Snip! Snip! Snip! There was a time when suddenly a handful of animes had its characters started using scissors. I don’t know if it was a trend then nor would I know if it is still a trend right now. But at least it gave me an opportunity (read: excuse) to come up with a simple list of anime characters who use scissors. And I’m not talking about using them for just cutting pieces of paper or some art homework-cum-assignment that they need to finish before handing in to tomorrow’s deadline. My guess is that they most aren’t trying to be future barbers or hair stylists either.

Mikoto Urabe (Nazo No Kanojo X)

What is deadlier than being tied to a mysterious girlfriend via saliva bond? When she wields a pair of scissors and keeps them hidden in her panties! She is always with one and you can say they are inseparable. She often uses it as a defence mechanism, warning or threats whenever she feels intimidated or angry. Her handling of the scissors is so exceptionally good that she could cut and shred things up with exact precision and accuracy in high speeds faster than you can imagine. Don’t blink, or you’ll miss. Don’t bother. It’s already over.

Kiri Haimura (Dansai Bunri No Crime Edge)

It is not that he wants to become a barber or anything. Kiri just loves cutting hair. To him, there is a thrill in cutting them, hearing the snip snap sounds of hair being cut. But this scissors isn’t any ordinary scissors as it is one of the many indestructible Killing Goods and belonged to his ancestor, Norma Grayland who was a famous serial killer. It becomes his weapon of choice when he gets embroiled in a deadly cat and mouse game to protect Iwai from other Authors targeting her. Of all the possible cool names he could come up with, he had to pick The Severing Crime Edge as the scissors’ name.

Kirihime Natsuno (Inu To Hasami Wa Tsukaiyou)

I don’t know how she came to have obsession over scissors, but it is the main tool that she uses often on Kazuhito whenever she is annoyed or provoked. And since is short tempered and prone to other feelings like jealousy, expect to see lots of dog hair removed. Dog abuse!

Cancer (Fairy Tail)

When you have Celestial Spirits that literally looking as odd as the zodiac signs they represent, it is no surprise that this hairdresser representing that crab zodiac has 2 pair of scissors to get ready to snip the hairstyle you want. But it’s not for show either as it is strong enough to also cut through enemy weapons.

Gekko Moria (One Piece)

The Shichibukai that possesses the Shadow-shadow Fruit needs to have his giant pair of scissors to snip off the shadows of his victims and manipulate them. He can also double his scissors by separating them and become a pair of swords for hand to hand combat.

Inazuma (One Piece)

Having eaten the Snip-snip Fruit, he can turn any part of his body into scissors and cut anything up. Seriously, any part? I wonder if he can turn that part into a scissors too…

Tick Jefferson (Baccano)

When you have a person of the mafia obsessed with scissors and using it as a torture method for interrogation while giving a happy smile (I doubt this would calm your beating heart), you’re screwed. I mean, cut.

Sousei Seki (Rozen Maiden)

The fourth doll and half of the gardener pair, her garden shears are to cut souls and memories of humans depicted in the form of prickly bushes. The scissors can work like a double edged sword. While it may free a person from burdens, good memories and the likes can also be cut off and thus killing the person.

Ryuuko Matoi (Kill La Kill)

Actually she only wields half of the Scissors Blade as she believes the other half is in the hands of her father’s murderer, the reason she came to Honnouji Academy. While she usually uses the half like a sword, once she has obtained the other half from Nui, when combined, they become Rending Scissors, powerful enough to cut Life Fibres and prevent its regeneration.

Over (Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo)

I didn’t see this anime but when I found out that he is one of the scissors users, I just needed to include this serious antagonist guy. In fact, he might be the first character ever in anime to be using a scissors as a main weapon which includes slashing it like a sword and summoning them to throw as projectiles.

Grell Sutcliff (Kuroshitsuji)

Because this gay shinigami breached some rules (going on a killing spree with Madam Red), his original death scythe which is a chainsaw has been confiscated and he is reduced to a tiny pair of scissors. But he will still cut you up nevertheless.

Gertrud (Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica)

This witch loves her rose garden so much and feeds it with the negative emotions of humans. Anybody else is not welcomed inside this beautiful garden of hers so she attacks using her scissors attached to the vines to mangle her victims.

Genocider Sho (Danganronpa The Animation)

The tongue baring, murderous and loudmouth alternate personality of anti-social bookworm Touko Fukawa. As a serial killer, she kills all her handsome male victims the same way of crucifying them with her Genoscissors. Her character is based off Urabe of Nazo No Kanojo X.

Otoya Takechi (Akuma No Riddle)

Another serial killer-cum-assassin obsessed with scissors. Heck, she is so obsessed with them that she carries an entire bag of them with her. As believed, she kills her victims for sexual pleasure. You must really have some sort of sick fetish just to enjoy seeing people being cut up.

Hajime Ichinose (Gatchaman Crowds)

Didn’t see this anime either. From what I read, she loves collecting stationery especially new models of pens and scissors. She employs the use of her scissors in many of her attacks, fighting invading aliens that come to destroy Earth.

Sheele (Akame Ga Kill)

The latest character to be added to the hall of scissors wielding characters. How can the clumsiest and air-headed character hold a big pair of scissors? Wouldn’t that be dangerous? Not if you’re just good in killing and assassinating. Her large scissors, Extase is one of the 48 Imperial Arms and like all other powerful and rare relics, the scissors cut through anything and its trump card is to create a blinding light. I thought maybe the metal parts were too shiny…

Scissors Always Beat Paper… And Rock!
I am sure the above list isn’t meant to be exhaustive because there might be other characters from animes out there that I have not seen (yet). Or the character was too obscure for me to even take note. But there are some that I didn’t put in the list because I wasn’t really sure. For example, Hitagi Senjougahara from Bakemonogatari. I feel her scissors part is only symbolic as her animal oddity is a crab. I hardly ever see her using it anyhow and even if it is part of her showcase to keep all her stationery under her clothes. Then there is that anime series Pumpkin Scissors that I did not see but I believe none of the characters used scissors as it is just mere symbolic group policy that they must ‘cut through the enemy like scissors’.

As we can see, most of the scissors that the characters carry aren’t your ordinary type as they can just cut through anything. Just like a sword. Isn’t that what scissors are for? And some even can double up its use as a pair of swords. See how handy they are? Scissors, not to be underestimated but revered. That is why when you are with these guys, a reminder never to play rock-scissors-paper because scissors will definitely cut through the rest. It gives running with scissors a whole new meaning too. Cut us some slack, will you?

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