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29th May '16 1:10:53 PM Diask
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The FastestGunInTheWest has the ultimate QuickDraw. Nobody can draw and fire a gun faster than this guy. As a result, he wins every duel he ends up in, and others tend to be reluctant to fight him.

However, [[ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest this fearsome reputation tends to bring unwanted attention]]. Every two-bit varmint in the state wants to take a piece outta this guy to make themselves more {{badass}}. Hence, the FastestGunInTheWest tends to have to [[WalkingTheEarth keep]] [[TheDrifter travelling]] to try and find a place where nobody wants to fight them.

This character can be a [[{{Heroes}} hero]] or a [[{{Villains}} villain]]. The heroic type won't bring out his guns unless absolutely necessary, and then only to bring down an {{outlaw}} or {{bandito}}. The villain is a sneaky bastard who just loves shootin' an' killin', but may be brought low by TheHero's resourcefulness.

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The FastestGunInTheWest Fastest Gun In The West has the ultimate QuickDraw. Nobody can draw and fire a gun faster than this guy. As a result, he wins every duel he ends up in, and others tend to be reluctant to fight him.

However, [[ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest this fearsome reputation tends to bring unwanted attention]]. Every two-bit varmint in the state wants to take a piece outta this guy to make themselves more {{badass}}. Hence, the FastestGunInTheWest Fastest Gun In The West tends to have to [[WalkingTheEarth keep]] [[TheDrifter travelling]] to try and find a place where nobody wants to fight them.

This character can be a [[{{Heroes}} hero]] {{hero|es}} or a [[{{Villains}} villain]].{{villain|s}}. The heroic type won't bring out his guns unless absolutely necessary, and then only to bring down an {{outlaw}} or {{bandito}}. The villain is a sneaky bastard who just loves shootin' an' killin', but may be brought low by TheHero's resourcefulness.



It should also be noted that in a [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism cynical]] or realistic scenario, being the fastest gun in the west is rarely much help if said character is somehow caught off guard. It hardly matters if one can draw faster than one can blink, it's of no use if one never sees the threat coming. Many a lightning fast gunslinger meets their end by a bullet InTheBack rather than a ShowdownAtHighNoon.

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It should also be noted that in a [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism cynical]] or realistic scenario, being the fastest gun in the west is rarely much help if said character is somehow caught off guard. It hardly matters if one can draw faster than one can blink, it's of no use if one never sees the threat coming. Many a lightning fast gunslinger meets their end by a bullet InTheBack rather than a ShowdownAtHighNoon.



* ''Film/{{Shane}}'', obviously.

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* %%* ''Film/{{Shane}}'', obviously.



* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "A Fistful of Datas", the bridge crew (minus Data who is linked into the holodeck) is trapped in a wild west, where everyone is Data, with his superhuman speed and reflexes. So they are all the FastestGunInTheWest, and the crew must NOT get into any gunplay, as, per usual, the safeties are off.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "A Fistful of Datas", the bridge crew (minus Data who is linked into the holodeck) is trapped in a wild west, where everyone is Data, with his superhuman speed and reflexes. So they are all the FastestGunInTheWest, fastest guns in The West, and the crew must NOT get into any gunplay, as, per usual, the safeties are off.


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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'''s [[http://xkcd.com/821/ Five-Minute Comics: Part 3]] presents a [[VisualPun rather literal]] fastest gun in The West.
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25th May '16 2:19:26 AM PaulA
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* Jon Shannow, Literature/TheJerusalemMan from the Creator/DavidGemmell books. Note, however, that while incredibly fast, Shannow meets several men who are faster. When these men fight him, they die anyway -- they may be faster, but he's far more badass (and businesslike; one man rides up to him, tells Shannow his death has been ordered, and asks if he has anything to say. Shannow shoots him, then says no). It's also notable that Shannow has a way of drawing that whilst not strictly as fast as some of his enemies, is smooth, calm, unhurried ''and easy to overlook.'' He basically draws without his opponents noticing.

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* Jon Shannow, Literature/TheJerusalemMan The Jerusalem Man, from the Creator/DavidGemmell Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Literature/StonesOfPower'' books. Note, however, that while incredibly fast, Shannow meets several men who are faster. When these men fight him, they die anyway -- they may be faster, but he's far more badass (and businesslike; one man rides up to him, tells Shannow his death has been ordered, and asks if he has anything to say. Shannow shoots him, then says no). It's also notable that Shannow has a way of drawing that whilst not strictly as fast as some of his enemies, is smooth, calm, unhurried ''and easy to overlook.'' He basically draws without his opponents noticing.
5th Mar '16 10:23:14 PM trixus
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* ComicBook/TexWiller is incredibly fast, to the point the only one who could beat him had a trick holster that allowed to shoot without drawing... And Tex, having been shot in the right arm, challenged him again and won with his off hand ''[[RatedMForManly before going to be cured]]''.
4th Feb '16 7:34:57 AM nielas
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* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' US Marshal Raylan Givens has a well deserved reputation for quickdraws. This leads to many criminals deciding to test if he really is that good. However, only one of them actually stages a duel [[spoiler:(he cheats)]] while the others would have been much happier if they could have surprised Raylan and simply shot him in the back.

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* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' US Marshal Raylan Givens has a well deserved reputation for quickdraws. This leads to many criminals deciding to test if he really is that good. However, only one of them actually stages a duel [[spoiler:(he cheats)]] while the others would have been much happier if they could have surprised Raylan and simply shot him in the back. In the series finale he finally faces a bad guy who is just as fast as him and narrowly escapes getting killed [[spoiler: because the other guy prefers to go for head shots which means that the chest-aiming Raylan beats him to the trigger pull]]
16th Jan '16 11:52:05 PM nombretomado
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* A FarSide comic parodied this with a strip about the best ''ping-pong player'' in the West.

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* A FarSide ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic parodied this with a strip about the best ''ping-pong player'' in the West.
14th Dec '15 7:41:27 PM DrSlide
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* The movie ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' (the newer one) revolves around a fast draw competition to determine who is the fastest gun in the West. It is implied that this is Fee Herrod's way of weeding out the competition that may come after him.

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* The movie ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' (the newer one) revolves around a fast draw competition to determine who is the fastest gun in the West. It is implied that this is Fee Herrod's John Herod's way of weeding out any potential threats to his power over the competition that may come after him.town, as the final rounds are always played to the death and he has never lost.
13th Dec '15 10:51:39 PM TheWanderer
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However, this fearsome reputation tends to bring unwanted attention. Every two-bit varmint in the state wants to take a piece outta this guy to make themselves more {{badass}}. Hence, the FastestGunInTheWest tends to have to [[WalkingTheEarth keep]] [[TheDrifter travelling]] to try and find a place where nobody wants to fight them.

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However, [[ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest this fearsome reputation tends to bring unwanted attention.attention]]. Every two-bit varmint in the state wants to take a piece outta this guy to make themselves more {{badass}}. Hence, the FastestGunInTheWest tends to have to [[WalkingTheEarth keep]] [[TheDrifter travelling]] to try and find a place where nobody wants to fight them.
22nd Oct '15 5:11:47 PM PaulA
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* Deconstructed in ''Rick O'Shay'' with a man rumored to be the fastest shot in the west, whom everyone fears. He really is lighting fast, but did you really think you can shoot that fast and have ''good aim'' at the same time?

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* Deconstructed in ''Rick O'Shay'' ''ComicStrip/RickOShay'' with a man rumored to be the fastest shot in the west, whom everyone fears. He really is lighting fast, but did you really think you can shoot that fast and have ''good aim'' at the same time?
16th Oct '15 3:51:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''SupportYourLocalGunfighter'', it's a man named "Swifty" Morgan.

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* In ''SupportYourLocalGunfighter'', ''Film/SupportYourLocalGunfighter'', it's a man named "Swifty" Morgan.
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