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4th Jan '16 11:46:45 AM PetroleumJerry
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An important part of this trope is that, in almost all cases, the good guys will only ever use small arms fire. Rockets, tanks, air support, artillery -- all the things the military is known for -- are hardly ever involved (unless the monster is a {{Kaiju}}, {{Robeast}}, or similarly [[GiantEqualsInvincible gigantic]]). Not only are they more expensive for the producers to incorporate in to the film/show, in most cases, they might actually work, thereby stealing the thunder of the heroes of the story.
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An important part of this trope is that, in almost all cases, the good guys will only ever use small arms fire.fire instead of escalating. Rockets, tanks, air support, artillery -- all the things the military is known for -- are hardly ever involved (unless the monster is a {{Kaiju}}, {{Robeast}}, or similarly [[GiantEqualsInvincible gigantic]]). Not only are they more expensive for the producers to incorporate in to the film/show, in most cases, they might actually work, thereby stealing the thunder of the heroes of the story.
26th Nov '15 7:39:49 PM nombretomado
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* Played straight in SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''The Traitor's Hand'', where the sergeant commanding a squad of Valhallan soldiers orders his men to fire on a World Eaters Chaos Space Marine, shouting "Big red thing, five rounds rapid!" It's implied that if the squad had all managed to connect they probably would have killed the Marine, but he's a Marine and thus leaps directly over the two meter tall Cain at a speed the Guardsmen are unprepared for. Other instances of lasgun fire against Marines tend to play it straighter. It will be interesting to see how Cain's laspistol fares in the upcoming ''Emperor's Finest'' when starring opposite bolters.
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* Played straight in SandyMitchell's Creator/SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''The Traitor's Hand'', where the sergeant commanding a squad of Valhallan soldiers orders his men to fire on a World Eaters Chaos Space Marine, shouting "Big red thing, five rounds rapid!" It's implied that if the squad had all managed to connect they probably would have killed the Marine, but he's a Marine and thus leaps directly over the two meter tall Cain at a speed the Guardsmen are unprepared for. Other instances of lasgun fire against Marines tend to play it straighter. It will be interesting to see how Cain's laspistol fares in the upcoming ''Emperor's Finest'' when starring opposite bolters.
22nd Nov '15 5:56:34 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in the Internet novel ''TheSalvationWar'' where human weaponry proves devastatingly effective and it's the demons who are stuck with the pathetically outmoded and virtually useless weapons. Every time the demons try one of their "classic" weapons, it fails miserably and the humans hit back with something unimaginably more lethal. For instance demonic lightning bolts are countered by massed salvoes from multiple-launch rocket batteries, brimstone is countered by Sarin nerve gas. Though early on humanity does find out that standard 5.56mm isn't very good at stopping demons and has to adapt to using larger calibers.
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* Averted in the Internet novel ''TheSalvationWar'' ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' where human weaponry proves devastatingly effective and it's the demons who are stuck with the pathetically outmoded and virtually useless weapons. Every time the demons try one of their "classic" weapons, it fails miserably and the humans hit back with something unimaginably more lethal. For instance demonic lightning bolts are countered by massed salvoes from multiple-launch rocket batteries, brimstone is countered by Sarin nerve gas. Though early on humanity does find out that standard 5.56mm isn't very good at stopping demons and has to adapt to using larger calibers.
7th Nov '15 12:35:58 PM Will
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** Brought back once again in ''The Zygon Inversion'', when [[spoiler:the Brigadier's daughter is asked how she got away from a Zygon attack.]]
18th Oct '15 5:43:27 PM nombretomado
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* In {{Preacher}}, Starr attempts this against [[ImmuneToBullets The Saint Of Killers]], several times. It does not go well, ever, but Starr refuses to learn his lesson and just keeps upping the ante. [[spoiler: After waves of the Grail's elite troops have fallen without even slowing the Saint down, Starr commandeers a ''tank battalion'', getting them all killed in the process. When ''that'' fails, Starr orders a [[NukeEm nuclear bomb]] dropped. In the heart of the mushroom cloud, the Saint looks around, spits contemptously, and growls [[BadAssBoast "Not enough gun."]]]]
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* In {{Preacher}}, ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Starr attempts this against [[ImmuneToBullets The Saint Of Killers]], several times. It does not go well, ever, but Starr refuses to learn his lesson and just keeps upping the ante. [[spoiler: After waves of the Grail's elite troops have fallen without even slowing the Saint down, Starr commandeers a ''tank battalion'', getting them all killed in the process. When ''that'' fails, Starr orders a [[NukeEm nuclear bomb]] dropped. In the heart of the mushroom cloud, the Saint looks around, spits contemptously, and growls [[BadAssBoast "Not enough gun."]]]]
27th Sep '15 11:40:33 AM bazer63
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* [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk The Incredible Hulk]] Ross's group keeps doing this to the title monster.
19th Sep '15 2:44:03 PM Kakai
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* Literature/{{Dora Wilk|Series}} tries to do this to an enemy witch in one of short stories, regardless of the fact that Viola is ImmuneToBullets - mostly because Dora has nothing but her service pistol with her.
9th Sep '15 11:03:10 AM sturmovik
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->''"Nearby, a squad of ARMY DUDES decide to track down the TWELVE-STOREY-TALL RADIOACTIVE-GUZZLING MUTO and fight it with weapons designed to take out humans their own size. This goes POORLY."'' -->-- '''''[[http://www.the-editing-room.com/godzilla-2014.html Godzilla (2014): The Abridged Script]]'''''
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->''"Nearby, a squad of ARMY DUDES decide to track down the TWELVE-STOREY-TALL RADIOACTIVE-GUZZLING MUTO and fight it ->'''[[TheBrigadier Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart]]''': Jenkins?\\ '''Jenkins''': Sir!\\ '''Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart''': Chap with weapons designed to take out humans their own size. This goes POORLY."'' wings, there. [[TropeNamer Five rounds rapid.]] -->-- '''''[[http://www.the-editing-room.com/godzilla-2014.html Godzilla (2014): ''Series/DoctorWho'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons The Abridged Script]]''''' Daemons]]"
4th Sep '15 12:10:24 PM Prfnoff
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* A possible character-option purchasable order for soldiers on the 40K TabletopRPG OnlyWar has the trope name. It does exactly what [[MoreDakka you]] [[BeamSpam would]] expect.
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* A possible character-option purchasable order for soldiers on the 40K TabletopRPG OnlyWar ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar'' has the trope name. It does exactly what [[MoreDakka you]] [[BeamSpam would]] expect.
3rd Sep '15 7:50:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in E.E. Cumming's series of novels titled ''TheVampireEarth''. While the reapers are immune to most small arms fire, heavier rounds push them around and fifty caliber bullets can actually pierce their cloaks. Unfortunately the series is set AfterTheEnd so any weapons heavier than bolt-action rifles are exceptionally rare.
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* Averted in E.E. Cumming's series of novels titled ''TheVampireEarth''.''Literature/TheVampireEarth''. While the reapers are immune to most small arms fire, heavier rounds push them around and fifty caliber bullets can actually pierce their cloaks. Unfortunately the series is set AfterTheEnd so any weapons heavier than bolt-action rifles are exceptionally rare.
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