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* In one of the trailers for VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3, [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Dante]] and {{Comicbook/Deadpool}} shoot at each other at point blank range yet none of their bullets seem to hit their mark.
17th Jun '17 7:49:19 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/TheWire'': While the gangbangers may have access to firearms and not be shy about using them, they don't really know much about ''shooting accurately''. A prime and tragic example is in Season 2, where Bodie's crew and another gang unload dozens of rounds at each other in a running shootout. The only resulting damage is a bunch of shattered car windows... and a little boy in an upstairs bedroom who gets a stray bullet through the head. Most of the bangers don't even aim properly when they shoot, and have their eyes closed when they pull the trigger. The only real exception is Marlo Stanfield's crew, as Marlo often takes his men out into the woods for target practice.
15th Jun '17 8:54:10 AM Dravencour
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** The only real time this was truly subverted is when Guts was protecting [[ActionGirl Casca]] and got hit three times, the third even going straight his hand and sticking there, forcing Guts to swing one handed. Casca showed much shock and gratitude at his [[TakingTheBullet human shielding]]/

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** The only real time this was truly subverted is when Guts was protecting [[ActionGirl Casca]] and got hit three times, the third even going straight his hand and sticking there, forcing Guts to swing one handed. Casca showed much shock and gratitude at his [[TakingTheBullet human shielding]]/shielding]].
15th Jun '17 8:49:42 AM Dravencour
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Even though it's arrows instead of bullets, non of the marauding bandits, mouthy soldiers or terrifying hellspawn can ever seem to hit [[MasterSwordsmen Guts]] even when there's a hundreds of them and Guts is just causally strolling though the battlefield. In fact most shots Guts just [[http://img.bato.to/comics/2013/09/03/b/read52262522ac3de/img000054.png deflects]] off the flat of his blade which is seems pretty reasonable as Guts's sword is huge and could provide cover but then as series goes on and the villains get more skilled, some being super Arabian ninjas and others demon marksmen the excuse boils down to Guts's reflexes being that good.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Even though it's arrows instead of bullets, non of the marauding bandits, mouthy soldiers or terrifying hellspawn can ever seem to hit [[MasterSwordsmen Guts]] even when there's a hundreds of them and Guts is just causally strolling though the battlefield. In fact most shots Guts just [[http://img.bato.to/comics/2013/09/03/b/read52262522ac3de/img000054.png deflects]] off the flat of his blade which is seems pretty reasonable as Guts's sword is huge and could provide cover but then as series goes on and the villains get more skilled, some being super Arabian Indo-Arabian ninjas and others demon marksmen the excuse boils down to Guts's reflexes being that good.



** The Villains aren't left out of the loop either as none of the human armies (except for the really skilled ones) can ever hit the demon-like Apostles and when they do find their mark it normally [[ImmuneToBullets doesn't do anything]] or just makes them angry. One truly galling example is Griffith after his evil resurrection is shot at with a hail of arrows... And they all miss their mark by yard. Though this likely due to Griffith's demonic aura.

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** The Villains aren't left out of the loop either as none of the human armies (except for the really skilled ones) can ever hit the demon-like Apostles and when they do find their mark it normally [[ImmuneToBullets doesn't do anything]] or just makes them angry. One truly galling example is Griffith after his evil resurrection is shot at with a hail of arrows... And they all miss their mark by yard. Though a good yard -- though to be fair to this likely due guy, this scene is meant to Griffith's demonic aura. show that even though he's Griffith again, he has retained all of his godlike supernatural power as Femto.
8th Jun '17 6:10:05 PM merotoker
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** In one of the Lucky Luke short stories, a young man tries to impress his girlfriend by convincing her that he is at the same level as Wyatt Earp, let alone Luke himself. The problem is, he is such a terrible shot that every bullet he fires goes ''backwards'', hitting whatever target he has behind him (prompting Luke to take cover because he is standing behind him). At the end, this saves his reputation, because the bullets going the wrong way kills off a bank robber - he had the bank behind his back. It earns him the promotion to sherriff.

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** In one of the Lucky Luke short stories, a young man tries to impress his girlfriend by convincing her that he is at the same level as Wyatt Earp, let alone Luke himself. The problem is, he is such a terrible shot that every bullet he fires goes ''backwards'', hitting whatever target he has behind him (prompting Luke to take cover because he is standing behind him). At the end, this saves his reputation, because the bullets going the wrong way kills off a bank robber - he had the bank behind his back. It earns him the promotion to sherriff.sheriff.



* In the italian comic ''ComicBook/{{Sturmtruppen}}'', the new snipers and the execution team play this trope for laughs, often bordering with EpicFail (for example they miss the Jewish prisoner they were supposed to execute while he was standing right in front of the gun's muzzles and holding them still against his chest.)

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* In the italian Italian comic ''ComicBook/{{Sturmtruppen}}'', the new snipers and the execution team play this trope for laughs, often bordering with EpicFail (for example they miss the Jewish prisoner they were supposed to execute while he was standing right in front of the gun's muzzles and holding them still against his chest.)



** Averted with the [[DoomTroops Death Troopers]] in ''Film/RogueOne'', they retained the brutal efficiency of how a Stormtrooper is supposed to be and are known for scoring ''numerous'' kill counts of the rebels as well as [[spoiler:[[HeroKiller two of the main casts]], Baze and Chirrut.]]

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** Averted with the [[DoomTroops Death Troopers]] in ''Film/RogueOne'', they retained the brutal efficiency of how a Stormtrooper is supposed to be and are known for scoring ''numerous'' kill counts of the rebels as well as [[spoiler:[[HeroKiller two of the main casts]], Baze and Chirrut.]]Chirrut]].



* In the Clint Eastwood film ''Film/TheGauntlet'', Eastwood and costar Sondra Locke are in a bus, driving not very fast down a street lined with cop-mooks on both sides firing automatic weapons at the bus. The bus is shot full of holes, but neither Eastwood nor Locke are hit.

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* In the Clint Eastwood Creator/ClintEastwood film ''Film/TheGauntlet'', Eastwood and costar Sondra Locke are in a bus, driving not very fast down a street lined with cop-mooks on both sides firing automatic weapons at the bus. The bus is shot full of holes, but neither Eastwood nor Locke are hit.



* ''Film/JurassicWorld'': The movie would have ended halfway through if the veteran soldier with the Gatling gun had been able to hit the sixty foot long I. Rex.
** And if [[spoiler: the mercenaries]] could hit raptors charging straight at them at close range when they have automatic weapons and night vision sights.

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* ''Film/JurassicWorld'': The movie would have ended halfway through if the veteran soldier with the Gatling gun had been able to hit the sixty foot long I. Rex.
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Rex. And if [[spoiler: the mercenaries]] could hit raptors charging straight at them at close range when they have automatic weapons and night vision sights.



* PlayedWith in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': Valentine's mooks empty magazine after magazine at Eggsy, but they don't miss; his suit is bulletproof. A deleted clip shows him shrugging off a ton of flattened bullets. All of them do, however, manage to miss his unprotected head.

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* PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': Valentine's mooks empty magazine after magazine at Eggsy, but they don't miss; his suit is bulletproof. A deleted clip shows him shrugging off a ton of flattened bullets. All of them do, however, manage to miss his unprotected head.



* A running gag in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' is that Church simply can never, ever hit anything. In the first season he merely has the (fairly common among some players) problem of being a lousy sniper (despite bogarting the sniper rifle constantly). Later it's Flanderized to the point that he empties an entire clip trying to shoot someone that he is kneeling in front of, less than two feet away and then has to ask someone else to do it for him. Partially [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that Church is [[spoiler: the copy of a man who was rejected for military service,]] and never received training. Plus he was using a body built by someone with questionable electrical, mechanical, and programming skills. But mainly just [[RuleOfFunny played for laughs.]]

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* A running gag in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' is that Church simply can never, ever hit anything. In the first season he merely has the (fairly common among some players) problem of being a lousy sniper (despite bogarting the sniper rifle constantly). Later it's Flanderized to the point that he empties an entire clip trying to shoot someone that he is kneeling in front of, less than two feet away and then has to ask someone else to do it for him. Partially [[JustifiedTrope justified]] {{justified|Trope}} in that Church is [[spoiler: the copy of a man who was rejected for military service,]] and never received training. Plus he was using a body built by someone with questionable electrical, mechanical, and programming skills. But mainly just [[RuleOfFunny played for laughs.]]



* Exaggerated in the last episode of season 4 of ''WebVideo/ChadVader'', when Jeremy and a Stormtrooper fail to shoot each other, even though their standing about ''four feet apart''.

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* Exaggerated in the last episode of season 4 of ''WebVideo/ChadVader'', when Jeremy and a Stormtrooper fail to shoot each other, even though their they're standing about ''four feet apart''.



* The enemy soldiers in ''WebVideo/ShockTroopers'' manage to miss every shot they take at the two protagonists... who have to run straight towards the bad guys and hit them at point blank range with a [[MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]] to do any damage. .

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* The enemy soldiers in ''WebVideo/ShockTroopers'' manage to miss every shot they take at the two protagonists... who have to run straight towards the bad guys and hit them at point blank range with a [[MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]] to do any damage. .



** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' has Flint use the bad aim of a group of MechaMooks to insult Cobra Commander, asking the villain if he programed them himself. (And in said scene, Flint is able to fight back efficiently after stealing one of their weapons, proving that the rifles themselves aren't the problem.)

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** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' has Flint use the bad aim of a group of MechaMooks to insult Cobra Commander, asking the villain if he programed programmed them himself. (And in said scene, Flint is able to fight back efficiently after stealing one of their weapons, proving that the rifles themselves aren't the problem.)



** Taken UpToEleven in "Little Crime Stoppers," where the boys' presence incites nearby gangs to ''accidentally shoot each other to death''

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** Taken UpToEleven in "Little Crime Stoppers," where the boys' presence incites nearby gangs to ''accidentally shoot each other to death''death''.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'': The Lizards are pretty bad shots when it comes to dealing with Lion-O and the surviving [=ThunderCats=]. The Cats themselves almost equally so, the arrows fired against the Lizards hit a grand total of two targets on-screen.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'': ''WesternAnimation/Thundercats2011'': The Lizards are pretty bad shots when it comes to dealing with Lion-O and the surviving [=ThunderCats=]. The Cats themselves almost equally so, the arrows fired against the Lizards hit a grand total of two targets on-screen.



* ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' has this in the most absurd way. Hundreds of Foot Soldiers piling out of the Technodrome versus 9 stationary targets in a clump... and not only does no one get hit, but the turtles actually charge in, closing the distance to mere inches, and still the heroes are no worse for wear! There was some laser-dodging, and the ConservationOfNinjutsu was obviously at work, but come on! Though, these are the '80s Foot Soldiers we are talking about here. Despite being (in theory) killer robots programmed to fight with ninja effectiveness; the chances of them actually killing everything was low. They were even less dangerous than any of the Human Foot Ninja throughout the franchise history. Karai from the 2003 series even comments on their poor combat effectiveness (calling them "almost cartoonish") whilst in the process of upgrading them with the 03' series tech. After that, they become [[NotSoHarmlessVillain much more deadly]] and almost succeed in killing the whole group of Turtles when they are led to attack the 03' Turtles lair. Yet they still can't shoot anything worth a damn, ironically.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' has this in the most absurd way. Hundreds of Foot Soldiers piling out of the Technodrome versus 9 stationary targets in a clump... and not only does no one get hit, but the turtles actually charge in, closing the distance to mere inches, and still the heroes are no worse for wear! There was some laser-dodging, and the ConservationOfNinjutsu was obviously at work, but come on! Though, these are the '80s [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 '80s]] Foot Soldiers we are talking about here. Despite being (in theory) killer robots programmed to fight with ninja effectiveness; the chances of them actually killing everything was low. They were even less dangerous than any of the Human Foot Ninja throughout the franchise history. Karai from [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 series series]] even comments on their poor combat effectiveness (calling them "almost cartoonish") whilst in the process of upgrading them with the 03' series tech. After that, they become [[NotSoHarmlessVillain much more deadly]] and almost succeed in killing the whole group of Turtles when they are led to attack the 03' Turtles lair. Yet they still can't shoot anything worth a damn, ironically.
17th May '17 9:30:02 AM Leporidae
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* The enemy soldiers in WebVideo/ShockTroopers manage to miss every shot they take at the two protagonists... who have to run straight towards the bad guys and hit them at point blank range with a [[MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]] to do any damage. .

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* The enemy soldiers in WebVideo/ShockTroopers ''WebVideo/ShockTroopers'' manage to miss every shot they take at the two protagonists... who have to run straight towards the bad guys and hit them at point blank range with a [[MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]] to do any damage. .
17th May '17 8:35:00 AM Leporidae
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* The enemy soldiers in WebVideo/ShockTroopers manage to miss every shot they take at the two protagonists... who have to run straight towards the bad guys and hit them at point blank range with a [[MagicalDefibrillator defibrillator]] to do any damage. .
8th May '17 11:32:07 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Franchise/GIJoe'':
** Most cartoon {{Mooks}} can't hit for crap either. Whenever Cobra and G.I. Joe faced off in battle, firearms proved completely worthless in shooting down anything smaller than a helicopter, and most ground engagements ended in a massive fistfight. ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'' mocks this when the two factions are facing off inside Mego Spidey's house. Spidey notices that both sides are aiming unusually high, and reaches out to pull Duke's rifle barrel down to an effective angle; Joes and Cobra alike are horrified when this results in a dead Cobra soldier.
** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' has Flint use the bad aim of a group of MechaMooks to insult Cobra Commander, asking the villain if he programed them himself. (And in said scene, Flint is able to fight back efficiently after stealing one of their weapons, proving that the rifles themselves aren't the problem.)
** As a general rule, the only thing either side can reliably hit are each other's vehicles, which get hit with attacks slow enough that the people in them can see it coming and bail out before the explosion.
* Blastronaut in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Hitman." Blastronaut was hired to "hit the hitman" and swooped in, all guns blazing, and missed every shot, before Scorcher destroyed his outfit.

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* ''Franchise/GIJoe'':
** Most cartoon {{Mooks}} can't hit for crap either. Whenever Cobra and G.I. Joe faced off in battle, firearms proved completely worthless in shooting down anything smaller than a helicopter, and most ground engagements ended in a massive fistfight. ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'' mocks this when the two factions are facing off inside Mego Spidey's house. Spidey notices that both sides are aiming unusually high, and reaches out to pull Duke's rifle barrel down to an effective angle; Joes and Cobra alike are horrified when this results in a dead Cobra soldier.
** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' has Flint use the bad aim of a group of MechaMooks to insult Cobra Commander, asking the villain if he programed them himself. (And in said scene, Flint is able to fight back efficiently after stealing one of their weapons, proving that the rifles themselves aren't the problem.)
** As a general rule, the only thing either side can reliably hit are each other's vehicles, which get hit with attacks slow enough that the people in them can see it coming and bail out before the explosion.
* Blastronaut in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Hitman." "Hitman". Blastronaut was hired to "hit the hitman" and swooped in, all guns blazing, and missed every shot, before Scorcher destroyed his outfit.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'', Jake's attempt to use the Dematerializer on a dragon melting the Arctic results in an EpicFail because, as he claims, he misses. (The dragon is the size of a mountain, as Eddie quickly mentioned; exactly how he could miss isn't clear, as it happened offscreen, but it was obviously a PlotTunnel to make the heroes' job harder.)
* ''Franchise/GIJoe'':
** Most cartoon {{Mooks}} can't hit for crap either. Whenever Cobra and G.I. Joe faced off in battle, firearms proved completely worthless in shooting down anything smaller than a helicopter, and most ground engagements ended in a massive fistfight. ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'' mocks this when the two factions are facing off inside Mego Spidey's house. Spidey notices that both sides are aiming unusually high, and reaches out to pull Duke's rifle barrel down to an effective angle; Joes and Cobra alike are horrified when this results in a dead Cobra soldier.
** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' has Flint use the bad aim of a group of MechaMooks to insult Cobra Commander, asking the villain if he programed them himself. (And in said scene, Flint is able to fight back efficiently after stealing one of their weapons, proving that the rifles themselves aren't the problem.)
** As a general rule, the only thing either side can reliably hit are each other's vehicles, which get hit with attacks slow enough that the people in them can see it coming and bail out before the explosion.



** Taken UpToEleven in "Little Crime Stoppers," where the boys' presence incites nearby gangs to ''accidentally shoot each other to death''.

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** Taken UpToEleven in "Little Crime Stoppers," where the boys' presence incites nearby gangs to ''accidentally shoot each other to death''.death''
* This trope shows up a few times in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' miniseries. For example, at one point Padmé uses Threepio as a target to make an invisible battle droid reveal its position. The droid fails to land a single shot on this shiny target walking slowly in a straight line.



* This trope shows up a few times in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' miniseries. For example, at one point Padme uses Threepio as a target to make an invisible battle droid reveal its position. The droid fails to land a single shot on this shiny target walking slowly in a straight line.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels.'' The stormtroopers here were clearly some of the Academy's finest. This is actually invoked in an episode centered on the actual academy where one of the cadets that Erza befriended chose to say behind and help cover Erza's escape by deliberately missing the escape vehicle.
** Played beautifully straight in the first episode. During a firefight, the heroes and some wookies are pinned down by a squad of stormtroopers. Its very obvious that, despite both the troopers and the heroes are completely stationary, most of the trooper's shots are all over the place, not hitting a thing, let alone the crates the heroes are hiding behind. Then, Kanan decides to reveal himself as a Jedi in order to draw fire and protect everyone. He does this by climbing on top of a crate and standing there for a full two seconds before slowly walking towards the stormtroopers, all while they are STILL FIRING. We does dodge a whopping two shot by slightly moving his head to the side, but otherwise, most of the shots don't even come close to hitting him.
** Lampshaded by Kanan in regards to Captain Rex's substandard aim while disguised as a Stormtrooper.

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* This trope shows up a few times in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' miniseries. For example, at one point Padme uses Threepio as a target to make an invisible battle droid reveal its position. The droid fails to land a single shot on this shiny target walking slowly in a straight line.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels.''
''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
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The stormtroopers here were clearly some of the Academy's finest. This is actually invoked in [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E04BreakingRanks an episode episode]] centered on the actual academy academy, where one of the cadets that Erza befriended chose to say behind and help cover Erza's escape by deliberately missing the escape vehicle.
** Played beautifully straight in the [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsSparkOfRebellion first episode. episode]]. During a firefight, the heroes and some wookies Wookiees are pinned down by a squad of stormtroopers. Its It's very obvious that, despite both the troopers and the heroes are being completely stationary, most of the trooper's troopers' shots are all over the place, not hitting a thing, let alone the crates the heroes are hiding behind. Then, Then Kanan decides to reveal himself as a Jedi in order to draw fire and protect everyone. He does this by climbing on top of a crate and standing there for a full two seconds before slowly walking towards the stormtroopers, all while they are STILL FIRING. We He does dodge a whopping two shot shots by slightly moving his head to the side, but otherwise, otherwise most of the shots don't even come close to hitting him.
** Lampshaded by Kanan in regards to Captain Rex's substandard aim while disguised as a Stormtrooper.Stormtrooper in [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E07StealthStrike "Stealth Strike"]]. When Rex takes the helmet off, he quickly goes back to his [[ImprobableAimingSkills usual standard]] of marksmanship.



* in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'', Jake's attempt to use the Dematerializer on a dragon melting the Arctic results in an EpicFail because, as he claims, he misses. (The dragon is the size of a mountain, as Eddie quickly mentioned; exactly how he could miss isn't clear, as it happened offscreen, but it was obviously a PlotTunnel to make the heroes' job harder.)


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* happens quite a lot with poorer states and, even more commonly, non-state militants. Setting up firing ranges, giving soldiers practice rounds, and dealing with the added cost of gun maintenance all cost money that isn't readily available. Insurgents not only have to deal with these issues, but also with the fact practice firing is noisy and even rudimentary training bases make tempting targets for enemy strike aircraft. Many of these fighters are only given a quick lesson about how their guns work and how to properly aim without firing rounds, which, combined with often poorly maintained and improperly sighted guns, leads to wildly inaccurate fire.
20th Apr '17 6:22:45 PM Mineboot45
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** Averted with the [[DoomTroops Death Troopers]] in ''Film/RogueOne'', they retained the brutal efficiency of how a Stormtrooper is supposed to be and are known for scoring ''numerous'' kill counts of the rebels as well as [[spoiler:[[HeroKiller two of the main casts]], Baze and Chirrut.]]



** ''Film/RogueOne'' finally gives us a potential in-universe explanation: Force-sensitives seem to have the latent ability to cause blaster shots to narrowly miss, almost as though the Force willed it. [[spoiler: There are plenty of hints (though no confirmation) that Chirrut is a Force-sensitive that was not selected to be trained as a Jedi, and is able to, through great concentration, walk through a field of [[EliteMook Death Troopers]] unscathed.]] Notably, the Stormtroopers encountered in the original trilogy are much more capable of hitting a RedShirt rebel soldier than any of the plot characters.

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** ''Film/RogueOne'' Averted with the [[DoomTroops Death Troopers]] in ''Film/RogueOne'', they retained the brutal efficiency of how a Stormtrooper is supposed to be and are known for scoring ''numerous'' kill counts of the rebels as well as [[spoiler:[[HeroKiller two of the main casts]], Baze and Chirrut.]]
*** ''Rogue One'' also
finally gives us a potential in-universe explanation: Force-sensitives seem to have the latent ability to cause blaster shots to narrowly miss, almost as though the Force willed it. [[spoiler: There are plenty of hints (though no confirmation) that Chirrut is a Force-sensitive that was not selected to be trained as a Jedi, and is able to, through great concentration, walk through a field of [[EliteMook Death Troopers]] unscathed.]] Notably, the Stormtroopers encountered in the original trilogy are much more capable of hitting a RedShirt rebel soldier than any of the plot characters.
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