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14th Sep '15 7:03:04 PM Debatra
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* In ''Film/TheBunnymanMassacre'', the final victim-to-be has the titular [[SlasherMovie serial killer]] at gunpoint. [[WhatAnIdiot For some unexplained reason, she turns the gun on herself]].

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* In ''Film/TheBunnymanMassacre'', ''{{Film/Bunnyman}}'', the final victim-to-be has the titular [[SlasherMovie serial killer]] at gunpoint. [[WhatAnIdiot For some unexplained reason, she turns the gun on herself]].
7th Jul '15 4:15:23 PM nombretomado
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* Played with ''{{Lost}}'': Kate is in a bank during an armed robbery. After a skirmish, she ends up holding a gun on the ringleader, but the safety is on. As the other hostages call out to shoot the bad guy, she yells, "I don't know how to use a gun!" The bad guy takes the gun back and drags her into another room, ostensibly to beat her up. That's when we learn that [[spoiler:Kate ''masterminded'' the bank robbery, is playing the inside woman, and most definitely knows how to use a gun]].

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* Played with ''{{Lost}}'': ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Kate is in a bank during an armed robbery. After a skirmish, she ends up holding a gun on the ringleader, but the safety is on. As the other hostages call out to shoot the bad guy, she yells, "I don't know how to use a gun!" The bad guy takes the gun back and drags her into another room, ostensibly to beat her up. That's when we learn that [[spoiler:Kate ''masterminded'' the bank robbery, is playing the inside woman, and most definitely knows how to use a gun]].
28th May '15 11:13:07 AM Jappus
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* In ''Film/JackReacher'', the namesake protagonist is attacked by a pair of bumbling criminals inside a narrow bathroom and hallway. After dispatching them, a third criminal points a gun to his head. The protagonist calmly turns around and informs the criminal that he should shoot now. Naturally, the criminal is quickly disarmed immediately after.
9th Apr '15 11:33:27 PM jormis29
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* A version appears in ''[[VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception]]'', where Drake points a gun at Sully, Drake's father figure, whom Drake had recently seen gunned down and killed, reappears and looking unharmed. Sully plucks the gun out of Drake's hand, and flicks him on the nose, telling him never to do it again.

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* A version appears in ''[[VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception]]'', ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'', where Drake points a gun at Sully, Drake's father figure, whom Drake had recently seen gunned down and killed, reappears and looking unharmed. Sully plucks the gun out of Drake's hand, and flicks him on the nose, telling him never to do it again.
3rd Nov '14 8:14:27 PM Debatra
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* In ''Film/TheBunnymanMassacre'', the final victim-to-be has the titular [[SlasherMovie serial killer]] at gunpoint. [[WhatAnIdiot For some unexplained reason, she turns the gun on herself]].
15th Oct '14 10:01:42 PM merotoker
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* Double Suberted in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' manga. Seras ''does'' fire her weapon at the vampiric priest - for all the good it does her. ''Then'' he disarms her.
* In ''{{Planetes}}'', Hachimaki is outrage at finding [[spoiler:Hakim]] [[TheMole sabotaging the Von Braun mission]], and trains an [[GrapplingHookGun armor-piercing anchor gun]] on him. [[spoiler:Hakim]] is utterly unfazed; he knows Hachimaki won't shoot, as he "doesn't have the eyes of a killer." He then delivers a devastating BreakingSpeech at Hachi, steadily walking towards him. The lecture climaxes as [[spoiler:Hakim]] walks past Hachi, who remains [[HeroicBSOD standing perfectly still]], and barely has time to scream at his betrayer's back before a bomb goes off.
* In ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': [[spoiler:Tenma]] has [[spoiler:Johan]] at gunpoint, but hesitates. The latter calmly approaches the former in a way that suggests this trope... then [[spoiler:he just stands there, points at his own forehead, and ''[[DissonantSerenity smiles]]'']].

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* Double Suberted DoubleSubversion in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' manga.''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. Seras ''does'' fire her weapon at the vampiric priest - for all the good it does her. ''Then'' he disarms her.
* In ''{{Planetes}}'', ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'', Hachimaki is outrage at finding [[spoiler:Hakim]] [[TheMole sabotaging the Von Braun mission]], and trains an [[GrapplingHookGun armor-piercing anchor gun]] on him. [[spoiler:Hakim]] is utterly unfazed; he knows Hachimaki won't shoot, as he "doesn't have the eyes of a killer." He then delivers a devastating BreakingSpeech at Hachi, steadily walking towards him. The lecture climaxes as [[spoiler:Hakim]] walks past Hachi, who remains [[HeroicBSOD standing perfectly still]], and barely has time to scream at his betrayer's back before a bomb goes off.
* In ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': ''Manga/{{Monster}}'': [[spoiler:Tenma]] has [[spoiler:Johan]] at gunpoint, but hesitates. The latter calmly approaches the former in a way that suggests this trope... then [[spoiler:he just stands there, points at his own forehead, and ''[[DissonantSerenity smiles]]'']].



* Subverted in the ''RurouniKenshin'' anime. Misao and a minor character, a young boy who's brother is taken hostage during one of Shishio's schemes, are attempting to sneak into the villain hideout and capture a nearby [[{{Mook}} guard]], with the boy holding him at swordpoint. The guard assumes it's a bluff and points out to the boy that [[YouWouldntShootMe it's harder to kill someone than an innocent would realize]]...rather severely underestimating just how desperate and angry the boy is. Misao barely manages to prevent him from killing the guard, who becomes [[OhCrap instantly cooperative]].

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* Subverted in the ''RurouniKenshin'' ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' anime. Misao and a minor character, a young boy who's brother is taken hostage during one of Shishio's schemes, are attempting to sneak into the villain hideout and capture a nearby [[{{Mook}} [[{{Mook|s}} guard]], with the boy holding him at swordpoint. The guard assumes it's a bluff and points out to the boy that [[YouWouldntShootMe it's harder to kill someone than an innocent would realize]]...rather severely underestimating just how desperate and angry the boy is. Misao barely manages to prevent him from killing the guard, who becomes [[OhCrap instantly cooperative]].
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* Averted in ''WolfCreek''. [[spoiler:However, it doesn't kill the villain: the rifle bullet passes through his neck and somehow he doesn't bleed to death.]]
* ''Film/TheRock'': Just after Goodspeed and Mason's Navy SEAL teammates are all drawn into a trap and killed, Goodspeed tries to stop Mason from leaving Alcatraz Island by pulling his pistol on him. Mason replies that [[DefensiveFailure Goodspeed doesn't have what it takes to kill him]], and also remarking [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont "Besides, the safety's on"]], before grabbing the gun away.

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* Averted in ''WolfCreek''.''Film/WolfCreek''. [[spoiler:However, it doesn't kill the villain: the rifle bullet passes through his neck and somehow he doesn't bleed to death.]]
* ''Film/TheRock'': Just after Goodspeed and Mason's Navy SEAL teammates are all drawn into a trap and killed, Goodspeed tries to stop Mason from leaving Alcatraz Island by pulling his pistol on him. Mason replies that [[DefensiveFailure Goodspeed doesn't have what it takes to kill him]], him, and also remarking [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont "Besides, the safety's on"]], before grabbing the gun away.



* In ''TheSoundOfMusic'', Rolf becomes a Nazi soldier, but proves unable to kill Captain Von Trapp:

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* In ''TheSoundOfMusic'', ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', Rolf becomes a Nazi soldier, but proves unable to kill Captain Von Trapp:



* Parodied in ''NationalLampoonsLoadedWeapon1'', where a character seizes up and -- rather than merely trembling -- begins to convulse in an exaggerated manner, wagging his pistol in every direction. Said character, by the way, is played by ''Creator/SamuelLJackson''.

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* Parodied in ''NationalLampoonsLoadedWeapon1'', ''Film/LoadedWeapon1'', where a character seizes up and -- rather than merely trembling -- begins to convulse in an exaggerated manner, wagging his pistol in every direction. Said character, by the way, is played by ''Creator/SamuelLJackson''.









* Oddly featured in ''{{Nation}}'' where Daphne points a gun at Mau. She seems so scared of it that he tries to take it from her to relieve her concern. She does actually fire it, but fortunately the powder had got wet, and he thought she was giving him a tool for lighting fires with. So easily could have been PoorCommunicationKills.
* Svidrigailov and Dounia in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Dounia has a defensive failure in front of Svidrigailov while Svidrigailov attempts to disarm her, laughing at her and taunting her to kill him. She doesn't, of course.
* A small but memorable scene in one issue of ''PerryRhodan'' has Pyon Arzachena, perpetually down on his luck interstellar prospector, threaten the [[HeelFaceTurn former]] [[BigBad galactic conqueror]] Hotrenor-Taak with his own weapon because he suspects the latter of being merely an impostor whom he wants to unmask. Turns into a NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont moment when Hotrenor-Taak calmly walks over and retrieves his gun -- which only works when held by its owner.

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* Oddly featured in ''{{Nation}}'' ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' where Daphne points a gun at Mau. She seems so scared of it that he tries to take it from her to relieve her concern. She does actually fire it, but fortunately the powder had got wet, and he thought she was giving him a tool for lighting fires with. So easily could have been PoorCommunicationKills.
* Svidrigailov and Dounia in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' by Fyodor Dostoevsky.Creator/FyodorDostoevsky. Dounia has a defensive failure in front of Svidrigailov while Svidrigailov attempts to disarm her, laughing at her and taunting her to kill him. She doesn't, of course.
* A small but memorable scene in one issue of ''PerryRhodan'' ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' has Pyon Arzachena, perpetually down on his luck interstellar prospector, threaten the [[HeelFaceTurn former]] [[BigBad galactic conqueror]] Hotrenor-Taak with his own weapon because he suspects the latter of being merely an impostor whom he wants to unmask. Turns into a NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont moment when Hotrenor-Taak calmly walks over and retrieves his gun -- which only works when held by its owner.
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* {{Lampshaded}} in an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' - Martha has an enemy at gunpoint who says she doesn't have the nerve to fire - she replies that nervous people with guns are not a safe combination, and asks him if he wants to risk it.

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' - Martha has an enemy at gunpoint who says she doesn't have the nerve to fire - she replies that nervous people with guns are not a safe combination, and asks him if he wants to risk it.



** And played straight in the Doctor's Daughter where Ten makes a point that even if he has the villain at gun point, he never would shoot.

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** And played straight in the Doctor's Daughter where Ten makes a point that even if he has the villain at gun point, gunpoint, he never would shoot.



* Crichton's LoveInterest in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' falls victim to this. Scorpius holds Crichton hostage. Then the LoveInterest confidently walks in with a pulse rifle. Crichton laughs and tells her to shoot Scorpius. She then hesitates, and Scorpius calmly shoots her instead.

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* Crichton's LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' falls victim to this. Scorpius holds Crichton hostage. Then the LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} confidently walks in with a pulse rifle. Crichton laughs and tells her to shoot Scorpius. She then hesitates, and Scorpius calmly shoots her instead.
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** In the first game Meryl points her rifle at Snake, and Snake taunts her about not being able to pull the trigger
*** Snake even points out that [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont she hadn't even taken the safety off.]]
** Near the beginning of MetalGearSolid3, Ocelot points his revolver at Naked Snake. Snake responds by calmly stating, "You don't have what it takes to kill me." An enraged Ocelot pulls the trigger, only to discover that Snake was speaking literally, and his gun is empty. Whoops.
*** There are implications that Ocelot [[MagnificentBastard intended for this to happen all along.]] [[spoiler:It's hard to maintain an image of being a Russian soldier if you refuse to shoot an American spy, after all. Emptying your weapon beforehand is a nice [[TakeAThirdOption third option.]]]]

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** In the first game Meryl points her rifle at Snake, and Snake taunts her about not being able to pull the trigger
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trigger. Snake even points out that [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont she hadn't even taken the safety off.]]
** Near the beginning of MetalGearSolid3, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', Ocelot points his revolver at Naked Snake. Snake responds by calmly stating, "You don't have what it takes to kill me." An enraged Ocelot pulls the trigger, only to discover that Snake was speaking literally, and his gun is empty. Whoops.
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Whoops. There are implications that Ocelot [[MagnificentBastard intended for this to happen all along.]] [[spoiler:It's hard to maintain an image of being a Russian soldier if you refuse to shoot an American spy, after all. Emptying your weapon beforehand is a nice [[TakeAThirdOption third option.]]]]



* Happens in ''GrimFandango'' when Meche threatens Domino with a Sprouter.

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* Happens in ''GrimFandango'' ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' when Meche threatens Domino with a Sprouter.












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8th Jul '14 10:08:28 PM sgamer82
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* A version appears in ''[[VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception]], where Drake points a gun at Sully, Drake's father figure, whom Drake had recently seen gunned down and killed, reappears and looking unharmed. Sully plucks the gun out of Drake's hand, and flicks him on the nose, telling him never to do it again.

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* A version appears in ''[[VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception]], Deception]]'', where Drake points a gun at Sully, Drake's father figure, whom Drake had recently seen gunned down and killed, reappears and looking unharmed. Sully plucks the gun out of Drake's hand, and flicks him on the nose, telling him never to do it again.
8th Jul '14 10:08:15 PM sgamer82
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* A version appears in Uncharted 3, where Drake points a gun at Sully, Drake's father figure, whom Drake had recently seen gunned down and killed, reappears and looking unharmed. Sully plucks the gun out of Drake's hand, and flicks him on the nose, telling him never to do it again.

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* A version appears in ''[[VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} Uncharted 3, 3: Drake's Deception]], where Drake points a gun at Sully, Drake's father figure, whom Drake had recently seen gunned down and killed, reappears and looking unharmed. Sully plucks the gun out of Drake's hand, and flicks him on the nose, telling him never to do it again.
26th Jun '14 12:13:23 AM W43
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* Variant in Disney's version of ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': Tarzan doesn't fire the rifle because he can't figure out ''how'' to make it fire.

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* Variant in Disney's version of ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': Tarzan doesn't fire the rifle because he can't figure out ''how'' to make it fire. At the end he ''does'' know how to fire it, but chooses not to so he won't [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim be like Clayton]].
20th May '14 12:21:09 PM DrowLord
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* Subverted in the ''RurouniKenshin'' anime. Misao and a minor character, a young boy who's brother is taken hostage during one of Shishio's schemes, are attempting to sneak into the villain hideout and capture a nearby [[{{Mook}} guard]], with the boy holding him at swordpoint. The guard assumes it's a bluff and points out to the boy that [[YouWouldntShootMe it's harder to kill someone than an innocent would realize]]...rather severely underestimating just how desperate and angry the boy is. Misao barely manages to prevent him from killing the guard, who becomes [[OhCrap instantly cooperative]].
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