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20th May '16 5:34:40 AM themisterfree
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* Jake "Razor" Clawson in ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats''. He was physically smaller than T-Bone, but unlike the usual for the role he wasn't a non-combatant. He did all the shooting, and he was also the one most likely to jump from the plane into combat. On a missile. That turned into a motorcycle.

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* Jake "Razor" Clawson in ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats''. He was physically smaller than T-Bone, but unlike the usual for the role he wasn't a non-combatant. He did all the shooting, and he was also the one most likely to jump from the plane into combat. [[CrazyAwesome On a missile. That turned into a motorcycle.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'', Neosapien on the side of humankind Marsala was a GIB in an exceptionally big [[MiniMecha e-frame]] - the size of an attack chopper when the rest were barely SUV sized.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'', Neosapien on the side of humankind Marsala was a GIB in an exceptionally big [[MiniMecha e-frame]] E-Frame]] - the size of an attack chopper when the rest were barely SUV sized.
14th May '16 3:45:39 PM SSJMagus
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** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', the ARC-170 reconnaissance fighters featured in the opening battle feature ''two'' Guys In Back. One co-pilot, and a rear-facing tail gunner (three if you count the R2 unit). This is in part because it was based on the P-61 Black Widow night fighter.

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** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', the ARC-170 reconnaissance fighters featured in the opening battle feature ''two'' Guys In Back. One co-pilot, and a rear-facing tail gunner (three if you count the R2 unit). This is in part because it was based on the P-61 Black Widow night fighter.fighter, which had a pilot, a radar operator and a tail gunner.



** The Boulton Paul Defiant and Blackburn Roc were both "Turret Fighters", fighters equipped with a gun turret. They ultimately proved to be outclassed in dogfights due to the extra weight the turret added, although the Defiant saw some success as a night fighter.
** The P-61 Black Widow, a purpose-designed night fighter equipped with a turret, required a GIB in the Radar Operator role. Some versions deleted the turret for better flight performance, but still needed the GIB to use the radar.

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** The Boulton Paul Defiant and Blackburn Roc were both "Turret Fighters", fighters equipped with a gun turret. They ultimately proved to be outclassed in dogfights due to the extra weight the turret added, added (and because they had ''no'' forward-firing weaponry, as the turret could not be aimed directly forward due to the propeller being in the way), although the Defiant saw some success as a night fighter.
** The P-61 Black Widow, a purpose-designed night fighter equipped with a turret, required a GIB in the Radar Operator role.role and had a third crewman manning the turret. Some versions deleted the turret for better flight performance, but still needed the GIB to use the radar.



** Variation: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_F-82_Twin_Mustang F-82 Twin Mustang]], which was quite literally two P-51 Mustang fuselages connected by a wing segment making it more of a Guy to the Side. Again, the second pilot's job was to fly to the target, leaving the other guy fresh to do the fighting. And to operate the radar, when one was slung under the central wing segment for night fighter use.

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** Variation: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_F-82_Twin_Mustang F-82 Twin Mustang]], which was quite literally two P-51 Mustang fuselages connected by a wing segment (though in practice, they ended up having to stretch out the fuselage(s) too, meaning it had surprisingly few parts in common with a standard P-51) making it more of a Guy to the Side. Again, the second pilot's job was to fly to the target, leaving the other guy fresh to do the fighting. And to operate the radar, when one was slung under the central wing segment for night fighter use.[[note]]Due to its...distinctive shape and military pilots being military pilots, that radar became known as the [[GagPenis Long Dong]].[[/note]]



* Averted with the (now retired) F-111 "Aardvark" (though it was a light bomber, a carrier based interceptor version reached prototype stage only to be rejected) as its two crew sat side-by-side. Interestingly, there are some planes today that do this including two Russian Sukhoi aircraft, the Su-24 Fencer and the Su-34 Fullback (both spoken of as fighters even though they're light-bombers). Interestingly, the latter has some luxuries considered rare in a fighter including a small galley, a lavatory, and sleeping facilities. Rare for a helicopter, the Ka-52 (the competitor to the Mi-28; ultimately Russia adopted both) also had side by side seating
** There are advantages and disadvantages to both. The side by side seating allows for much better coordination for the crew. Unfortunately, in aerial combat, this position also gives much lower situational awareness than tandem seating.

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* Averted with the (now retired) F-111 "Aardvark" (though it was a light bomber, a carrier based interceptor version reached prototype stage only to be rejected) as its two crew sat side-by-side. Interestingly, there are some planes today that do this including two Russian Sukhoi aircraft, the Su-24 Fencer and the Su-34 Fullback (both spoken of as fighters even though they're light-bombers). Interestingly, the latter has some luxuries considered rare in a fighter including a small galley, a lavatory, and sleeping facilities. Rare for a helicopter, the Ka-52 (the competitor to the Mi-28; ultimately Russia adopted both) also had side by side seating
seating. Even rarer for a combat helicopter, the Ka-50 from which the Ka-52 was derived was a single-seat craft; the Ka-52 added a second seat because it had enhanced sensors to serve a dual role as an attack and reconnaissance chopper and the single pilot couldn't handle all of that by himself.
** There are advantages and disadvantages to both. The side by side seating allows for much better coordination for the crew. Unfortunately, in aerial combat, this position also gives much lower situational awareness than tandem seating.
seating. That's why it's almost always used in dedicated ground attack aircraft rather than true fighters.
9th Jan '16 5:27:50 PM AJSthe2nd
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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Finn flies second seat for Poe Dameron in a two-man TIE variant when they escape Kylo Ren's flagship early in the movie. Finn's job is apparently tailgunner.

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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Finn flies second seat for Poe Dameron in a two-man TIE variant when they escape Kylo Ren's flagship early in the movie. Finn's job is apparently tailgunner. Also BB-8 goes into the usual Astromech socket in Poe's X-wing. And unlike R2 and Obi-Wan's droid he manges not to get damaged or destroyed.
30th Dec '15 9:01:31 AM StarSword
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* Luke Skywalker's gunner Dack Ralter is hit during the battle of Hoth at the beginning of ''Franchise/StarWars'' Episode V, resulting in the snowspeeder they were using becoming functionally useless against the attacking [=AT-ATs=] and him having to land (of course, the smoke trailing out of it from the shot that killed Dack might have had something to do with it).
** When Luke flies an X-Wing, R2-D2 is the Guy in Back (and in Episode IV performs the traditional GIB function of getting injured to increase the drama). In the prequels, Obi-Wan Kenobi also has an R2 droid as his GIB. In fact, the design of the X-Wing starfighter, with the R2 units poking out of the top behind the cockpit, was meant to invoke the image of bombers with gun turrets (compare an X-Wing to a Grumman Avenger or a Boulton-Paul Defiant.)

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* Luke Skywalker's gunner Dack Ralter is hit during the battle of Hoth at the beginning of ''Franchise/StarWars'' Episode V, resulting in the snowspeeder they were using becoming functionally useless against the attacking [=AT-ATs=] and him having to land (of course, the smoke trailing out of it from the shot that killed Dack might have had something to do with it).
''Franchise/StarWars'':
** When Luke flies an X-Wing, R2-D2 is the Guy in Back (and in Episode IV ''Film/ANewHope'' performs the traditional GIB function of getting injured to increase the drama). In the prequels, Obi-Wan Kenobi also has an R2 droid as his GIB. In fact, the design of the X-Wing starfighter, with the R2 units poking out of the top behind the cockpit, was meant to invoke the image of bombers with gun turrets (compare an X-Wing to a Grumman Avenger or a Boulton-Paul Defiant.)Defiant).
** Luke Skywalker's gunner Dack Ralter is hit during the battle of Hoth at the beginning of ''Franchise/StarWars'' Episode V, resulting in the snowspeeder they were using becoming functionally useless against the attacking [=AT-ATs=] and him having to land (of course, the smoke trailing out of it from the shot that killed Dack might have had something to do with it).



* The main motivation for the lead character of ''Film/FlightOfTheIntruder'' is the senseless death of his GuyInBack as a result of a spectacularly lucky shot from a peasant with a rifle.
** The rest of the movie follows his exploits with his new [=GIB=], played by Wilem Dafoe's [[BadassMustache badass]]PornStache.

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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Finn flies second seat for Poe Dameron in a two-man TIE variant when they escape Kylo Ren's flagship early in the movie. Finn's job is apparently tailgunner.
* The main motivation for the lead character of ''Film/FlightOfTheIntruder'' is the senseless death of his GuyInBack as a result of a spectacularly lucky shot from a peasant with a rifle.
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rifle. The rest of the movie follows his exploits with his new [=GIB=], played by Wilem Willem Dafoe's [[BadassMustache badass]]PornStache.{{badass|Mustache}} PornStache.



* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
26th Dec '15 8:46:25 PM jormis29
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* The {{Simoun}}s can only be piloted by two people: primary pilot Auriga and secondary pilot/navigator/gun controller Sagitta. The latter is basically the GuyInBack, except it's [[ImprobablyFemaleCast always a girl (as is the pilot in front)]].

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* The {{Simoun}}s ''Anime/{{Simoun}}''s can only be piloted by two people: primary pilot Auriga and secondary pilot/navigator/gun controller Sagitta. The latter is basically the GuyInBack, except it's [[ImprobablyFemaleCast always a girl (as is the pilot in front)]].
20th Dec '15 4:17:25 PM trademark
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Note that for many Attack Helicopters with tandem seating, the trope is inverted - the Guy In Back is actually the pilot, with the person up front responsible for manning the weapons. Not to be confused with SoldiersAtTheRear; these guys may be in back, but they actually do something.

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Note that for many Attack Helicopters with tandem seating, the trope is inverted - the Guy In Back is actually the pilot, with the person up front responsible for manning the weapons. Not to be confused with SoldiersAtTheRear; these guys may be in back, back of the plane, but they actually do something.
they're still at the frontlines engaging in direct combat with the enemy.
12th Dec '15 5:28:17 PM nombretomado
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* In the XWingSeries comics, the ex-Imperial Baron Soontir Fel, who is the image on AcePilot, goes with the rest of Rogue Squadron on a mission involving Y-Wings and chooses to act as a gunner, letting his old student Tycho actually fly the thing. He's absurdly good at flying FragileSpeedster craft, but he doesn't have the UniversalDriversLicense - he's not flight-qualified on Y-Wings.

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* In the XWingSeries ComicBook/XWingSeries comics, the ex-Imperial Baron Soontir Fel, who is the image on AcePilot, goes with the rest of Rogue Squadron on a mission involving Y-Wings and chooses to act as a gunner, letting his old student Tycho actually fly the thing. He's absurdly good at flying FragileSpeedster craft, but he doesn't have the UniversalDriversLicense - he's not flight-qualified on Y-Wings.
3rd Dec '15 4:08:33 AM Sammettik
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** Or the second guy didn't get out.
*** Twin seat fighters are usually wired so one crewman pulling his eject handle ejects both, in case the other crewman is incapacitated.
28th Sep '15 10:34:32 PM Adept
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* Nojima is Kurushima's secondary pilot/navigator in ''KuroganePukapukaTai''.

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* Nojima is Kurushima's secondary pilot/navigator in ''KuroganePukapukaTai''.''Manga/KuroganePukapukaTai''.
17th Sep '15 2:41:57 AM DAN004
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Subtrope of {{Sidekick}}. Compare TargetSpotter, which a few of these guys may be.
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