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"There is just something sexy about a woman with a blaster, too bad my wife doesn't agree to that."

Girls With Guns describes a sub-genre of action media that focuses on strong female leads being awesome with firearms. May or may not involve Heroic Bloodshed. It was developed somewhere in the Hong Kong film industry and has since made itself a genre that is often used in anime. Usually involves gun fights, stunts and martial arts.

Small Girl, Big Gun is a subtrope—Girls With Guns aren't necessarily small, and their guns aren't necessarily big. Yeah-heh.

Compare Superhero Packing Heat and Military Moe. See also The Other Wiki's page on the subject.

Note that this page describes a genre, not a character trope. Individual examples of Girls With Guns go on The Gunslinger.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Bee Train and Koichi Mashimo in particular deserve a special recognition for popularizing the genre with their trilogy:note .
  • Gunslinger Girl (though you should have known that from the title)
    • The title of the intro theme to the image album is "Ragazza Col Fucile" (the trope name (singular), in Italian).
      • More precisely, "girl with a rifle".
    • The series could almost count as a Deconstruction of the genre, with the girls becoming badass Child Soldiers though extreme mental conditioning and Cyborgization, drastically shortening their lifespan to the point that none of them will live to see 18.note  There's a good amount of good old-fashioned ass-kicking, but the series is mostly about playing the premise for all the tragedy it's worth.

    Comic Books 

  • D.E.B.S.. The four girls in the D.E.B.S. squad carry automatic pistols when on duty and get in occasional gunfights with the opposition.
  • The Quick and the Dead has the Lady, who is commonly remarked upon as she's the only woman in the gunfighting tournament.
  • Referenced in Jackie Brown: we don't see the two female leads packing much heat, but in the scene where Ordell is introduced he's watching a video of a woman in a bikini shooting an automatic weapon.
  • Mercenaries is essentially a distaff counterpart to The Expendables and features copious amounts of guns and girls.
  • Bad Girls, about four Wild West prostitutes who are wanted by the law.
  • Bandidas. One of the girls is afraid, and quite rubbish, with guns, and so uses knives; but still uses one at the climax of the movie. The other is definitely a gun kind of girl.
  • Ultraviolet Violet counts with her twin uzis.
  • The North Star, a 1943 war movie, plays this utterly straight with peasant girls Marina and Sophia, who end up as snipers trying to stall the Wehrmacht advance in Ukraine.
  • Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman: The Machine Gun Woman is called that for a very good reason. She effortlessly outshoots every other character in the film.
  • So Close: The movie was an attempt to revive the girls this genre that once attracted fans to Hong Kong cinema from all over the world.
  • Razor Blade Smile features a vampire assassin lady battling the Illuminati, lead by her sire.


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    Video Games 
  • Tomb Raider with Lara Croft often carrying her dual pistols.
  • Girls' Frontline is about you commanding an army of girls who ARE guns.
  • Perfect Dark is a first-person shooter starring a female agent named Joanna Dark who fights aliens.
  • Wet counts with its hot female mercenary Rubi Malone.
  • Mirror's Edge has Faith, a runner who knows how to use guns when she comes across them.
  • No One Lives Forever has Cate Archer a sexy female British Spy.
  • Jurassic Park: Trespasser has Anne who fights dinosaurs with various firearms.
  • Metroid has Samus Aran with her Power Suit and Arm Cannon.
  • Oni has Konoko who is a cyberpunk cop.
  • Bayonetta has the witch protagonist of the same name who dual wields pistols on her hands and even her feet!
  • Bullet Witch has Alicia with her big, transforming long gun.
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy has tough, foul mouthed and snarky Chloe finally getting her own game! Step aside, Nathan Drake, it's Chloe's time to shine for once!
  • Parasite Eve has Aya Brea an NYPD officer who is good with her guns.
  • Tabula Rasa has Sarah Morrison in this short-lived RPG shooter.
  • Fear Effect has Hana, a gun-toting assassin.
  • Devil May Cry has Trish and Lady, Dante's female partners in Demon Slaying.
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 adds a machine gun to Rachel's arsenal.
  • Resident Evil has numerous examples with Jill Valentine and Ada Wong being the most notable ones.
  • Neptunia has Uni the CPU Candidate of Lastation, who utilizes guns in combat.
  • BlazBlue gives us Noel Vermillion, who fights with Guns Akimbo and Gun Kata.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY features this strongly, focusing on four young girls who use hybrid weapons to hunt monsters.

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    Real Life 


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Gunslinger Girl - Henrietta

Henrietta goes berserk in this scene and takes out all the thugs with the help of Rico.

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