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The machete. The perfect weapon. Unlike a Chainsaw Good, it doesn't need a power source, it never jams, and you can actually swing it like a sword. Unlike a katana, you don't need to pay hundreds of dollars for a decent one and you don't need years of training to effectibely wield it. Unlike a kitchen knife, you can actually lop someone's head off. And unlike a scythe, you can actually kill someone with it. That could be why they've become so popular in pretty much any movie where people get hacked to bits.
The original application, like a lot of such implements of destruction, is agricultural; they were used to clear undergrowth. It was a necessary tool for picking sugarcane in the Caribbean early on. Particularly useful for cutting the heads off the non-venomous snakes that were apt to bite cane-pickers. And, you know, actually picking the sugarcane.
- Machete(who oddly enough bears a striking resemblance to Danny Trejo) is a machete-wielding foe of Captain America.
- Probably coincidence as Machete first appeared in 1985; the same year Danny Trejo made his first movie and years before Spy Kids.
- Wallace, the main character in the Sin City story Hell And Back, has a machete in the climax.
- Machete, Danny Trejo's character in the Spy Kids movies and the Darker and Grittier expansion of his character in a fake trailer of Grindhouse later made into an actual movie. So named because he uses them. A lot. (The full movie reveals that's actually his name - "Machete Chavez.")
- Jason Voorhees, probably single-handedly responsible for the popularity of machetes in modern cinema. Funnily, a lot of people forget this and think he uses chainsaws (he never has).
- Soap has one in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. "Shit 'em right up!"
- In God of Cookery, the favoured weapon of many a street thug. Also one of the most unpleasant Barehanded Blade Block moments you'll ever see, complete with Bloody Handprint immediately after.
- Considering that it's tough to get hold of a gun in Hong Kong, these and other assorted bladed weapons are quite popular among The Triads and the Tongs.
- Main weapon in the Slasher Flick Just Before Dawn is a machete. For extra cool, it has saw-bladed edge on the blunt side.
- Saw-backed machetes are Truth in Television for certain manufacturers, though the style used in the movie was irregular, apparently hand-made.
- One is briefly used by Michael to massacre the Cult of Thorn in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.
- The worst of the Complete Monster villains in Big Jake is fond of the machete as a weapon.
- Billy uses a machete in when he decides to Hold the Line in the original Predator film. He gets his spine ripped out. In Predator 2, Bill Paxton's character also uses a machete he finds on the subway after his gun runs out of ammo. He gets his spine ripped out. In Predators Royce uses a machete to clear a path, rather than fight a giant alien big game hunter. He doesn't get his spine ripped out. Coincidence?
- Selena has one in 28 Days Later and she uses it to hack Mark to death.
- Rambo uses a machete instead of his usual Bowie knife in the fourth movie.
- One that he hand forged the night before from a broken truck leaf-spring.
- Strictly speaking, Rambo's knife in the fourth movie is more of a golok than a machete.
- The killer's main weapon in Blood Rage, The Pool and Motor Home Massacre.
- A drunken Santa gets a machete slammed into his face in Don't Open Till Christmas.
- One of Clayton's weapons in Disney's version of DisneyTarzan is a machete. Given that he's in a jungle, he has a very good reason to be carrying one.
- Licence to Kill ends with Sanchez suffering a Villainous Breakdown and attempting to hack James Bond to death with a machete. He comes damn close to succeeding to.
- Steven Obanno theatens to cut Le Chiffre's girlfriend's hand with a machete in Casino Royale. He later uses it against Bond.
- In S. M. Stirling's Emberverse novels, a modified version of a machete becomes a popular weapon all across post-Change America. The main villains of the second and third trilogy are called CUTters for a reason..
- Septimus, slave of the Night Lords legion, combines this with a pair of salvaged imperial laspistols to serve as a credible Musketeer. He does a pretty good job of it, given he's fighting alongside ten thousand year old posthuman Super Soldiers.
- In The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks names the machete as the best edged weapon to use against zombies, due to its size, weight, and availability.
- White Wolf, makers of The World of Darkness gamelines and Scion, seem to like machetes. They're practically the only non-weapon weapon that never carries "Improvised Weapon penalties"... in any gameline. In the latter, they're particularly favored by Scions of the Loa (because they were commonly used in the Haitian Revolution).
- Even Magic the Gathering gets in on the action in Zendikar block, with Trusty Machete being the most visible example.
- Dark Heresy has the Bolo Knife from Malfi, which is the 40K equivalent of a machete. One of the few knives in the game that punches through flak armour.
- In Golden Sun's prologue/tutorial, your weapon is a machete. It's only usable during the prologue, and unobtainable later on.
- It's the favorite melee weapon of the Sons of Samedi in Saints Row 2
- Left 4 Dead 2 includes a machete as a melee weapon for clearing away troublesome patches of zombies.
- Bioshock 2 has a machete skin for the player's melee weapon in multiplayer.
- Far Cry and the various expansions and sequel, have the machete as the primary melee weapon.
- In Dead Rising, Cliff's Weapon of Choice.
- Dylan from Dino Crisis 2 had a machete as a side weapon at the start of the game and enabled him to hack away at doors that was covered in heavy vegetation.
- Chris from Resident Evil 5 uses a machete as his default melee weapon. His partner uses a knife.
- Fallout: New Vegas has machetes that are quite obviously made from broken lawn mower blades. There is also an option to do a Reverse Grip attack in VATS. Coincidentally Danny Trejo, the actor who plays Machete, is also in the game though his character is The Gunslinger. Caesar's Legion uses them extensively, in lieu of the historical gladius, because there's no readily-available stock of period Roman swords in the post-apocalyptic American West.
- Postal 2 Apocalypse Weekend added three throwable melee weapons to the roster; among them is a machete that worked like a boomerang.
- In Scarface the World Is Yours, machete wielding mooks are all over the place. At one point survival depends on punching out one of them, taking his blade and hacking up a gunman. Ambushes help.
- One of Sakon Shima's huge swords in Samurai Warriors 2 is an oversized machete.
- Likewise, Guan Ping from Dynasty Warriors.
- The first additional weapon you pick up in Indiana Jones and The Emperors Tomb is a machete. It's okay in combat, but it's main use is clearing thick walls of vines out of your way.
- Machete users are smattered through City of Heroes, but special mention goes to the Sky Raiders, who explicitly use machetes as part of a martial style that favors fast, maneuverable close-quarters weaponry that includes submachine guns and flamethrowers.
- In Grand Theft Auto Vice City, the machete is one of your options for melee weapon. You're able to both perform a one hit kill and run with it, meaning it's nearly as good as the Katanas Are Just Better.
- In Manhunt you can get a machete from a slain Wardog. It's one of only three weapons that can be used to decapitate an enemy during an execution, along with the wire and the cleaver. The machete and the cleaver will decapitate an enemy with any level of execution.
- In yet another title from Rockstar Games, The Warriors, the machete is one of the most powerful weapons in the game. Unfortunately you'll only get to use it three or four times over the course of the main story.
- Machetes appear as an equippable weapon in Spelunky which asides from having better upside range (and worser range straight ahead) can also get rid of spider webs.
- In Bastion, the Machete is one of the first alternate weapons you pick up. It's relatively weak at first, but has an incredibly fast attack speed even without upgrades, and can be thrown for a decent amount of damage. Upgrades allow it to damage over time on any strike and throw multiple blades at once, or massively increased Critical Hit damage. The latter upgrades combined with the ludicrous swing speed make it devastating when under the effects of the Werewhisky tonic.
- Kobra, the bloodthirsty Black Dragon neophyte, wields a machete as his Weapon of Choice in Mortal Kombat Armageddon.
- In Far Cry 2, the machete is the player character's constant companion.
- Machetes are used quite often in Madness Combat, most notably in the sixth installment, Antipathy, where Hank has one from the beginning and kills several mooks with it. And it's awesome.
- Vadiir and the Laughing Clown in Dark Dream Chronicle each own a Black Iron kuri machete. Hanna has mentioned that she has several emergency machetes, as well.
- Machetes were used as weapons in a slew of uprisings and rebellions throughout the Third World, especially in Cuba. Check The Other Wiki on guys like Carlos Manuel de Cespedes for example.
- In the rural areas of Venezuela, people used it for dueling instead of swords. And there were those hardcore farmers that hid them under their pillows and/or matresses, but that was before the robbers met the firearms.
- On a far more depressing note, the Rwandan Genocide was chiefly conducted by men wielding machetes. See Hotel Rwanda for details.
- The machete on the Angolan flag? It actually stands for agriculture.