Chainsaw Good

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    "Aaah! Chainsaw! The great communicator!"


    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 to their weight, require fuel 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.

    Chainsaws are also 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.[2] The chain also runs the danger of snapping and whipping the user in the process. 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.[3] 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.

    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.

    Examples of Chainsaw Good include:

    Anime and Manga

    • Buccaneer in Fullmetal Alchemist has a Chainsaw Arm style of Automail, though his is actually more realistic than most examples here in function. It consists of a chainsaw that is part of a larger pincer, and allow him to dismantle other Automail limbs. Furthermore, the chainsaw motor is used to keep the Automail warm and prevent frostbite, which is important given that he works in the far north. Also is likely to be handy what with the whole zombie army that shows up in the finale.
      • Which becomes useless when tangled up.
    • In Code Geass, Humongous Mecha with Chainsaw Katanas show up about halfway through season 1. Much asskicking ensues.
    • The Urbanus in Last Exile is a Flying Battleship with massive chainsaw wings.
    • Cars from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure can spring chainsaw-swords from his body.
    • Akutabi Gamma, of Zombie Powder, carries a chainsword as tall as he is. He wields it one-handed. Oddly, he's supposedly one of the greatest swordsmen in the world anyway, which makes you wonder why he needs to carry around an encumbering, gas-guzzling chunk of overkill as well. Outside of the obvious.
    • The School Days OVA Magical Heart Kokoro-chan gives us the Hello Kitty Chainsaw Massacre. Yeah, should've seen that one coming...
    • Metal Armor Dragonar features a Ace Custom mecha that has arm-mounted chainsaws as its melee weapon. Also, they can parry laser swords. And the pilot is the Dark Chick of the Five-Bad Band. Sort of...
    • Wedding Peach. Yes, a Magical Girl show had a chainsaw. It was still no match for The Power of Love, but it had a chainsaw.
    • Head maid Sakurazaka Hazuki in Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu is known for whipping out a chainsaw out of blue.
    • Soul Eater
      • Giriko's weapon form is a chainsaw, which he describes as "a truly traditional evil weapon."
      • One suggestion is that the use of chainsaws in horror films is the reasoning behind the 'truly traditional' comment.
      • He's also one of a few weapons which can wield themselves by turning part way into their weapon form (he usually manifests his chain to act as armour, cut stuff up with his hands and feet treads to move around with).
    • At one point in the A Certain Scientific Railgun spinoff manga, Mikoto uses her electrical powers to materialize a Whip Chainsaw out of nearby iron dust. Yeah.
    • Black Lagoon has Sawyer the Cleaner, a chainsaw wielding Elegant Gothic Lolita. To be fair, it's as much a tool of her trade as much as an instrument of mayhem even though she can apparently deflect bullets with it. What's her trade you ask? She 'cleans' up the many bodies that litter Roanapur by making them... More portable. Occasionally when the bodies are still technically alive in order to give the correct impression to the receivers of the bodies in their portable state.
    • In Kotetsushin Jeeg, the titular Humongous Mecha can equip the "Earth Parts," granting it a pair of chainsaw arms.
    • Grell the grim reaper of Black Butler uses one that he supposedly customised himself. Some might say that it conflicts with the "Victorian" setting, but Black Butler doesn't really pay attention to that kind of thing.
      • To be fair, the word 'chainsaw' is never used, and none of the other characters seem to know what it is.
      • In the French version, it is.
    • In Overman King Gainer, the first important weapon King Gainer gets is the chain gun, a chainsaw sword, and gun all in one package.
    • A set of robotic guard dogs in Ghost in the Shell have chainsaw teeth.
    • The manga series Magic Ban Removal!! Hyde and Closer features a magic teddy-bear that actually fights using a chainsaw that is stuffed inside of him, and its name is the Texas Chainsaw. I wish I was making this up.
    • One of the mecha pilots in Full Metal Panic! uses a chainsaw sword to cut a hasty hole in an airliner to extract a bomb. What,you thought W40k had a monopoly?
    • One of the mechs from Viper's Creed has a chainsaw-rifle combo, a villain's mech in the last episode has two mounted on extra arms.
    • In the manga version of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Unit 02 uses a double-bladed chainsaw against the Angel Armisael.
      • Naturally, it backfires hilariously.
    • In the Kirby anime, King Dedede cuts down a forest with a laser chainsaw.
      • This is only true in the dub to make it less imitable.
        • In other words, because of paranoid and over-protective censorship.
    • Axis Powers Hetalia: America is using a chainsaw for no explained reason, scaring Canada out of complaining about him to his face. He also sported a very Yandere expression with Scary Shiny Glasses. (America didn't mean to threaten him though, he was just being unintentionally scary.)
    • Motorball warrior Armblessed in Battle Angel Alita has a chainsawed-out body.
    • Princess Resurrection's Hime signature weapon is a chainsaw, she even dualwields two chainsaws to fight off the Pharaoh.
    • Saitama Chainsaw Shoujo takes this trope up to eleven with Fumio, a teenage Yandere who learned an American Chainsaw Martial-art from her Texan grandfather. She ultimately faces an Evil Twin of herself who wields an identical chainsaw, leading to a chainsaw duel.
    • Torikabuto is shown to Dual Wield them in one chapter of Katekyo Hitman Reborn. But considering the fact that the main character fights with a pair of woollen mittens and someone else fights with a dining fork, this borders on the mundane.
    • The Patchman uses one once in ARAGO... It made a bit of a mess.
    • Digimon Xros Wars had MadLeomon, who had a chainsaw arm in his "Armed Mode."
    • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: General Cytomander's custom Ganmen, the Shuzack, is fitted with a buzzsaw. It proves largely useless against the favoured weapon of the heroes.
    • Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? deserves mention due to a bright pink chainsaw named Mysteltainn featuring prominently in the course of the show as part and parcel of the resident Magical Girl's outfit and moveset, including the Finishing Move "Mysteltainn Kick."
    • A weapon in Bleach known as Seele Schneider seems to be a cross between a chainsaw and a lightsaber. It's wielded by the very last person you'd expect to have a chainsaw.
    • In the Fairy Tail anime, Gajil's Iron Dragon Sword was changed from an everyday jagged blade to a colossal chainsaw.

    Comic Books


    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 despatches 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.

    Fairy Tales

    • In Spain, the tale of Little Red Ridding Hood didn't end with a brave hunter rescuing the ladies, but with a Woodcutter (he's more likely to carry an axe) In some versions, he's portrayed with a chainsaw.

    Fan Works


    • The first Hostel movie. 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 Chainsaw 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. Not to mention Final Girl (and possibly sole survivor) using one to take Chop Top down in the final scene, doing a victory dance with chainsaw in hand as the end credits start.
    • Ash Williams from the Evil Dead films (pictured above). 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.
      • In Army of Darkness (the 3rd film), Ash apparently no longer needs fuel for his chainsaw, not that he really needs it anymore, since he now has a fully working mechanical hand built with 14th century blacksmith technology. Nothing scientific makes sense in Army of Darkness, as it was much more comical than the previous 2 films.
      • Averted in the self-parody film My Name Is Bruce. When a rabid fan offers Bruce Campbell a chainsaw modelled 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.
    • A less famous, but still Badass use of this trope is in the Hong Kong film 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, one of Tony's friends meets a chainsaw-caused death gruesome enough to have a Gory Discretion Shot used.
    • As lightsabers in Star Wars were justified feasible by scientifically adept fans as chainsaws of high-energy subatomic particles and, hence, classify as chainsaws, swords and Energy Weapons, they may very well qualify as the coolest weapons of all time.
    • 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, woth predictably devastating results. He was then hoist by his own petard, so a possible subversion...?
    • In Bad Taste, the Ax Crazy character Derek (played by director Peter Jackson) gets hold of a chainsaw. Cue much gore and a Crowning Moment of Awesome or two. Cast members Craig Smith and Pete O'Herne admit in a web interwiew that it was an homage to Evil Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
      • Parodied in Braindead (aka Dead Alive), where the protagonist fends off a horde of zombies with a lawnmower.
    • 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 on 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 V: A New Beginning with more succession as the victim manages to get away even though her chainsaw runs out of fuel.
      • Another example would be 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. Ends up Hoist by His Own Petard.
    • Dawn of the Dead - painfully subverted during a high speed zombie car chase. One of the characters accidently looses his grasp of the chainsaw, which cuts into another survivor. This causes their getaway truck to topple over.
    • Open Season - Beavers + chainsaws = Crazy Awesome!
    • Dark of the Sun, based on the Wilbur Smith novel, featured two men in a chainsaw duel.
    • The Wizard of Gore
    • The Last House on the Left
    • Subverted in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. During the Thunderdome fight, Max uses a chainsaw to fight Blaster, but it quickly runs out of fuel before striking anything.
    • 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 VI.
    • Subverted in Pulp Fiction, where Butch is choosing a weapon to use to kill the men who tried to rape him. He grabs a chainsaw, and then stops and instead grabs a katana.
    • The killer in Stage Fright Aquarius manages to kill two victims (splitting first one half horizontally) with a chainsaw until it runs out of fuel.
    • Subverted in the horror-comedy Black Sheep, 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 as his main weapon.
    • 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. Guess how? 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 is escaping their house in |Poltergeist II, 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.


    • 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 you're throwing infected bodily fluids all over the place if you do get it to work, and that the loud noise is just going to attract more zombies.
    • Lieutenant Karrin Murphy in The Dresden Files uses one to down a tree monster. With the added bonus that The Fair Folk really, really don't like being attacked by 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.

    Live-Action TV

    • 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.
    • 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 later replaced with a vertical spinning disc in the 5th wars).
    • Tomica Hero Rescue Force gives us the Rescue Crusher Mantis Mode, which, surprisingly, isn't usually used for slicing up badguys.
    • One episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 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. This trooper thinks 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 new 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.



    • "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 Enfante 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.
    • W.A.S.P. 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 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.

    Professional Wrestling

    • Wrestler Terry Funk had that silly "Chainsaw Charlie" gimmick.
      • Silly, yes. But then you realize that it's an older, beat up, mentally unstable, drug-addicted guy whose claim to fame is being in some of the most visually gruesome matches in history... And he's swinging a live, revved-up chainsaw as he goes flailing to the ring. More than one wrestler's Oh Crap face was not acting.


    Tabletop Games

    • Warhammer 40,000 has the distinct honor of arming several troops in the Imperium, Chaos, Orks and Eldar forces with Chainswords. That's right, Chainsaw swords. In fact, the priests of the Church Militant are often given extra-large chainsaws to carry into combat. In addition, there are the chain-axes wielded by Khorne Berserkers(and sometimes Orks, too). There's not much more terrifying than a squad of nine-foot-tall insane Super Soldiers in Powered Armor swinging screaming axes and thinking only of separating your head from your shoulders. The Space Wolves (being something of a good guy counterpart to Khorne) also have Chain Axes, which are even more powerful then the vanilla brand due to the blades being made from kraken teeth. How this works, who knows, but it's awesome.
      • Warhammer's love of chainsaws can be summed up in this quote:

    "Problems? Problems? There is no problem I cannot solve with this..."
    - attributed to Mad Chainsaw Johnson, Commander of the White Scars

        • Games Workshop in general displays a distinct affinity for chainsaws - one of their lesser efforts in the 1980s spun this trope into a (terrible) boardgame.
      • It's actually explained via fluff; the teeth of the default chain-weapons are monomolecular adamantium. Meaning they're nigh-unbreakable and as sharp as the laws of physics allow. Even a passing glance will turn a large chunk of a living body into ground beef; the reasoning behind this stuff is that they also have to deal with heavily armored super-soldiers in super-suits, alien insects with hides tougher than most tanks, and alien and heretical sorcerers that use raw magic as shields or to craft/enhance their armor. Yes, Warhammer 40K has chainsaws that cut through magic.
      • The chain-axes are an even more bizarre example than the chainsword, because the main point of an axe is to make brutal impacts with the weight of the head, while chainsaws require careful pressing. But the Rule of Cool is 40K's physics.
      • Actually the chainaxes wielded by Orcs make more sense than others since the rules of this setting clearly states that the only thing really needed for them to work is the belief of the Orc wielding them that they should.
      • Then there's the Banelord Titan, a daemonically possessed Humongous Mecha with a chainsaw fist. There is also the elite Space Marine (Super Soldier) in Terminator armor, a hulking man strong enough to destroy armies, who, yes, is also given a chainsaw fist.
        • Hilariously in most earlier versions of the Chainfist the Chainsaw blade replaced the middle finger. It wasn't exactly subtle in telling whoever the Terminator faced just how fcked they are. Newer ones either have the Chainsaw slung under the fist or, in the case of Chaos, have two chainsaws completely replace the fingers.
      • Several commissars are noted for their skill with chainswords. Such as Dan Abnett's Ibram Gaunt and Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!.
      • Chainsaw bayonets are widespread, though not common.
      • Eviscerator is a two-handed chainsword and demolition power tool, occasionally used by Space Marines, but for most part greatly loved by Imperial fanatics (such as warlike priests, Redemption cults and Sisters of Battle - and standard issue for Sisters Repentia, unsurprisingly as it's a Sisters of Battle Redemption cult). It's a Weapon For Intimidation.. According to some sources, it has disruptor field, but not quite as good as on proper Power Weapons - which explains both the crazy thing's good armor penetration and price (in Necromunda power weapon prices vary wildly, but it's at least halfway there, in Dark Heresy Eviscerator 750 Thrones, Chain Axe which is a bit heavier but deals less damage is 450, smallest Power Blade 1750). Kroot mercenaries use looted or bartered Eviscerators against armored vehicles, too.
      • Tellos of the Soul Drinkers loses his hands quite early on, and the Healing Factor he picks up when the Chapter begins mutating won't give him his hands back. So what does he do? He attaches chainswords to the stumps.
      • Ork Nobs take this Up to Eleven with one one-handed chainsaw axe, two two-handed chainsaw axes, two two-handed circular saw axes, and a circular saw bionic hand.
        • One White Dwarf shows off a customized Ork with a Power Klaw that consists of a single metal blade as the top "finger" and has two semi-circular saws as the bottom "fingers".
        • The new Ork Deff Dread and Killa Kan kits have at least four different buzzsaws, and a drill.
      • There's a chainsaw scythe in Necromunda, wielded by the Spyrer Matriarch. Only Warhammer 40000 could take Sinister Scythe up to 11.
      • There are also various chain-weapons in Warhammer Fantasy, all of demonic origin.
    • 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.
    • Even Dungeons & Dragons has gotten in on this trope.
      • Dragon Magazine #132 (April 1988) introduced Chainsword (a unique magic sword that's a cross between a sword and a chainsaw).
      • 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.
    • D20 Modern has the Decapitator, which is essentially a Vorpal Chainsaw, and the Chain Saw of the Psycho, which is an enhanced-damage Evil Weapon version.
    • 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. It is, however, far from the best weapon combo. Two-handed Sword with Fire Arms, plus as many combinations of "extra hand item" and "Incredibly Lame Pun" you can get, can lead to enough bonuses to kill Cthulhu and his clone. Especially with the online "Epic Rules".
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 third 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.
    • 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 Battle Machines 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.
    • In Paranoia, the standard peripherals for docbots include surgical chainsaws. Please hold still, citizen.
    • Heavy Gear has chainsword, though it doesn't stand out compared to other melee weapons.


    • Even Cirque Du Soleil's Mystere plays with this trope for laughs. Brian Le Petit tries to get a man out of a wooden crate with one. The pompous emcee stops him; Brian begins to shoo him away with the threat of a Groin Attack -- and then the power runs down and he can't restart it in time.


    • The LEGO 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.

    Video Games

    • 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 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 it's right arm. Although it's 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.
    • Evil Dead: Hail To The King and its sequel.
    • 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 adds the "Auto-Axe" (with its own unique variants), which scales things up to industrial strength.
      • New Vegas has a plain ol' chainsaw, which is, somehow, an amazing weapon for stealth kills.
        • They can't hear you sneaking up on you over the TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY LOUD SOUND OF A CHAINSAW.
    • 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.
    • Gears of War features the 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 a two chainsaws at the ends of a staff. Yeah.
    • In Yume 2 kki, the colloborative 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). 2005:7 The COMPET-N [dead link] has demos of all four boss levels from the original Doom being played "Tyson" style, with only the fists. The Cyberdemon can be punched to death, but it takes patience, dexterity, precision, strategy, and a very long time (28 minutes 10 seconds is the record). The two Spiderdemons can be lured into being killed by other monsters.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • The chainsaw in Doom RL not only does a whole whackload of damage per strike, it's apparently Good enough that picking it up for the first time gives you a free Berserk Pack effect.
      • Unreal Tournament paid homage to Doom with the pickup message: "It's been five years since I've seen one of these."
      • Heretic features the Gauntlets of the Necromancer, functionally identical to the chainsaw of Doom, but made more practical by the limited number of enemies that possesses ranged attacks. When powered up using a Tome of Power, not only do they rip into enemies with red magical lightning, they also vampirically heal you.
    • 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.
    • Edgar from Final Fantasy VI can use a chainsaw. Against normal foes, he sometimes pulls on a hockey mask and lands an instant kill.
    • 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 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 in Dead Rising, 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.
    • The chainsaw weapons in Silent Hill are generally useful weapons . . . except they're all New Game+-only. One thing many gamers seem to forget about them is that you don't actually have to swing it, just rev it up - the monsters will ignore this completely and kill themselves on it.
      • Unless said gamers are playing Silent Hill 2, in which case their memory is spot on; James holds the chainsaw off to his side until he swings it, making it useless when stationary.
    • 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.
        • Despite not being electric or having any machinery in their bodies, the Scagdeads's saws sound like electric buzzsaws.
    • 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 Video Game 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 after Vice City has a couple of chainsaws scattered around the map. As the guns dealer from San Andreas would say: "works best in a crowded area".
      • 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!
      • The 5th game features the "Grind Blade" a six flaming, rotating chainsaws. Not just any weapon; it is classified as an Overed (Ultimate in the US/EU versions) Weapon, and once activated, completely replaces the left arm and purges the right arm weapon, and one hit will kill any AC it comes into contact with. Steep requirements make this weapon situational at best, but Mech-mounted gigantic sextuple rotating superheated chainsaws!
    • 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 dedicated to 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[when?] 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 gang members 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.
    • The latest[when?] edition of Sauerbraten replaces the old completely worthless melee weapon with a chainsaw. It's 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.
    • Tetsuya Nomura stated in a recent interview that the original weapon design he showed to Disney for Kingdom Hearts was a chainsaw-like weapon. Upon seeing their scrunched-up faces and the dead silence that followed, he resigned to the Keyblade, thus averting this trope entirely.
    • 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.
    • Indie game 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.
    • The second Left 4 Dead game 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.
      • Not only that, but one of the upcoming "Mutations" to the game 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. It'll even cleave apart an Ardor or two in just a few swings.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The instant kill chainsaw is even more powerful in Makaitoushi SaGa / Final Fantasy Legend. A bug in the code that was supposed to make it only work on low level enemies but not bosses makes it do the exact opposite, leading to a rather anticlimactic final battle. This was also incorporated into an axe in Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song (it turns into a chainsaw). The final battle in Makaitoushi SaGa / Final Fantasy Legend is even mentioned as a story in the Library.
      • Even if they didn't intend it, the fact that you could murder God with a chainsaw in Square's first Game Boy title is pretty awesome. And some people thought J-RPGs only turned sacrilegious following Evangelion's trend.
      • In SaGa 2 / Final Fantasy Legend II, the chainsaw, which you can first obtain midway through the game, is 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 Jabless Adventure, the first boss is the lumberjack, Lumber Jacques, who attacks you with his mighty chainsaw.
    • Lollipop Chainsaw has a cheerleader wielding...guess.
    • David and his nemesis Judgement from Battle Arena Toshinden 3 fight with chainsaws.
    • Car Battler Joe's weaponized cars can use these.
    • Armored Core 5 brings us one of the most awesome chainsaws to ever be wielded by a mecha. The most powerful weapon, the Grind Blade, consists of 6 chainsaws that can be positioned either adjacent to each other, or for even more awesomeness and destructive power, in a gatling-gun-like formation. Each of the chainsaws are about as long as the mech's own arms, possibly even longer, and in total, the weapon is able to dish out... pretty large amounts of damage. According to the customization-trailer, it is the most powerful weapon in the entire game, being able to rip apart even the strongest enemy mechs in seconds. But given its sheer size, it isn't the best weapon for all situations, such as dealing with smaller, faster enemies or when you need high speed to evade attacks easily.
    • Yandere: Saki definitely believes this when she needs to get through a door and nothing else is working. she also uses it (after sawing down Subaru's door) to murder Subaru for his unfaithfulness to her alone shortly afterwards.

    Web Comics


    Fighter: Guys, I ran out of dragon.
    (Glorious Chainsaw Method: Make your swords become like things unto chainsaws.)


    Web Original

    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.
    • In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, the Canadians use chainsaws as melee weapons.
      • And in the zombie episode in s1, Chef wields dual chainsaws.
    • In The Batman, Batman wields chainsaw tonfas at one point to fight Poison Ivy's plant monsters.
    • 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!".
    • 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 wrist-mounted chainsaw, 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, 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.
    • The Beavis and Butthead episode "Die Fly Die" has Beavis trying to kill a fly with a chainsaw.
    • ReBoot, during 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 an episode of The Simpsons Bart is being stalked by an apparently homicidal criminal. That night, Homer excitedly bursts into his son's bedroom to show off his brand new chainsaw and hockey mask.


    • The antihero of the Madness Combat videos is especially excited by a chainsaw in the seventh installment. This despite the fact that he's a Person of Mass Destruction even without any weapons. Give a chainsaw to someone who can already stab people through the skull with a nightstick from across the room...
    • In the Live Role Play 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...
    • HOLY SHIT! A rocket chainsaw!

    Real Life

    • Chainsaws that run on V8 engines? Yes!
    • Man fights off starving mountain lion with a chainsaw.
    • There's nothing infinitely more awesome than a chainsaw powered motorized skateboard -
    • Or a red neck fitted engine powered chain saw!
    • Actually, there is.
    • Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the first USB-powered chainsaw in the world! It's a fake.
    • Think regular chainsaws are scary? Forget lumberjacks: geologists who collect sectional samples of rock strata use two-man giant chainsaws with diamond-dust cutting edges, that can slice through granite.
    • That thing over there is a Trencher. They are construction vehicles with giant chain or circular saws. No, you can't have one.
      • There is a more portable type of trencher that is for digging smaller trenches in softer materials. Used by landscapers and occasionally plumbers. You still probably shouldn't buy one for fun.
    • The lead singer of the Japanese noise band Hanatarash (known for their live shows involving power tools and on occasion industrial construction heavy machinery) once strapped a buzzsaw to his back, and proceeded to show off the dangers inherent in improper use of such tools by falling over and accidentally almost amputating his leg. He was rushed to hospital and luckily was able to keep the limb.
    • A Lego chainsaw. Nothing else needs to be said.
    • A chainsaw bayonet. Finally truth in television.
    1. Note that this man is not carrying a chainsaw in his right hand; the chainsaw is his right hand.
    2. In Real Life a chainsaw needs to be firmly and slowly "applied" to the cutting surface to avoid kickback and get any useful cutting from it.
    3. Chainsaws with diamond teeth are used for concrete and some use water for cooling and safety purposes, but it's unusual for a non-professional to have one of these