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29th May '17 12:12:00 PM nombretomado
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* ''WhiteCollar'': Neal Caffrey is usually able to talk his way out of a situation and never has to use one. He does prove in one episode that not liking guns doesn't mean he can't be a very good shot with one, though.

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* ''WhiteCollar'': ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Neal Caffrey is usually able to talk his way out of a situation and never has to use one. He does prove in one episode that not liking guns doesn't mean he can't be a very good shot with one, though.
26th May '17 10:11:27 AM samitv
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*''Series/SneakyPete'': hate is probably a strong word, but the only time Marius uses a gun is as part of a con; he clearly has no intention of using it. Also, he is shown not to really want to use guns, despite often having his life or the life of people close to him in danger.
10th Apr '17 1:40:53 PM avon
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It might be simple fear because [[TheLethalConnotationOfGunsAndOthers guns are dangerous weapons]] and the conman might very easily prove to be far less proficient in a gunfight than his supposed victim. It may be pragmatism, as guns are often taken as evidence of intent to kill and will usually get you a longer prison sentence if you get caught, as well as increasing the chance that someone will draw a gun on you in return. Given that conmen are frequently serial offenders, it may be illegal for them to just own one on account of their existing criminal record.

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It might be simple fear because [[TheLethalConnotationOfGunsAndOthers guns are dangerous weapons]] and the conman might very easily prove to be far less proficient in a gunfight than his supposed victim. It may be pragmatism, as guns are often taken as evidence of intent to kill and will usually get you a longer prison sentence if you get caught, as well as increasing the chance that someone will draw a gun on you in return. The conman might be based in a setting where civilian ownership of guns is strictly regulated, if not completely banned, therefore obtaining illegal guns is even more difficult (Japan, Australia, and the UK, for instance). Given that conmen are frequently serial offenders, it may be illegal for them to just own one on account of their existing criminal record.
5th Dec '16 7:34:06 PM BattleMaster
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* Averted twice in ''Film/TheSting'':
** First, Hooker would happily kill Doyle in revenge for Luther's death, but admits that he doesn't have the skills needed to do so and therefore settles for swindling him out of a fortune instead.
** Second [[spoiler: as part of the final con Henry uses a revolver loaded with blanks to "kill" Hooker before he himself is "killed" by a fellow conman masquerading as a federal agent, thus leaving Doyle thinking that both of them are dead so he won't come looking for revenge]].
15th Nov '16 12:10:58 PM Mooncalf
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* The titular ''Film/OlsenBanden'' and their Norwegian and Swedish counterparts consistently avoid carrying guns, as their plans primarily rely on cunning and trickery, and allows them to maintain a LovableRogue image. Their less moral antagonists sometimes carry guns, or employ thugs that do. This is at one point lampshaded by Dr Busé (who's a newcomer to the Swedish group) who asks why they, being criminals, don't have guns. (Vanheden responds by showing how far cunning and trickery can actually get you.)
13th Oct '16 3:28:48 PM Sharlee
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** Kieth, the Stupid-Looking Kid from ''Discworld/TheAmazzingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', never carries any weapons or even throws a punch. Granted, it's easy to get by without a weapon if you have a Clan of intelligent rats traveling with you who ''aren't'' averse to fighting.

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** Kieth, the Stupid-Looking Kid from ''Discworld/TheAmazzingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', never carries any weapons or even throws a punch. Granted, it's easy to get by without a weapon if you have a Clan of intelligent rats traveling with you who ''aren't'' averse to fighting.
13th Oct '16 3:28:17 PM Sharlee
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** Kieth, the Stupid-Looking Kid from ''Discworld/TheAmazzingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', never carries any weapons or even throws a punch. Granted, it's easy to get by without a weapon if you have a Clan of intelligent rats traveling with you who ''aren't'' averse to fighting.
12th Oct '16 8:43:34 AM erforce
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* Captain Jack Sparrow of the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' franchise will usually go out of his way to avoid killing or violence, preferring to sneak and con his way out of situations; as noted by Barbossa in the first film: "Now you see, Jack, that's exactly the attitude that lost you the Pearl. People are easier to search when they're dead." [[spoiler:The only time he shoots somebody is when he uses [[LeaveBehindAPistol the pistol he was marroned with]] to shoot Barbarossa at the end of the first film.]]

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* Captain Jack Sparrow of the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' franchise will usually go out of his way to avoid killing or violence, preferring to sneak and con his way out of situations; as noted by Barbossa in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film: film]]: "Now you see, Jack, that's exactly the attitude that lost you the Pearl.''Pearl''. People are easier to search when they're dead." [[spoiler:The only time he shoots somebody is when he uses [[LeaveBehindAPistol the pistol he was marroned with]] to shoot Barbarossa at the end of the first film.]]
25th Aug '16 5:47:52 PM Valiona
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* Aiber in ''Manga/DeathNote''.

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* Aiber in ''Manga/DeathNote''. His profile notes that he dislikes violence, and he refuses to take a gun when preparing to ambush Higuchi.
19th Aug '16 8:22:37 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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On the other hand, it is quite often a point of pride -- [[EvenEvilHasStandards guns are beneath them]]. After all, they aren't called [[ConArtist the con]] ''[[ConArtist artist]]'' for nothing -- a truly good conman makes people do his bidding with ''cunning''. [[JustShootHim Just threatening to shoot somebody]] is [[ConsummateProfessional inelegant]], if not outright ''cheating''.

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On the other hand, it is quite often a point of pride -- [[EvenEvilHasStandards guns are beneath them]]. After all, they aren't called [[ConArtist the con]] ''[[ConArtist artist]]'' for nothing -- a truly good conman makes people do his bidding with ''cunning''. [[JustShootHim Just threatening to shoot somebody]] is [[ConsummateProfessional crude and inelegant]], if not outright ''cheating''.
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