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5th Dec '16 11:37:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' thrives on this trope. Wolfwood wields the [[CreepyCoolCrosses Cross Punisher]], which actually contains a machine gun, a missile launcher, and (in the anime) between six and eight normal-sized guns. Knowing that Wolfwood's Punisher is slightly taller than him and that Wolfwood is about 1.85m, the weapon must weigh at the very least 100 kilos, which makes it a more than honourable BFG (and Wolfie one honourable {{Badass}}). Millie Thompson carries a stungun that looks like a portable Gatling gun, can fire projectiles with enough force to knock over a truck, and fits neatly inside her overcoat without a bulge. Chapel the Evergreen (Wolfwood's mentor in the anime) carries a Punisher that can split down its length to form a pair of machine guns. Caine the Longshot, another Gung-Ho Gun in the anime, has a sniper rifle with a barrel that is several ''yards'' long. He shoots at Vash and Wolfwood from far outside of town until Vash uses his ImprobableAimingSkills to blow the rifle to pieces. And then, the most [=BFGing=] [=BFG=] of all [=BFGs=]: Vash and Knives' angel arms. When fired at low power, they blast away whole cities. When fired at full power, they ''carve giant craters in the moon''.

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* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' thrives on this trope. Wolfwood wields the [[CreepyCoolCrosses Cross Punisher]], which actually contains a machine gun, a missile launcher, and (in the anime) between six and eight normal-sized guns. Knowing that Wolfwood's Punisher is slightly taller than him and that Wolfwood is about 1.85m, the weapon must weigh at the very least 100 kilos, which makes it a more than honourable BFG (and Wolfie one honourable {{Badass}}).badass). Millie Thompson carries a stungun that looks like a portable Gatling gun, can fire projectiles with enough force to knock over a truck, and fits neatly inside her overcoat without a bulge. Chapel the Evergreen (Wolfwood's mentor in the anime) carries a Punisher that can split down its length to form a pair of machine guns. Caine the Longshot, another Gung-Ho Gun in the anime, has a sniper rifle with a barrel that is several ''yards'' long. He shoots at Vash and Wolfwood from far outside of town until Vash uses his ImprobableAimingSkills to blow the rifle to pieces. And then, the most [=BFGing=] [=BFG=] of all [=BFGs=]: Vash and Knives' angel arms. When fired at low power, they blast away whole cities. When fired at full power, they ''carve giant craters in the moon''.



* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' John Harrison wields a huge Gatling phaser ''in one hand'' against the Klingons, [[GunsAkimbo with a normal-sized phaser rifle in the other]]. Not only does he take out two birds of prey with it, [[{{Badass}} he also uses it as a melee weapon]]. Justified: [[spoiler:He's really Khan Noonien Singh, a [[BioAugmentation genetically enhanced human]] with a greatly upgraded physique and hand-eye coordination.]]

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* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' John Harrison wields a huge Gatling phaser ''in one hand'' against the Klingons, [[GunsAkimbo with a normal-sized phaser rifle in the other]]. Not only does he take out two birds of prey with it, [[{{Badass}} he also uses it as a melee weapon]].weapon. Justified: [[spoiler:He's really Khan Noonien Singh, a [[BioAugmentation genetically enhanced human]] with a greatly upgraded physique and hand-eye coordination.]]



** From the same story, [[http://www.modernprimate.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/dr-who-ace-then.jpg Ace's rocket launcher]]. There's a reason why she's considered to be the first {{Badass}} to join the Doctor's crew.

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** From the same story, [[http://www.modernprimate.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/dr-who-ace-then.jpg Ace's rocket launcher]]. There's a reason why she's considered to be the first {{Badass}} badass to join the Doctor's crew.
4th Nov '16 10:56:05 PM kazokuhouou
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* Parodied with [[ButtMonkey X the Eliminator's]] death ray in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': it's big, but it's also attached to just as big a console that's horrifically unwieldy and hard to get around, which, coupled with the fact that it's still run on 60's technology, makes it impractical as a weapon, though that doesn't stop X from trying. (And no, it doesn't even qualify for AwesomeButImpratical, that's how impractical it is.)

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* Parodied with [[ButtMonkey X the Eliminator's]] death ray in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': it's big, but it's also attached to just as big a console that's horrifically unwieldy and hard to get around, which, coupled with the fact that it's still run on 60's technology, makes it impractical as a weapon, though that doesn't stop X from trying. (And no, it doesn't even qualify for AwesomeButImpratical, AwesomeButImpractical, that's how impractical it is.)
4th Nov '16 10:55:33 PM kazokuhouou
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* Parodied with [[ButtMonkey X the Eliminator's]] death ray in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': it's big, but it's also attached to just as big a console that's horrifically unwieldy and hard to get around, which, coupled with the fact that it's still run on 60's technology, makes it impractical as a weapon, though that doesn't stop X from trying. (And no, it doesn't even qualify for AwesomeButImpratical, that's how impractical it is.)
1st Nov '16 11:12:39 AM Drake1703
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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. 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. Against human targets.

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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. 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.targets]].
30th Oct '16 9:25:30 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Traveller}}'' has the PGMP (Plasma Gun, Man-Portable) and the even more OTT FGMP (Fusion Gun, Man-Portable) for when there's NoKillLikeOverkill. Some models can only be used if you're wearing PoweredArmour.
* The Grav Railgun from ''{{GURPS}}: Ultra-Tech'' can be carried by people in a good suit of PoweredArmor and fires with enough force to punch straight through a a tank from five miles away... with more accuracy than a sniper rifle... [[MoreDakka twenty times a second]]... completely without recoil.

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* ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' has the PGMP (Plasma Gun, Man-Portable) and the even more OTT FGMP (Fusion Gun, Man-Portable) for when there's NoKillLikeOverkill. Some models can only be used if you're wearing PoweredArmour.
* The Grav Railgun from ''{{GURPS}}: ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Ultra-Tech'' can be carried by people in a good suit of PoweredArmor and fires with enough force to punch straight through a a tank from five miles away... with more accuracy than a sniper rifle... [[MoreDakka twenty times a second]]... completely without recoil.



* ''{{Exalted}}'' has some of the larger First Age alchemical fire weapons, which were designed to level the field between humans and warstriders. The bigger one in ''Wonders of the Lost Age'' is basically a fire bazooka.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has some of the larger First Age alchemical fire weapons, which were designed to level the field between humans and warstriders. The bigger one in ''Wonders of the Lost Age'' is basically a fire bazooka.
23rd Oct '16 1:14:30 PM igordebraga
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A BFG is a piece of personal artillery used by an individual and chiefly defined by its, well, 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 incredible]] [[ShapedLikeItself bigness]].



See also: BeamSpam, SplashDamage, MacrossMissileMassacre, SphereOfDestruction, WaveMotionGun, LightningGun, FreezeRay, DeathRay, DisintegratorRay, FrickinLaserBeams and RecursiveAmmo. A BFG will almost certainly yield StuffBlowingUp, and will likely [[MoreDakka possess additional dakka]]. A SwissArmyGun tends to also be a BFG, as does a BiggerStick. Might cause the user to be TriggerHappy. When in the possession of a little girl it probably overlaps with SmallGirlBigGun. If its grips are placed along the top of the barrel and at the back of the weapon, you have a ChainsawGripBFG.

A SubTrope of ImpossiblyCoolWeapon. See also BigBulkyBomb and {{BFS}}. Often the final gun acquired in an arsenal of StandardFPSGuns.

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See also: BeamSpam, SplashDamage, MacrossMissileMassacre, SphereOfDestruction, WaveMotionGun, LightningGun, FreezeRay, DeathRay, DisintegratorRay, FrickinLaserBeams and RecursiveAmmo. A BFG will almost certainly yield StuffBlowingUp, and will likely [[MoreDakka possess additional dakka]]. A SwissArmyGun tends to also be a BFG, as does a BiggerStick. Might cause the user to be TriggerHappy. When in the possession of a little girl it probably overlaps with SmallGirlBigGun. If its grips are placed along the top of the barrel and at the back of the weapon, you have a ChainsawGripBFG.

ChainsawGripBFG. Many a BFG will overlap with GatlingGood.

A SubTrope of ImpossiblyCoolWeapon. See also BigBulkyBomb and {{BFS}}. Often the final gun acquired in an arsenal of StandardFPSGuns.
StandardFPSGuns.
14th Oct '16 5:20:12 PM Saelorn
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*** To contrast, an assault cannon ammunition belt has a concealment rating of "Yeah, Right".
22nd Sep '16 1:14:14 PM SebastianGray
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** The Leadbelcher Guns used by the Ogres of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and the Orogs of ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' are basically cannons stuffed with rocks, broken weapons and other detritus that their wielders are able to use as easily as other races use handguns and crossbows.

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** The Leadbelcher Guns used by the Ogres of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and the Orogs Ogors of ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' are basically cannons stuffed with rocks, broken weapons and other detritus that their wielders are able to use as easily as other races use handguns and crossbows.
22nd Sep '16 12:34:38 PM SebastianGray
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* Many of the heavy weapons in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are [=BFGs=]. It is worth noting that normal humans have to mount them on mobile platforms and use them in teams of two -- it's only the [[SuperSoldier superhuman]] {{Space Marine}}s who can use them like traditional [=BFGs=], and even then most of them have to stay still and brace themselves before firing. Of course, there are some BadassNormal humans who can lift said weapons by themselves, and those are realistically seen as abnormal. It is worth elaborating that the ''standard'' Space Marine weapon is a full-auto-capable gun that fires rocket-propelled explosive-tipped "bolt" rounds, each of which is capable of punching through most infantry armor to detonate within the target, or with a blast of sustained fire blast apart lightly-armored vehicles. The bolter's exact recoil is under debate, since it's built with a short barrel and a huge bore; but bolts are shot with a kick charge, and utilize a two-stage launch system for actual delivery.
** Even the smaller bolt pistol that can be wielded by normal humans are quite massive.
** Also of note within the Space Marines are Terminators, who use rather heavy armor that permits them to fire normally vehicle-mounted weapons with unhindered accuracy while moving [[FiringOneHanded with one hand.]]
** The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ork]] [[SpacePirate Kaptin Badrukk]] has a particularly awesome example - it was taken from an Ogryn (basically an Ogre [[AC: [[InSpace IN SPACE!]]]]) and is loaded with highly unstable plasma cylinders. ''Standing near it'' is a death sentence. Though this is less due to its firepower, and more because it's hotter than Chernobyl. (Badrukk himself wears lead under his kaptin's uniform, making him ''marginally'' less likely to die.)
** The Orks also have Shokk Attack Guns, which teleport a small Goblin through hell into an enemy's insides. Yes, really.
** The Eldar get around the normal problems with this by tacking anti-gravity devices onto their guns, allowing Dark Reapers and Eldar Corsairs to carry some pretty large missile launchers.
** Maugan Ra, due to his station as a Phoenix Lord, takes the cake among the Eldar by mounting a massive scythe on his shuriken cannon, making it a huge gun that he can wield ''like a polearm''. It earns him some ire from Eldar players as, due to the weapon, he's more often punching people's faces in with it instead of actually shooting with it (which means he does not mesh well with his own troops, namely the Dark Reapers).
** The Orks really are the best example of this, given their almost religious reverence for MoreDakka. The Holy Grail of their Mek-Boys would be a gun big enough to shoot enough dakka to kill everything in the universe at once.
** Back to the Orks again, the Flash Gits and Lootas embody this, having massively customized guns that has equal parts of Dakka, shooty and flash all turned up to 11.

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** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'':
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Many of the heavy weapons in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are [=BFGs=]. It is worth noting that normal humans have to mount them on mobile platforms and use them in teams of two -- it's only the superhuman [[SuperSoldier superhuman]] {{Space Marine}}s who can use them like traditional [=BFGs=], and even then most of them have to stay still and brace themselves before firing. Of course, there are some BadassNormal humans who can lift said weapons by themselves, and those are realistically seen as abnormal. It is worth elaborating that the ''standard'' Space Marine weapon is a full-auto-capable gun that fires rocket-propelled explosive-tipped "bolt" rounds, each of which is capable of punching through most infantry armor to detonate within the target, or with a blast of sustained fire blast apart lightly-armored vehicles. The bolter's exact recoil is under debate, since it's built with a short barrel and a huge bore; but bolts are shot with a kick charge, and utilize a two-stage launch system for actual delivery.
** Even the smaller bolt pistol that can be wielded by normal humans are quite massive.
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Also of note within the Space Marines are Terminators, who use rather heavy armor that permits them to fire normally vehicle-mounted weapons with unhindered accuracy while moving [[FiringOneHanded with one hand.]]
** *** When wielded by normal humans even the regular weaponry used by a Space Marine is quite massive.
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The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ork]] [[SpacePirate Kaptin Badrukk]] has a particularly awesome example - it was taken from an Ogryn (basically an Ogre [[AC: [[InSpace IN SPACE!]]]]) and is loaded with highly unstable plasma cylinders. ''Standing near it'' is a death sentence. Though this is less due to its firepower, and more because it's hotter than Chernobyl. (Badrukk himself wears lead under his kaptin's uniform, making him ''marginally'' less likely to die.)
** *** The Orks also have Shokk Attack Guns, which teleport a small Goblin through hell into an enemy's insides. Yes, really.
** *** Ork Flash Gits and Lootas embody this, having massively customized guns almost as large as they are that are equal parts of Dakka, shooty and flash all turned up to 11.
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The Eldar get around the normal problems with this by tacking anti-gravity devices onto their guns, allowing Dark Reapers and Eldar Corsairs to carry some pretty large missile launchers.
** *** Maugan Ra, due to his station as a Phoenix Lord, takes the cake among the Eldar by mounting a massive scythe on his shuriken cannon, making it a huge gun that he can wield ''like a polearm''. It earns him some ire from Eldar players as, due to the weapon, he's more often punching people's faces in with it instead of actually shooting with it (which means he does not mesh well with his own troops, namely the Dark Reapers).
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** The Orks really Leadbelcher Guns used by the Ogres of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and the Orogs of ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' are the best example of this, given basically cannons stuffed with rocks, broken weapons and other detritus that their almost religious reverence for MoreDakka. The Holy Grail of their Mek-Boys would be a gun big enough wielders are able to shoot enough dakka to kill everything in the universe at once.
** Back to the Orks again, the Flash Gits
use as easily as other races use handguns and Lootas embody this, having massively customized guns that has equal parts of Dakka, shooty and flash all turned up to 11. crossbows.



* WarhammerFantasy Battles has ogre leadbelchers that wield cannons in a blunderbuss like fashion. Dwarfs and Empire also has their fair ammount of big guns but none rivals the leadbelchers of the ogres. The Hellcannon too. When it was first released, it was able to obliterate not only enemy war engine crews, but also the war engine. A small template dealing as much damage as a cannonball to everything underneath, followed by a larger template of everyone screaming "OMG WE'RE GONNA FRAKKING DIE" and running away. The gun itself could also beat on entire squads without too much aggravation.\\
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All of this pales in comparisson, of course, to the Hell''hammer'' cannon. Only one of these ever appeared in the Fantasy game, and that was Queen Bess (which used the small blast marker of the Chaos Hellcannon mentioned above), and that was a stripped down version. The full version is a monster. One of them is mounted in a tower on Middenhiem Castle, requiring dozens of barrels of gunpowder to prime its shot, which has to be lifted into the gun by an enslaved giant. In ManO'War, a naval spin-off game of Warhammer Fantasy where the Hellhammer first appeared, it was mounted on a specially designed Wargalley. The recoil caused the firing ship to be flung backward ''two ship lengths''. This thing makes the Jaivana cannon look like a children's toy!
19th Sep '16 9:53:39 PM Mhazard
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** The [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/nerf/images/f/fe/Mastodon.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20160722222757 Mastodon]], a revolving automatic blaster that fires Mega Dart, styled as a ''.50cal Machine Gun''.

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** The [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/nerf/images/f/fe/Mastodon.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20160722222757 jpg Mastodon]], a revolving automatic blaster that fires Mega Dart, styled as a ''.50cal Machine Gun''.
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