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12th May '17 7:55:10 PM Sylderon
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* The Paris gun was built by the Germans in WWI to, well, bombard Paris. The only problem was that the distance between the gun and Paris was large enough for the Coriolis effect to come into action. The Coriolis effect is when the rotation of the earth affects trajectory calculations. So, while neither the gun nor Paris was moving, the fired shell took some time to land, while the earth kept rotating, causing the shell to go off target...
** Of course, all they did after that was correct the shot and then they started hitting Paris pretty accurately. That being said, they were hitting ''Paris'', that is, lobbing shells to randomly land somewhere in the city of Paris, rather than hitting anything more specific than that. Aside from one shot that collapsed a church roof on the congregation below, it was an terrifying nuisance.

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* The Paris gun was built by the Germans in WWI to, well, bombard Paris. The only problem was that the distance between the gun and Paris was large enough for the Coriolis effect to come into action. The Coriolis effect is when the rotation of the earth affects trajectory calculations. So, while neither the gun nor Paris was moving, the fired shell (the first manmade object to enter the stratosphere) took some time to land, while the earth Earth kept rotating, causing the shell to go off target...
** Of course, all they did after that was correct the shot and then they started hitting Paris pretty accurately. That being said, they were hitting ''Paris'', that is, lobbing shells to randomly land somewhere in the city of Paris, rather than hitting anything more specific than that. Aside from one shot that collapsed a church roof on the congregation below, it was an more of a terrifying nuisance.nuisance than a legitimate weapon.
12th May '17 7:52:20 PM Sylderon
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** Of course, all they did after that was correct the shot and then they started hitting Paris pretty accurately.
** Meanwhile, when the Germans tried to make similar corrections for V1 Buzz Bomb strikes against London, using reports from their spies in Britain, they instead were given [[FeedTheMole increasingly less accurate information]], due to their spies having been found [[DoubleAgent and flipped by the Allies]]. Which means the British managed to ''invoke'' this trope.
* During Operation Desert Storm, the Americans deployed the much-hyped Patriot missile defense batteries in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Israel, in order to knock down incoming [[DeathFromAbove Scud]] missiles launched by the Iraqis. Two problems: 1) The Patriot wasn't actually designed as an anti-''missile'' system, but rather as an AntiAir system, being hastily modified to engage incoming Theater Ballistic Missiles. 2) Due to a bug in the system clock, the targeting computer became increasingly unable to accurately plot firing solutions to engage targets. A patch was released, and the clock could be reset by rebooting the system, but this still led to at least one failure to intercept an incoming missile before it could hit a barracks.

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** Of course, all they did after that was correct the shot and then they started hitting Paris pretty accurately.
accurately. That being said, they were hitting ''Paris'', that is, lobbing shells to randomly land somewhere in the city of Paris, rather than hitting anything more specific than that. Aside from one shot that collapsed a church roof on the congregation below, it was an terrifying nuisance.
** Meanwhile, when the Germans tried to make similar corrections for V1 Buzz Bomb strikes against London, using reports from their spies in Britain, they instead were given [[FeedTheMole increasingly less accurate information]], due to their spies having been found [[DoubleAgent and flipped by the Allies]]. Reports were sent back that they were overshooting London, so the range was decreased, with the effect that many of them crashed harmlessly in the Kent countryside. Which means the British managed to ''invoke'' this trope.
* During Operation Desert Storm, the Americans deployed the much-hyped Patriot missile defense batteries in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Israel, in order to knock down incoming [[DeathFromAbove Scud]] missiles launched by the Iraqis. Two problems: 1) The Patriot wasn't actually designed as an anti-''missile'' system, but rather as an AntiAir system, being hastily modified to engage incoming Theater Ballistic Missiles. 2) Due to a bug in the system clock, the targeting computer became increasingly unable to accurately plot firing solutions to engage targets.targets the longer it was in operation, and because the threat could have appeared at any time, the systems were operating almost constantly. A patch was released, and the clock could be reset by rebooting the system, but this still led to at least one failure to intercept an incoming missile before it could hit a barracks.
7th May '17 8:35:30 PM FordPrefect
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** A rather odd example in ''Attack of the Clones'': Jango Fett fires continuous rapid shots at Obi-Wan's ship for nearly a minute and appears to right on the bead, but somehow hundreds of bolts hit every spot around the ship without making a scratch.

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** A rather odd example in ''Attack of the Clones'': Jango Fett fires continuous rapid shots at Obi-Wan's ship for nearly a minute and appears to be right on the bead, but somehow hundreds of bolts hit every spot around the ship without making a scratch.
6th May '17 12:20:41 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** A rather odd example in ''Attack of the Clones'': Jango Fett fires continuous rapid shots at Obi-Wan's ship for nearly a minute and appears to right on the bead, but somehow hundreds of bolts hit every spot around the ship without making a scratch.
16th Apr '17 12:42:27 PM nombretomado
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* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' where life becomes like a video game and Fry is fighting off an alien invasion styled after ''SpaceInvaders'', Fry finds himself unable to defeat the last ship due to this trope. The invading aliens even point his error out to him after landing.

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* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' where life becomes like a video game and Fry is fighting off an alien invasion styled after ''SpaceInvaders'', ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'', Fry finds himself unable to defeat the last ship due to this trope. The invading aliens even point his error out to him after landing.



** TheFlash, meanwhile, gets hit a surprisingly large number of times, despite having SuperSpeed. This is usually the result of his enemies wising up and either firing in a wild spread or [[LeadTheTarget firing well ahead of the Flash]] so that he runs into an explosion. This makes sense because if they just aimed at Flash, he wouldn't be there when their ammo reached the spot where he was when they pulled the trigger.

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** TheFlash, Franchise/TheFlash, meanwhile, gets hit a surprisingly large number of times, despite having SuperSpeed. This is usually the result of his enemies wising up and either firing in a wild spread or [[LeadTheTarget firing well ahead of the Flash]] so that he runs into an explosion. This makes sense because if they just aimed at Flash, he wouldn't be there when their ammo reached the spot where he was when they pulled the trigger.
15th Apr '17 1:40:23 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[WebOriginal/StarWreck Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning]]'' [[GeneralFailure Pirk]] decides to personally fire the light balls at the ''Excavator'' without using the targeting computer, and miss with all the shots because he failed to lead the target. When his error is noted, he [[WhatAnIdiot complains that the computer he switched off should have done it for him]].

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* In ''[[WebOriginal/StarWreck ''[[WebAnimation/StarWreck Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning]]'' [[GeneralFailure Pirk]] decides to personally fire the light balls at the ''Excavator'' without using the targeting computer, and miss with all the shots because he failed to lead the target. When his error is noted, he [[WhatAnIdiot complains that the computer he switched off should have done it for him]].
18th Mar '17 8:30:51 AM erforce
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* Captain Pirk screws up the killing shot in the epic battle of ''[[WebOriginal/StarWreck Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning]]'' by failing to lead his shots. He's of the opinion that the computer ought to do it for him....despite [[TooDumbToLive turning off the aiming computers less than a minute ago.]]

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* Captain Pirk screws up the killing shot in the epic battle of ''[[WebOriginal/StarWreck Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning]]'' ''Film/StarWreckInThePirkinning'' by failing to lead his shots. He's of the opinion that the computer ought to do it for him....despite [[TooDumbToLive turning off the aiming computers less than a minute ago.]]
15th Dec '16 2:16:25 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''PowerRangers'' and ''SuperSentai'' villains consistently hit near the ''feet'' of the charging enemy.

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* ''PowerRangers'' ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''SuperSentai'' ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' villains consistently hit near the ''feet'' of the charging enemy.
11th Dec '16 11:41:52 AM nombretomado
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* In ''CodeGeass'', Suzaku outruns an automatic machinegun guarding a narrow hallway. They try to justify it by saying the camera has a slight delay, but there's no reason it couldn't have been programmed to lead the target.

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* In ''CodeGeass'', ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Suzaku outruns an automatic machinegun guarding a narrow hallway. They try to justify it by saying the camera has a slight delay, but there's no reason it couldn't have been programmed to lead the target.
21st Oct '16 10:37:10 PM LBHills
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A subtrope of ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. Also, see PlotArmor.

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A subtrope of ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. Also, see PlotArmor.
ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy and to PlotArmor in general.
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