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27th Apr '16 11:04:39 PM Homemaderat
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* ''WesternAnimation/RicochetRabbitAndDroopALongCoyote'' has been known for these.
10th Apr '16 2:36:14 PM Darkmane
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*** Spin bowlers adjust their bowling action to make the ball spin, which makes it bounce in strange ways. If they're good enough they can make it bounce in almost any direction, though the degree depends on a whole host of other factors such as the weather, the pitch, the time of day, the state of the ball, and how closely the umpires are paying attention - a particular delivery known as a doosra is nigh-impossible to bowl legally, and some of the bowlers who can pull one off have a reputation for questionable bowling actions.

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*** Spin bowlers adjust their bowling action to make the ball spin, which makes it bounce in strange ways. If they're good enough they can make it bounce in almost any direction, though the degree depends on a whole host of other factors such as the weather, the pitch, the time of day, the state of the ball, and how closely the umpires are paying attention - a particular delivery known as a doosra is nigh-impossible to bowl legally, and some of the bowlers who can pull one off have a reputation for questionable bowling actions. That's not even getting into googlies, which are deliveries in which a bowler can twist his wrist in one direction while releasing the ball and make it spin in the ''opposite'' direction to confuse the batsman ....



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21st Jan '16 1:55:58 PM TARINunit9
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** An episode handled a few myths like these. Such as if a bullet can be fired, ricocheted off a few walls, and come back at the shooter with lethal force. And in good ol' ''Mythbusters'' fashion, they bent a tube into a 270 degree bend and found you can shoot a bullet down it and retain lethal force

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** An episode handled a few myths like these. Such as if a bullet can be fired, ricocheted off a few walls, and come back at the shooter with lethal force.force (answer: no). And in good ol' ''Mythbusters'' fashion, they bent a tube into a 270 degree bend and found you can shoot a bullet down it and retain lethal force
21st Jan '16 1:54:37 PM TARINunit9
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*** The same show demonstrated ''why'' the "magic bullet" disbelief caught on as well. The show took the injuries to the dummies and used them to produce a fake forensic report (which was supposedly a shooting that occurred in a stadium), with the rough description of the position of the victims and provided it to an experienced medical examiner who gave the opinion that there had to be more than one shooter, and who was stunned to see the video showing that it was only one bullet.

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*** The same show demonstrated ''why'' the "magic bullet" disbelief caught on as well. The show took the injuries to the dummies and used them to produce a fake forensic report (which was supposedly a shooting that occurred in a stadium), with the rough description of the position of the victims victims, and provided gave it all to an experienced medical examiner who gave the examiner; his opinion that was there had to be more than one shooter, shooter. When the examiner was told he was actually looking at a JFK assassination recreation, and who was stunned to see the given then video showing that it was only one bullet.bullet, he was downright stunned.
15th Jul '15 10:22:28 PM Vios
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* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' and sequels/expansions, throwing knives and darts move very slowly, apparently levitating somehow. They also magically home in on you if you move while they're in flight.

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* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' and sequels/expansions, the ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series, throwing knives and darts move very slowly, apparently levitating somehow. They also magically home in on you if you move while they're in flight.
16th Jun '15 11:10:54 PM Kadorhal
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* In ''Film/{{Iron Man|1}}'', during the scene where a {{mook|s}} fires a handgun at Iron Man only for the shot to bounce off and kill him, it is quite clear that the bullet could not possibly have deflected at that angle. Perhaps this is proof that there was a second gunman... Or because the guy got that close, and was pretty freaked out, the gun's recoil is what clocked him upside the face. [[WildMassGuessing Or maybe]] the bullet ricocheted off Iron Man into the cave wall, and then off the cave wall into the {{Mook|s}}. Or [[MemeticBadass Tony Stark]] simply caused the man to die with his firey DeathGlare[[note]] IN A CAVE. WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS[[/note]].

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* In ''Film/{{Iron Man|1}}'', during the scene where a {{mook|s}} fires a handgun at Iron Man only for the shot to bounce off and kill him, it is quite clear that the bullet could not possibly have deflected at that angle. Perhaps this is proof that there was a second gunman... Or because the guy got that close, and was pretty freaked out, the gun's recoil is what clocked him upside the face. [[WildMassGuessing Or maybe]] the bullet ricocheted off Iron Man into the cave wall, and then off the cave wall into the {{Mook|s}}. Or [[MemeticBadass Tony Stark]] simply caused the man to die with his firey DeathGlare[[note]] IN A CAVE. WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS[[/note]].DeathGlare.



** Later in the film, Eddie fires three times, but the bullets stop in mid-air and change direction when they lose sight of their intended target. He then {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it by turning to Jessica, sighing, and just saying, "Dum Dums." Not as in-use today, the phrase refers to hollow-point and other types of expanding rounds, which they were. The homonym involved should be incredibly obvious.

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** Later A little later in the film, Eddie fires three times, but the bullets stop in mid-air and change direction when they lose sight of their intended target. He then {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it by turning to Jessica, sighing, and just saying, "Dum Dums." Not as in-use today, the phrase refers to hollow-point and other types of expanding rounds, which they were. The homonym involved should be incredibly obvious.
16th Jun '15 11:02:23 PM Kadorhal
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** More subtle, but the Patriot somehow fires bullets that tumble end-over-end in flight.
*** Bullets [[RealityIsUnrealistic actually do that]], but only once they fly past their effective range. If the rifling in the barrel was totally wrong for the weapon the bullets would indeed tumble nearly immediately after being fired, but bullets actually doing this would be so inaccurate that it's not even funny.
*** Except you later find out that the Boss personally had the Patriot customized from an M16 rifle by cutting its barrel short and other things, turning it into an inaccurate but powerful gun. This [[FridgeBrilliance shows]] just how badass the Boss is by being able to hit really accurately with a gun like that [[FiringOneHanded (one-handed, no less)]].
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', all bullets fired at Fortune curve and go past her.
*** That's not improbable ballistics at work. The bullets curve around her because she is protected by [[spoiler:an electromagnetic barrier doodad.]]
*** [[spoiler:Except the magnetic force necessary to stop a ballistic made of metal the size of a finger joint would be so strong she would be incapable of holding or having any metal on her person, meaning the bullets are just naturally behaving ridiculously.]]
*** [[spoiler:It doesn't help that the AppliedPhlebotinum revealed to be behind her abilities is demonstrably turned off in one of the final cutscenes, only for Fortune to ''continue deflecting shots fired at her anyway''. [[GainaxEnding It only gets weirder.]]]]

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** More subtle, but the Patriot somehow fires bullets that tumble end-over-end in flight.
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flight. Bullets [[RealityIsUnrealistic actually do that]], but only once they fly past their effective range. If the rifling in the barrel was totally wrong for the weapon the bullets would indeed tumble nearly immediately after being fired, but bullets actually doing this would be so inaccurate that it's not even funny.
*** Except you later find out
funny. It's eventually revealed that the Boss personally had the Patriot customized from an M16 rifle by cutting its barrel short and other things, turning it into an inaccurate but powerful gun. This [[FridgeBrilliance shows]] just how badass the Boss is by being able to hit really accurately with a gun like that [[FiringOneHanded (one-handed, no less)]].
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', all bullets fired at Fortune curve and go past her.
*** That's not improbable ballistics at work. The bullets curve around her
her. Where this gets weird is that it happens because she is protected by [[spoiler:an electromagnetic barrier doodad.]]
*** [[spoiler:Except the magnetic force necessary
doodad... which, if it's strong enough to stop deflect away a ballistic made piece of metal the size of a finger joint would moving at trans-sonic speeds, should also be so strong she would be incapable of holding or having any metal on her person, meaning person... and the bullets are just naturally behaving ridiculously.]]
*** [[spoiler:It doesn't help that the AppliedPhlebotinum revealed to be behind her abilities
cause of which is demonstrably turned off in one of the final cutscenes, only for Fortune to ''continue deflecting shots fired at her anyway''. [[GainaxEnding It only gets weirder.]]]]



* In ''VideoGame/EnterTheMatrix'', in keeping with the idea that Agents in Franchise/TheMatrix can dodge bullets, it's impossible to shoot an agent. From a distance this seems pretty reasonable because they can bullet dodge, but close up things start getting weird. When the agents can't dodge far enough, the bullets themselves start curving to avoid them. Firing an assault rifle at point blank range makes the bullets come out of the barrel at 90 degrees, so the walls, the floor and the roof all get sprayed with bullets, but the area directly in front of the gun is fine...

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* In ''VideoGame/EnterTheMatrix'', in keeping with the idea that Agents in Franchise/TheMatrix can dodge bullets, it's impossible to shoot an agent. From a distance this seems pretty reasonable because they can bullet dodge, but close up things start getting weird. When the agents can't dodge far enough, the bullets themselves start curving to avoid them. Firing an assault rifle at point blank range makes the bullets come out of the barrel at 90 degrees, so the walls, the floor and the roof all get sprayed with bullets, but the area directly in front of the gun is fine...fine.



* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', players are able to equip the throwing knife, which kills instantly if another player is hit with it, regardless of where the knife landed on their body (i.e. foot and elbow stabbings are fatal) or how fast it was traveling so long as that's faster than "totally inert" (five ricochets along high walls, lightly bonk a passerby on the shoulder, he drops like a sack of potatoes). ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' takes it to the next level, with both instant-kill tomahawks and ballistic knives being featured.

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* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', 2'' and ''3'', players are able to equip the throwing knife, which knife which, much like the normal knife for hand-to-hand fighting, kills instantly if another player is hit with it, regardless of where the knife landed on their body (i.e. foot (foot and elbow stabbings are fatal) as fatal as ones to the head or chest) or how fast it was traveling so long as that's faster than "totally inert" (five ricochets along high walls, walls or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqursCdSgEM off the top of a gunship]], lightly bonk a passerby on the shoulder, he drops like a sack of potatoes). ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' takes it to the next level, with both instant-kill tomahawks and ballistic knives being featured.



* And now in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' we have Erron Black. His X-Ray move makes the [=JFK=] Assassination's "magic bullet" look positively normal when it comes to ballistics. It involves him shooting his opponent, the bullet goes from the right side of their hip, ''circling up'' to their left shoulder, before exiting the shoulder and breaking in their jaw. Yes, his bullet ''spirals changes direction and spirals around in the opponent's body''. Clearly he's been getting lessons from Ocelot.
** His Gunslinger variation can even ''flip a coin'' in the the air which he ''richotets shots off''.
* n ''Videogame/Xenosaga'' Juniors bullets do this especially his trick shot where he throws a handful of coons in the air shoots one and has it ricochet off all of them.

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* And now in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' we have Erron Black. His X-Ray move makes the [=JFK=] JFK Assassination's "magic bullet" look positively normal when it comes to ballistics. It involves him shooting his opponent, the bullet goes from the right side of their hip, ''circling up'' to their left shoulder, before exiting the shoulder and breaking in their jaw. Yes, his bullet ''spirals changes direction and spirals around His Gunslinger variation can even ''flip a coin'' in the opponent's body''.the air which he ''ricochets shots off of''. Clearly he's been getting lessons from Ocelot.
** His Gunslinger variation can even ''flip a coin'' in the the air which he ''richotets shots off''.
* n ''Videogame/Xenosaga'' Juniors In ''Videogame/{{Xenosaga}}'', Junior's bullets do this this, especially his trick shot where he throws a handful of coons in the air air, shoots one one, and has it ricochet off all of them.
30th May '15 5:17:33 PM BattleMaster
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* Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}'s "omega beams" (which come from his eyes) are basically what amounts to "death vision". They're depicted as a pair of pinkish-purple rays that obey no known laws of physics, being able to make sudden, sharp turns to go around corners and pursue a fleeing target. Fortunately for the heroes, for something that's repeatedly referred to as instant and certain annihilation, they're ''remarkably'' [[PlotArmor ineffective against non-mooks]]. Sufficiently fast and clever targets have managed on occasion to curve them around so that they hit Darkseid himself.

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* Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}'s "omega beams" (which come from his eyes) are basically what amounts to "death vision". They're depicted as a pair of pinkish-purple rays that obey no known laws of physics, being able to make sudden, sharp turns to go around corners and pursue a fleeing target. Fortunately for the heroes, for something that's repeatedly referred to as instant and certain annihilation, they're ''remarkably'' [[PlotArmor ineffective against non-mooks]]. Sufficiently fast and clever targets have managed on occasion to curve them around so that they [[DeadlyDodging hit Darkseid himself.himself]].
11th May '15 5:47:37 PM Biagio
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* n ''Videogame/Xenosaga'' Juniors bullets do this especially his trick shot where he throws a handful of coons in the air shoots one and has it ricochet off all of them.
4th Apr '15 1:56:26 PM xelldx
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', various weapons can have unusual ballistic patterns. The Eridian Thunder Storm fires 8 balls of electricity like a shotgun. The Eridian (Mega) Cannon fires a massive ball of pure energy. The S&S Orion's bullet can ricochet and split into fragments. Some SMG's can spawn with a barrel whose bullets spin in a spiral fashion. In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', Anarachy Gaige can end up with this at higher stacks, getting into a kind of "low accuracy singularity" where bullets have very odd effects, such as shooting sideways or zigzagging. There is no telling what kind of shot you will produce with your high anarchy stacks. With the "Close Enough" ability, missed bullets can ricochet and hit nearby targets, sometimes at wild angles. Give her a "Conference Call" Shotguns and it's a hailstorm of bullets.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', various weapons can have unusual ballistic patterns. The Eridian Thunder Storm fires 8 balls of electricity like a shotgun. The Eridian (Mega) Cannon fires a massive ball of pure energy. The S&S Orion's bullet can ricochet and split into fragments. Some SMG's can spawn with a barrel whose bullets spin in a spiral fashion. In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', Anarachy Gaige can end up with this at higher stacks, getting into a kind of "low accuracy singularity" where bullets have very odd effects, such as shooting sideways or zigzagging. There is no telling what kind of shot you will produce with your high anarchy stacks. With the "Close Enough" ability, missed bullets can ricochet and hit nearby targets, sometimes at wild angles. Give her a "Conference "Practicable Conference Call" Shotguns Shotgun and it's a hailstorm of bullets.
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