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17th Jan '17 7:48:56 AM themisterfree
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* The same trope was used almost exactly the same way in future cartoon incarnations, such as ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'', the CGI movies and ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' continues the tradition, but makes it clear the lasers are something new and exotic by M.A.R.S. Industries, and that they have just recently begun to replace bullet-based guns—one episode even features Flint remarking on the difference, warning his men to “watch the recoil! These are plasma-pulse rifles, not your daddy's M16's!” Flashbacks to the Joes' early days feature them carrying regular guns, but this is an exception, as nobody else actually appears to own a firearm: when Zartan and his gang threaten a small town in his intro issue, nobody, not even the town's sheriff, appears to consider using firearms, instead resorting to improvised weaponry when the Joes train the citizens to defend themselves.

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* ** The same trope was used almost exactly the same way in future cartoon incarnations, such as ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'', the CGI movies and ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6''.
* ** ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' continues the tradition, but makes it clear the lasers are something new and exotic by M.A.R.S. Industries, and that they have just recently begun to replace bullet-based guns—one episode even features Flint remarking on the difference, warning his men to “watch the recoil! These are plasma-pulse rifles, not your daddy's M16's!” Flashbacks to the Joes' early days feature them carrying regular guns, but this is an exception, as nobody else actually appears to own a firearm: when Zartan and his gang threaten a small town in his intro issue, nobody, not even the town's sheriff, appears to consider using firearms, instead resorting to improvised weaponry when the Joes train the citizens to defend themselves.



* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'''s inconsistent animation meant that EVERYTHING fired lasers, no matter what it looked like or what it fired a second ago. That grapefruit thing on the right arm of the Neosapian mook armor was alternately a laser blaster, a missile, a club, or some kind of bomb depending on what the animators felt like doing. Scopes fired lasers, missile launchers fired lasers, odd pointy bits that don't really look anything like a weapon sometimes fired lasers. If it was on the arm of an e-frame, it shot a laser at some point. However, closeup shots of weapons sometimes show belts of linked ammunition and ejected bullet casings.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'''s inconsistent animation meant that EVERYTHING fired lasers, no matter what it looked like or what it fired a second ago. That grapefruit thing on the right arm of the Neosapian mook armor was alternately a laser blaster, a missile, a club, or some kind of bomb depending on what the animators felt like doing. Scopes fired lasers, missile launchers fired lasers, odd pointy bits that don't really look anything like a weapon sometimes fired lasers. If it was on the arm of an e-frame, E-frame, it shot a laser at some point. However, closeup shots of weapons sometimes show belts of linked ammunition and ejected bullet casings.



* ''SwatKats'' zigzags the trope: while normal guns and rifles, as used by the Enforcers and assorted villains, are laser-based and generally look that way, though Commander Feral's handgun looks a little more realistic. The SWAT Kats' arsenal, on the other hand, is intended to be as non-lethal as possible. Therefore, they tend to lean towards AbnormalAmmo- the varieties of missiles used in the [[CoolPlane [=TurboKat=]]] range from being able to deploy buzzsaws, to producing electrical or flame impacts. They rarely ever fired a standard missile- which was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when a standard was fired by a button marked "Plain Old Missile". In addition, they also had a [[GatlingGood cement gatling gun]] equipped; their ammo in their [[SuperWristGadget Glovat]][[PowerFist rixes]] and [[{{Thememobile}} other vehicles]] tended to be scaled-down versions of their [=TurboKat=] armaments.

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* ''SwatKats'' zigzags the trope: while normal guns and rifles, as used by the Enforcers and assorted villains, are laser-based and generally look that way, though Commander Feral's handgun looks a little more realistic.realistic; [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness some early episodes showed bullets being fired from guns, but with red streaks and laser noises]]. The SWAT Kats' arsenal, on the other hand, is intended to be as non-lethal as possible. Therefore, they tend to lean towards AbnormalAmmo- the varieties of missiles used in the [[CoolPlane [=TurboKat=]]] range from being able to deploy buzzsaws, to producing electrical or flame impacts. They rarely ever fired a standard missile- which was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when a standard was fired by a button marked "Plain Old Missile". In addition, they also had a [[GatlingGood cement gatling gun]] equipped; their ammo in their [[SuperWristGadget Glovat]][[PowerFist rixes]] and [[{{Thememobile}} other vehicles]] tended to be scaled-down versions of their [=TurboKat=] armaments.
8th Jan '17 12:52:59 PM Owlorange1995
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* Not-quite-a-gun example: in the cartoons based on ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'', Link couldn't kill the enemies by stabbing them with his sword like in the games. Instead, he had to defeat them by shooting them with the {{Sword Beam}}s -- which are also in the games, but are only available at full health and thus aren't used as much as regular stabbing. In one episode, Link foolishly trades his sword for a fancier one which, he discovers at a critical moment, does not shoot laser beams. This renders him ''entirely defenseless'' despite the fact that the replacement is still a fully functional sword.

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* Not-quite-a-gun example: in the cartoons based on ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'', Link couldn't kill the enemies by stabbing them with his sword like in the games. Instead, he had to defeat them by shooting them with the {{Sword Beam}}s -- which are also in the games, but are only available at full health and thus aren't used as much as regular stabbing. In one episode, Link foolishly trades his sword for a fancier one which, he discovers at a critical moment, does not shoot laser beams. This renders him ''entirely defenseless'' despite the fact It does not help that [[WreckedWeapon the replacement is still a fully functional sword.sword snaps in half from one enemy attack.]]
4th Jan '17 6:10:17 AM StFan
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Pirate 101}}'' the guns are [[FrothyMugsOfWater sparkthowers]]. Rather than shooting bullets they shoot balls of magic electricity that stun opponents into submission. They range from flintlock pistols to a long rifle that functions as a primitive sniper rifle to the one that is a cannon that can shoot a ball of electricity with enough force to knock back the target.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Pirate 101}}'' ''VideoGame/Pirate101'' the guns are [[FrothyMugsOfWater sparkthowers]]. Rather than shooting bullets they shoot balls of magic electricity that stun opponents into submission. They range from flintlock pistols to a long rifle that functions as a primitive sniper rifle to the one that is a cannon that can shoot a ball of electricity with enough force to knock back the target.



* {{Playmobil}} sets include firearms when appropriate ([[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/07/the_17_least_appropriate_playmobil_sets_for_childr.php or not, as the case may be]]) - there used to be a Police seaplane set that included not only sidearms for the police officers, but a sniper rifle too.

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* {{Playmobil}} sets include firearms when appropriate ([[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/07/the_17_least_appropriate_playmobil_sets_for_childr.php or not, as the case may be]]) - -- there used to be a Police seaplane set that included not only sidearms for the police officers, but a sniper rifle too.



* [[Toys/NerfBrand NERF]] dart blasters are sold at retail in bright colours with bright orange or vermillion muzzles. The Vortex disc blasters have dramatically oblong barrels and a fantastic raygun motif. Amongst the colour combinations Nerf uses are bright yellow with gray highlights (Classic N-Strike), Rich Blue with white and gray stripes (N-Strike Elite, the colours are inverted to white with blue stripes for Elite XD), Green or White with grey detailing and bright vermillion triggers/muzzles (Vortex), white and gray with purple and pink detailing and floral/wing patterns (Rebelle), bright red with white stripes (Elite N-Strike MEGA).

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* [[Toys/NerfBrand NERF]] dart blasters are sold at retail in bright colours colors with bright orange or vermillion muzzles. The Vortex disc blasters have dramatically oblong barrels and a fantastic raygun motif. Amongst the colour color combinations Nerf uses are bright yellow with gray highlights (Classic N-Strike), Rich Blue with white and gray stripes (N-Strike Elite, the colours are inverted to white with blue stripes for Elite XD), Green or White with grey detailing and bright vermillion triggers/muzzles (Vortex), white and gray with purple and pink detailing and floral/wing patterns (Rebelle), bright red with white stripes (Elite N-Strike MEGA).



* Referenced in an episode of ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'': Phil is able to tell that Joel has been possessed when he holds up a bank with a gun in his left had because [[TheKillerWasLeftHanded Joel is right handed]]. Unfortunately, Matt Wilson accidentally drew the gun in Joel's right hand, so when he corrected it, the gun became a stupid looking, brightly colored gun.

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* ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'':
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Referenced in an episode of ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'': episode: Phil is able to tell that Joel has been possessed when he holds up a bank with a gun in his left had because [[TheKillerWasLeftHanded Joel is right handed]]. right-handed]]. Unfortunately, Matt Wilson accidentally drew the gun in Joel's right hand, so when he corrected it, the gun became a stupid looking, stupid-looking, brightly colored gun.



* Parodied by ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' in the comic [[http://nonadventures.com/2011/03/05/censory-overload/ CENSORY Overload]].
** The comics news feed mentions the inspiration for this:
--->'''Justin Pierce''': My comics hero, Steve Purcell, once got a cartoon deal with FOX in the 90s. He quickly learned that censors didn't dislike violence so much as they disliked accessible violence - the sort of violence kids could easily mimic. Thus the more exaggerated it was, the safer you were. If your knife fight doesn't work, simply replace the knives with atomic bombs. It's a good rule to live by.

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* Parodied by ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' in the comic [[http://nonadventures.com/2011/03/05/censory-overload/ CENSORY Overload]].
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Overload]]. The comics news feed mentions the inspiration for this:
--->'''Justin Pierce''': -->'''Justin Pierce:''' My comics hero, Steve Purcell, once got a cartoon deal with FOX in the 90s. '90s. He quickly learned that censors didn't dislike violence so much as they disliked accessible violence - -- the sort of violence kids could easily mimic. Thus the more exaggerated it was, the safer you were. If your knife fight doesn't work, simply replace the knives with atomic bombs. It's a good rule to live by.



* This trope is the reason we have an advisory for guns on ''Podcast/{{RFG}} (Radio For Gamers)''.



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* This trope is the reason we have an advisory for guns on ''{{Podcast/RFG}} (Radio For Gamers)''.

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* This trope is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-lethal_weapon Non-lethal weapons]] could be considered this, in the reason we have an advisory for guns on ''{{Podcast/RFG}} (Radio For Gamers)''.sense that they are designed with the intention of deterring escalation of violence (e.g. riots and personal self-defense) without killing. Though it should be noted that those in law enforcement prefer the term "less lethal" than "non-lethal" as they can be misused or, under certain circumstances, cause accidental casualties (e.g. Tasers in combination with water or certain amounts of pepper spray).




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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-lethal_weapon Non-lethal weapons]] could be considered this, in the sense that they are designed with the intention of deterring escalation of violence (e.g. riots and personal self-defense) without killing. Though it should be noted that those in law enforcement prefer the term "less lethal" than "non-lethal" as they can be misused or, under certain circumstances, cause accidental casualties (e.g. Tasers in combination with water or certain amounts of pepper spray).
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13th Dec '16 7:20:37 PM Kadorhal
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* Both the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh card game]] and [[Anime/YuGiOh TV show]] have monsters that wield or resemble guns edited into lasers... [[MemeticMutation in]] ''[[MemeticMutation America!]]''. The most notable example of this is the monster called "Barrel Dragon", which could be described as resembling several guns welded together in Japan (whether this counts as TruthInTelevision is arguable). An exception is the "Ancient Gear Soldier" in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', which uses a submachine gun-arm - it can be argued this was just because editing it would have looked ridiculous.

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* Both the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh card game]] and [[Anime/YuGiOh TV show]] have monsters that wield or resemble guns edited into lasers... [[MemeticMutation in]] ''[[MemeticMutation America!]]''. The most notable example of this is the monster called "Barrel Dragon", which could be described as resembling several guns welded together in Japan (whether this counts as TruthInTelevision is arguable).Japan. An exception is the "Ancient Gear Soldier" in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', which uses a submachine gun-arm - it can be argued this was just because editing it would have looked ridiculous.
13th Dec '16 5:07:31 PM Kadorhal
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* Higher leeway on how much damage it deals and how it is portrayed. It is easy to accept an action hero getting [[FrickinLaserBeams blasted away by an energy beam and then jumping back to his feet]], but if he got shot with a bullet, then we'd have to deal with the fact that he has a physical object lodged in his chest -- or if the bullet were sufficiently powerful, that he has part of his chest lodged in a physical object behind him. Conversely, when heavy property damage is called for, it's more believable to have someone blast through a brick wall with a "laser beam" than with bullets.

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* Higher leeway on how much damage it deals and how it is portrayed. It is easy to accept an action hero getting [[FrickinLaserBeams blasted away by an energy beam and then jumping back to his feet]], but if he got shot with a bullet, then we'd have to deal with the fact that he has a physical object lodged in his chest -- or if the bullet were sufficiently powerful, that he has part of his chest lodged in a physical object behind him. Conversely, when heavy property damage is called for, for in a short amount of time, it's more believable to have someone blast through a brick wall with a single "laser beam" than with bullets.a single bullet.
3rd Dec '16 5:46:21 PM Jhonny
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* Changes in American gun culture, akin to those that made things like [[NoSmoking smoking]] and drinking alcohol an increasingly rare phenomenon in American media.[[labelnote:†]] Despite restrictions on the ''availability'' of guns in America being loosened quite a lot since the 1970s, the proportion of the American population who actually ''own'' guns has dropped by over a third in that same period.[[/labelnote]]

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* Changes in American gun culture, akin to those that made things like [[NoSmoking smoking]] and drinking alcohol an increasingly rare phenomenon in American media.[[labelnote:†]] Despite restrictions on the ''availability'' of guns in America being loosened quite a lot since the 1970s, the proportion of the American population who actually ''own'' guns has dropped by over a third in that same period. Interestingly, the number of ''guns'' in private hands did not go down during that time period.[[/labelnote]]
24th Nov '16 9:38:55 AM nombretomado
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* An episode of the ''AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' cartoon, "Invasion of the Tomato Snatchers", Professor Gangreen did a bit of LampshadeHanging, where at one point he complained, "If this were prime-time, I could use real bullets!"

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* An episode of the ''AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' ''WesternAnimation/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' cartoon, "Invasion of the Tomato Snatchers", Professor Gangreen did a bit of LampshadeHanging, where at one point he complained, "If this were prime-time, I could use real bullets!"
9th Oct '16 8:34:19 PM erforce
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** There is a part in the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie when Will puts a gun to his head and threatens to kill himself if his friends are not released. In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', he leaps to the edge of the ship, just like the movie, and threatens his own life...while pointing the gun at the ground. You probably don't want to encourage children to point guns at their owns heads, but at the same time it was a bit jarring to anyone familiar with the movie.

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** There is a part in the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' when Will puts a gun to his head and threatens to kill himself if his friends are not released. In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', he leaps to the edge of the ship, just like the movie, and threatens his own life...while pointing the gun at the ground. You probably don't want to encourage children to point guns at their owns heads, but at the same time it was a bit jarring to anyone familiar with the movie.
8th Sep '16 7:34:47 PM thatother1dude
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* Despite the video for the ''Music/BeastieBoys'''s "Sabotage" parodying the hell out of [=70s=] movies, the police have no guns, just empty holster. Given this the same song with an f-bomb in the first thirty second, this presumably came from a combination of ease-of-filming (as the video is set outside) and RuleOfFunny.
* Similar is the video for ''Music/JudasPriest'''s "Breaking the Law", where the band stick up bank tellers by threateningly pointing ''guitars'' at them.
19th Aug '16 10:50:10 AM AegisP
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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', no Officer Jenny even carries a gun. They just have fire-spewing attack dogs tackle the bad guys, which is obviously much safer. Even when a [[CowboyCop "wild"]] Jenny appears with only a talking bird as a Pokémon, she uses...[[ImprobableWeaponUser well, pretty much bowling balls]]. The bad guys prefer to make their Pokémon do the fighting as well, [[JustifiedTrope though that's a lot cheaper and easier than using a gun]]. The one episode that had a character with a gun got [[MissingEpisode banned]] [[NoExportForYou almost worldwide]], even though no one was shot with it. However, giant mecha and battleships firing a barrage of missiles are apparently just fine, even though most Team Rocket robots fire [[AbnormalAmmo nets, energy beams or glue]] considering they want to steal and not hurt Pokémon.

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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', no Officer Jenny Oficer Jennys DO have have guns, and they arent even carries a gun. They censored most of the time.But they'd just rather have fire-spewing attack dogs tackle the bad guys, which is obviously much safer. Even when a [[CowboyCop "wild"]] Jenny appears with only a talking bird as a Pokémon, she uses...[[ImprobableWeaponUser well, pretty much bowling balls]]. The bad guys prefer to make their Pokémon do the fighting as well, [[JustifiedTrope though that's a lot cheaper and easier than using a gun]]. The one episode that had a character with a gun got [[MissingEpisode banned]] [[NoExportForYou almost worldwide]], even though no one was shot with it. However, giant mecha and battleships firing a barrage of missiles are apparently just fine, even though most Team Rocket robots fire [[AbnormalAmmo nets, energy beams or glue]] considering they want to steal and not hurt Pokémon.
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