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"Aaah! Chainsaw! The great communicator!"

"I love this saw! This saw's a part of me, and I'm gonna make it a part of you!"
Buzzsaw, The Running Man

Basically, chainsaws are good. Good here having the meaning of "totally unstoppable weapons of mass destruction." Nothing can stand before their roaring, multi-toothed might; only death awaits any who challenge a chainsaw-wielding maniac.

A favorite tool of horror villains and zombie hunters alike, where they're typically swung like swords. While cool, there are good reasons the chainsaw is not exactly the first choice among melee weapons in the real world; chainsaws are heavy and hard to swing with any degree of finesse, have poor reach compared with their weight, require fuel(which they burn through very quickly) or an external power source, make a lot of noise, and will tear through the person wielding them just as cheerfully as the intended victim. Either way, expect Gorn. Lots and lots of Gorn. Ohhhh yes!


However, there are several reasons why that simply wouldn't happen in the real world. First and foremost, chainsaws were not designed to be used as weapons. Chainsaws are prone to a phenomenon called "kickback" where one tooth of the blade contacts something without cutting it and the resulting shock throws the blade backwards violently, often right at the unfortunate operator's head; obviously, this is all the more likely to happen when they're being used as a weapon.note  The chain also runs the danger of snapping and whipping the user in the process. Contact with any kind of fabric is liable to jam the saw (real life chainsaw users wear heavy protective clothing that's designed to "snag" the chainsaw and stop it dead if they catch themselves with the running blade to minimise injury as well as a helmet, heavy gloves and eye protection.) Fictional chainsaws also have the ability to start instantly, with one pull of the starter handle, unlike in Real Life where they require several pulls and most models will need to warm up for at least 30 seconds or they'll immediately die when you try to cut something. Most Real Life chainsaws also dull in seconds if they touch anything harder than wood.note  Counter-zombie usage will create a whole lot of infected mist and grosser byproducts. Finally, running out of fuel or suffering a broken chain or clutch will leave the erstwhile chainsaw maniac holding a big, unwieldy and rather useless club.


In short, attempting to use a chainsaw as a weapon in Real Life is a bad idea, since you're just as likely to hurt yourself as whatever you were trying to use it on. Don't Try This at Home.

A common way of playing with this trope is to make a chainsaw part of a Swiss Army Weapon.

See also Vibroweapon, Deadly Disc, Rule of Cool, Awesome, but Impractical. Compare An Axe to Grind and Sinister Scythe, where other gardening/logging implements are used as weapons.

While the trope name refers to chainsaws, it has mutated to include the use of circular saws and even lawnmowers as well. Both of these obviously have similar problems to chainsaws when it comes to use as weapons - circular saw blades are extremely prone to snapping or shattering if any kind of lateral force is applied to them while they are spinning and lawnmowers are even more clumsy and unwieldy than chainsaws.


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    Comic Books 
  • Anti-Hero Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer carried a Chainsword. Quoth the Dalek Killer:
    Abslom Daak (to a Dalek): Okay, Chuckles, take a look at this chainsword. Notice those nice whirring teeth... and imagine them ripping through your little tin body!
  • The Savage Dragon. The hero, Dragon, early in his series, uses two chainsaws against a (later revealed) brainwashed rat man. The creator, Larsen, said he chose the chainsaws because they look cool. And Dragon could easily survive kickback.
  • The Tick has the Chainsaw Vigilante, a highly skilled wielder who seeks to humiliate vigilante superheroes back into private life by cutting their clothes off. With a chainsaw. He's never actually killed anyone with it. He's that good.
  • Subverted in Saga of the Swamp Thing, when Woodrue attempts to unleash the Green against humanity and wipe out all animal life. The defiant wielder of "Evangeline" is immediately knocked out from behind by a fast-growing root, and the psychotic plant elemental attempts to turn the weapon on Abigail, yet he too is stopped by Swamp Thing.
  • The 2000 AD series Nemesis the Warlock has a variation in book 9 - having already broken his chainsaw Cheryl, Big Bad Torquemada dispatches a henchman to find a replacement. When he returns during Torquemada's battle with Nemesis, it turns out that the local garden centre has sold out of chainsaws - so Torquemada has to make do with a hedge trimmer instead.
  • Planetary has chainsaw bullets.
  • In Wonton Soup the main character is a skilled wandering chief in a demented space opera universe, when he has to defend himself against a bunch of alien monsters he uses his large chainsaw spatula.
  • The Chick Tract "Boo!", in which the devil himself goes on a chainsaw rampage… wearing a jack-o-lantern with a goofy grin on his face.
  • The German comic Werner features the "Dolmette," a motorcycle powered by two dozen chainsaw engines. It actually subverts Defictionalization: It was designed for the Werner comics, but it was built in Real Life first.
    • In Gekotzt wird später!, Andi uses a chainsaw to top chop the Oldsmobile.
  • In the Doom Comic the Doomguy, calls it "the Great Communicator" (now the page quote), and promptly communicates to a group of zombies his desire to have their guns.
  • When X-23's Ax-Crazy former handler, Kimura, recaptures her in X-Force, she goes to work on Laura with a chainsaw just for "being a bad girl." She ends up cutting off her arm by the end of the torture session, though Laura regrew it by the next story arc.
  • In Cavewoman: Labyrinth, Meriem is attacked by a zombie cyborg guard who has a chainsaw for an arm.
  • Barracuda in Fury: My War Gone By is introduced in the Nicaragua arc with three tied men on front of him and holding a chainsaw over his shoulder. What happens to the men is mercifully off-panel.
  • In Robyn Hood; I Love NY #4, Robyn fights a Monster Clown wielding a chainsaw. She points out to him what a stupid weapon choice that is just before she shoots him the head which causes him to hit himself with his chainsaw as he falls.
  • In Sullivan's Sluggers, a policeman protects Casey and his team by wielding a chainsaw against the monsters.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In many versions, the tale of Little Red Riding Hood doesn't end with a brave hunter rescuing the ladies, but with a Woodcutter. He's more likely to carry an axe, but in some modern versions he's portrayed with a chainsaw.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures fic Queen of All Oni, Left tries to use a chainsaw to try and destroy the Dog Talisman (we don't see it, and it fails), and he later uses one to KILL a wolf-squid hybrid.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series
  • In one Bleach fanfiction, Kenpachi discovers American Horror movies and this leads Kenpachi to chase after Ichigo with a chainsaw and a hockey mask for the rest of the story.
  • Thirty Hs: "Dobby relished his groinsaw's roar..."
  • This shows up in multiple ways in Shinji And Warhammer 40 K:
    • In the early chapters, Shinji invokes it when he uses a modified chainsaw to cut wood.
    • Later on, when the Evas start using 40K-influenced weaponry, they're equipped with prog-chainswords. Unit 02 later gets a prog-chainaxe.
    • Unit 01's upgraded Titan Armor takes this to ludicrous extremes - it has chainsaws coming out of practically every body part imaginable.
  • The Left 4 Dead 2 fanfic Blind Mans Bluff has Ellis absolutely adoring chainsaws, much to everyone else's amusement/exasperation.
  • In Thousand Shinji, Asuka's Unit-02 gets a massive chainaxe. Asuka's absolutely lethal with it.
  • In Wonderful!, this trope was invoked when a poster in the PHO boards said that a tank model built by a super-villain "needed more chainsaw".
  • Progress has Luna and Twilight meeting an elderly earth pony couple whose home they had (accidentally!) dropped a boulder or two on. The farmers mistake them for dragons. Their response?
    "Uh... They sound like chainsaws and..." Twilight's eyes widened. "Oh horsefeathers."
  • During the climax of Mad World, Nny wields a chainsaw against the Thing in the Wall when it bursts loose. When Dib questions it, he admits he has a few lying around.
  • The April Fools' Day chapter of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines reveals that the Author Avatar writes the story with a chainsaw, of all things.
  • Persona: The Sougawa Files: The first major opponent the party faces, Shadow Wilma, wields a chainsaw for a good portion of the fight, though she eventually trades it out for another weapon.

    Films — Animation 
  • Lilo & Stitch: During Jumba's invasion of Lilo's house, Stitch picks up a chainsaw to fight him off—prompting Lilo to remark, on the phone to Cobra Bubbles, "Oh good, my dog's found the chainsaw!".
  • Open Season: The climactic animals vs. hunters battle features chainsaw-wielding beavers.
  • In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, the Canadians use chainsaws as melee weapons.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The first Hostel. Boy, did that backfire. The sequel has a circular saw.
  • In the movie and manga Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge, the personification of evil uses a chainsaw.
  • The classic horror movie The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (sic) just might be the Trope Maker. Taken to a whole new level in the sequel, which features Dennis Hopper dual-wielding chainsaws in a climactic duel against Leatherface. And Leatherface's drive-by chainsawing in the same film.
  • Ash Williams from the Evil Dead films. This is a badass guy who cut off his own demon-possessed hand and replaced it with a chainsaw mounting. Obviously not to be taken lightly. He still has it in Army of Darkness, but soon replaces it with a mechanical hand that he just invented because why not.
  • My Name Is Bruce references Ash's signature chainsaw. When a rabid fan offers Bruce Campbell a chainsaw modeled on Evil Dead to fight an unleashed god, Bruce is honored but turns it down because it's too damn heavy and unwieldy to use in combat.
  • Tiger on the Beat, where the hero and villain have a final kung fu showdown with chainsaws. This is the same movie that had Chow Yun-Fat using a shotgun-on-a-string that essentially let him fire around corners to kill bad guys. Yeah. It's that kind of movie.
  • In Scarface (1983), one of Tony's friends meets a chainsaw-caused death gruesome enough to have a Gory Discretion Shot used.
  • Patrick Bateman in American Psycho chases a prostitute through an apartment building in New York City with a chainsaw while naked. The sequence may have been a figment of his deranged imagination. Not only does he kill her with the chainsaw, he drops it on her from several stories up and kills her. Ignoring the fact that most modern chainsaws have a safety on it so that if you let it go, it'll turn off. If you look closely you can see judicious use of Duct Tape.
  • In the 2007 movie Smokin' Aces, one of the Tremor brothers uses a hand-mounted chainsaw during their assault on the Nomad Hotel, with predictably devastating results.
  • In Bad Taste, the Ax-Crazy character Derek (played by director Peter Jackson) gets hold of a chainsaw. Cue much gore and a Moment of Awesome or two. Cast members Craig Smith and Pete O'Herne admit in a web interview that it was an homage to Evil Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • In Godzilla: Final Wars, Gigan eventually receives a pair of double-pronged chainsaws instead of hands. This is also the same monster who has a buzzsaw in his torso. And before the chainsaws for hands, he had hooks for hands.
  • A Chainsaw arm shows up in The Machine Girl alongside a Machine Gun one.
  • In Phantasm II, Reggie must fight a graver in a chainsaw duel.
  • Motel Hell ends with a chainsaw duel between a sheriff and a crazed farmer wearing a pig's head as a mask.
  • In a case of a victim using a chainsaw against the killer occurs in Maniac Cop 2, where the heroine of the previous entry is thrown through the window of a hardware store by Officer Cordell. Grabbing a chainsaw, she tries to attack him with it but he just nonchalantly grabs the blade, wrenches it from her grasp and snaps her neck.
  • "Chainsaw-against-the-killer" also happens in Friday the 13th Part 2 and Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, with more succession in the latter as the supposed victim manages to get away even though her chainsaw runs out of fuel.
  • Halloween: Resurrection. Sarah gets a few good swings in before it stops working (which is probably justified, since she found it among the junk in the Myers' abandoned garage) prompting her into throwing it at Michael.
  • Buzzsaw from The Running Man. He even mounts his chainsaw to his motorcycle.
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004): Painfully subverted during a high-speed zombie car chase. One of the characters accidentally loses his grasp of the chainsaw, which cuts into another survivor. This causes their getaway truck to topple over.
  • Dark of the Sun, based on the Wilbur Smith novel, features two men in a chainsaw duel.
  • Mad Max
    • Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. During the Thunderdome fight, Max snatches a chainsaw to fight Blaster, but struggles to get it working. After it finally catches, it runs out of fuel before he can even swing it. Fuel is the most precious commodity, after all.
    • In its continuation Mad Max: Fury Road, multiple War Boys try to cleave the heroes with chainsaws (although they end up killing other War Boys instead thanks to some Deadly Dodging). The one War Boy that manages to fatally wound a hero is a downplayed example, cutting the Keeper of the Seeds' jugular with an arm-mounted hedge trimmer.
  • In Gremlins, Stripe uses a (small) chainsaw from the hardware store to attack the human hero, who fends off the blade with a rapidly-fragmenting wooden baseball bat. Bonus points for awesomeness in that we hear the chainsaw's motor revving up, just before Stripe attacks, and can guess what the little creep just got his scaly hands on.
  • The Saw films seem to prefer circular saws to chainsaws, with Jigsaw himself being killed by one in Saw III, and William being attacked by the co-worker he'd just gotten scalded to save, who wanted the key buried in his abdominal wall with one in Saw VI, and a tablesaw in Saw 3D.
  • Pulp Fiction: When Butch is choosing a weapon to use to rescue his enemy Marsellus Wallace, the chainsaw is in the middle of his weapon escalation. He tosses aside a hammer to take the chainsaw, then tosses the chainsaw to grab a katana. Swords are easier to sneak up on people with, after all.
  • The killer in StageFright -Aquarius- manages to kill one victim with a chainsaw until it runs out of fuel.
  • Subverted in the horror-comedy Black Sheep (2007), in which Henry needs to perform half a dozen steps to get a complicated chainsaw's motor started, only to drop it over the side when the truck he's riding goes over a bump in the field.
  • Subverted in Mr. Nice Guy, when a Mook swings a big circular grinder at Jackie, but it comes unplugged the instant the thug tries to chase him with it.
  • The Dragon in The Return of Swamp Thing attempts to attack Swamp Thing with a chainsaw.
  • The killer in Pieces uses a chainsaw to cut up his victims and collect the bodyparts that he desire for his project.
  • Aiko, one of the heroines in the Japanese comedy/horror flick X-Cross uses a rather conveniently placed chainsaw at one point to fight an insane, giant-pair-of-scissors-wielding Goth Lolita named Reika. Unfortunately, this fails, as she winds up dropping it. She ultimately resorts to torching Reika. Which also fails.
  • High Tension: Both the killer and the protagonist get a turn with a circular saw.
  • In Evil Aliens, a combine harvester is a drivable chainsaw.
  • In the film of The Water Babies, the bill of the heroic swordfish develops tiny moving serrations, plainly meant to resemble a chainsaw's, when he fights or cuts through things.
  • Stacy, a Japanese movie concerning zombie schoolgirls (or "Stacies") who only seek love and acceptance from the living (despite eating many of them), reveals that the only way to destroy a Stacy is via "repeat-killing," specifically dismemberment. To facilitate this, one can purchase "Bruce Campbell's Right Hand," a chainsaw that fits over the user's right hand. It comes in several different colors, many of them new this season!
  • In Big Tits Zombie, the main character finds a chainsaw and is so overjoyed, she practically starts crying. The chainsaw even glows. This movie loves this trope so much that the first zombie kill, moments into the film, is a chainsaw attack.
  • When the Freeling family are escaping their house and get in their car in Poltergeist II: The Other Side, a possessed flying chainsaw tries to stop them.
  • Art for Transformers: Dark of the Moon showed that one of the options for Optimus Prime's weapons pack — an option which was not used in the final film — included a giant, triple-chained chainsword.
  • In the final battle of The Marine, Rome attacks Triton with one. Triton defends himself with a wrench, which gets sawed in half, but manages to force Roman to drop the chainsaw.
  • In Mr. Mom, Jack Butler's first meeting with his wife Caroline's boss Ron Richardson is when he is wielding a chainsaw and coming into the house with it still running. Played mostly for laughs as Jack makes it look like he's just using it for remodeling the house, though after Ron leaves Jack contemplates using it for "trimming" Ron's mustache.
  • In the fourth Police Academy movie, Tackleberry scares off a few new recruits to the Citizens on Patrol program with a chainsaw — specifically by cutting his way out of a body bag.
  • Zig-zagged in Pain and Gain. It gets jammed by hair rather easily, but then Daniel complains it's a cheap piece of crap.
  • The Jaeger Crimson Typhoon from Pacific Rim can transform its three hands into circular saws.
  • Helldriver give us chainsaw-wielding zombies... so of course the heroine takes them down with a chainsaw katana.
  • As the cast of Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror become besieged in a barn, Tyrus picks up a chainsaw. After he is killed, one of the children pick it up and start chasing Allison with it.
  • Robot Jox gives us a chainsaw on the Big Bad's robot. Its placement on the robot's torso is near crotch-level.
  • When G-Girl reveals her secret identity to Matt in My Super Ex-Girlfriend she makes him swear that he would rather have a chainsaw shoved up his ass than tell. When Matt imagines he tells his friend, she brandishes a chainsaw telling him he was warned.
  • This is Fin's weapon of choice in the climax of Sharknado. It was so effective then that in Sharknado 2: The Second One, he actively seeks some out even earlier in the film after being informed that gun stores are illegal in New York. The sequel also features one old guy who revs up a bunch of chainsaws before hurling them into the wind to chop up the sharks on their own. In Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Fin receives as an award a fully functional gold-plated chainsaw. April's artificial hand can be swapped out for a chainsaw, and in the climax, Fin gets a lightsaber chainsaw.
  • Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker by Christoph Schlingensief, a political satire on the reunification of Germany, is a nod to the Texas original already in the title.
  • Mutant Girls Squad by Noboru Iguchi. Featuring a girl who can produce a chainsaw from her backside....
  • In Very Bad Things, Boyd uses a chainsaw to cut up the two bodies in the hotel bathroom.
  • In The Video Dead, a character manages to put most of the eponymous undead into pieces with a chainsaw. The remaining one snatches the thing, and eventually manages to impale him with it.
  • Ed Gein picks up a chainsaw and uses it to drive off the Zodiac Killer in The Butchers.
  • In Firestorm (1998), Jesse dissuades pursuit by throwing a running chainsaw through the windscreen of the villains' truck.
  • In Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, Dallas grabs the chainsaw from the back of Chris's truck and uses it to fight her way through the zombies in the car park.
  • In Savaged, Trey chooses to wield a chainsaw as his weapon in his final showdown against the Revenant Zombie Zoe.

  • In the Live Roleplay scenario Final Voyage of the Mary Celeste, Johan Martens (a character on the edge of insanity) has a chainsaw, inherited from his uncle. During the game, it is accessible to the player of Martens — it can be used for various things, including killing people/things/sea monsters. Now consider the fact that another character, who wants everyone on board dead, can make attempts to mind control Martens...

  • Michael Z. Williamson's novel Better To Beg Forgiveness features, among other equally awesome things, the esteemed yet extremely enraged President Bishwanath of Celedon driving off a mob of bloodthirsty rioters with a chainsaw. Yes. The PRESIDENT.
  • Possibly one of the very earliest Chainsaw Swords in literature is the Diskos from William Hope Hodgson's seminal 1912 fantasy-horror novel The Night Land. (The hero's survival ration pack also includes literal Dehydrated Water, which if it isn't a TV trope darn well ought to be.)
  • The heroine of Eric Flint and Dave Freer's Rats, Bats and Vats books, Virginia Shaw, adopts a chainsaw as her personal weapon.
  • The Zombie Survival Guide deconstructs this, noting all of the above reasons not to use a chainsaw against the undead, and adding that it's incredibly heavy for a weapon that you're probably going to be lugging around for miles, that the very loud noise it generates is certain to attract more zombies and even its marginal usefulness as a weapon ceases completely the instant it runs out of gas or breaks down.
  • Lieutenant Karrin Murphy in The Dresden Files: Summer Knight uses one to lame an ogre, and a few minutes later, kill a tree monster. The chainsaw cuts through both monsters more easily than might be expected because of its steel teeth—The Fair Folk really, really don't like being attacked with Cold Iron.
  • Secret police and Cacticae security in Perdido Street Station carry Rivebows, a large crossbow which shoots spinning chakris (circular saw blades). In universe, the main way to defeat Cacticae (humanoid cacti) is through severing limbs.
  • Averted in Misery, in which Annie Wilkes is found dead from her injuries and clutching a chainsaw she'd plainly intended to use on Paul Sheldon in the end.
  • In Doom, Arlene grabs a chainsaw and uses it to clear a hall full of demons. This nearly gets her killed. The second time she still grabs the chainsaw because she wants to get it right. How a chainsaw came to be on Deimos is a mystery.
  • In Under a Graveyard Sky, during the operation to clear a cruise line ship of Technically Living Zombies, Faith mentions several times that she'd like to have a chainsaw available as a clearing tool, although Fontana points out some of the problems with using a chainsaw as a weapon.
  • In The Lotus War the Iron Samurai wield chainkatanas, which are the unholy spawn of a katana and a motorized chainsaw.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Ash vs. Evil Dead, the chainsaw arm makes a return and is used prominently throughout the series.
  • Double The Fist gives us The Time-Saw, a chainsaw which can cut through the fabric of time and space. Oh yes, Chainsaw indeed good.
  • Subverted in an episode of Torchwood, where Rhys fires up a chainsaw to take out a rampaging Monster of the Week, only to have the machine die on him at the worst possible moment. It's then that Jack blows it apart from behind with an alien BFG.
  • Pizza gives us Bobo, the Ax-Crazy pizza store owner who keeps a chainsaw under his counter.
  • One segment of the multi-part CSI episode "Toe Tags" showcased both the damage-dealing potential and the dangerous unwieldiness of the chainsaw as a "weapon": The Killer Was Left-Handed, and accidentally killed his friend and himself trying to cut up some furniture to spite his ex-wife. He'd been using a chainsaw designed for righties at the time.
  • A few Robot Wars competitors employed chainsaws as weapons as did House Robot Matilda (though this was later replaced with a vertical spinning disc in the 5th wars), but they were quickly proven to be Awesome, but Impractical as they were largely ineffective against robots with metal armour (i.e. the vast majority!) and, in the case of Matilda, proved to be a critical weakpoint to the likes of Razer.
  • Tomica Hero Rescue Force gives us the Rescue Crusher Mantis Mode, which, surprisingly, isn't usually used for slicing up badguys.
  • The Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Fear Itself" had Giles use a chainsaw as an impromptu skeleton key to get into a Haunted House (a demon had caused the doors and windows to vanish). And he was awesome doing it.
    Xander: Giles? Everyone, it's Giles! With a chainsaw!
  • John Woo's TV series Once A Thief (in turn itself a remake of his own movie of the same name) features a 'parody' episode filled to the brim with intentionally absurd situations, one of which involves a lightsaber-style duel involving chainsaws. That's right, complete with clashes and sparks flying and all that jazz. That particular scene is concentrated awesome.
  • In the Walker, Texas Ranger episode "White Buffalo", the villain attacks Walker with a crowbar, only to be beaten down with a 4x4. Naturally, while Walker deals with one of his accomplices, he decides that the proper response is to rev up a chainsaw. It doesn't really take.
  • One edition of Top Gear featured the use of a chainsaw to resolve a Cool Wall argument.
    • During the South America Special, as they hack through the rainforest:
  • The penultimate episode of True Blood's second season includes a protagonist attempting to use a chainsaw as a weapon, only to get it hopelessly stuck in a counter-top before it can be of any use.
  • The History Channel's show Sliced in which a guy cuts things (pool tables, pinball machines, other chainsaws) open with various saws to see what's in them. Not entirely sure what it has to do with history.
  • On Home Improvement, Tim and Al take part in a turkey carving competition on Tool Time, and when Tim starts lagging behind he brings out a chainsaw to finish the job.
  • Kamen Rider Fourze has a chainsaw kick.
  • Smallville:
    • In the episode "Conspiracy", the villain tries to charge at Clark Kent and the others with a circular saw, but hits some low hanging wires and electrocutes himself to death.
    • In the episode "Crush", Justin Gaines uses telekinesis to turn on a chainsaw and throw it at Chloe. Clark Kent saves her in time.
  • The Burn Notice movie "The Fall of Sam Axe" has Sam use a chainsaw against his enemies by throwing it into a moving vehicle. Considering who plays him, this is a clear Actor Allusion which is only cemented by his follow-up line: "Groovy."
  • In Lost Girl, Kenzi defeated the reality warping Norn by threatening her sacred tree with a chainsaw.
  • When the MythBusters tested whether the video game Fruit Ninja was replicable in reality (answer: no, though over 50 real-life fruits in 60 seconds was impressive), Jamie decided to go to Fruit Chainsaw as their way of ramping things up.
    • And when they revisited the question of whether it's better to have an axe or a gun versus a zombie horde (the axe proved marginally more reliable), they threw the chainsaw into the mix and found it far outperformed either of the former, deeming it Confirmed as a viable improvised short-term weapon for Action Survivor vs standard issue Zombie. While drawbacks like the weight, running out of gas/battery charge, and kickback were acknowledged, these were counterbalanced by several factors, the primary one being that a chainsaw does not need to be swung: meaning no delay between takedowns, more precision, and that the user isn't exhausted as quickly. The end result was that where the ax test ended with Adam exhausted and swarmed, and the firearm test ended with Jamie taken down before unloading more than a few guns, the chainsaw allowed Adam to take down the entire horde at a brisk walk.
  • Up to Eleven like everything else in Danger 5, when the Big Bad is Dual Wielding four fire-sprouting chainsaws during a school massacre.
  • Subverted on The Red Green Show in that Red didn't use chainsaws as weapons, but as components in handyman projects. In one episode, he duct taped a chainsaw to a bicycle to create a moped.

  • "Malcolm" by The Arrogant Worms that begins as follows:
    Billy solves his problems by calling up his Ma,
    Heather solves her problems with drugs and alcohol,
    Daniel solves his problems with a doctor and the law,
    But Malcolm has his own way, and it's better than them all...
    'Cause Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw, Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw,
    Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw, And he never has the same problem twice!
  • In "The Curse of Millhaven", by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the Enfant Terrible protagonist uses a circular saw (close enough) to decapitate a handyman, and then leaves his severed head in the mayor's fountain.
  • In the song "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst points out that he "packs a chainsaw" and politely suggests that people get out of his way.
  • WASP have a song called "Chainsaw Charlie", which starts off with few chainsaws revving up.
    • Lead singer Blackie Lawless used to wear various saw blades on his costume in the eighties.
  • All of the above are beaten by 'The Lumberjack Song' by US rockers Jackyl. Lead singer Jesse James Dupre actually plays a chainsaw as an instrument during the song, including a chainsaw solo. When played live he would chop things up on stage during this number.
  • M.I.A.'s "Steppin Up" kicks off with a sample of a chainsaw.
  • One of the songs on The Ramones debut album is "Chainsaw", which was inspired by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, complete with a power saw opening the song.
  • Ke$ha's second 'Take it Off' video has one that shoots lasers.
  • Used as an instrument and stage prop by Finnish punk rocker Maukka Perusjätkä.
  • Miss Construction's "Slaughterhouse"- I bring the chainsaw, you bring the knife. I bring the chainsaw, you bring your wife. I bring the chainsaw, let's have some fun. I bring the chainsaw, I kill the fucking bitch.
  • Evelyn Evelyn's autobiographical monologue "The Tragic Events of September Part 1" describes how, when the Conjoined Twins were born, the doctor attempted to separate them with a chainsaw, accidentally killing their father in the process.
  • Family Force Five has a song named "Chainsaw". It's about how awesome using a chainsaw is.
  • The Band Perry has the appropriately titled song "Chainsaw", about a scorned woman cutting down a tree that she and her ex-boyfriend had carved their names into to show their everlasting love.
  • Yuzuki Yukari has "Goodbye Chainsaw, KurageP. It's a song about Yukari solving problems with a really cool chainsaw.
  • "POWER OFF! POWER ON!" from Um Jammer Lammy and its soundtrack album Make It Sweet! is about the joys of chopping down every tree in sight with chainsaws.
  • "The Saw is the Law" by Sodom is about a Serial Killer who dispatches his targets with a chainsaw.
  • The cover art of Dismember's album Massive Killing Capacity has a mecha duel-wielding chainsaws.
  • "Pleasure to Kill" by Kreator has a zombie on a rampage, presumably using a chainsaw according to one lyric — "Listen now to the motor of my chainsaw."
  • The song "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" by The Radiators (US) (named for the movie)—in the early days, they'd start up an actual chainsaw when performing the song live. (Which got them thrown out of a club or two.)


  • In the Cool Kids Table game Creepy Town, the torture cabin has a chainsaw in it that the killer activates to kill Ethan.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Games Workshop games:
    • In Warhammer 40,000:
      • For the Imperium, the chainsword is a ubiquitous close combat weapon, especially among the Astartes. The Space Wolves are fond of chainaxes, Terminator armor is often equipped with chainfistsnote , the Sisters Repentia of the Adepta Sororitas use huge two-handed chainswords. These weapons' adamantium teeth have monomolecular edges, all the better to cut through enemy armor, especially since power and force weaponsnote  are in relatively short supply due to the Imperium's technological limitations.
      • Chaos forces, especially the Heretic Astartes, use chain weapons for essentially the same reasons, although theirs are usually much nastier in form and function. Khorne Berserkers wield chainaxes almost exclusively, as their frenzied Attack! Attack! Attack! nature makes them extremely vicious and there's nothing quite like a weapon that can bash your opponent's head in and puree him out at the same time, which is why the Space Wolves like them so much also.
      • The Striking Scorpion Aspect Shrine of the Craftworld Aeldari specializes in melee combat, and those fighters wield chainswords that are very effective against Space Marine armor. While they could wield psychically-charged weapons, those are usually reserved for Warlocks and Seers, who concentrate more on psyker powers in combat. This is taken Up to Eleven with the Biting Blade, which is reserved for their Exarchs.
      • For Orks, the thought process for using chain weapons is something like "'Ey, what makes a choppa more killy? Put some spinnin' teef on the edge!" More excessive versions include the 'uge choppas used by Ork Nobz, which if you're using the ones from the Nobz boxed set generally have a chainsaw edge or circular saw of some description at the violent end; the circular saw arms on the Deff Dredd and Killa Kan kits; and the Mek/Meganob-specific killsaw, which is designed to carve open tanks so that the Mek can reuse the parts to build more chainsaws.
      • Imperial Titans are sometimes armed with a Titan Chainfist, which is basically a giant chainsaw the size of a small bus, which they use to punch stuff with. Generally it's used against other titans, but on occasion they are known to punch the poor sap 3 feet from their toes. Khorne Lords of Battle wield massive Great Cleavers, which are massive titan-scaled Chainaxes. Ork Stompas have similarly large chainsaws to Titans, albeit much more crudely designed.
      • Tyberos the Red Wake, a Captain (and possibly Chapter Master) of the Carcharodons wield a pair of weapons called Hunger and Stake. They're essentially a combination of Lightning Claws, Power Fists and Chainfists all into one, with the chainsaws in the palms of the hand like teeth in a shark.
    • Necromunda:
      • As with the wider Warhammer 40,000 setting, chainswords are a popular weapon but their high cost means that they are often only wielded by gang leaders and their most trusted fighters. In 1st and 2nd Edition chainswords were the most powerful of the Common close combat weapons while in 3rd Edition rules for chainswords weren’t introduced until the second Necromunda: Gang War supplement and the release of the Forge World weapon kits.
      • The primary weapon of the Spyrer Matriarch is the chainscythe, a weapon that fits with her techno-Grim Reaper visual theme.
      • Although it had no effect in the rules, the 1st Edition Goliath Leader with meltagun model has replaced his traditional mohawk with a chainsaw blade, something the 3rd Edition models give a Shout-Out to with the inclusion of a similarly designed mohawk as an option on the Goliath plastic sprue.
      • The background for Pit Slaves makes mention of the legendary pit fighter Harkan Vore, who had a chainsaw replacing his lower jaw.
      • During the 1st and 2nd Editions of the game, Redemptionist Crusades were the only gang who had access to Evisorators, massive two-handed chainsaws popular with religious fanatics throughout the Imperium.
    • It's not just the grim darkness of the future that loves its chainsaws, the Rending Sword from Warhammer Quest and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay was a semi-sentient sword with a set of razor-sharp whirling sawteeth on its blade. A great weapon for chewing up a Chaos Warrior's flesh and armour. Speaking of Chaos, one property a Daemon weapon can get is Chainsword, which is an oil-sputtering, armor-piercing engine of destruction
    • Games Workshop loves their chainsaws as Blood Bowl has the Goblin team's Loonie carrying around a chainsaw as do certain All-Stars. The chainsaw's great for taking down an opponent, but it's an illegal weapon that referees can suspend and there's a chance you could gut yourself on it.
    • Finally there's Chainsaw Warrior, where you are a cyborg super-soldier trying to fight through a New York city tower to stop the Darkness. The Chainsaw Warrior can carry a variety of guns and melee weapons, but his strongest unlimited use weapon is his chainsaw which gives a huge bonus to combat and can cut through certain traps. In the sequel Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of Night, the main man can have several varieties of chainsaws, including a diesel-fuelled chainsaw and a stone-cutting industrial saw.
  • The kinder and gentler Mutant Chronicles also loves chainsaws in the future. Capitol Sergeants have chain swords. Brotherhood Inquisitors have flamethrowers with chainsaw bayonets. And Legion has guys with chainsaw halberds.
  • In Rifts, Armor-shredding Chainsaws are a favorite weapon of the chemically-augmented Juicer Warriors.
    • Thanks to the Mega-Damage combat system, those chainsaws CAN slice through a tank. The fact that the preferred model among Juicers has teeth virtually honed to the molecule, and that your average Juicer can bench press a grown bull, may be a factor in this as well. Anti-tank chainsaws wielded by suicidal-steroid-freak-supersoldiers are not among the top 40 weirdest things in Rifts. Which tells you something of what you need to know...
    • And while the books note that strictly speaking a chainsaw isn't a very practical weapon even in the hands of a colossal Juicer or Titan Juicer (that is, while stupidly deadly, they're still extremely clumsy in use), they admit that the potent symbolism and intimidation factor is the real reason they see widespread use among Juicers; entire Coalition brigades have run in terror at the sight of a mere handful of chainsaw-wielding Juicer shock troopers.
  • In Unknown Armies, melee weapons deal +3 damage per quality they have—sharp, heavy, and/or two-handed. Among the examples mentioned, chainsaws give a + 9 damage bonus in melee, the highest in the game. As do katanas.
  • There is a Chainsword (a unique magic sword that's a cross between a sword and a chainsaw, described in DRAGON Magazine #132) in AD&D.
  • Cyberpunk 2020 has the Husqvarna Chainripp - a chainsaw which you can install into your bionic arm.
  • Dragonmech, a steampunk take on a d20 fantasy world, has as part of the new "steam tech" chatterswords, which in addition to 2d6 damage can inflict a bit more damage later on as the victim's own movement rips open their wounds. Then there's the terrifying buzzaxe, which does 2d8 damage.
  • Munchkin has the card called Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. It's Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Exalted characters are well known for their daiklaves. How do you go one better? With a chainklave. It's not just a chainsaw's a magical chainsaw sword about the size of a man. Unsurprising, really, since Exalted actually has a Rule of Cool game mechanic.
    • The Alchemicals have the Gyroscopic Chakram, the signature weapon of the Thousand-Wounds Gear Style. It can only be described as the bastard offspring of Captain America's shield and a table saw.
    • A canonical form of chainklave, the autoklave, appears in the appendix to Shards of the Exalted Dream. Apparently they're popular in, surprise surprise, Autochthonia, as well as every Shard except Burn Legend.
  • Averted in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG. They do acknowledge the desire to use them given their prevalence in horror movies, and they deal great damage, but they are dangerous. If you roll a Critical Failure, you'll hit yourself.
  • Mutant Chronicles, has a chainsaw attachment for various firearms called a "Chain Bayonet." There's a picture of one on an Ahhnold-style Minigun that might as well have the word manly stamped on it.
  • d20 Modern has the Decapitator, which is essentially a Vorpal Chainsaw, and the Chain Saw of the Psycho, which is an enhanced-damage weapon that inflicts negative levels on good-aligned users.
  • In GURPS chainsaws do more damage than any other melee weapon. Unfortunately, they're terribly difficult to use.
  • Both versions of The World of Darkness grant chainsaws terrible accuracy penalties... but if you can land that hit, they deal great damage.
  • Even Dungeons & Dragons has gotten in on this trope. With the second Adventurer's Vault sourcebook, anyone who wields a Heavy Blade, Axe or Polearm can find a Fleshgrinder version, a demon-developed magical weapon that the text and sidebar make clear is a chainsaw-bladed version of the greatsword, battleaxe, scythe, glaive or whatever's appropriate.
  • Call of Cthulhu gives a chainsaw the equivalent of an impale (where a stabbing weapon hits something vital) but in this case it removes a limb.
  • Shadowrun doesn't list chainsaws among its normal weapons, but a note in the Breaking and Entering gear section says that you can use a chainsaw in close combat, and it deals horrific amounts of damage, but it is extremely unwieldy. In the 3rd edition, the Cannon Companion included chainsaws, and, oddly, it was roughly comparable to a katana in terms of general damage output. Looks like katanas really are just better.
    • The 5th Edition supplement Run & Gun introduces the Ash Arms Combat Chainsaw and a monofiliment version. While the fluff mentions that users are more likely hack off their own limbs, mechanically they're some of the best melee weapons available, with average accuracy, good reach, high damage, and some of the best armor penetration; the drawback being that you can't apply your strength to damage, and as an "exotic" melee weapon, it requires putting skill points directly into it's use.
  • Hong Kong Action Theatre lists the chainsaw as just one of the Improvised Weapons a character can wield. It does a fixed 100 points of damage rather than being reliant on Muscle like most other melee weapons, but it's also got the biggest Speed penalty out of all the weapons of the game, meaning you're not going to get a lot of Actions with the sucker. But if you want to recreate the final showdown from Tiger On The Beat, what's stopping you?
  • Mekton represents this with the Armour Piercing upgrade. The standard Saw item has a low Weapon Accuracy, to represent its clumsiness. However, the weapon construction system in Mekton Plus offers no obstructions beyond price/space considerations to building a chainsword that could be used by a particularly agile Impossibly Graceful Giant for fencing.
  • In Battlemachines chainsaws are one of the satisfyingly destructive weapons that you can arm a mech with. This is taken to new heights with Carman Skiric, whose personal mech has no less than four chainsaws, and if he hits with one of them, the rest will hit automatically.
  • BattleTech and MechWarrior Dark Age allow players to field IndustrialMechs that use civilian gear as weapons. The Forestry and Logger Mechs carry what can only be described as giant Mech-scale chainsaws, which they can use very effectively for cutting down trees or carving up opponents. Said saws are the size of the host Mech's leg. Just have a look at the thing.
    • 'Mech-sized saws subvert the trope a bit as their anti-armor damage doesn't really compare that well to even that of a simple hatchet except on 'Mechs so light that they probably don't bother to mount them on account of the saws' weight and bulk. However, by the rules a unit equipped with one can reduce even a dense forest hex notionally thirty meters across to mere "rough terrain" with few if any trees left standing in at most forty seconds — half that if a second such unit helps out.
    • It also does a fine job of tearing down buildings, doing a minimum of 7 damage and up to 12 damage against any kind of building. A single chainsaw-equipped unit can reduce a hardened bunker 30 meters across to so much rubble in as little as 90 seconds and can cut bridge supports inside 30 seconds, enough such that even the toughest bridge would be unable to support heavy units trying to cross it.
    • The game also has the Dual-Saw, which is a paired set of circular saws that are built to cut rock. They're more effective against mech armor than chainsaws (though still not a terribly effective weapon).
  • In Paranoia, the standard peripherals for docbots include surgical chainsaws. Please hold still, citizen.
  • In Sine Requie Templar characters can wield Expiators, which are basically chainswords inscribed with verses from the Bible. They are among the close combat weapons that cause the gravest wounds.
  • Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space has extremely simplistic rules for melee weapon damage which, as the game cheerfully points out, make chainsaws among the most dangerous melee weapons possible... for all the good that does. Given the source material, combat is generally discouraged, and numerous opponents have access to ranged attacks that deal instant death on a good roll, deflectable by spending Story Points.
  • A two-handed +1 chainsaw can be gained as loot during the Pathfinder adventure path "Iron Gods", and is even being wielded by the character on the cover of the second book. In-book art for volumes three to six depicts it being wielded by iconic barbarian Amiri, who has never met a BFS she didn't like.
  • For the D20 system, 1001 Science Fiction Weapons contains a whole chapter on powered saw weapons. Usually powered by energy cells like most other EnhancedArchaicWeapons, however they have the option of the clumsy combustion engines. They come in various forms, the exact details of which are left to the GM/players imaginations, but include a normal chainsaw designed as a tool, a single-handed circular saw which can be swung or used a quatar, or similar saws on the ends of staves. The double-ended staff is intended to be marketed to space barbarians and heavy metal bassists.
  • The Vampire: The Eternal Struggle CCG game has "Talbot's Chainsaw," a magical chainsaw that turns the equipped minion into a combat monster. The drawback is that the minion must attack another minion each turn or do damage to himself.
  • Mechanical Dream from Steamlogic is a Canadian rpg set on a reality-warping planet almost the size of Jupiter. It's undergoing an Industrial Revolution with steampunk technology. As such quite a few chainsaw-like weapons exist. These include the mechanical saw, the Real Mechanical Saw, the grindsword and its uglier cousin the goresword which are all powered by a special fruit! Additionally for the Judicator class, they have the Judicator Blade which is can develop the powers Gnasher and Rend to make the Judicator Blade into chainsaw.

  • Even Cirque du Soleil's Mystère plays with this trope for laughs. Brian Le Petit tries to get a man out of a locked wooden crate with a chainsaw. The emcee stops him; Brian begins to shoo him away with the threat of a Groin Attack — and then the power runs down...

    Theme Parks 
  • Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Studios parks go all out with this trope. HHN Orlando has the long running Chainsaw Drill Team who roam the park grounds scaring guests while HHN Hollywood has the pigmasked lackeys from Saw performing the same function and running visitors out of the park at the end of the night in the "Chainsaw Chaseout". They also appear in the hands of the "scareactors" in their haunted houses.
  • Sideshow Bob wields a sawblade against the protagonists in The Simpsons Ride.

  • LEGO:
    • The Ice Planet theme had ORANGE TRANSPARENT CHAINSAWS. Notably these were available long before standard solid-gray ones were introduced.
    • Later runs have also had solid-grey buzzsaws.
    • Later in BIONICLE, Onua Nuva had Quake Breakers that were essentially these. They also doubled as all-terrain treads.
  • The Mobile Suit In Action!! figure of Mobile Fighter G Gundam's Lumber Gundam (Grizzly Gundam in North America) came with a chainsaw accessory - even though it never used one in the anime - because why not?
  • As part of their Mobile Support Goods (MSG) model kit lineup, Kotobukiya has a WORKING small chainsaw (Weapon Unit MW 26, Dynamic Chainsaw) for their other plamo, like the Frame Arms and the Frame Arms Girls (and is also compatible with Bandai's Gunpla). It has a fully articulated belt made of linked individual teeth, comes with a spring-powered windup motor, and can be outfitted with the battery-powered Gimmick Kit Motor. Of course, the tiny polystrene chainsaw teeth are both too blunt and too soft to really be much of a danger to your fingers (unless you get pinched between the teeth due to carelessness). Video Review link here.

    Video Games 
  • The Bloodborne DLC The Old Hunters adds the Whirligig Saw, a circular saw on a stick, to its already crazy arsenal. It can either be thrusted into mooks spinning until they die or your stamina runs out, or swung around like an axe. It's as awesome as it sounds.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has the Ancient Bladesaw, which is a laser chainsaw with a hilt. It has one of the highest damage ratings out of all two-handed weaponry, although some of the parts required to make them are hard to come by.
  • Aya gets a mini-chainsaw in Mad Father about a third of the way through the game. Unusually for this trope, it's not used to attack enemies. Aya can only break barrels, crates and other weak objects with it, so it's used more to explore the environment and solve puzzles. The titular mad father also gets a chainsaw, only this one's the real deal. Which he'll try to use on Aya in the final part of the game.
  • If there's one series that has a wet spot for chainsaws, that'd be Resident Evil.
    • In Resident Evil 4, there are chainsaw-wielding Ganados that can kill Leon in one hit. (Though it is worth noting that there are many things in RE4 that can kill Leon in one or two hits, especially during boss battles.) Capcom clearly thought the chainsaw was so cool that the limited edition RE4 game controller was a chainsaw, even though the player never uses one in the whole game. Moreover, one piece of official artwork shows the player character being killed with said chainsaw. Just for overkill, the Waterworld level in the Mercenaries mini-game features an exclusive enemy who wields a duel-bladed flaming chainsaw and swings it around nonstop while advancing at decent speed, which will automatically decapitate your character at any opportunity.
    • Chainsaw-wielding enemies also return in Resident Evil 5, and while they are still lethal, there's a chance that they may just deal very high damage to the player instead.
    • Resident Evil: Revelations has Scagdeads, bloated, two-headed (more like two-mouthed, really) Ooze with a giant buzz-saw in place of its right arm. Although its standard swinging attack isn't a one hit kill anymore, it does possess an instant death attack where it will grab the player by his/her legs and then brutally grind them to death on their buzzsaw. This attack has a quick animation windup and is always fatal, even with full health. Despite not being electric or having any machinery in their bodies, the Scagdeads's saws sound like electric buzzsaws. This doesn't stop the Comms. Officer-turned-Scagdead from asserting his humanity, which would be funny except for the extremely creepy way he says it.
    • And then Resident Evil 6 brings us the Ubistvo, a gangly monster that has had its ribcage and right hand merge into an organic chainsaw powered by its heart. The name is Serbo-Croatian for "Murder", and it is very well-named.
    • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is actually the first main series title to avert this in its main story since Resident Evil 4. However, Scagdeads show up in the Raid Mode, so the trope is still at least present. The main story uses This Is a Drill instead this time, to the same effect.
    • Resident Evil 7: biohazard has a chainsaw duel for one of its boss fights. The player has a regular chainsaw, while Jack Baker has what only be described as giant chainsaw scissors.
      Jack: Groovy!
  • True to its source, the games based on Evil Dead films feature a chainsaw as the main melee weapon. Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick ups the ante with an upgraded one with extended guide bar and diamond-tipped cutting chain.
  • Fallout has the Ripper, which is another version of the chainsaw sword, which is used one-handed. In the third game they even name one 'Jack'. It's very... effective, as the trope implies.
    • The Pitt DLC for 3 adds the "Auto-Axe" (with its own unique variants), which scales things up to industrial strength.
    • Fallout: New Vegas adds a regular Chainsaw in addition to the Ripper. Since all melee weapons are considered "silent", the Chainsaw is therefore an amazing weapon for stealth kills (maybe the enemies can't hear you sneaking up on them over the TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY LOUD SOUND OF A CHAINSAW). The Gun Runner's Arsenal DLC allows the Courier to buy chainsaws and attachments that give +50% to condition (they wear out fast), carbide teeth to add +15 to damage (chainsaws ignore armor so this a makes a good thing better), and an alloy frame to decrease weight (from 20 to 12).
    • Lonesome Road, the DLC expansion of New Vegas, adds the Industrial Hand, a cross between a buzzsaw and a Power Fist.
    • The Ripper returns in Fallout 4, sometimes with legendary effects. A Wounding Ripper will pretty much destroy EVERYTHING!
  • Dead Space also has a weapon called the Ripper: it takes it up a notch by being a buzz saw that projects a spinning blade about a foot in front of it. It can then shoot the blade at a distance.
    • Dead Space: Downfall has the Plasma Saw, a more common-looking chainsaw, except that the blade is made of glowing hot plasma.
  • Gears of War features the famous Lancer, an assault rifle with a chainsaw bayonet. Interestingly, while it is as lethal as one might imagine — essentially an instantaneous kill for the poor bastard on the receiving end — it takes time to rev up. The sequel has chainsaw duels. A boss named Skorge wields two chainsaws at the ends of a staff. The chainsaw is a Justified Trope, as it was shown in the Expanded Universe novels that Locust skin is so tough that it often broke the bayonets on the old model of Lancer. Indeed, the Retro Lancer needs a fairly long running start before its bayonet can One-Hit Kill an enemy in-game. It's also mentioned in the novels that Gears have to be careful when slicing with the chainsaw otherwise it could get caught on bone.
    • Gears of War 4 will add the Buzzkill, a heavy weapon that rapid-fires spinning buzzsaws that ricochet off surfaces. Firing one into an enclosed room can easily create Buzzsaw Hell.
  • In Yume 2kki, the collaborative fan tribute to Yume Nikki, the player character Urotsuki's choice weapon is a chainsaw in supplement to Madotsuki's knife in the original game.
  • In Doom, the chainsaw replaces your fists as the Emergency Weapon once you find it, and works quite well as a way to save ammo when dealing with lesser enemies.
    • Extremely badass doomers are known to complete the game without using any weapon other than the chainsaw and, when absolutely needed, the pistol. This is known as Tyson style, preferably done on ultra violence (UV Tyson).
    • Touching on the Awesome, but Impractical angle, an ex-forestry worker points out that the marine left the safety cutout intact.
    • Doom's successor, Quake, doesn't give you the chainsaw, but does give the weapon to the Ogres as a melee weapon against you.
    • The Quake II Mission Pack Ground Zero introduces the Chainfist, which can kill an unarmored player in one or two swings and has unlimited ammo.
    • While the chainsaw was eventually reintroduced in a number of quasi-official mods for Quake, the default melee weapon in Quake III: Arena was the gauntlet, a wrist-mounted circular saw. Along with Quake's nailgun, this raises the question of which powertool Id will weaponize next.
      • The game would yell "Humiliation!" to all players whenever someone scored a kill with it (except the killer, who hears "Gauntlet!" as they score a Medal for a Gauntlet Kill).
    • The chainsaw makes a return in Doom 3. It's one of the best weapons to use when you're in Berserk mode. As to why there are chainsaws on Mars, a log you can read in-game mentions a delivery error. Somewhere on Earth is a group of lumberjacks wondering what to do with their shipment of jackhammers.
    • In Doom 2, a chainsaw is the first weapon you receive. It's about 10 feet from where you start the game. If you think to look there.
    • Unreal Tournament paid homage to Doom with the pickup message: "It's been five years since I've seen one of these."
    • In Doom, the Roguelike, the chainsaw makes an appearance. It has the effect of a berserk pack the first time you pick it up, with the pickup message "BLOOD! BLOOD FOR ARMOK, GOD OF BLOOD!" It is absolute murder in the hands of a proper melee build, and is particularly powerful when modded for damage and the player is berserked.
    • In DOOM (2016) the chainsaw now kills any enemy you use it on in one hit, but each use consumes fuel. Chainsaw fuel is quite rare, and bigger enemies require more fuel to take down, the biggest requiring all of your fuel. Its presence on Mars is explained as being imported by a black market for unusual weapon enthusiasts.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey has a chainsaw weapon, with a chance to inflict the fear ailment if you perform a regular attack with it.
    • Shin Megami Tensei IV has the Chainsaw return. This time, however, it can inflict instant death on whatever it hits (which, naturally, will always exclude bosses).
  • Persona 5 gives us a hilarious version of this trope. Within Shin Megami Tensei history, there is a chance a Fusion Dance between two demons/personas could go awry. This leads to humorous scenes enough, but Persona 5 ups the ante in this regard: if a fusion accident happens (with the fusion taking the form of an execution), your two assistants, Caroline and Justine, will break out a huge freakin' chainsaw to lop off the demon's head! Seriously, the results need to be seen to be believed.
  • Tremulous has a human weapon called the Painsaw, a chainsaw with a blade made of electricity.
  • .hack//G.U. has angsty Anti-Hero Haseo Dual Wielding short swords (some which are mini-chainsaws, some have spikes on them), a Sinister Scythe and, because he is cool enough, a big Chainsword. In fact, he tries to be so cool he cuts off an opponent's head during a skirmish. That all happens in the Virtual World, so he can do it as many times as he wants with impunity. It's just a game after all.
  • Phantasy Star Online has a hidden weapon known as the Chain Sawd, which is a lightsaber-toothed chainsaw BFS. In practice it's not as effective as the trope would indicate, but its HP-steal special, along with the fact that it IS still effective in combat, mean it has a lot of fans.
  • Final Fantasy
    • In Final Fantasy VI chainsaw is Edgar's tool that deals highest physical damage (but to a single enemy and reduced by armor). Despite the name, it normally looks more like a circular saw, except for a random effect in which he also pulls on a hockey mask. This instantly kills a regular enemy, but gives a "MISS" for bosses.
    • In Final Fantasy VII, Vincent's third Limit Break (which is a cross between Jason and FRANKENSTEIN) uses a chainsaw.
      • Barret also has a chainsaw arm attachment as one of his (melee) weapon options. Very reminiscent of Ash Evil Dead and Army of Darkness what with it being a replacement for his actual hand.
    • Ba'Gamnan, a Bangaa Bounty Hunter in Final Fantasy XII wields a chainsaw spear, a long wooden pole with a large ring-shaped saw at the end.
    • In Final Fantasy XV, one category of weapons (usable by Noctis and Prompto) is Machinery, in reference to Edgar and his tools above. Sure enough, one of them is a Circular Saw.
  • In Dead Rising, although it's one of the best all-around melee weapons in the game, being incredibly powerful without the extreme clumsiness of weapons like the sledgehammer, and possessing dangerous 360 degree spin and charging attacks, the chainsaw is too heavy and clumsy to store in your inventory, has to be started up before use, and its fuel supply only lasts a fairly short time after starting. The game also features a smaller, slightly weaker, but far more portable version... which, barring the Infinity +1 Sword, is commonly recognized as the best overall weapon in the game.
    • While there is a slightly more powerful weapon than the small chainsaw, it suffers from Breakable Weapons just like everything else; however, the game's durability increasing power-ups for weapons can be applied to the small chainsaw more than any other weapon in the game, turning the small chainsaw into the game's Disc-One Nuke (relatively speaking, since the game's still crazy hard even with this exploit).
    • The sequel takes this further, with a zombie-killing reality game show were the climax involves riding through hordes of the undead with motorcycle-mounted chainsaws. And that's just at the beginning of the game. You may later have double chainsaws mounted on a kayak paddle (which is just the cover art example).
  • In the Fighting Game Time Killers, the 21st-century fighter Rancid uses a chainsaw as a weapon.
  • In Freedom Wars, the EZ Falke II is a light melee weapon taking the form of a chainsword.
  • The chainsaw weapons in Silent Hill are generally useful weapons . . . except they're all New Game+-only. The first game's protagonist, Harry Mason, holds his forward when in ready stance, meaning some enemies will just run right into it (Though not as many as with the Rock Drill, since he holds the saw lower and thus enemies that do a leaping attack are still problematic). James from the second game is not smart enough to do this; he holds his chainsaw to the side, meaning to actually do damage he has to swing or thrust with it. As well, if he gets hit he's stunned out of it and has to rev the thing up again... Which he'll likely get hit again trying to do... The Lying Figures' attack pattern and the tendency of ankle-biting Creepers to share a room with other enemies nudge this one towards Difficult, but Awesome. Fun Fact: it's too blurry to see in-game, but the chainsaw as it appears from SH2 onward has the word "BADASS" written down the bar. Yes, really!
  • Wild ARMs 4 has an anti-tank chainsaw. Considering it shreds a train cart to itty-bitty pieces and overkills your characters many times beyond their max Hit Points, it likely does what its name implies. It avoids the usual depiction of the chainsaw though; the character that wields it is one of the slowest bosses in the game, and he needs to waste one turn to start up the chainsaw every time he uses it.
  • Heavy Metal FAKK2 lets Julie wield the mighty chainsword. Unfortunately, you can't use it with the game's Dual Wielding / Guns Akimbo system. Plus, the damn thing gorged fuel like crazy.
  • The chainsaw found in Serious Sam has its fuel problem Handwaved by the existence of an advanced fuel cell. There is also a type of enemy mook that uses chainsaws.
  • The Assault Blade weapon in Super Robot Wars Original Generation is a Humongous Mecha-sized Chainsword. Quite a number of mecha feature it as a weapon, even the cute Elegant Gothic Lolita Fairlions. In the Original Generations Videogame Remake, Ryusei uses the ART-1, a mecha armed with chainsaw tonfas. In MX, the Garmraid has buzzsaws for knees.
    • In SRW Z, the Gunleon carries a pair of chainsaws on its shoulders, which it can use in combat to brutal effect, as demonstrated when, upon scoring a Dynamic Kill with them, it stabs both into the target and then tears it in half. (And this is one of the least mind-blowing things it does.)
      • Just in case you missed/forgot it in that surge of craziness there: Gunleon does Chainsaws Akimbo.
  • The Grand Theft Auto series between Vice City and Chinatown Wars has a couple of chainsaws scattered around the map. As the guns dealer from San Andreas would say: "works best in a crowded area".
    • Vice City features it in a revenge mission and gives out other Shout Outs to Scarface (1983).
    • Fittingly, one was in an out of the way hick-like town.
  • While not precisely a chainsaw, the video games Half-Life 2 and Half Life 2: Episode 2 provide a saw blade that can be launched at enemies using the gravity gun, nicely slicing them in half.
    • The Manhacks (think flying, homing circular saws), which you can grab in place with the gravity gun and slice into enemies with.
  • In the game Armored Core-For Answer, there exists a number of Arms Forts which act as the main adversaries, which include a six-legged aircraft carrier, a giant hydrofoil...and a gigantic tank named Cabracan that has 4 multi-story chainsaw blades on the front!
  • In Ninja Gaiden II for the 360, one type of enemy is a zombie with a chainsaw for one arm and a cannon for another. Ya rly.
  • In the old adventure game Maniac Mansion, you can find a chainsaw in the house but there is no fuel to make it run. In Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders you find a can of gas ("For chainsaw use only!") in a locker on Mars as an in-joke, with the player character refusing to pick it up because "It's for another game".
  • In Disgaea 3, Ax-Crazy Princess Sapphire threatens to open Mao's heart with a chainsaw to save Almaz from being turned into a demon.
  • Paul Chuck from Um Jammer Lammy has a song about cutting a tree down with a chainsaw, and how his chainsaws are better than those of his rival, Joe Chin.
  • Another Circular Saw Good example: the serrated metal discs in Dwarf Fortress, which are used in weapon traps. Each disc hits three times per trap activation, and each trap can hold up to ten weapons, so an enemy stepping on a trap entirely loaded out with discs will be hit 30 times by spinning discs in the blink of an eye. Entertainingly, their usage usually triples the amount of dumping required to get rid of each goblin, because of the small body pieces scattered everywhere.
  • A new class in Atlantica Online uses chainsaws, despite the modern chainsaw not having been invented until the early 20th century — there were chainsaws earlier, but they were quite different from the device we know and love today — and the game seeming to take place in the 19th century at the latest. This only adds to the already bubbling Anachronism Stew of the setting.
    • The Chainsaw person has ridiculously high stats, save for Dexterity, and can only be made by someone with a level 100 character already made.
  • The Aqua Teen Hunger Force golf game, Zombie Ninja Pro-Am, features a chainsaw pickup on certain levels. While it is slow and unwieldy, it does a lot of damage.
  • Madworld more or less eats this trope for breakfast. The main character has a mechanized arm with a retractable chainsaw built into it. The first miniboss carries a giant dual-bladed chainsaw, which you can pick up as a weapon of your own after you beat the game at least once. Revolving buzzsaw blades are a common environmental weapon. Some of the tougher gangmembers in the Downtown stage carry chainsaws. The Shogun boss uses a Blade on a Stick that consists of a huge staff with two massive buzzsaws at either end. And then there's Kojack, who also has a retractable arm-chainsaw.
  • This is the signature weapon of Mika from the Daiku no Gensan video game series — better-known in the US as Hammerin' Harry. The manual for Hammerin' Hero even mentions that her nickname is "Chainsaw Mika"... despite the fact that she actually uses a fan in that game. The cover art has a nice picture of her using a chainsaw, though.
  • There's a chainsaw in Survival Crisis Z. However, it's one of the worst weapons in the game, only slightly above the knife. It inexplicably doesn't require fuel, but it's clumsy, not particularly damaging, and you have to get in close, easily allowing the Infected and zombies to mob you, or counterattack if you don't line it up right. Even low-end guns like the revolver or SMG are better than it if you have the choice.
  • Cube chainsaw is mostly there to serve as your Emergency Weapon in the single-player modes, although it is more damaging than the pistol and has enough range to serve as a semi-useful crowd clearing weapon if you're out of grenades or rockets.
  • In Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, the PTX-class Vital Suit has one of these mounted to its left arm.
  • Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia gives one of these to the Wrench Wench, Krusche.
  • The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai features a chainsaw used like a heavy sword. It's not used to cut through enemies, only to hack and slash at them, though cutting through an enemy is an optional finishing move. There's also an especially relentless miniboss, the Cyborg Pumpkinhead, who cackles maniacally and barrels at you, rapidly and dextrously swinging a very large chainsaw about. He stops periodically to rev it back up again, and that should be the only time a player would risk getting near him, Teleport Spam or no.
    • In the sequel The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, Yuki gets her arm cut off early in the game and replaces it with a chainsaw that can also turn into a chaingun or a shotgun. Also, the cyborg pumpkinhead enemy shows up again, this time downgraded to a recurring enemy, but still wielding his chainsaw. Yuki can have chainsaw duels with him.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 features a chainsaw. It doesn't have infinite-use (has a gas tank), but you can just hold the fire button down and walk forward and wipe out everything in your path. The character wielding the chainsaw will also taunt appropriately as they lay waste to the horde. The player will inevitably be cackling maniacally as they do so.
    • And it does pretty heavy damage to everything. Even a Tank; you can kill him in about 5 seconds if you can stay close that long. And if you still have gas left in it by then. One of the game's "Mutations" involves all the players having no weapons except for chainsaws with unlimited fuel.
  • Splatterhouse 2 is the only game in the Splatterhouse series to date to feature a chainsaw as a weapon.
    • That Rick gets to use, in any case. The infamous "Biggy Man" boss from the original game has two chainsaw blades in place of his hands.
  • There are logger-bot enemies in Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier with chainsaws. A boss, the Uber-Bot 888, comes with circular saws about the size of Jak's torso.
  • Bayonetta features dynamic, special kills called Torture Attacks. When killing the angel Harmony with a Torture attack, Bayonetta jumps onto its back and produces a huge demonic chainsaw out of nowhere, which she proceeds to cleave the enemy in half with. She then retains this chainsaw as a pick-up weapon. Until it breaks (as all pick-up weapons do), it's the strongest weapon in Bayonetta's arsenal. (The only downside is, it's slow.) It'll even cleave apart an Ardor or two in just a few swings. If she manages to keep it until the end of the current chapter, she gets extra Arcade Bullets for Angel Attack.
    • In Bayonetta 2 Rodin breaks his promise to not attach chainsaws on Bayo's arm and sells you Salamandra — chainsaws that you can equip on your arms AND your feet.
  • With infinite ammo and no reloading, the chainsaw in Alien Swarm is a great weapon, especially for characters with a melee bonus. It's also used as a quick way to open doors, essential in Speedruns.
  • Super Meat Boy eschews Spikes of Doom (found in every other Platform Hell) in favor of Buzzsaws Of Doom. Dr. Fetus also favors using chainsaws with some of his Humongous Mechas, generally in the boss levels.
  • The GUN Military Truck in Modern City Escape from Sonic Generations is equipped with three circular saws.
  • Sengoku Basara, as usual, throws out historical accuracy for Rule of Cool and Rule of Fun. The latest installment gives us Muneshige Tachibana, a noble and just samurai who might just be the game's Only Sane Man… who happens to be armed with dual lightning chainsaws. It is every bit as awesome to see (and dangerous to fight) as it sounds.
  • A Chainsaw is a regular fixture in the SaGa series:
    • The instant-kill Chainsaw is extremely powerful Makai Toshi SaGa (aka The Final Fantasy Legend): while intended to work only on low-level enemies and not bosses, a bug in the code makes it do the exact opposite, which leads to a rather anticlimactic final battle. This was also incorporated into an axe in Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song (it turns into a chainsaw). The aforementioned final battle even gets a mention as a story in the Library.
    • The Bilqis technique (Fury of Bel'kwinith) actually uses the same stat as the Saw (Agility) in Makai Toshi SaGa. However it will not insta-kill certain enemies/bosses, mostly because of their immunity to instant death and LP damage skills.
    • In SaGa 2 (aka Final Fantasy Legend II), you can first obtain the Chainsaw midway through the game. It's an equippable weapon which kills any one mook instantly. Depending on how you plan your stat growth, it continues to be effective all the way to the final dungeon.
  • In Scarface: The World Is Yours, the chainsaw is indeed the most powerful weapon, able to one-hit-kill targets and sever extremities. The same also applies if used against Tony by enemies. Hear a chainsaw? Run. They will catch you and decapitate you faster then you can reload.
  • In Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga, chainsaws are one of the numerous weapon types.
  • Killing Floor gives us Chainsaw Good and Chainsaw Bad: the melee-specialist Berserker class can use and get discounts on the chainsaw, which is easily the best melee weapon in the game, dishing out hideous amounts of damage in short order. However, the flip side of this is the enemy Specimen type known as the Scrake, who resembles a psychotic surgeon clad in a butcher's apron with a chainsaw in his forearm. He happens to be one of the most lethal types of Specimen.
  • In Jables's Adventure, the first boss is the lumberjack, Lumber Jacques, who attacks you with his mighty chainsaw.
  • Chainsaw Man in Mega Man fangame Hard Hat 2: War Ensemble doesn't use mere chainsaws. He uses explosive chainsaw missiles, which you can acquire for yourself.
  • Lollipop Chainsaw has a cheerleader wielding a pimped out chainsaw that could cut through adamantium.
  • David and his nemesis Judgement from Battle Arena Toshinden 3 fight with chainsaws.
  • Car Battler Joe's weaponized cars can use these.
  • The first Hunter: The Reckoning game included a chainsaw. It's a terribly devastating weapon and the most effective tool against the Final Boss, but not for the obvious reason: it can cut through the boards over the windows, allowing the sunlight to destroy the master vampire.
  • Die2Nite has chainsaws. They're about as powerful as you'd expect, but come with some hefty drawbacks. First of all, they're an extremely rare item that most towns will be lucky to find a single one in their entire existence. Secondly, they are found broken and need several parts to fix up. Lastly, they have limited uses and need batteries (thankfully, a very common item) to power them.
  • A chainsaw is one of BLOODCRUSHER II's possible starting melee weapons
  • The Rip-Saw in WildStar serves a dual-purpose, being a shield and a massive, monster-munching circular saw.
  • The Sawtooth Sword in Lemegeton is actually an unpowered chainsaw. "Unpowered" meaning it works like most other swords.
  • Infinite Crisis introduces an Atomic Wonder Woman from a ravaged world all but destroyed by nuclear warfare. Her weapon is a chainsaw tied to a long metal pole.
  • In Borderlands, Psycho enemies wield buzzsaw axes, though these are usually left unpowered. In Borderlands 2, however, Krieg, the playable Psycho character, has a buzzsaw axe that is both powered and can potentially be loaded with dynamite, making it a fusion of this and Stuff Blowing Up.
  • In PlanetSide, Terran Republic infantry get a knife with a built-in chainsaw as a melee weapon - in the first game it's very loud when spun up for a stab attack, though the sequel makes it much more quiet, with the loud activated mode reserved for the One-Hit Kill-capable "Ripper" knife.
  • In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, quadruped robot LQ-84i carries a chainsaw on its back, which it picks up and swings around with its long prehensile tail to devastating effect (as do its cheaper, non-sentient knockoffs). It sadly loses this when it's rebuilt into the recon-focused Blade Wolf. Khamsin's Mini-Mecha also carries around a giant axe with a chainsaw blade. Both these chainsaws quite literally clash in the Blade Wolf DLC, resulting in a lot of Sword Sparks and grinding.
  • While most of the mecha in Sunrider are armed with swords or Laser Blades for melee combat, the Havoc is armed with a gigantic chainsaw.
  • In Amateur Surgeon, a chainsaw is used by the main character as a makeshift bonesaw.
  • One of the weapons in Cel Damage is a chainsaw.
  • The little-known Xbox game Whacked! has a commercial for a toy called "My First Chainsaw", showing a baby revving up a chainsaw. The Christmas Tree map even has a box of said toy.
  • The most expensive purchasable weapon from the Nightmare Vending Inc. in A Nightmare on Elm Street (PC) is a chainsaw. It grants you an ability to go though walls until it breaks.
  • The chainsaw in Zombieville USA kills quickly at close range and stuns them as long as you are attacking.
  • Unturned is a Wide Open Sand Box Zombie Apocalypse Survival Horror title, so of course it has a chainsaw. It's noisy and individual hits are weak but it attacks very quickly when you hold the button. Unturned gives it a special power rarely seen in video games: its intended purpose of cutting wood, which you use in crafting and construction.
  • Broforce is a run and gun game where the player controls affectionate parodies of badass movie characters from the 80s to today. The one of Ash Williams uses his chainsaw as his special attack. Mooks run away screaming in terror at the sight, it deflects bullets back at those who fired them, and is a great way to get through an area in a hurry.
  • SLAI Steel Lancer Arena International has a traditional chainsaw as the melee weapon option for OMSK's кит models of SVs. Kojima one-ups this by supplying their Protons with chainsaw katanas.
  • Rebuild has chainsaws as lootable and usable items. They do give a bonus in combat, but are equally efficient as construction tools... and the best weapons are actually rifles, shotguns or machine guns, meaning their use for killing zombies is limited.
  • Chainsaw is the most effective weapon inYo! Joe! Beat the Ghosts, although unlike other melee weapons it requires fuel.
  • Alisa Bosconovitch from Tekken 6 has a retractable chainsaw hidden in each arm. She uses them in throws and some attacks, and can switch to a chainsaw stance that changes all her attacks to strikes with the chainsaws. However, this stance is difficult to maintain for any amount of time as she'll automatically end it if she blocks or takes damage.
  • In the Acorn Archimedes game DinoSaw, you play as a caveman who mauls dinosaurs with a chainsaw.
  • Phantasy Star Nova has Galation, a gigantic winged machine-beast hybrid unicorn-esque thing. The chainsaws? That's what the wings are made of. There's also one on its tail.
  • In the browser-based game Earn to Die 2: Exodus, the first armour upgrade for all three vehicles brings with it a circular saw mounted on the front. The police car adds a second one poking out of the bonnet like the world's most violent hood ornament, and the van has two small saws mounted on the front instead of one big one.
  • The Hillbilly in Dead by Daylight has a chainsaw as a secondary weapon. The advantage of this is that it causes him to sprint and will instantly down a survivor, but it makes a lot of noise and takes a few seconds to rev up.
  • PAYDAY 2 has the OVE9000 industrial circular saw as a weapon. It's absolutely worthless in a fight, given that it uses limited saw blades that can only be replenished by an ammo bag, and a durable blade will last for about four of the common Mook before wearing out. It is meant to be used as an Utility Weapon, to saw open stationary items such as doors, deposit boxes and ATMs. For the purpose it is intended for, it is efficient. Said purpose just happens not to be direct combat.
    • The Lumber Lite L2 chainsaw comes with the Scarface Character Pack as a melee weapon. Like the OVE saw, it's also considered a poor weapon, though for different reasons. It does 70 damage without a Charged Attack, and charging said attack to full throttle takes a whopping four seconds, and deals 450 damage, leaving you very vulnerable to attack by the police. On top of that, there are other melee weapons that are either more useful than the chainsaw note  or just does the chainsaws job better than it can, Thus ultimately making the Lumber Lite redundant. It also can't be improved by the Sociopath perk deck, a deck specifically aimed at making melee weapons useful. One of Sociopaths perks is that so long as you hit an enemy twice in a second, you get a damage boost for ten times it's normal amount. The Lumber Lite can't do that, as it takes 1.5 seconds to do a single swing. The real kicker is that it's somehow less damaging than Empty Palm Kata, that is to say,; Using kung-fu hand moves on your enemy.
  • If you choose the Revelations route on Fire Emblem Fates, the Avatar's Yato evolves into Omega Yato, a mix of chainsaw and sword once it reunites with the other four legendary weapons. Omega Yato is also Corrin's weapon in their Super Smash Bros. appearances, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Chain Reaction in Skylanders Imaginators dual wields chainsaws.
  • The chainsaw is used fairly realistically in ObsCure II. It's not a weapon, but a tool, meant for cutting through downed trees and other obstacles that lay in your path. It even holds this utility during a boss fight, the player using the chainsaw to cut off a giant plant monster's vine-tentacles when it lays them down on the ground. Jedidiah, on the other hand, uses a chainsaw as his primary weapon — appropriate, given that he's a walking Shout-Out to Leatherface. The final scene where Jedidiah is taken down involves a chainsaw duel between him and Corey straight out of the aforementioned Gears of War (the two games came out the same year).
  • Evil Night, an obscure horror-themed Rail Shooter released for arcades, features zombies resembling Leatherface who attack with drills and weedwhackers. The end boss for the first stage is also a butcher wielding a chainsaw.
  • Haunting Starring Polterguy: In the garage, poltergeist Polterguy can activate a chainsaw a scare the crap out of the family members (mostly main antagonist Vito Sardini, because he hangs around here a lot).
  • Some machine lifeforms in NieR: Automata take advantage of this trope by strapping a circular saw to their torso and rushing you. The building-sized Engels also invoke this trope in a different way by having arms ending in bucket-wheel excavators (which resemble circular saws in design.)
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, after one too many failures, Grynewaht, who was already on the cusp of becoming an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, becomes the target of one of Yotsuyu's supersoldier attempts. This turns him into a hyper-roided, mindless Expy of the Doom Guy, complete with lots of chainsaw (and general sawblade) action.
  • Devil May Cry 5 introduces the Cavaliere as part of Dante's arsenal, a demonic motorcycle than can split off into two giant buzz saws capable of taking down large groups of enemies.

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  • The hyper-novel Sixgun features Abe Lincoln in a chainsaw fencing match. This is not nearly the weirdest thing going on.
  • Version three of Survival of the Fittest had a chainsaw in it, which was used to carve up a student in one particularly gruesome scene, but subsequently abandoned.
    • Version four featured one as well, which ultimately eviscerated the same character who had initially been attempting to wield it.
  • I Am Not Infected features what, in the first shot, appears to be Paul decked out with chainsaws on both arms. Then it turns out to be a "Chainsawsuit" including the aforementioned arm chainsaws, leg chainsaws, and a back chainsaw. It's awesome.
  • In Chapter 18 of Shinji And Warhammer 40 K, NNHIS shows off several mods for the Evas to the pilots and team, among them the IN HIS Name Prog Chainsword and IN HIS Name Mighty Chainaxe. Need more be said?
  • This Left 4 Dead 2 fan-made Fauxtivational Poster.
  • Look a Vlog: Will professes his love for chainsaws in Ep. 2.
  • EVERY TUESDAY, EPIC MEAL TIME! Comin' at you with a chainsaw and a big pile o'meat! If you ain't down with that? THEN YOU AIN'T DOWN WITH COOKING!
  • The Flash cartoon "Forehead Shavecut". "You dodged the bullet, Neo. But now you will die by chainsaw!"
  • In this Muppet web video, a chainsaw is one of the "utensils" the Swedish Chef pulls from hammerspace for carving sapient pumpkins.
  • The logo for James Rolfe's Cinemassacre is a combination between a camera and a chainsaw.
  • Doctor Steel's most popular toy line was the Buzzsaw Baby, a kewpie doll with rotating saw blades for hands.
  • In his playthough of Bro Force, Vegeta's third favourite character seems to be "Chainsaw Hand Guy".
    Hey. Are you guys prepared? Because, I don't think that you were sufficiently warned. 'Cause, uh, today there is a, uh, high chance, probably about a 50 to 80% chance, OF CHAINSAAAAAAAAW! YA-HAHA!
  • This is probably the principle behind Mortasheens mascot, the Chainsaw Kid.

    Western Animation 
  • Ash Williams's wannabe Affectionate Parody Hoss Delgado from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy can turn his hand into a crossbow that shoots FLAMING chainsaws. He also has a chainsaw for a peg-leg in the Underfist movie.
  • South Park: In "Pinkeye", Chef wields dual chainsaws when fighting zombies.
  • In The Batman, Batman wields chainsaw tonfas at one point to fight Poison Ivy's plant monsters.
  • Beast Wars' Dinobot has an angular 'sword' that rotates. It's functionally a chainsaw sword, as proven when he used it to cut Inferno from shoulder down to mid chest. Sparks could be seen flying as the sword gradually cut deeper and deeper into Inferno's body!
  • While it was fairly rarely used, Tanya's Weapon of Choice in The Mighty Ducks is a small chainsaw in her wrist-mounted Omnitool, one of many tools in her armour.
  • Buzzer, one of the Dreadnoks from G.I. Joe, wields a diamond-toothed chainsaw that allows him to cut through ANYTHING, including bank vaults.
  • On SWAT Kats, the Shredder Missile fired by the Turbokat has its front end pop off in flight, revealing it to be a pair of chainsaws with a rocket booster for thrust.
  • In Dexter's Laboratory, while Dexter is picturing Dee Dee destroying his lab in "The Old Switcher-rooms", the first Imagine Spot is his sister with a chainsaw.
  • Played with in American Dad!. Francine has a dream sequence in which Stan threatens her with various objects. At first (or possibly second), he chooses a chainsaw. He changes his mind, walks offscreen, then comes back holding a leopard. Apparently having decided this is not threatening enough, he repeats the act, this time returning with a leopard holding a chainsaw.
  • In Star Wars: Clone Wars, Gennedy Tartovsky joked regarding the offscreen fight with General Grievous that they should put the sound of a chainsaw into the scene. Needless to say, it made it into the scene, and it turns an otherwise terrifying scene into something to laugh about as you wonder where he could have gotten a chainsaw. Hilariously, one of the Jedi waiting on the elevator while this is going on starts frantically hitting the call button faster when he hears it.
  • Rico, the Ax-Crazy penguin of The Penguins of Madagascar, is capable of vomiting up a fully activated chainsaw. As a symbol of his affection, he uses the chainsaw to make an ice sculpture of...a chainsaw.
    Private: Oh, Rico, "chainsaw" is Your Answer to Everything!
  • The Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Die Fly Die" has Beavis trying to kill a fly with a chainsaw.
  • ReBoot, in a Shout-Out to Evil Dead, gave the user character a chainsaw hand. It gets ruined when he tries to cut through a piano.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare" Bart is being stalked by Sideshow Bob and therefore edgy. That night, Homer excitedly bursts into his son's bedroom to show off his brand new chainsaw and hockey mask.
  • In an episode of Codename: Kids Next Door, The Delightful Children From Down The Lane have a mecha that wields flaming chainsaws.
  • In the Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Gift of the Card", the bounty hunter Rasticore Chaosus Disastorvayne wields a chainsaw that can open portals by slashing the air. A Running Gag is that every time he has to start his chainsaw, he has to rev it several times.
  • Mr. Cat and Stumpy from Kaeloo both use chainsaws to destroy everything they can.
  • In The Crumpets, chainsaws are a recurring prop and weapon, like the one(s) wield by Granny for violent use.

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