Shonen Knife is a Japanese PopPunk group, that started in Osaka when two sisters and their close friend decided they liked Music/TheRamones enough to start a band and copy them. They started gaining overseas recognition in the late Eighties and early Nineties when such notable figures as Music/KurtCobain and John Peel brought them into the limelight, and since then they've had a respectable fanbase both in their native Japan and in the Western world.

Like their heroes, Shonen Knife's songs largely have [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple chords, catchy lyrics and manic energy]]. They also have a [[WidgetSeries rather large number of songs about food]].

!!Tropes related to the band include:
* ActionGirl: "Super Girl (Buttercup)," for ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'''s album ''Heroes And Villains.''
* BathsAreFun: "Public Bath".
* CarefulWithThatAxe: A particular song called "Buddha's Face" due to its sound being borrowed from HeavyMetal had the singer screaming "Going, going, going to hell" near the end and then on the fourth time screams, "Going, '''[[MetalScream GOING]]''', going to hell".
* CatGirl: "I Am A Cat." Possibly related to [[ the novel]] of the same name.
* TheConstant[=/=]IAmTheBand: Naoko Yamano.
* CoverAlbum: ''Osaka [[Music/TheRamones Ramones]]''.
* CoverVersion: They did a cover of "Top of the World" which appeared on a Carpenters tribute album and in the remake of ''TheParentTrap''. They also recorded "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" (for a BurtBacharach tribute album), "When You Sleep" (for an all-Japanese Music/MyBloodyValentine tribute album called '' Yellow Loveless''), "[[Music/TheMonkees Daydream Believer]]" and "[[Music/{{Wings}} Jet]]"
* DaysOfTheWeekSong: "One Week."
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Quite so. The band had a very rusty start in the 1980s.
* GratuitousEnglish: At first, but started to write English songs on their first album in the 1990s. However, their latest releases still have some sort of {{Engrish}} in them, especially when Naoko sings, which leads to some {{indecipherable lyrics}}
* MegaNeko: "Giant Kitty."
* NewSoundAlbum: "Strawberry Sound" which was deliberately after Shonen Knife's members were just the Yamano sisters.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Has become this, with Naoko Yamano being the sole founding member in the current lineup.
* RockTrio: For an amount of time, they became a duo due to Michie leaving the band. Then after Atsuko left, she is replaced by a new member. As of now, they are a trio once again with a totally different lineup.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth
* WidgetSeries: As noted above, songs about food take up a good chunk of their output.
** Also, animals seem very popular ("I Am A Cat", "Spider", "Cobra vs. Mongoose").