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April 24, 2012 1:06 AM   Subscribe

I need pet names for guns from movies and TV. For example, "Winona" was John Chrichton's blaster on Farscape, and "Vera" was Jayne's tricked-out assault rifle on Firefly. Please give me more examples. Thanks!
posted by ScarletPumpernickel to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Stephen Colbert's pistol is named Sweetness.
posted by XMLicious at 1:21 AM on April 24, 2012 [2 favorites]

Hellboy's gun in "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army" was called Big Baby. As in "You just woke up the baby."
posted by THAT William Mize at 1:39 AM on April 24, 2012

It's kind of an important plot-point in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. Each soldier is expected to name their rifle (never gun!) after a woman. Vincent D'onofrio's character names his rifle "Charlene," and later he'll murder the drill sergeant and blow his own brains out with it.
posted by bardic at 2:01 AM on April 24, 2012

hi i found this
posted by quiteliterally at 2:04 AM on April 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

I think you'd find some of what you're looking for by searching the internet movie firearms database. For example, in Evil Dead II/Army of Darkness, the hero Ash refers to his shotgun as "Boomstick".
posted by RichardP at 2:16 AM on April 24, 2012

The robot horse on Marshall Bravestarr called his shotgun "Sarah Jane."
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 6:02 AM on April 24, 2012

Well, Sledge Hammer talked to his gun all the time, but he simply called it "Gun."
posted by reverend cuttle at 6:17 AM on April 24, 2012

Not from a movie, but Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" featured a nuclear-powered Gatling gun that fired millimeter-scale depleted uranium shells at high velocity-- you could cut through many feet of armor or many tens of yards of people with it, and embossed with the motto ULTIMA RATIO REGUM. It was called "Reason," as in "They'll have to listen to Reason."
posted by Sunburnt at 6:45 AM on April 24, 2012

I remembered one on my own (John Malkovich's gun in Red is named "The Pig") before wondering if TVTropes listed more. Yep, they do, the entry is even titled "I call her Vera."
posted by jamaro at 6:51 AM on April 24, 2012

Not sure if this is a pet name for the weapon, or its actual name, but in the original "Men in Black" movie, newly hired Agent J is given his first weapon, the deceptively tiny gun identified as "Noisy Cricket." The gun turns out to be very powerful in both effect and recoil.
posted by Sunburnt at 6:54 AM on April 24, 2012

During a dream sequence in A Christmas Story, Ralphie referred to his Red Ryder BB Gun (with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time) as "Old Blue."
posted by bondcliff at 6:56 AM on April 24, 2012

Geez, how could I forget Heavy Weapons Guy mooning over "Sasha?" HWG "Heavy" is a character-class from Team Fortress 2, a cell-shaded combat game designed to produce a super-fun form of frenetic mayhem. CRY SOME MORE!

Heavy has an unlockable weapon named Natasha, which looks quite similar, but which hits less hard while sapping her target's movement speed.

TF2 is now a mess of user-designed gadgets and toys, so no doubt Heavy has all kinds of odd guns named after Russian girls.
posted by Sunburnt at 7:07 AM on April 24, 2012

Not sure it's a pet name, but how about The Mexican. The movie title and plot revolves around a legendary gun of the same name.
posted by drpynchon at 7:09 AM on April 24, 2012

"Old Painless"
posted by Artw at 11:39 AM on April 24, 2012

In Baz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet, they get around all of the references to swords by giving characters guns with engraved sword-y names.
posted by COBRA! at 11:54 AM on April 24, 2012

From Training Day, Denzel & company called a shotgun "The Bitch".
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 2:27 PM on April 24, 2012

TF2 is now a mess of user-designed gadgets and toys, so no doubt Heavy has all kinds of odd guns named after Russian girls.

Sasha is a guy's name in Russia and in other Slavic cultures.
posted by XMLicious at 5:23 PM on April 24, 2012

XMLicious-- ach, fair point.
posted by Sunburnt at 6:19 PM on April 24, 2012

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