the strength of madness.
- Zack of the Hell's Bells series of Urban Fantasy novels is an example of Small Girl Big Staff, her channelling focus being an iron pole described as longer than she is tall, with which she wipes the floor with vampires, wizards and demons alike. As if that weren't enough, her normal firearm is a .455 Webley revolver, and in the climax of Dead Silver she ends up behind the barrel of a minigun.
- Notably averted with Lt. Karrin Murphy of The Dresden Files. She's a 5-foot, petite, blond, where the shit did she pull a gun and a badge from looker cop. She carries appropriately fun-sized guns. Dresden ribs her for it repeatedly. Next to her? Human linebacker-mountain Hendricks, as well as supernaturals of all sorts, who enjoy packing absurdly-high-calibre guns. Dresden describes them as anything from "assault rifle" to "ICBM". One of her guns (a highly illegal P90) fits in a box of chocolates. That she got from Kincaid. To remember Hawaii.
- Played straight with every female White Court Vampire.
- In the Belisarius Series, Antonina's Hand Cannon is large enough in relation to her that every time she uses it, the recoil is described as spinning her around or knocking her on her ass.
Live Action TV
- Any number of police/thriller shows where a petite female character wearing body-hugging clothes suddenly pulls a full-frame service automatic from under her jacket. Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander) often did this in the first two seasons of NCIS, and Rita Lance (Mitzi Kapture) of Silk Stalkings did it in nearly every episode. Avoided in the serial-killer thriller Copycat where very petite Holly Hunter carries a compact SIG-Sauer 232 in a realistic manner.
- She isn't exactly timid but Ace from Doctor Who could be an example of this trope.
- WHO ARE YOU CALLING SMALL?
- And the S4 episode The Stolen Earth has Rose sporting a rather big anti-Dalek gun.
- Rose has a massive ice gun (well, a futuristic fire extinguisher) in "The Girl in the Fireplace"
- Gwen Cooper from Torchwood Miracle Day wields one magnificently.
- In an episode of Everybody Hates Chris, Chris has an Imagine Spot of his family manically holding weapons, with each descending family member getting a bigger weapon, leading up to Tanya holding a bazooka.
- Sakura (BoukenPink) does this in one episode of GoGo Sentai Boukenger. When her male teammates get kidnapped, she draws on her Japanese Self-Defense Force experience instead of her Ranger powers, and rescues them by walking into plain sight of the army of Mooks and firing two machine guns nonstop. No explanation is given as to how her shoulders aren't instantly dislocated, but that was probably done on purpose.
- Star Trek: Voyager: Captain Janeway brandishes a large compression phaser rifle whenever it's time to get Sigourney Weaver on the Monster of the Week's butt. See "Macrocosm", "Dark Frontier" and many more.
- Kari Byron from Mythbusters once held the reins of a M-134 Minigun, for the "cutting a tree down with gunfire" myth. And it was awesome.
- Dr. Brennan of Bones carries what appears to be a stainless .45 revolver for a few episodes, prompting nervous commentary from Agent Booth. In a moment of unusual realism, it get subverted in a later episode; in the midst of a desperate firefight Bones offers Booth her gun, admitting "mine is too big for me." It's a Smith&Wesson .500, the largest caliber handgun available on the market. It's used for metal silhouette target shooting. And moose hunting. And shooting bad guys through heavy steel doors.
- Despite being a size 0, Fiona from Burn Notice always has a huge shotgun or assault rifle handy nearby.
- It's not her weapon of choice, but Buffy once takes out a particularly powerful demon with a rocket launcher almost half as big as her body.
- Kamen Rider Den-O: Hana may be a young girl due to timetravel weirdness, but her weapon of choice is a bazooka. No weapon is more fitting for a girl who can singlehandedly beat the tar out of a kaijin twice her size.
- Very tiny general Beckmann uses a rocket launcher in an episode of Chuck. (Law of Inverse Recoil was luckily averted)
- Although not always small, and rarely qualifying as "girl", the few times the folks in True Blood wield guns they are hardly proportionate; somewhat justified in that the wielders are either superhuman (vampires, werewolves, etc.) or are FIGHTING the superhuman. Or both. Pam takes the cake when she tries (unsuccessfully) to take out the witches' protective shield-spell with a rocket launcher.
- "Gunpowder & Lead" by Miranda Lambert – played literally. The song is about a tiny woman who suffers horrendous physical abuse by her much larger, stronger boyfriend. The boyfriend is sent to prison as a result and now has been released. The girl learns that he is out and is coming home ... but she plans to be waiting with a surprise of her own and to show her boyfriend (in a deadly way) "what this little girl's made of."
- The character of "Suzie Jones" in Vampire: The Masquerade. Embraced at the age of 16, Suzie was your archetypal gun-bunny munchkin Brujah. Used the Obfuscate discipline to wear all her firearms in plain sight, and just keep people from noticing. Highlights of her career involved firing an anti-tank missile launcher down a crowded tunnel (it was full of demons), using her fangs to literally hang off the shoulder of a much larger vampire elder in melee while using her sole functioning arm to stuff an unpinned white phosphorous grenade into the elder's back pocket, and going through an entire 500-round belt of minigun ammo while in a synagogue. (In her defense, she was aiming at a Setite Methuselah that had already flattened the rest of the party, and her only hope of survival was More Dakka.)
- Like all things Warhammer 40,000 the sisters of battle take this up to eleven by being an army of normal women in "7-foot-tall-Space Marine" grade power armor with a preference for "7-foot-tall-Space Marine" weapons. Particularly the ones that Melt and Burn things.
- Taz from Starship arguably has the biggest gun in the group despite being the shortest person in the cast.
- Any female character from Gods Eater Burst fits this description, as the weapon they all wield, the God Arc, is several times their size by standard.
- B. B. Hood from Darkstalkers, who carries machine guns, land mines, flame throwers, grenades, a rocket launcher and occasionally, a pair of heavily armed mercenaries under her red riding hood cloak.
- Rozalin from Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories. While, technically speaking, she can be equipped with anything from a sword to a staff like anyone else, she unarguably is best with ballistics and her first special attack involves whipping a chaingun bigger than she is out of Hammerspace and riddling enemies with tons of bullets.
- Meryl from Metal Gear Solid wields the Desert Eagle in 50. AE, a gun that is well known for being impractically huge, no matter who carries it. And, in Metal Gear Solid 4, she gets a custom long barrel model alongside the standard-sized one (sometimes literally).
- In Makai Kingdom, just about anyone can wield a minigun, bazooka, or giant arm cannon though only a few classes are proficient. With class changes, an Archer can use those just fine. Etna specializes in miniguns as a special character, while Castile can use bazookas.
- Try handing Miranda or one of the female Marines one of the bigger weapons in Halo. You'll suddenly realize that they were initially scaled for 7 foot cyborgs or 8 foot aliens.
- Take a wild guess how a gender-bender version of Heavy Weapons Guy is usually portrayed in fanart. And no, they didn't make the Scout a lumbering beast in return.
- Carol from Wild ARMs 5. Teeny-tiny girl, huge honking rocket launcher.
- Maya Schrodinger from Wild ARMs 3, not quite tiny but certainly a petit, has a hidden minigun as part of her arsenal. Hidden...well...see for yourself. (Skip to 5:33)
- Xenosaga has a couple. KOS-MOS isn't exactly small, but she dual-wields triple miniguns in a few attacks; Shion plays it straighter, with her arm-mounted MWS.
- Lady from Devil May Cry hefts around a gun that happens to be larger than she is tall.
- Any female Lancer from Valkyria Chronicles, whose weapons are longer than they are tall. Applies to Aisha as well, as she's only 12-years old and wields the Shocktroopers' standard assault rifle.
- Carmelita Fox in Sly Cooper wields a shock pistol that kicks so hard she can hardly hold onto the thing when she fires it. The bolts of electricity it fires can destroy inanimate objects in one shot and kill even hulking flashlight guards in 2 shots.
- Iji complains at the beginning that she can barely lift her Nanogun. Hardly surprising, as it's designed to be carried by a Tasen Soldier, who are about seven feet tall. Iji herself is actually 6'3", but the weapon is still pretty big compared to her. The recoil from the MPFB Devastator (essentially a triple-nuclear-rocket launcher) knocks her off her feet, unless she maxes out her Strength stat.
- Possible via cheating in Fallout 3. Use mods or console commands to make your character a 10 year old, then specialize in Big Guns. Normal adult female characters specialized in Big Guns also fall under this trope.
- Noel Vermillion uses a pair of Hand Cannons each the length of her arms. Her Distortion Drives summon even bigger guns for More Dakka.
- Femme Fatale Mona Sax from the Max Payne games is rather slender and petite, yet her signature weapon is a Desert Eagle, the largest handgun available in the games. This is especially evident in her Mexican Standoffs against Max, who usually sticks to more modest but more efficient (dual) Berettas.
- Tess designs BFGs for Jak that are at least as big as she is. And if she continues her gun-designing career after her transformation into an ottsel...
- The unlockable cutscene commentary in Jak 3 explains that, in one scene, they actually had to scale down one of Jak's guns just so that it wouldn't look ridiculous when she held it. Considering how many fans this trope has, it's kind of a shame they didn't leave the gun as it appears in-game.
- Speed Buster from No More Heroes used a 50-foot laser cannon as her weapon of choice.
- Playing a female Shepard in Mass Effect 2 and using the Cain probably counts. The weapon itself isn't THAT big, but it makes a ridiculously big explosion. Likewise, any combat-class FemShep who picks one of the advanced weapons. The Widow looks like a telegraph pole, and the Claymore and Revenant are just huge.
- And Mass Effect 3 allows you to give Tali a Claymore...
- As well as carry a Widow, a Revenant, a Claymore, a Cain (in some missions), and a pistol and a submachine gun at the same time as female Shepard...
- The "Reinstated" trailer for female Shepard shows her packing this combo sans the Claymore and submachine gun. Her "Take Earth Back" trailer also shows her wielding a Mattock, and a Widow can be seen on her back before the fighting starts.
- Ashley Williams in Mass Effect 3, who can carry a Revenant heavy machine gun and a Widow sniper rifle at the same time.
- Final Fantasy XIII: Oerba Dia Vanille's Eidolon, Hecatoncheir, can transform into a walking war platform with really big guns.
- Also, when she's first seen, she takes a gun from Snow to defend the group of Purgees with. Bonus points for childishly aiming it at Snow and saying "Bang! Bang!" in a six year old's voice.
- There is also a cutscene in Chapter Nine where she steals a soldier's rifle and unleashes her fury on a Vespid Soldier in order to escape with Sazh.
- During the first chapter, Snow recruits Hope's mother Nora to fight against the soldiers. She ends her brief appearance using a rocket launcher to take down an airship, citing "Moms are tough". What happens next though...
- The first chapter also features Lebreau as a Guest Star Party Member. While Gadot (another guest) carries a normal military rifle, hers is much larger.
- Playing Rochelle and picking up an M60 in Left 4 Dead 2 could count as this, seeing as the M60 is almost at tall as she is.
- A build possibility in Hellgate: London; a tiny markswoman can dual-wield massive gatling rocket-launchers.
- Phantasy Star Online has the human and CAST female Ranger classes, R Amarl and R Acaseal respectively. Phantasy Star Universe also has a Ranger class and its offshoots that are open to females of any race. While not always being the case, they can be made as small as a young girl. And with the same customization systems, one could also make a Gender Flipped example of this trope.
- Same in Phantasy Star Zero - and the cannons of that game compensate for every penis on the server.
- Tristana from League of Legends, of course. She carries around a rocket launcher taller than she is, and can even use it to Rocket Jump.
- Imca from Valkyria Chronicles III may be the queen of this trope. Her standard sidearm is an enormous Swiss Army Weapon with machine gun and rocket launcher firing modes and a bayonet the size of a BFS. She uses all three of these to create wide-area bombardment attacks that hit everything on screen while also swinging it around like the world's biggest gunblade.
- Rebecca Chambers from Resident Evil 0 becomes this when equipped with a shotgun. It's not that the gun is big as much as she's really, really tiny, but the result is still pretty hilarious.
- Jill Valentine in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis isn't as tiny, but her bonus Rocket Launcher is only slightly smaller than her.
- Aya, the small-framed heroine of the Parasite Eve series gets her hands on some really big guns. In the first game she gets a rocket launcher that is as long as she is tall. The sequel ups the ante by allowing her to wield a giant portable railcannon that takes time to charge, and sends her back a few feet whenever she fires it.
- TimeSplitters 2 lets you dual wield a fair number of weapons. Picking any of the smaller characters and using twin homing RPGs can lead to a few laughs in multiplayer. Unfortunately, the full potential is prevented by scaling.
- Saki Omokane from Quiz Nanairo Dreams.
- In Intrusion 2, the boss Maku is an average size but very thin woman who wields a positively massive laser cannon.
- In art for the Nazi Zombies mod Call of the Dead Sarah Michelle Gellar rocks a minigun. Slayer strength FTW.
- The Tinkerer class in Dragon Nest.
- Fio is the smallest of the four main playable characters in the Metal Slug series, but not only is just as capable of rocking every uber-powered gun in the game as the other characters, but in later games becomes the heavy weapons specialist who starts every life with a Heavy Machine Gun.
- Ciel from Tsukihime, a curry loving Meganekko by day◊ and... this◊ by night. Plus she's a bit of a Knife Nut. Though her "Seventh Holy Scripture" is not so much a gun as it is a pile-bunker with a unicorn's horn for anti-vampire purposes... but it's close enough. Normally, the magical weapon is a spear or sword, but she personally and specifically redesigned it to be an enormous jack-hammer. She's just that hardcore.
- Four foot, ten inch (1.47 meters) Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde. See picture at the Outlaw Couple page.
- When Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, she used an M1911A1 .45 Colt semi-automatic. The fact her nick-name is "Squeaky" suggests she's not exactly an Amazon, either. The fact that she failed to chamber a round from the magazine may have gone far to save the President's life.
- This◊ adorable little girl.
- This◊ female airman, with her helicopter-mounted M134 Minigun.note
- It's often suggested that female shooters use the heaviest gun they can comfortably wield, since females tend to have less upper-body strength for resisting recoil, and heavier guns recoil less.
- Trick shooter Kirsten Joy Weiss is perky, petite, cute as a button, and fond of using very large rifles to pull off some truly amazing shots.