History Main / DramaticGunCock

7th Jun '18 11:07:44 PM jormis29
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* ''Spycraft'' gives pump-action shotgun owners a bonus on their Intimidate skill at the start of combat. Guess where it comes from.

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* ''Spycraft'' ''TabletopGame/{{Spycraft}}'' gives pump-action shotgun owners a bonus on their Intimidate skill at the start of combat. Guess where it comes from.
17th Apr '18 7:30:25 PM nombretomado
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The dramatic gun cock may be accompanied by a PistolWhipping. Subtrope of KineticClicking. Can sometimes lead to GunsDoNotWorkThatWay when a (semi)automatic gun that has already been shown to be actioned recently is cycled again for emphasis, without a round being ejected. Also compare with NoisyGuns which includes many more mechanical noises from guns too, for no reason. Compare HighAltitudeInterrogation, which also relies on getting information through death threats. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] a particularly dramatic PhallicWeapon, but it can overlap.

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The dramatic gun cock may be accompanied by a PistolWhipping. Subtrope of KineticClicking. Can sometimes lead to GunsDoNotWorkThatWay when a (semi)automatic gun that has already been shown to be actioned recently is cycled again for emphasis, without a round being ejected. Also compare with NoisyGuns which includes many more mechanical noises from guns too, for no reason. Compare HighAltitudeInterrogation, which also relies on getting information through death threats. [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] a particularly dramatic PhallicWeapon, but it can overlap.
24th Mar '18 4:36:24 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Every time someone draws a weapon or points it at someone in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' there's a "power up" sound, presumably the energy weapon equivalent of a gun cock. However, this doesn't seem to be the result of any action on the part of the person holding the gun. It [[FanWank appears]] that [[EmpathicWeapon the guns themselves]] have a [[GenreSavvy sense of drama]] and know when to make that sound.

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* Every time someone draws a weapon or points it at someone in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' there's a "power up" sound, presumably the energy weapon equivalent of a gun cock. However, this doesn't seem to be the result of any action on the part of the person holding the gun. It [[FanWank appears]] that [[EmpathicWeapon the guns themselves]] have a [[GenreSavvy sense of drama]] and know when to make that sound.
18th Mar '18 5:34:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'': A fairly {{egregious}} example comes from the movie. During the scene where the commando team is investigating the temple, they cock their guns absolutely every time they hear a noise. Considering this is maybe a ten man team and there are maybe twenty gun-cocks per startling noise, this may be the result of a trigger-happy foley artist.

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* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'': A fairly {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} example comes from the movie. During the scene where the commando team is investigating the temple, they cock their guns absolutely every time they hear a noise. Considering this is maybe a ten man team and there are maybe twenty gun-cocks per startling noise, this may be the result of a trigger-happy foley artist.
13th Mar '18 6:09:12 AM JackG
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* Invoked ''13 Tzameti'' (and the American remake ''13''). Players in a DeadlyGame of RussianRoulette stand in a circle with their guns pointed at the man in front of them. They cock the gun on command, then fire on another signal.

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* Invoked in ''13 Tzameti'' (and the American remake ''13''). Players in a DeadlyGame of RussianRoulette stand in a circle with their guns pointed at the man in front of them. They cock the gun on command, then fire on another signal.
13th Mar '18 6:01:33 AM JackG
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* Invoked ''13 Tzameti'' (and the American remake ''13''). Players in a DeadlyGame of RussianRoulette stand in a circle with their guns pointed at the man in front of them. They cock the gun on command, then fire on another signal.
12th Mar '18 2:08:17 AM Ninamarie124
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2nd Mar '18 4:38:20 AM AmuckCricetine
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** Mal also seems fond of doing it at times, either to make a point (such as in the "BigDamnHeroes" scene in "Safe") or as a way of saying "Cut the bullshit" if someone is trying to con him. It's particularly noticeable in his interactions with Saffron.
** Played for laughs when Wash cocks a tiny pistol rather dramatically in "War Stories."
** In "Jaynestown": take notice of the sound when "Stitch" Hessian points his shotgun at Mal's face. Seeing as Stitch doesn't pump the action (he's holding the shotgun one-handed) and that model doesn't have an exposed hammer, what exactly is creating the cocking sound?

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** Mal also seems fond of doing it at times, either to make a point (such as in the "BigDamnHeroes" scene in "Safe") "[[{{Recap/FireflyE05Safe}} Safe]]") or as a way of saying "Cut the bullshit" if someone is trying to con him. It's particularly noticeable in his interactions with Saffron.
** Played for laughs when Wash cocks a tiny pistol rather dramatically in "War Stories."
"[[{{Recap/FireflyE10WarStories}} War Stories]]".
** In "Jaynestown": "[[{{Recap/FireflyE07Jaynestown}} Jaynestown]]": take notice of the sound when "Stitch" Hessian points his shotgun at Mal's face. Seeing as Stitch doesn't pump the action (he's holding the shotgun one-handed) and that model doesn't have an exposed hammer, what exactly is creating the cocking sound?



** In ''The Message'', Jayne [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this by racking a shotgun to get a hostage taker to turn towards him, allowing Mal a clean shot without having to ShootTheHostage. It is notable that he is actually holding two guns at the time and only cocks the second.
** The interrogation aspect is inverted in TheMovie, where Mal is trying to talk down River in AxCrazy mode as she has a pistol pointed at his face.

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** In ''The Message'', "[[{{Recap/FireflyE12TheMessage}} The Message]]", Jayne [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this by racking a shotgun to get a hostage taker to turn towards him, allowing Mal a clean shot without having to ShootTheHostage. It is notable that he is actually holding two guns at the time and only cocks the second.
** The interrogation aspect is inverted in TheMovie, ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', where Mal is trying to talk down River in AxCrazy mode as she has a pistol pointed at his face.



* In the original-series ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "A Piece of the Action", a gangster lets Kirk and Spock know they're being covered by cocking his weapon. Spock suggests they lower their weapons because he "just heard the sound of..." which Kirk finishes "...the sound of a machine gun bolt being pulled back."
* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Release", when Angelus is about to shoot Faith point-blank with a shotgun, he delivers his little speech, then dramatically pumps the shotgun. Then he does it again. And again. Only once all of the shells have been ejected does Faith kick it away and resume fisticuffs.

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* In the original-series ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "A "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E17APieceOfTheAction}} A Piece of the Action", Action]]", a gangster lets Kirk and Spock know they're being covered by cocking his weapon. Spock suggests they lower their weapons because he "just heard the sound of..." which Kirk finishes "...the sound of a machine gun bolt being pulled back."
* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Release", "[[{{Recap/AngelS04E14Release}} Release]]", when Angelus is about to shoot Faith point-blank with a shotgun, he delivers his little speech, then dramatically pumps the shotgun. Then he does it again. And again. Only once all of the shells have been ejected does Faith kick it away and resume fisticuffs.



* In Creator/DavidTennant's last episode as the Tenth Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'', he acts particularly indecisive and [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace remarkably careless]] when deciding who to shoot... and seemingly re-cocks the gun every time he aims it at someone else. While he DoesntLikeGuns and might not know how they work, it's a revolver so that shouldn't even be possible.

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* In Creator/DavidTennant's last The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode as "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]", the Tenth Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'', he acts particularly indecisive and [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace remarkably careless]] when deciding who to shoot... and seemingly re-cocks the gun every time he aims it at someone else. While he DoesntLikeGuns and might not know how they work, it's a revolver so that shouldn't even be possible.



** Rory in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler]]. ''Against'' [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]].

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** Rory in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler]].Hitler]]". ''Against'' [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]].



** Done by Riddell in ''Dinosaurs on a Spaceship'' as he and Amy prepare to face down the titular dinosaurs. Done later by Nefertiti as she emerges from his tent (presumably post-coitally) for no real reason.

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** Done by Riddell in ''Dinosaurs "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Dinosaurs on a Spaceship'' Spaceship]]" as he and Amy prepare to face down the titular dinosaurs. Done later by Nefertiti as she emerges from his tent (presumably post-coitally) for no real reason.



** Shan also does it to [[spoiler:John Watson]] in ''The Blind Banker'', and it definitely works as a scare tactic.

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** Shan also does it to [[spoiler:John Watson]] in ''The "[[Recap/SherlockS01E02TheBlindBanker The Blind Banker'', Banker]]", and it definitely works as a scare tactic.



* The television adaptations of the ''Sharpe'' books are a bit prone to this. Made even worse by their use of flintlock muskets, pistols and rifles; generally these make only a pronounced "click" when pulled back to half-cock (safe position from which the pan may be primed), followed by another when pulled to full-cock. Trying to get a flintlock to make the characteristic set of three closely-spaced, sharp clicks the series uses is... not easy.

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* The television adaptations of the ''Sharpe'' ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'' books are a bit prone to this. Made even worse by their use of flintlock muskets, pistols and rifles; generally these make only a pronounced "click" when pulled back to half-cock (safe position from which the pan may be primed), followed by another when pulled to full-cock. Trying to get a flintlock to make the characteristic set of three closely-spaced, sharp clicks the series uses is... not easy.



* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Homecoming", Buffy cocks a pump action rifle for dramatic effect repeatedly. [[RealityEnsues This bites her in the ass when she quickly runs out of ammo]]. It also makes sense, given that she's almost certainly never used a gun before.

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* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Homecoming", "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E5Homecoming Homecoming]]", Buffy cocks a pump action rifle for dramatic effect repeatedly. [[RealityEnsues This bites her in the ass when she quickly runs out of ammo]]. It also makes sense, given that she's almost certainly never used a gun before.



** Parodied: a hunter says something dramatic, and pumps his shotgun, visibly expelling a shell. Cletus the Yokel tries to copy him, and then he and the hunter start bickering about whether his comment added anything, and they ''keep'' expelling shells at the end of each sentence!
** While threatening Homer and Krusty with a revolver, a Mob boss cocks his gun, scaring Homer. After some patter, he cocks the gun again, eliciting the exact same response. In the DVD commentary, the writers mention that they thought it was hilarious that a gun gets more frightening the more often you cock it.
** Upon learning the book to end zombie curse in in the library, Homer swing-cocks a shotgun in "Treehouse of Horror III".

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** Parodied: Parodied in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E5TheFatAndTheFurriest The Fat and the Furriest]]": a hunter says something dramatic, and pumps his shotgun, visibly expelling a shell. Cletus the Yokel tries to copy him, and then he and the hunter start bickering about whether his comment added anything, and they ''keep'' expelling shells at the end of each sentence!
** While In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E15HomieTheClown Homie the Clown]]", while threatening Homer and Krusty with a revolver, a Mob boss cocks his gun, scaring Homer. After some patter, he cocks the gun again, eliciting the exact same response. In the DVD commentary, DVDCommentary, the writers mention that they thought it was hilarious that a gun gets more frightening the more often you cock it.
** Upon learning the book to end zombie curse in in the library, Homer swing-cocks a shotgun in "Treehouse "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E5TreehouseOfHorrorIII Treehouse of Horror III".III]]".



** Taken to ridiculous extremes in Marge's story from "Magical History Tour," about the Lewis and Clark expedition. When Sacagawea's party runs across a band of hostile natives, the explorers' weapons all cock their guns dramatically...after which the natives cock their ''bows and arrows'' with the same soundbyte.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': parodied several times when the boys are playing Cop games. Stan makes a dramatic line and to double the drama pumps his shotgun... of course they don't actually have shotguns so Stan just pumps his imaginary one and makes the "Ch-ch" sound himself. And then there's the time Stan cocks a ''real'' gun...

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** Taken to ridiculous extremes in Marge's story from "Magical "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E11MargicalHistoryTour Margical History Tour," Tour]]", about the Lewis and Clark expedition. When Sacagawea's party runs across a band of hostile natives, the explorers' weapons all cock their guns dramatically...after which the natives cock their ''bows and arrows'' with the same soundbyte.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': parodied several times in "[[Recap/SouthParkS7E6LilCrimeStoppers Lil' Crime Stoppers]]" when the boys are playing Cop games. Stan makes a dramatic line and to double the drama pumps his shotgun... of course they don't actually have shotguns so Stan just pumps his imaginary one and makes the "Ch-ch" sound himself. And then there's the time Stan cocks a ''real'' gun...



* Happens several times in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. In the episode ''Almost Got 'Im'', Batman [[spoiler: disguised as Killer Croc]] signals the ambush and a bar full of police officers all cock their guns and point them at the villains.

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* Happens several times in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. In the episode ''Almost "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE46AlmostGotIm Almost Got 'Im'', 'Im]]", Batman [[spoiler: disguised as Killer Croc]] signals the ambush and a bar full of police officers all cock their guns and point them at the villains.
28th Feb '18 8:33:40 PM nombretomado
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* First subverted in ''{{Snatch}}'', where one of the robbers of a betting parlor wastes rounds in the gun doing so. And he doesn't even get to use it and has it stolen from him. And even worse, it's the only real gun they had.

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* First subverted in ''{{Snatch}}'', ''{{Film/Snatch}}'', where one of the robbers of a betting parlor wastes rounds in the gun doing so. And he doesn't even get to use it and has it stolen from him. And even worse, it's the only real gun they had.
24th Feb '18 6:00:32 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/RedHill'', Jimmy likes to announce his presence to his victims by pumping the side on his SawedOffShotgun. This usually cues an OhCrap moment as they realise that their time on earth is numbered in minutes, if not seconds.
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