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10th Sep '17 1:40:13 PM Stealth
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* ''Delta Force: Land Warrior'' featured [[http://www.novalogic.com/games/dflw/characters_longbow.html Sergeant Daniel "Longbow" Lonetree]], a taciturn and eternally scowling Navajo counter-sniper. While all of the playable characters had voiceover responses in the game, Longbow's were uniformly brief to the point of bluntness.
29th Aug '17 7:49:55 AM Theriocephalus
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See also WeaponOfChoice. Compare with ArcherArchetype in medieval/fantasy settings. Likely to find work as a ProfessionalKiller. A common subversion is the FriendlySniper, who is not only much more personable but also usually saner (and is more likely to be depicted as a good guy). To tell them apart, check out if the character is portrayed as evil or eerie/sinister - or at least it is shown that those aspects of the job have an adverse and/or dehumanizing impact on their psyche.

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See also WeaponOfChoice. Compare with ArcherArchetype in medieval/fantasy settings. Likely to find work as a ProfessionalKiller. A common subversion is the FriendlySniper, who is not only much more personable but also usually saner (and is more likely to be depicted as a good guy). To tell them apart, check out if the character is portrayed as evil or eerie/sinister - -- or at least it is shown that those aspects of the job have an adverse and/or dehumanizing impact on their psyche.



* ''Characters/LupinIII'''s Daisuke Jigen. ''Outside of battle'', however, he's a sardonic DeadpanSnarker - no-one can be completely serious around [[CrazyAwesome Lupin]], after all.

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* ''Characters/LupinIII'''s Daisuke Jigen. ''Outside of battle'', however, he's a sardonic DeadpanSnarker - -- no-one can be completely serious around [[CrazyAwesome Lupin]], after all.



* Caine the Longshot from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is a prime example of this trope, having without a doubt, the longest sniper rifle ever conceived by anyone's imagination. While some of the other Guns occasionally display emotions, Caine doesn't - [[TheVoiceless he doesn't even speak]]. When he is found by Vash, he [[spoiler: calmly draws his backup piece and shoots himself.]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' offers an interesting twist with the villain Kaname "Sniper" Hagiri. Per say, he doesn't actually ''use'' a real sniper rifle (he ''does'' use a pistol), but he can flick objects (marbles, dice, ''[[UnusualAmmo a tank truck filled with fuel]]'') with ''insane'' force and accuracy. Moreover, his "territory" lets him imprint enemies with bulls-eyes that attract anything he throws with deathly speed. That said, personality-wise he fits the bill of this trope quite well - out of all the Sensui Seven, he's the least emotional and crazy, and fights purely methodically. (Though he can also be NotSoStoic, and after Itsuki he is the most unfalteringly loyal to their leader Sensui.)

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* Caine the Longshot from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is a prime example of this trope, having without a doubt, the longest sniper rifle ever conceived by anyone's imagination. While some of the other Guns occasionally display emotions, Caine doesn't - -- [[TheVoiceless he doesn't even speak]]. When he is found by Vash, he [[spoiler: calmly draws his backup piece and shoots himself.]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' offers an interesting twist with the villain Kaname "Sniper" Hagiri. Per say, he doesn't actually ''use'' a real sniper rifle (he ''does'' use a pistol), but he can flick objects (marbles, dice, ''[[UnusualAmmo a tank truck filled with fuel]]'') with ''insane'' force and accuracy. Moreover, his "territory" lets him imprint enemies with bulls-eyes that attract anything he throws with deathly speed. That said, personality-wise he fits the bill of this trope quite well - -- out of all the Sensui Seven, he's the least emotional and crazy, and fights purely methodically. (Though he can also be NotSoStoic, and after Itsuki he is the most unfalteringly loyal to their leader Sensui.)



* ''Film/PhoneBooth'''s sniper does have feelings - but not exactly the expected ones. He has no problems [[spoiler:killing a random pimp to provoke his target and a perfectly innocent pizza guy to avoid suspicion]].

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* ''Film/PhoneBooth'''s sniper does have feelings - -- but not exactly the expected ones. He has no problems [[spoiler:killing a random pimp to provoke his target and a perfectly innocent pizza guy to avoid suspicion]].



*** Although Saul does fall into HonorBeforeReason at one point, when he does reckon he can kill St Sabbat with his shot - but he would have to fire through Brin Milo to do it, which wouldn't be "clean". Moving to re-sight [[spoiler: costs him his target and his head.]]

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*** Although Saul does fall into HonorBeforeReason at one point, when he does reckon he can kill St Sabbat with his shot - -- but he would have to fire through Brin Milo to do it, which wouldn't be "clean". Moving to re-sight [[spoiler: costs him his target and his head.]]



** Also, while he sniped three people out of the blue in his sniping career, he felt uneasy about not giving his enemies a fair fight or any warning, so he transferred to the starfighter corps and did well enough to be put in charge of a brand-new squadron. When they died he [[ItsAllMyFault blamed himself]] and [[HeroicBSOD became cold]] - so he was a poor Cold Sniper when he '''was''' a sniper, a better one as a pilot-sniper, and then he [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted]].

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** Also, while he sniped three people out of the blue in his sniping career, he felt uneasy about not giving his enemies a fair fight or any warning, so he transferred to the starfighter corps and did well enough to be put in charge of a brand-new squadron. When they died he [[ItsAllMyFault blamed himself]] and [[HeroicBSOD became cold]] - -- so he was a poor Cold Sniper when he '''was''' a sniper, a better one as a pilot-sniper, and then he [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted]].



* Koch from the German UsefulNotes/WorldWarII drama ''Series/UnsereMuetterUnsereVaeter'' is a subversion. He's initially presented as cold and trigger-happy - at one point he's about to shoot a [[KickTheDog cute little kitty]], prompting Friedhelm to snidely remark, "You like shooting, don't you?" Turns out the reason he goes after animals is because it reminds him of time spent hunting with his father as a child, and in any case, the first time we see him point his gun at a human is when [[spoiler: he attempts to protect a Jewish girl from the ''Sicherheitsdienst'']].

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* Koch from the German UsefulNotes/WorldWarII drama ''Series/UnsereMuetterUnsereVaeter'' is a subversion. He's initially presented as cold and trigger-happy - -- at one point he's about to shoot a [[KickTheDog cute little kitty]], prompting Friedhelm to snidely remark, "You like shooting, don't you?" Turns out the reason he goes after animals is because it reminds him of time spent hunting with his father as a child, and in any case, the first time we see him point his gun at a human is when [[spoiler: he attempts to protect a Jewish girl from the ''Sicherheitsdienst'']].



** While many 40K armies sport snipers (and the Vindicare are the best), some mention must go to the SpaceMarine version - specialized Scouts. This doesn't sound too impressive until you realize that Scouts are ''teenagers'' who have yet to be promoted (and augmented) into full [[SuperSoldier genetically-modified]] [[KnightTemplar warrior-monks]], but have already passed the trials... which tend to be extremely lethal.

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** While many 40K armies sport snipers (and the Vindicare are the best), some mention must go to the SpaceMarine version - -- specialized Scouts. This doesn't sound too impressive until you realize that Scouts are ''teenagers'' who have yet to be promoted (and augmented) into full [[SuperSoldier genetically-modified]] [[KnightTemplar warrior-monks]], but have already passed the trials... which tend to be extremely lethal.



* 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. He also shot the guy who shot him in the face.
** The Winter War ended a few days before UsefulNotes/SimoHayha recovered from his injuries. This is probably a coincidence, and not that the Soviets were terrified of having to face him again. ''Probably''.

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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 ([[RedBaron The White Death]]" Death]]") thanks to that--despite 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. He also shot the guy who shot him in the face.
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face. The Winter War ended a few days before UsefulNotes/SimoHayha recovered from his injuries. This is probably a coincidence, and not that the Soviets were terrified of having to face him again. ''Probably''.



** A similar apocryphal story has a somewhat more sociopathic interviewee reply to the question "How can you shoot unarmed women and children?" with "They don't run as fast, so you have to [[LeadTheTarget lead less]]." A fictional depiction of this is given -nearly verbatim- in ''[[{{Film/FullMetalJacket}} Full Metal Jacket]]'', however, instead of a sniper, the sociopath there is a H-34 door gunner.

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** A similar apocryphal story has a somewhat more sociopathic interviewee reply to the question "How can you shoot unarmed women and children?" with "They don't run as fast, so you have to [[LeadTheTarget lead less]]." A fictional depiction of this is given -nearly verbatim- -- nearly verbatim -- in ''[[{{Film/FullMetalJacket}} Full Metal Jacket]]'', however, instead of a sniper, the sociopath there is a H-34 door gunner.
27th Aug '17 4:23:45 PM Xaxk
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* ''Film/TheWall'' has an Iraqi sniper whose MO is to let the coalition forces radio for backup and take them out as well.

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* ''Film/TheWall'' ''Film/TheWall2017'' has an Iraqi sniper whose MO is to let the coalition forces radio for backup and take them out as well.
27th Aug '17 3:51:14 PM Xaxk
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* ''Film/TheWall'' has an Iraqi sniper whose MO is to let the coalition forces radio for backup and take them out as well.
26th Aug '17 5:05:46 PM Benbeasted
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* The snipers from ''VideoGame/DirtyBomb'' are generally a lot less hammy than the other mercs, which isn't saying that much considering [[WorldOfHam everyone is really hammy.]] This isn't to say they're like that for no reason. Vassili is being hunted by the government because of a failed political assassination, Red Eye is taking mercenary work because he was refused pension, and Aimee watched her idol die in front of her [[spoiler: before finding out she was supposed to be killed instead.]]
18th Aug '17 10:39:35 PM Gatordragon24
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* Strix from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is an old sniper who is stoic, distant, and [[TheQuietOne doesn't talk much]]. He is also the mentor to Kinessa who, unlike him, is a FriendlySniper.
11th Aug '17 11:31:55 AM Gregzilla
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A trope commonly applied to a lot of snipers, mostly the loners, what with [[LonersAreFreaks loners being eerie]]. Prevalent due to the allure and popularity of the idea of a lone, stealthy, emotionless and mysterious "lone wolf" prowling invisible in the nights of the jungle, in search for prey. May also overlap with TheHunter. While overlaps with PsychoForHire and SociopathicSoldier are possible, they are very rare due to the stereotype that sociopaths are less on the emotionless and more on the [[AxCrazy totally bonkers]] side.

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A trope commonly applied to a lot of snipers, mostly the loners, what with [[LonersAreFreaks loners being eerie]]. Prevalent due to the allure and popularity of the idea of a lone, stealthy, emotionless and mysterious "lone wolf" prowling invisible in the nights of the jungle, in search for prey. May also overlap with TheHunter.a HunterOfMonsters. While overlaps with PsychoForHire and SociopathicSoldier are possible, they are very rare due to the stereotype that sociopaths are less on the emotionless and more on the [[AxCrazy totally bonkers]] side.
11th Aug '17 11:31:35 AM Gregzilla
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10th Aug '17 9:37:29 PM ZombieAladdin
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** Charlotte Katakuri, one of Big Mom's Sweet Generals, prefers to fight at long distance by [[AbnormalAmmo flicking jelly beans]] at his targets. He is good enough to send those beans right through people's heads at a distance too far for even skilled bystanders like Capone Bege to notice.
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