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23rd Jul '17 4:06:42 PM Foxtrope
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A BFG is a piece of personal artillery used by an individual and chiefly defined by its, well, [[BiggerIsBetter its incredible]] [[ShapedLikeItself bigness]].

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A BFG is a piece of personal artillery used by an individual and chiefly defined by its, well, [[BiggerIsBetter its incredible]] [[ShapedLikeItself bigness]]. BFG (in this definition) stands for Big Fucking Gun.
9th Jul '17 11:03:09 AM nombretomado
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* At the start of WW2, most of the principal combatants were issued with anti-tank rifles. Given armour thicknesses in tanks of the era, it was not unreasonable to issue very large single-shot or limited magazine rifles, using armour-piercing bullets that could penetrate up to an inch (25mm) of tank armour. But the weapons themselves were large cumbersome monsters which were generally hated by men detailed to use them, with good reason. Britain's Boyes Anti-Tank rifle was five feet two inches long, weighed thirty-five pounds, and fired a massive 0.55" round. A man tasked with carrying a weapon four times the weight of the standard SMLE rifle and twice as long then had to brace against the massive recoil energy generated on firing. The Soviet PTRS-41 was even larger: eighty-three inches long and 46 pounds, but larger still was the Finnish Lahti L-39 20mm rifle (nicknamed the Elephant Gun), capable of defeating almost all Soviet armor during the Winter War and being quite annoying against later Soviet tanks during the Continuation War.[[note]] As an added degree of skill to use this weapon efficiently, the white, icy conditions of Finland in the winter required the operators to forgo such luxuries as optical sights and use simple iron sights to target enemy vehicles or even enemy snipers.[[/note]] Germany's version was unique. The bullet incorporated a small charge of tear gas: the thinking was that when the bullet penetrated the tank, the gas would add an extra degree of unpleasantness to the recipients in an enclosed space. [[note]] The gas-carrying round was discontinued as ineffective; the Germans also realised they could be accused of first use of chemical weapons, and provoke retaliation in kind.[[/note]]. Most anti-tank rifles were phased out by 1943; the Russians, however, continued to use theirs as "shock and awe" sniper weapons. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Against human targets]].

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* At the start of WW2, [=WW2=], most of the principal combatants were issued with anti-tank rifles. Given armour thicknesses in tanks of the era, it was not unreasonable to issue very large single-shot or limited magazine rifles, using armour-piercing bullets that could penetrate up to an inch (25mm) of tank armour. But the weapons themselves were large cumbersome monsters which were generally hated by men detailed to use them, with good reason. Britain's Boyes Anti-Tank rifle was five feet two inches long, weighed thirty-five pounds, and fired a massive 0.55" round. A man tasked with carrying a weapon four times the weight of the standard SMLE rifle and twice as long then had to brace against the massive recoil energy generated on firing. The Soviet PTRS-41 was even larger: eighty-three inches long and 46 pounds, but larger still was the Finnish Lahti L-39 20mm rifle (nicknamed the Elephant Gun), capable of defeating almost all Soviet armor during the Winter War and being quite annoying against later Soviet tanks during the Continuation War.[[note]] As an added degree of skill to use this weapon efficiently, the white, icy conditions of Finland in the winter required the operators to forgo such luxuries as optical sights and use simple iron sights to target enemy vehicles or even enemy snipers.[[/note]] Germany's version was unique. The bullet incorporated a small charge of tear gas: the thinking was that when the bullet penetrated the tank, the gas would add an extra degree of unpleasantness to the recipients in an enclosed space. [[note]] The gas-carrying round was discontinued as ineffective; the Germans also realised they could be accused of first use of chemical weapons, and provoke retaliation in kind.[[/note]]. Most anti-tank rifles were phased out by 1943; the Russians, however, continued to use theirs as "shock and awe" sniper weapons. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Against human targets]].
6th Jul '17 1:45:55 AM thatmadork
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* Tons of examples from ''VideoGame/{{Planetside}}'':
** The [[LaResistance New]] [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Conglomerate]] Jackhammer given to their heavy assault troops is an enormous ''triple-barrelled'' shotgun with a secondary mode that fires all three barrels at once. Catch one of those up close and they'll be scraping you off the wall with a spatula.
** Also with the New Conglomerate is the [[TankGoodness Vanguard's]] 150mm Titan main gun. The damage it inflicts on Terran Prowlers and Vanu Magriders is considerable, so of course it can one-shot light vehicles and instagib infantry and [[PoweredArmor MAXs]].
** Not to be left out, the Terran Republic [[GatlingGood Mini Chain Gun]] [[MoreDakka spits a copious amount of lead at an alarming rate]] and the Vanu Sovereignty's [[PlasmaCannon Lasher]] is a dead-ringer for the [=BFG=] from VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena.
30th Jun '17 7:50:39 AM Aardvark123
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* Reisen's sniper rifle in ''Fanfic/{{FREAKINGENSOKYO}}'', described as "almost as big as she is".
25th Jun '17 4:53:51 PM DirtyHarry44Magnum
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* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorVanguard'' features the [=M9A1=] Bazooka, a weapon that is usually operated by a crew of two, which is used individually by Keegan.
13th Jun '17 6:32:16 AM Dravencour
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** It reaches its peak when in the manga and OVA's climax she pulls out and fires an ''Eighty-Eight!'' [[note]]For those of you confused, an Eighty-Eight is none other than the 8.8 cm Flak 18/36/37/41, a German anti-aircraft gun that could penetrate ''straight through'' any tank of its time.[[/note]]

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** It reaches its peak when in the manga and OVA's climax she pulls out and fires an ''Eighty-Eight!'' [[note]]For those of you confused, an Eighty-Eight is none other than the 8.8 cm 88mm Flak 18/36/37/41, a German anti-aircraft gun that could penetrate ''straight through'' any tank of its time.[[/note]]
13th Jun '17 6:31:27 AM Dravencour
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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Seras Victoria, a recently-turned vampire, uses a 30mm cannon that weighs 120 pounds unloaded. Her strength enables her to wield it like a mundane personal rifle, much to the shock of the human troops. And this is one of the ''smaller'' guns in the series. She later upgraded to an even ''[[UpToEleven bigger]]'' cannon. It had two 30mm auto cannons, could fire grenades, and had the ability to take down armored vehicles at four kilometers[[note]] granted, she thinks nothing of hitting targets that far away with an ordinary assault rifle at that point[[/note]].

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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Seras Victoria, a recently-turned vampire, uses a 30mm cannon that weighs 120 pounds unloaded. Her strength enables her to wield it like a mundane personal rifle, much to the shock of the human troops. And this is one of the ''smaller'' guns in the series. She later upgraded to an even ''[[UpToEleven bigger]]'' cannon. It had two 30mm auto cannons, could fire grenades, and had the ability to take down armored vehicles at four kilometers[[note]] granted, she thinks nothing of hitting targets that far away with an ordinary assault rifle at that point[[/note]]. She DUAL-WIELDS a pair of these when facing down Zorin's zeppelin, and uses them to bring it down.



* Guts' ArmCannon in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.

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* Guts' ArmCannon in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', which is exactly what it sounds like -- a small-sized gunpowder cannon built as a replacement for his left arm, which he typically unloads on demons at ''point blank range''.



* In the second season of Anime/DarkerThanBlack, Suou can manifest a PTRD 14.5mm anti-tank rifle with her contractor ability. We see its effects on the human body in one episode. It was not pretty.

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* In the second season of Anime/DarkerThanBlack, Suou can manifest a PTRD 14.5mm anti-tank rifle with her contractor ability. We see its effects on the human body in one episode. It was not is ''not'' pretty.



* Most characters in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' favor {{Hand Cannon}}s, but during the "Baile de la Muerte" arc, Roberta starts sniping at the Grey Wolf unit with a Barrett M82 anti-materiel rifle, a .50 caliber ''beast'' of a weapon that is normally used on a bipod in a prone position. When some FARC soldiers show up behind her, she swings it around and blasts them ''one-handed''.

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* Most characters in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' favor {{Hand Cannon}}s, but during the "Baile de la Muerte" arc, Roberta Roberta, who in this arc is in full on AxCrazy mode, starts sniping at the Grey Wolf unit with a Barrett M82 anti-materiel rifle, a .50 caliber ''beast'' of a weapon that is normally used on a bipod in a prone position. When some FARC soldiers show up behind her, she swings it around and blasts them ''one-handed''.
13th Jun '17 5:20:42 AM Dravencour
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** It reaches its peak when in the OVA's climax she pulls out and fires an ''Eighty-Eight!'' [[note]]For those of you confused, an Eighty-Eight is none other than the 8.8 cm Flak 18/36/37/41, a German anti-aircraft gun that could penetrate ''straight through'' any tank of its time.[[/note]]

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** It reaches its peak when in the manga and OVA's climax she pulls out and fires an ''Eighty-Eight!'' [[note]]For those of you confused, an Eighty-Eight is none other than the 8.8 cm Flak 18/36/37/41, a German anti-aircraft gun that could penetrate ''straight through'' any tank of its time.[[/note]]
28th May '17 4:16:48 PM nombretomado
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* While not completely fitting with this trope (it's more of a WaveMotionGun), the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} watchtower has a [[KillSat large laser]] that is quite literally called the [[FunWithAcronyms Binary Fusion Generator]]. This was not unintended by [[WarrenEllis the writers]].

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* While not completely fitting with this trope (it's more of a WaveMotionGun), the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} watchtower has a [[KillSat large laser]] that is quite literally called the [[FunWithAcronyms Binary Fusion Generator]]. This was not unintended by [[WarrenEllis [[Creator/WarrenEllis the writers]].
25th May '17 12:13:07 AM wolftickets1969
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* ''{{Vanquish}}'' has the LFE Gun.

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* ''{{Vanquish}}'' has the LFE Gun.Gun, whose use is sadly limited by its ArbitraryMaximumRange.
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