History Main / ColdSniper

4th Feb '17 11:33:59 AM KTera
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* Zer0 from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' is an emotionless BloodKnight who only cares about finding worthy opponents to defeat. Aurelia from [[VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel the Pre-Sequel]] is more of an EgomaniacHunter, but she's a literal example of this trope: she's great with sniper rifles and has an entire skill tree dedicated to [[AnIcePerson Cryo damage]].

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* Zer0 [=Zer0=] from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' is an emotionless BloodKnight who only cares about finding worthy opponents to defeat. Aurelia from [[VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel the Pre-Sequel]] is more of an EgomaniacHunter, but she's a literal example of this trope: she's great with sniper rifles and has an entire skill tree dedicated to [[AnIcePerson Cryo damage]].
4th Jan '17 12:57:59 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ygritte goes into this mode in Season 4, remaining cold and focused with no qualms about shooting unarmed peasants. In "The Watchers on the Wall" she even argues she's killed ''more'' peasants than the ObviouslyEvil CannibalClan leader Styr.
5th Dec '16 11:58:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* Real-life example ''and'' subversion: [[UsefulNotes/SimoHayha Simo Häyhä]], the deadliest sniper in history, who killed more than five ''hundred'' Soviet soldiers in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_War Winter War]] between the Soviet Union and Finland, and then bagged another ''two hundred'' more with his submachine gun, all over a war that lasted only a hundred and five days. He aptly earned the nickname "''Belaya Smert'' - [[RedBaron The White Death]]" thanks to that--despite counter-snipers and ''artillery strikes'', the Soviets just couldn't kill him. However, it turns out that Häyhä was actually a small, quiet, and unassuming Finnish farmer who [[IDidWhatIHadToDo "did what he was told as well as he could"]] and [[FriendlySniper quite amiable guy outside the battlefield]]. During his career, he avoided using a telescopic sight to present a smaller target and avoid revealing reflections from a scope lens, and kept snow in his mouth to keep his breath from being seen. In the end, he was shot in the head (with an exploding round) and lost a chunk of his face, but lived to the age of 97. [[{{Badass}} He also shot the guy who shot him in the face.]]

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* Real-life example ''and'' subversion: [[UsefulNotes/SimoHayha Simo Häyhä]], the deadliest sniper in history, who killed more than five ''hundred'' Soviet soldiers in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_War Winter War]] between the Soviet Union and Finland, and then bagged another ''two hundred'' more with his submachine gun, all over a war that lasted only a hundred and five days. He aptly earned the nickname "''Belaya Smert'' - [[RedBaron The White Death]]" thanks to that--despite counter-snipers and ''artillery strikes'', the Soviets just couldn't kill him. However, it turns out that Häyhä was actually a small, quiet, and unassuming Finnish farmer who [[IDidWhatIHadToDo "did what he was told as well as he could"]] and [[FriendlySniper quite amiable guy outside the battlefield]]. During his career, he avoided using a telescopic sight to present a smaller target and avoid revealing reflections from a scope lens, and kept snow in his mouth to keep his breath from being seen. In the end, he was shot in the head (with an exploding round) and lost a chunk of his face, but lived to the age of 97. [[{{Badass}} He also shot the guy who shot him in the face.]]
4th Dec '16 4:05:42 AM upupandaway42
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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], May is training Skye on using a sniper rifle, and stresses the importance of remaining calm and control, even giving Skye a [[ProductPlacement FitBit]] to measure her heartrate while shooting. At the end of the episode, Skye shoots the VillainOfTheWeek with the sniper rifle, ([[NeverFoundTheBody possibly]]) her first kill, and her pulse doesn't raise one bit.

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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], May is training Skye on using a sniper rifle, and stresses the importance of remaining calm and control, even giving Skye a [[ProductPlacement FitBit]] to measure her heartrate while shooting. At the end of the episode, Skye shoots the VillainOfTheWeek with the sniper rifle, ([[NeverFoundTheBody possibly]]) her first kill, and her pulse doesn't raise one bit.
3rd Dec '16 12:05:59 AM upupandaway42
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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], May is training Skye on using a sniper rifle, and stresses the importance of remaining calm and control, even giving Skye a [[ProductPlacement FitBit]] to measure her heartrate while shooting. At the end of the episode, Skye shoots the VillainOfTheWeek with the sniper rifle, ([[NeverFoundTheBody possibly]]) her first kill, and her pulse doesn't raise one bit.
28th Nov '16 9:34:29 PM Doodler
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** Theres also the fact that often, the sniper will see his target's face, and then snuff his life out. It's a very different thing from shooting someone in the heat of battle, It's simply killing someone, holding the power of life and death over someone else and having to pick death because it's the sniper's job. These days most modern armies don't pick who's the best at shooting, they pick the ones who won't be mentally scarred from it.

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** Theres There's also the fact that often, the sniper will see his target's face, and then snuff his life out. It's a very different thing from shooting someone in the heat of battle, It's simply killing someone, holding the power of life and death over someone else and having to pick death because it's the sniper's job. These days most modern armies don't pick who's the best at shooting, they pick the ones who won't be mentally scarred from it.


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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyudmila_Pavlichenko Lyudmila Pavlichenko]], the deadliest female sniper in history, might have been this. She was certainly a CombatPragmatist, shooting dogs that could sniff her out and men in the legs so their cries would lure out their companions. She would stay 18 hours in harsh conditions for a target, fell 12 feet out of a tree once, and pulled a VictoryByEndurance on every countersniper she came across, at one point dragging a SniperDuel out for three days. Propaganda generally painted her as ruthless and brutally efficient.
11th Nov '16 10:40:58 AM Morgenthaler
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** And John Stewart, the {{badass}} former Marine turned architect turned Green Lantern, [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame beats Bedovian at his own game]] [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome by using his ring to construct a sniper rifle]] and firing back. Presumably non-lethally, since Green Lantern Rings [[spoiler: at the time]] can't kill anyone.

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** And John Stewart, the {{badass}} badass former Marine turned architect turned Green Lantern, [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame beats Bedovian at his own game]] [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome by using his ring to construct a sniper rifle]] and firing back. Presumably non-lethally, since Green Lantern Rings [[spoiler: at the time]] can't kill anyone.
4th Nov '16 6:58:07 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* Discussed in the book ''One Shot, One Kill'' by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts (Roberts is himself a former sniper). The U.S. military originally simply issued sniper rifles to the soldiers with the best aim, but they're now selected for their mental state and personality, with aim being a secondary concern. It's easier to teach a even-keeled soldier better aiming skills than it is to teach the wrong soldier how to cope with the psychological demands.

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* Discussed in the book ''One Shot, One Kill'' by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts (Roberts is himself a former sniper). The U.S. military originally simply issued sniper rifles to the soldiers with the best aim, but they're now selected for their mental state and personality, with aim being a secondary concern. It's easier to teach a an even-keeled soldier better aiming skills than it is to teach the wrong soldier how to cope with the psychological demands.
4th Nov '16 6:57:49 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* Discussed in the book ''One Shot, One Kill'' by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts (Roberts is himself a former sniper). The U.S. military originally simply issued sniper rifles to the soldiers with the best aim, but they're now selected for their mental state and personality, with aim being a secondary concern. It's easier to teach a decent soldier better aiming skills than it is to teach the wrong soldier how to cope with the psychological demands.
** ... for a given value of "decent" - not the one you'd like applied to your neighbors.

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* Discussed in the book ''One Shot, One Kill'' by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts (Roberts is himself a former sniper). The U.S. military originally simply issued sniper rifles to the soldiers with the best aim, but they're now selected for their mental state and personality, with aim being a secondary concern. It's easier to teach a decent even-keeled soldier better aiming skills than it is to teach the wrong soldier how to cope with the psychological demands.
** ... for a given value of "decent" - not the one you'd like applied to your neighbors.
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30th Oct '16 9:37:01 PM ChrisX
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** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment Calvina Coulange]] is a variation of 'cold' sniper. She specializes in swift long range skills, but instead of emotionless, she's an aloof, unfriendly BrokenBird prone to anger outbursts due to mental trauma and often breaks protocol in a single-minded hunt for revenge. Like Latooni, she gets better via CharacterDevelopment, but unlike Latooni, she's still keeping her sniping skills and only so much discarding her unpleasant aspects of her personality, she's still aloof.
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