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* There have been at least three cases (specifically ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'', ''Series/BlakesSeven'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' -- the latter two are probably homages to the first) where are a character is commended for a good shot only for them to say they were aiming somewhere else.
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* In one Dodge truck commercial, the guy wakes up to the sound of a cricket chirping, in the middle of the night, across a babbling brook, and silences it with a single accurate shot with a compound bow in between chirps. See the commercial [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqNjf7smqik here.]]
* An advert on ESPN America, to coincide with the first ''[[Film/SherlockHolmes2009 Sherlock Holmes]]'' movie with Creator/RobertDowneyJr (in normal clothes but clearly referencing Holmes), had him suggest that a play where a Quarterback's pass was tipped by an opposing defender, only to land in one his teammate's arms and be easily run in for a touchdown, may not have been a fluke.

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* In one Dodge truck commercial, the guy wakes up to the sound of a cricket chirping, in the middle of the night, across a babbling brook, and silences it with a single accurate shot with a compound bow in between chirps. See the commercial [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqNjf7smqik here.]]\n
* An advert on ESPN America, to coincide with the first ''[[Film/SherlockHolmes2009 Sherlock Holmes]]'' ''Film/{{Sherlock Holmes|2009}}'' movie with Creator/RobertDowneyJr (in normal clothes but clearly referencing Holmes), had him suggest that a play where a Quarterback's pass was tipped by an opposing defender, only to land in one his teammate's arms and be easily run in for a touchdown, may not have been a fluke.



* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':



** Also Gill Bastard in ''Manga/OnePieceWanted''

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** Also Gill Bastard in ''Manga/OnePieceWanted''''Manga/OnePieceWanted''.



* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''

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* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':



** The main universe Hawkeye, in the Comicbook/HawkeyeAndMockingbird series, fired three Pym Particle arrows - arrows whose heads were capsules filled with ''dozens'' of toothpick-sized arrows that were treated with the chemical Ant-Man uses to get bigger/smaller. When they deployed and expanded, the thugs they were facing got to [[Film/ThreeHundred fight in the shade]]. Every single one was taken down non-fatally. Hawkeye simply said he never hits what he wasn't aiming for. [[RuleOfCool This was during a motorcycle chase.]]

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** The main universe Hawkeye, in the Comicbook/HawkeyeAndMockingbird Hawkeye and ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} series, fired three Pym Particle arrows - arrows whose heads were capsules filled with ''dozens'' of toothpick-sized arrows that were treated with the chemical Ant-Man uses to get bigger/smaller. When they deployed and expanded, the thugs they were facing got to [[Film/ThreeHundred fight in the shade]]. Every single one was taken down non-fatally. Hawkeye simply said he never hits what he wasn't aiming for. [[RuleOfCool This was during a motorcycle chase.]]



* In a DonaldDuck classic, one of the nephews manages to deflect Donald's golf ball into a hole-in-one by rapidly firing several shots at it. With a toy airgun. Which he just happened to bring with him. To the golf course.
* Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} has demonstrated this by first throwing a dart, and hitting a perfect bullseye, turning away from the dartboard and sitting down at a table, throwing his remaining two darts behind his shoulder, where they both managed to hit the bullseye as well. When challenged to get 3 bullseyes again, he stood up and stacked the darts on each other. He has also thrown a katana with his left hand (he's right handed) at an attacking stuka plane, hit the pilot in his side, causing him to crash and burn. He has said that he can put six shots through a quarter, and still have change left for a gum machine.

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* In a DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck classic, one of the nephews manages to deflect Donald's golf ball into a hole-in-one by rapidly firing several shots at it. With a toy airgun. Which he just happened to bring with him. To the golf course.
* Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} Franchise/{{Wolverine}} has demonstrated this by first throwing a dart, and hitting a perfect bullseye, turning away from the dartboard and sitting down at a table, throwing his remaining two darts behind his shoulder, where they both managed to hit the bullseye as well. When challenged to get 3 bullseyes again, he stood up and stacked the darts on each other. He has also thrown a katana with his left hand (he's right handed) at an attacking stuka plane, hit the pilot in his side, causing him to crash and burn. He has said that he can put six shots through a quarter, and still have change left for a gum machine.



* ''Comicbook/UsagiYojimbo''

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* ''Comicbook/UsagiYojimbo''''Comicbook/UsagiYojimbo'':



* Subverted in ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}''. Peter throws a baseball and hits a can on a post, dislodging the mouse inside. Cut to Peter talking to Jason in catcher getup about how that would be impressive if he was aiming for it.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'':
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Subverted in ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}''. when Peter throws a baseball and hits a can on a post, dislodging the mouse inside. Cut to Peter talking to Jason in catcher getup about how that would be impressive if he was aiming for it.



* Amy Rose in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', who uses a crossbow, in issue #44 fires an arrow from a moving plane at a tiny little button that destroys an entire bridge.

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* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'':
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Amy Rose in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', who uses a crossbow, crossbow and in issue #44 fires an arrow from a moving plane at a tiny little button that destroys an entire bridge.



* WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings: Beetle proves he can be a valuable asset to the team by performing the Robin Hood arrow split several times in succession, and claims it was the first time he'd used a bow [[spoiler: at least since losing his memory to a curse.]]

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* WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings: ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings'': Beetle proves he can be a valuable asset to the team by performing the Robin Hood arrow split several times in succession, and claims it was the first time he'd used a bow [[spoiler: at least since losing his memory to a curse.]]curse]].



** As noted in the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy page the protagonists display such a level of technical competency (or luck) that most {{mooks}} look completely incompetent by comparison, even though they often aren't.

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** As noted in on the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy page the protagonists display such a level of technical competency (or luck) that most {{mooks}} look completely incompetent by comparison, even though they often aren't.



** He threw a can of food at a purse theif from a full NYC block away, and conked him on the head. On a single try. In a VERY heavily crowded sidewalk. And the thief was zig-zaggily running away at top speed. After throwing the first can, he never even thought about throwing a second can as he knew one would be enough. Cue applause.

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** He threw a can of food at a purse theif thief from a full NYC block away, and conked him on the head. On a single try. In a VERY heavily crowded sidewalk. And the thief was zig-zaggily running away at top speed. After throwing the first can, he never even thought about throwing a second can as he knew one would be enough. Cue applause.



* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Hawkeye [[OffhandBackhand doesn't need to look at what he's shooting at,]] hitting flying Chitauri troops while eyeing up something else entirely. He also perfectly arcs an explosive arrow into one of the Helicarrier's rotors...from the ''opposite side'' of the Helicarrier.
** PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', in which he complains that his flawless aim makes golf really boring.

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* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Hawkeye [[OffhandBackhand doesn't need to look at what he's shooting at,]] hitting flying Chitauri troops while eyeing up something else entirely. He also perfectly arcs an explosive arrow into one of the Helicarrier's rotors...from the ''opposite side'' of the Helicarrier.
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Helicarrier. PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', in which he complains that his flawless aim makes golf really boring.



* Sebastian Moran in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' is called one of Europe's six best marksmen, and makes good on that description. For example, the Meinhart assassination took place at 650 yards, with a 7-8 mph side wind. He also manages to graze a moving man at about 100 yards with an unfamiliar rifle, while at a dead sprint, and kill another at 150 with an open wound in his gut.
** Watson too. He was able to shoot a CANNON at his counterpart and it [[MemeticBadass saved Holmes's hide.]]

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* Sebastian Moran in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' is called one of Europe's six best marksmen, and makes good on that description. For example, the Meinhart assassination took place at 650 yards, with a 7-8 mph side wind. He also manages to graze a moving man at about 100 yards with an unfamiliar rifle, while at a dead sprint, and kill another at 150 with an open wound in his gut.
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gut. Watson too. He was able to shoot a CANNON at his counterpart and it [[MemeticBadass saved Holmes's hide.]]



* ''Film/JamesBond''

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* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''

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** In ''Film/Deadpool2016'', Wade Wilson ends up [[RunningGag forgetting his ammo bag]]. During the bridge shootout, he only has twelve rounds, six in each pistol, and he tells the enemy mooks that some of them "will have to share." He makes good on this, delivering multiple headshots, including two while flipping through the air, another blind and shooting between his legs, two more OffhandBackhand shots where he's not even looking at his targets, and to top it all off, he scores a triple headshot on the last three mooks. In fact, the only time he misses is when he's shooting at one enemy who is riding a motorcycle, who is actually [[spoiler: Ajax]], and the missed shots are {{Foreshadowing}} that [[spoiler: he has enhanced reflexes that let him dodge bullets.]]

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** In ''Film/Deadpool2016'', Wade Wilson ends up [[RunningGag forgetting his ammo bag]]. During the bridge shootout, he only has twelve rounds, six in each pistol, and he tells the enemy mooks that some of them "will have to share." He makes good on this, delivering multiple headshots, including two while flipping through the air, another blind and shooting between his legs, two more OffhandBackhand shots where he's not even looking at his targets, and to top it all off, he scores a triple headshot on the last three mooks. In fact, the only time he misses is when he's shooting at one enemy who is riding a motorcycle, who is actually [[spoiler: Ajax]], and the missed shots are {{Foreshadowing}} that [[spoiler: he has enhanced reflexes that let him dodge bullets.]]bullets]].



** [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel David]] himself also deserves a mention, during the famous battle of DavidVsGoliath, he sniped down Goliath with a sling, this is akin to [[BoomHeadshot pulling out a pistol and sniping down someone's head from a distance]].

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** [[Literature/BooksOfSamuel David]] himself also deserves a mention, during the famous battle of DavidVsGoliath, DavidVersusGoliath, he sniped down Goliath with a sling, this is akin to [[BoomHeadshot pulling out a pistol and sniping down someone's head from a distance]].



*** DoubleSubverted in ''The Emperor's Finest''. Cain has Jurgen [[ShootTheFuelTank take a shot at a fuel tank]] on a vehicle. It takes him a few tries, then Cain finds out that due to the way he worded the order, his LiteralMinded aide had been aiming for, and ''hit'', the much smaller release valve.

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*** DoubleSubverted DoubleSubversion in ''The Emperor's Finest''. Cain has Jurgen [[ShootTheFuelTank take a shot at a fuel tank]] on a vehicle. It takes him a few tries, then Cain finds out that due to the way he worded the order, his LiteralMinded aide had been aiming for, and ''hit'', the much smaller release valve.



* Deconstructed ([[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype alongside the archetype of]] TheGunslinger) on Creator/JohnSteakley's ''Vampire$'' with the character of Felix. He's got the capacity to kill with any gun he can get his hands on, always shooting unerringly. The deconstruction (and what unnerves Felix so much about his ability to the point he prefers not to use it) is that this capacity to never miss also doesn't has a "stun" mode, so to speak. He can ''never'' shoot to wound, he can ''never'' [[BlastedOutOfTheirHands shoot a gun out of a man's hands]], he can ''never'' pull off trick shots or fire a warning shot, he can ''never'' ShootTheHostage on "[[OnlyAFleshWound the sweet spot]]"--he will ''always'' shoot to ([[InstantDeathBullet insta-]])kill.

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* Deconstructed ([[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype alongside the archetype of]] TheGunslinger) on Creator/JohnSteakley's ''Vampire$'' with the character of Felix. He's got the capacity to kill with any gun he can get his hands on, always shooting unerringly. The deconstruction (and what unnerves Felix so much about his ability to the point he prefers not to use it) is that this capacity to never miss also doesn't has a "stun" mode, so to speak. He can ''never'' shoot to wound, he can ''never'' [[BlastedOutOfTheirHands [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands shoot a gun out of a man's hands]], he can ''never'' pull off trick shots or fire a warning shot, he can ''never'' ShootTheHostage on "[[OnlyAFleshWound the sweet spot]]"--he will ''always'' shoot to ([[InstantDeathBullet insta-]])kill.



* ''Literature/MartinFierro'': This is a NarrativePoem about Martin Fierro, a {{Gaucho}} who is PressGanged into {{Conscription}} trying to SettlingTheFrontier. At song III, he describes the Indians as {{BadassNative}} who can kill any enemy with [[BladeOnAStick polearms]] and the [[SufferTheSlings boleadoras]].

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* ''Literature/MartinFierro'': This is a NarrativePoem about Martin Fierro, a {{Gaucho}} who is PressGanged into {{Conscription}} trying to SettlingTheFrontier. At song III, he describes the Indians as {{BadassNative}} {{Badass Native}}s who can kill any enemy with [[BladeOnAStick polearms]] and the [[SufferTheSlings boleadoras]].



* Arguably one of the best examples was Rita Repulsa. In the original series of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', she would do her MakeMyMonsterGrow by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUelB-OSneY&feature=related throwing her wand.]] Thanks to the miracle of Stock Footage, it would land in the exact same spot, every single time. Oh, and did we mention that she was throwing it from the ''moon?''

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* Arguably one of the best examples was Rita Repulsa. In the original series of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', she would do her MakeMyMonsterGrow by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUelB-OSneY&feature=related throwing her wand.]] Thanks to the miracle of Stock Footage, StockFootage, it would land in the exact same spot, every single time. Oh, and did we mention that she was throwing it from the ''moon?''



* From ''Series/TwentyFour'', I present to you, Jack Bauer... [[MemeticBadass because he's Jack Bauer]].

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* From ''Series/TwentyFour'', I present to you, Jack Bauer... [[MemeticBadass because he's Jack Bauer]].



* In ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' episode "The Never Never Affair", Napoleon Solo demonstrates ''extremely'' Improbable Aiming Skills when, bound to a chair, forced to hold a pistol with his hands tied behind his back pointing the pistol behind him, and while ''having to look into a mirror to see his target'', he nonetheless warns a THRUSH agent that any attempt to detonate an explosive booby trap in the face of other U.N.C.L.E. agents arriving at the scene would result in Solo shooting the THRUSH agent. The THRUSH baddie pooh poohs Solo's threat, and makes for the detonator, only to be shot by Solo. Solo then [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it by looking surprised and muttering, "Well how about that!" when he sees the THRUSH agent go down.

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* In ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' ''Series/TheManFromUncle'' episode "The Never Never Affair", Napoleon Solo demonstrates ''extremely'' Improbable Aiming Skills when, bound to a chair, forced to hold a pistol with his hands tied behind his back pointing the pistol behind him, and while ''having to look into a mirror to see his target'', he nonetheless warns a THRUSH agent that any attempt to detonate an explosive booby trap in the face of other U.N.C.L.E. agents arriving at the scene would result in Solo shooting the THRUSH agent. The THRUSH baddie pooh poohs Solo's threat, and makes for the detonator, only to be shot by Solo. Solo then [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it by looking surprised and muttering, "Well how about that!" when he sees the THRUSH agent go down.



** The pilot shows him to be a crack shot at a gun range, although it is believable that in RealLife he would have trouble properly aiming at someone who is about to kill his LoveInterest. Adrenalin would also be a major factor.

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** The pilot shows him to be a crack shot at a gun range, although it is believable that in RealLife he would have trouble properly aiming at someone who is about to kill his LoveInterest.{{Love Interest|s}}. Adrenalin would also be a major factor.



* Olivia Dunham from ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' almost constantly shoots people right between the eyes, regardless of how quickly they're moving, whether they're inside a car, or even if she just picks up her gun and fires (seemingly) at random.
** Interestingly, when she is in the AlternateUniverse, and Walternate implants Fauxlivia's memories in her head, she suddenly becomes a crack shot and claims she normally sucks. Apparently, memories equal hand-eye coordination.

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* Olivia Dunham from ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' almost constantly shoots people right between the eyes, regardless of how quickly they're moving, whether they're inside a car, or even if she just picks up her gun and fires (seemingly) at random.
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random. Interestingly, when she is in the AlternateUniverse, and Walternate implants Fauxlivia's memories in her head, she suddenly becomes a crack shot and claims she normally sucks. Apparently, memories equal hand-eye coordination.



** Juliet O'Hara shoots a machete wielding crazy, in the HAND, during a wind storm at night with limited visibility while he was attacking Shawn. "Tuesday the 17th"

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** Juliet O'Hara shoots a machete wielding crazy, in the HAND, during a wind storm windstorm at night with limited visibility while he was attacking Shawn. "Tuesday the 17th"



** Sam and Jesse think the former has this in "Forget Me Not" when he manages to hit a bad guy in a window with covering fire while shooting blind. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], in that Michael made the shot with a sniper rifle from inside a car behind them. Fi picks up on this right away, though she doesn't see Michael for herself.
* ComicBook/GreenArrow is an impressive shot on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', able to shoot a specific country on a globe or into the opening of a soda can. Clark Kent also hardly ever misses, whether he throws a football, basketball, bowling ball, knife, can, anything. He even ''shoots a bullet out of the air'' with his heat vision. It is implied that his talent comes from his powers, as in one episode where he was BroughtDownToNormal, he found that he now sucked at basketball. Heat vision is also hard to miss when you are faster than the speeding bullet and all you need to do is look directly at your target...

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** Sam and Jesse think the former has this in "Forget Me Not" when he manages to hit a bad guy in a window with covering fire while shooting blind. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], {{Subverted|Trope}}, in that Michael made the shot with a sniper rifle from inside a car behind them. Fi picks up on this right away, though she doesn't see Michael for herself.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
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ComicBook/GreenArrow is an impressive shot on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', shot, able to shoot a specific country on a globe or into the opening of a soda can. Clark Kent also hardly ever misses, whether he throws a football, basketball, bowling ball, knife, can, anything. He even ''shoots a bullet out of the air'' with his heat vision. It is implied that his talent comes from his powers, as in one episode where he was BroughtDownToNormal, he found that he now sucked at basketball. Heat vision is also hard to miss when you are faster than the speeding bullet and all you need to do is look directly at your target...



* On ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' this is Hicks' special power. He can analyze the environment and then make the perfect shot. In the pilot he kills a man in a windowless room with a sniper rifle by shooting though a grate, down a ventilation shaft and then clipping a second grate in such a way that the bullet tumbles just enough to hit the target sitting under it. Later on when faced with a hostage taker he ricochets a bullet off a sign so it hits the bad guy in the back since it is the only shot he can take without hitting the hostage. Later accomplishments include shooting the hinges off a door using two pistols GunsAkimbo from across a street, and [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands blasting a tiny box knife out of the hands]] of an enemy with SuperSpeed from across a room. He can also use his power for throwing objects and to execute incredible feats of acrobatics. (On top of having this as a superpower, Hicks is also a trained military sniper, so the odds of him missing any kind of shot with a gun are pretty low.)

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* On ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' this ''Series/{{Alphas}}'':
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is Hicks' special power. He can analyze the environment and then make the perfect shot. In the pilot he kills a man in a windowless room with a sniper rifle by shooting though a grate, down a ventilation shaft and then clipping a second grate in such a way that the bullet tumbles just enough to hit the target sitting under it. Later on when faced with a hostage taker he ricochets a bullet off a sign so it hits the bad guy in the back since it is the only shot he can take without hitting the hostage. Later accomplishments include shooting the hinges off a door using two pistols GunsAkimbo from across a street, and [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands blasting a tiny box knife out of the hands]] of an enemy with SuperSpeed from across a room. He can also use his power for throwing objects and to execute incredible feats of acrobatics. (On top of having this as a superpower, Hicks is also a trained military sniper, so the odds of him missing any kind of shot with a gun are pretty low.)



** Prince Charming has also exhibited this, saving Literature/SnowWhite by hitting a guard on a galloping horse from a relatively long distance. In another episode he intercepts an arrow midflight with a sword.

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** Prince Charming has also exhibited this, saving Literature/SnowWhite Literature/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}} by hitting a guard on a galloping horse from a relatively long distance. In another episode he intercepts an arrow midflight with a sword.



** John seemed to deduce that his [[ArchEnemy counterpart]] [[TheDragon Sebastian Moran]] could've shot Sherlock. Uh, yeah. We know what happens [[BewaretheNiceOnes if you screw with his friend.]] It's ''not'' pretty, [[GoodIsNotSoft let alone survivable.]]

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** John seemed to deduce that his [[ArchEnemy counterpart]] [[TheDragon Sebastian Moran]] could've shot Sherlock. Uh, yeah. We know what happens [[BewaretheNiceOnes [[BewareTheNiceOnes if you screw with his friend.]] It's ''not'' pretty, [[GoodIsNotSoft let alone survivable.]]



** [[BadassAdorable Mary]] seems to be a darn good shot as well. [[BewaretheNiceOnes Messing with this chick is a BAD IDEA.]]

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** [[BadassAdorable Mary]] seems to be a darn good shot as well. [[BewaretheNiceOnes [[BewareTheNiceOnes Messing with this chick is a BAD IDEA.]]



** {{TabletopGame/GURPS}} also features traits and/or skills that specifically allow BlastingItOutOfTheirHands, PinballProjectile,[[LeadTheTarget Leading The Target]]from kilometers away, and the [[OffhandBackhand Offhand Backshot]], as well as tricks like [[ShootTheRope Shooting The Rope]], shooting off hats, cigarettes, etc., all the way up to outright impossible tricks like curving shots to hit people behind cover, all depending on the realism settings.

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** {{TabletopGame/GURPS}} also features traits and/or skills that specifically allow BlastingItOutOfTheirHands, PinballProjectile,[[LeadTheTarget PinballProjectile, [[LeadTheTarget Leading The Target]]from Target]] from kilometers away, and the [[OffhandBackhand Offhand Backshot]], as well as tricks like [[ShootTheRope Shooting The Rope]], shooting off hats, cigarettes, etc., all the way up to outright impossible tricks like curving shots to hit people behind cover, all depending on the realism settings.



*** Imperial Assassins are all [[TrainingFromHell trained]] to a ridiculous degree, each and every one of them qualifying as a superior shot to the best master-snipers in the galaxy by the time they are ready to be sent on actual missions. And then there's the specialist sniper school of Assassins, the Vindicare Temple, where the end goal is an entire army of guys who shoot like everyone else on this page. They specialise in making headshots ''through'' active forcefields, at ranges of multiple kilometres, just to silence one recidivist governor or heretical demagogue before he can do enough harm to require an intervention in force.

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*** Imperial Assassins are all [[TrainingFromHell trained]] {{train|ingFromHell}}ed to a ridiculous degree, each and every one of them qualifying as a superior shot to the best master-snipers in the galaxy by the time they are ready to be sent on actual missions. And then there's the specialist sniper school of Assassins, the Vindicare Temple, where the end goal is an entire army of guys who shoot like everyone else on this page. They specialise in making headshots ''through'' active forcefields, at ranges of multiple kilometres, just to silence one recidivist governor or heretical demagogue before he can do enough harm to require an intervention in force.



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* Aimee from VideoGame/BravelySecond takes this trope and [[{{Pun}} shoots it into orbit]] by shooting Yew ''literally halfway across the world'', only missing a killing shot by an inch or so.
** And then [[spoiler: when she's killed]] she fires something in the air. Fast forward to a bit later in the game, when you beat Angelo and he's about to [[ItMakesSenseInContext suicide by cupcake]], the ring she fired [[BrickJoke finally lands]] right on his finger.

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* Aimee from VideoGame/BravelySecond ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'' takes this trope and [[{{Pun}} shoots it into orbit]] by shooting Yew ''literally halfway across the world'', only missing a killing shot by an inch or so.
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so. And then [[spoiler: when she's killed]] she fires something in the air. Fast forward to a bit later in the game, when you beat Angelo and he's about to [[ItMakesSenseInContext suicide by cupcake]], the ring she fired [[BrickJoke finally lands]] right on his finger.



* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', all attacks are determined whether they hit as soon as the animation starts. Basically, the animation just determines how long the attack takes to carry out. But it can take a few seconds to get to the part where you appear to attack. Which can lead to a mellee attack hitting an opponent 30 feet and around a corner by the time your character actually swings, and the same goes for the computer hitting you. Cue HomingBoulders that fly through walls to hit targets who teleported around the map.

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* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', all attacks are determined whether they hit as soon as the animation starts. Basically, the animation just determines how long the attack takes to carry out. But it can take a few seconds to get to the part where you appear to attack. Which can lead to a mellee melee attack hitting an opponent 30 feet and around a corner by the time your character actually swings, and the same goes for the computer hitting you. Cue HomingBoulders that fly through walls to hit targets who teleported around the map.



* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''

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* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''''Franchise/DevilMayCry'':



* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
** Revolver Ocelot from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' is another rare villainous example. Though wielding a revolver (and never, ever using his other hand to steady it), he's got unerring accuracy, on-par with even Sniper Wolf. He can even richochet bullets off of walls. When Cyborg {{Ninja}} cuts off his right hand, he just starts shooting with his left instead, without any perceptible drop in accuracy.

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* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
** Revolver Ocelot from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' is another rare villainous example. Though wielding a revolver (and never, ever using his other hand to steady it), he's got unerring accuracy, on-par with even Sniper Wolf. He can even richochet ricochet bullets off of walls. When Cyborg {{Ninja}} cuts off his right hand, he just starts shooting with his left instead, without any perceptible drop in accuracy.



* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''

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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'':



** The Female Assassins in Half-Life count as well. It's unknown who they're working, they're never mentioned by any characters in Half-Life, and the only game that puts focus on them is of debatable canon. Of all we don't know, one thing is for certain, an Assassin with a 9mm pistol will never miss a shot. Dispite their weak weaponry, Assassins are a higher threat than the Special Forces you spend half the game fighting, largely in part because of their pin-point accuracy and quick trigger fingers.

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** The Female Assassins in Half-Life count as well. It's unknown who they're working, they're never mentioned by any characters in Half-Life, and the only game that puts focus on them is of debatable canon. Of all we don't know, one thing is for certain, certain: an Assassin with a 9mm pistol will never miss a shot. Dispite Despite their weak weaponry, Assassins are a higher threat than the Special Forces you spend half the game fighting, largely in part because of their pin-point accuracy and quick trigger fingers.



* Sometimes a common occurence in [=FPSes=], especially if TheComputerIsACheatingBastard, but played straight in ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'', as the Phlebitonium for much of the game, and in fact the concept itself, is plain and simply RuleOfCool. Of special note is that the computer tends to be completely suck with normal shotguns at long ranges, but does quite a few headshots with the BLUNDERBUSS. Speculation has it that this is due to a couple of the set patterns of blunderbuss firing arcs, and the height at which the computer naturally aims. If you require evidence, use all zombie characters, while playing one yourself, and take note of the amount of headless people running around in some all blundie games.

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* Sometimes a common occurence occurrence in [=FPSes=], especially if TheComputerIsACheatingBastard, but played straight in ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'', as the Phlebitonium for much of the game, and in fact the concept itself, is plain and simply RuleOfCool. Of special note is that the computer tends to be completely suck with normal shotguns at long ranges, but does quite a few headshots with the BLUNDERBUSS. Speculation has it that this is due to a couple of the set patterns of blunderbuss firing arcs, and the height at which the computer naturally aims. If you require evidence, use all zombie characters, while playing one yourself, and take note of the amount of headless people running around in some all blundie games.



* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' in Playthrough 2 and 2.5, [=BadMuthas=] and Superbads gain HUGE advance in terms of accuracy. For example: You're 40-50 meters away from [=BadMutha=] enemy, that said enemy has a shotgun with 20 accuracy. However... It still manages to get most of the projectiles to hit you, when you couldn't hit them with same shotgun from that range.
** Surprisingly for enemies that are [[DemonicSpiders Demonic]] [[SuicideAttack Kamikaze]] [[DemonicSpiders Spiders]] in close combat, Psychos have perfect accuracy whether they're twenty or two hundred yards away. It wouldn't be nearly as absurd if not for the fact that they're ''throwing axes'' at you.
** Also used in [[FriendlySniper Mordecai's]] back story. He apparently won a sharp shooting contest while he was 17 against several professional snipers with much more experience. The kicker? They all used sniper rifles; he used a revolver. The snipers then chased him off and called him a cheater.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' in Playthrough 2 and 2.5, [=BadMuthas=] and Superbads gain HUGE advance in terms of accuracy. For example: You're 40-50 meters away from [=BadMutha=] enemy, that enemy; said enemy has a shotgun with 20 accuracy. However... It still manages to get most of the projectiles to hit you, when you couldn't hit them with same shotgun from that range.
** Surprisingly for enemies that are [[DemonicSpiders Demonic]] {{Demonic|Spiders}} [[SuicideAttack Kamikaze]] [[DemonicSpiders Spiders]] in close combat, Psychos have perfect accuracy whether they're twenty or two hundred yards away. It wouldn't be nearly as absurd if not for the fact that they're ''throwing axes'' at you.
** Also used in [[FriendlySniper Mordecai's]] back story.backstory. He apparently won a sharp shooting contest while he was 17 against several professional snipers with much more experience. The kicker? They all used sniper rifles; he used a revolver. The snipers then chased him off and called him a cheater.



* Displayed by your enemies in ''VideoGame/WillRock: They can hit you from every possible distance with: {{Fire Ball|s}} shots, arrows, javelins, axes, knives, morning stars, acid, tridents, fiery stones/pebbles, fiery bullets and lightning bolts.
* In the ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' series, Nazis have near-perfect accuracy when blind-firing behind cover (ie what is supposed to be suppressing fire).

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* Displayed by your enemies in ''VideoGame/WillRock: ''VideoGame/WillRock'': They can hit you from every possible distance with: {{Fire Ball|s}} shots, arrows, javelins, axes, knives, morning stars, acid, tridents, fiery stones/pebbles, fiery bullets and lightning bolts.
* In the ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' series, Nazis have near-perfect accuracy when blind-firing behind cover (ie (i.e. what is supposed to be suppressing fire).



*** In the ''Dawnguard'' DLC, you can read the opus of series' recurring character St. Jiub the Eradicator, who [[AscendedExtra rose to prominence]] after eradicating the [[TakeThatScrappy much reviled]] [[GoddamnBats Cliff Racers]] in Vvardenfell. While certainly not an ''impossible'' shot, his opus tells of one hunt where he hit a Cliff Racer at a great distance with his bow while being rocked back and forth atop his [[HorseOfADifferentColor Silt Strider]] during an Ash Storm.

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*** In the ''Dawnguard'' DLC, you can read the opus of series' recurring character St. Jiub the Eradicator, who [[AscendedExtra rose to prominence]] after eradicating the [[TakeThatScrappy much reviled]] [[GoddamnBats [[GoddamnedBats Cliff Racers]] in Vvardenfell. While certainly not an ''impossible'' shot, his opus tells of one hunt where he hit a Cliff Racer at a great distance with his bow while being rocked back and forth atop his [[HorseOfADifferentColor Silt Strider]] during an Ash Storm.



* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'': Both Max (Single-Player) and the gangs (multiplayer) have deadshot accuracy when using anything but automatic/burst guns or melee attacks. And even then, gang members can level-up their guns and gain attachments that give the first shot pinpoint accuracy. There are basically four kinds of cursors: A white dot means the ranged attacks will always shoot towards the target when it turns red, a crosshair/circle means that the weapon is somewhat accurate but loses accuracy with each shot, four quarter-circles means you are using an automatic gun and should probably get in close before firing, and a dot with two quarter-circles means that you are using a shotgun and should level them up to 10 and then forget about them(they are weak in multiplayer). On default, max has only a white dot, but gun-accuracy rules still apply.

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* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'': Both Max (Single-Player) and the gangs (multiplayer) have deadshot accuracy when using anything but automatic/burst guns or melee attacks. And even then, gang members can level-up their guns and gain attachments that give the first shot pinpoint accuracy. There are basically four kinds of cursors: A white dot means the ranged attacks will always shoot towards the target when it turns red, a crosshair/circle means that the weapon is somewhat accurate but loses accuracy with each shot, four quarter-circles means you are using an automatic gun and should probably get in close before firing, and a dot with two quarter-circles means that you are using a shotgun and should level them up to 10 and then forget about them(they them (they are weak in multiplayer). On default, max has only a white dot, but gun-accuracy rules still apply.



* ''VideoGame/SteamWorldHeist'' allows you to do that with some of your characters and weapons. The game is turn-based, so you can take as much time to line up your shots as you want, and weapons with a laser sight even show reflected angles. It can be especially useful, since headshots and flanking shots deal critical damage, and some enemies carry metal shields, so a frontal attack with anything short of an RPG or a grenade launcher won't work (and even those can sometimes bounce off). Enemies can do that too, although they usually won't try. However, one boss, aptly named Ace, takes this UpToEleven. He won't even try to hit you with a straight shot, even if he's tanding two spaces away. No, he'll bounce his shot half a dozen times before hitting one of your characters in the legs, crippling them for one turn.

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* ''VideoGame/SteamWorldHeist'' allows you to do that with some of your characters and weapons. The game is turn-based, so you can take as much time to line up your shots as you want, and weapons with a laser sight even show reflected angles. It can be especially useful, since headshots and flanking shots deal critical damage, and some enemies carry metal shields, so a frontal attack with anything short of an RPG or a grenade launcher won't work (and even those can sometimes bounce off). Enemies can do that too, although they usually won't try. However, one boss, aptly named Ace, takes this UpToEleven. He won't even try to hit you with a straight shot, even if he's tanding standing two spaces away. No, he'll bounce his shot half a dozen times before hitting one of your characters in the legs, crippling them for one turn.



* During one of the youtube channel Outside Xbox's videos of dishonoured, Mike pulls off a headshot on his (moving) target from a building on the other side of a town square, using a flintlock pistol.

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* During one of the youtube Website/YouTube channel Outside Xbox's videos of dishonoured, Mike pulls off a headshot on his (moving) target from a building on the other side of a town square, using a flintlock pistol.



* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'s'' [[TheAce Pyrrha]] [[LadyOfWar Nikos]] has these, as shown in her EstablishingCharacterMoment. (Pinning a person- who's falling through the air several dozen meters away- to a tree, with only a minute or so to aim her shot, and leaving said person completely unharmed.) The person in question was so far from Pyrrha that it took 5 seconds for her javelin to hit its target.Given that her weapon is a combination rifle/spear, she'd have to.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'s'' [[TheAce Pyrrha]] [[LadyOfWar Nikos]] has these, as shown in her EstablishingCharacterMoment. (Pinning a person- who's falling through the air several dozen meters away- to a tree, with only a minute or so to aim her shot, and leaving said person completely unharmed.) The person in question was so far from Pyrrha that it took 5 seconds for her javelin to hit its target. Given that her weapon is a combination rifle/spear, she'd have to.
7th Jun '18 4:36:29 PM darkemyst
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* In ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin Vol 1]]'' Tim manages to cork the gun barrel of Dorrance's right hand man by throwing a screw into it from a couple of floors up which caused the gun to backfire somehow.
30th May '18 7:29:26 PM erforce
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* An advert on ESPN America, to coincide with the first ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' movie with Creator/RobertDowneyJr (in normal clothes but clearly referencing Holmes), had him suggest that a play where a Quarterback's pass was tipped by an opposing defender, only to land in one his teammate's arms and be easily run in for a touchdown, may not have been a fluke.

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* An advert on ESPN America, to coincide with the first ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' ''[[Film/SherlockHolmes2009 Sherlock Holmes]]'' movie with Creator/RobertDowneyJr (in normal clothes but clearly referencing Holmes), had him suggest that a play where a Quarterback's pass was tipped by an opposing defender, only to land in one his teammate's arms and be easily run in for a touchdown, may not have been a fluke.
24th May '18 6:14:48 AM MasterFuzzy
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* In the ''Literature/{{Brotherband}}'' series by the same author, Lydia has more or less the same skill with her atlatl that Rangers do with their bows. This is justified by her starting out as a huntress before she joined the brotherband, and a huntress who can't aim well is one who ends up hungry.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Brotherband}}'' series by the same author, Lydia has more or less the same skill with her dart-throwing atlatl that Rangers do with their bows. This is justified by her starting out as a huntress before she joined the brotherband, and a huntress who can't aim well is one who ends up hungry. At one point, though, it's subverted-she makes a fantastic throw between a running man's legs, tripping him...then sheepishly admits she'd aimed for his knee.
24th May '18 6:13:37 AM MasterFuzzy
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** Overall, the trope is generally played realistically-in addition to the incredible hours of practice they put in, they also take into account things like wind and visibility when taking their shots. At one point, Will is firing an easy kill shot, but it hits the man in the thigh because he'd forgotten he was using a different kind of bow.
* In the ''Literature/{{Brotherband}}'' series by the same author, Lydia has more or less the same skill with her atlatl that Rangers do with their bows. This is justified by her starting out as a huntress before she joined the brotherband, and a huntress who can't aim well is one who ends up hungry.



* There aren't too many of these in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' as the heroes use their morphing ability to fight while the villains mostly attend the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. However, ''The Arrival'' subverts this very nicely with two characters: Aloth-Attamil-Gahar and Arbat-Elivat-Estoni. Aloth's a top Andalite sniper noted for scoring the highest target impact rate in the history of their military academy while Arbat is a BadassBookworm and TheManBehindTheMan of Unit 0.

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* There aren't too many of these in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' as the heroes use their morphing ability to fight close-range while the villains mostly attend the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. However, ''The Arrival'' subverts this very nicely with two characters: Aloth-Attamil-Gahar and Arbat-Elivat-Estoni. Aloth's a top Andalite sniper noted for scoring the highest target impact rate in the history of their military academy while Arbat is a BadassBookworm and TheManBehindTheMan of Unit 0.
22nd Apr '18 7:56:01 PM NordRonnoc
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* The Lone Wanderer in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' takes this trope to ridiculous extremes, being able to shoot a switchblade out of someone's hand and follow it up with a perfect headhsot. From fifty metres away. With a sightless (I shit you not) hunting rifle. He can still miss with a shotgun at point-blank range, oddly enough.

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* The Lone Wanderer in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' takes this trope to ridiculous extremes, being able to shoot a switchblade out of someone's hand and follow it up with a perfect headhsot. headshot. From fifty metres 50 yards away. With a sightless (I shit you not) hunting rifle. He They can still miss with a shotgun at point-blank range, oddly enough.



*** The sniper rifles and repeater are nice, but they just don't provide the satisfaction that decapitating someone with a BB gun does.

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*** The sniper Sniper rifles and repeater repeaters are nice, but they just don't provide the satisfaction that decapitating someone with a BB gun does.



** As not all readers of this page will have played the game, it should be noted that the game justifies (or at least attempts to justify) this, in that this skill is not natural: The player character only has Improbable Aiming Skills due to a system-the nature and workings of which are never really explained-called Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System, or V.A.T.S. as it's referred to in-game, which does most of the heavy lifting for them. A brief, somewhat-muffled conversation between the PC's father and Vault 101's Overseer implies this system to be a cybernetic implant, or some other form of non-natural human enhancement.
13th Apr '18 2:18:36 AM TroperBeDoper
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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': Norrington shoots a rope to drop Elizabeth into the ocean and stop her coming back into mortal danger. He does this from at least thirty feet away, with an 18th-century pistol, in the dark, and he gets it on the first try.

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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
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Norrington shoots a rope to drop Elizabeth into the ocean and stop her coming back into mortal danger. He does this from at least thirty feet away, with an 18th-century pistol, in the dark, and he gets it on the first try.try.
** This trait is Jack Sparrow's specialty. While his sword fighting skills are mediocre at best, he's a monster when a gun is put in his hand. Able to shoot men straight through the heart if he wants.
7th Apr '18 5:41:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Wanted}}''. ''Improbable Aiming Skills: TheMovie.'' How bad? ''Throwing a curveball with bullets,'' shooting the wings off of insects, shooting down an enemy's bullet ''intentionally,'' and on and on. Bullets fired from guns don't need to go in straight lines. With a flick of the wrist, an assassin can get a bullet to swerve around an obstacle and hit a target directly behind said obstacle. Yes, that means they can shoot around corners without relying on ricochets to change the trajectory. The most {{egregious}} example, hands-down, comes in the climax. A member of the Fraternity (a secret society of assassins that decides who to kill by studying textiles) has [[spoiler: decided that the abilities wielded by the assassins are too dangerous in the hands of mortals. This rebellious member fires a single bullet that travels around the room in a circular path, killing most of the remaining members, and comes back around, hitting the person who fired the bullet]]. RuleOfCool and all that.

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* ''Film/{{Wanted}}''. ''Improbable Aiming Skills: TheMovie.'' How bad? ''Throwing a curveball with bullets,'' shooting the wings off of insects, shooting down an enemy's bullet ''intentionally,'' and on and on. Bullets fired from guns don't need to go in straight lines. With a flick of the wrist, an assassin can get a bullet to swerve around an obstacle and hit a target directly behind said obstacle. Yes, that means they can shoot around corners without relying on ricochets to change the trajectory. The most {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} example, hands-down, comes in the climax. A member of the Fraternity (a secret society of assassins that decides who to kill by studying textiles) has [[spoiler: decided that the abilities wielded by the assassins are too dangerous in the hands of mortals. This rebellious member fires a single bullet that travels around the room in a circular path, killing most of the remaining members, and comes back around, hitting the person who fired the bullet]]. RuleOfCool and all that.
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* ''VideoGame/SteamWorldHeist'' allows you to do that with some of your characters and weapons. The game is turn-based, so you can take as much time to line up your shots as you want, and weapons with a laser sight even show reflected angles. It can be especially useful, since headshots and flanking shots deal critical damage, and some enemies carry metal shields, so a frontal attack with anything short of an RPG or a grenade launcher won't work (and even those can sometimes bounce off). Enemies can do that too, although they usually won't try. However, one boss, aptly named Ace, takes this UpToEleven. He won't even try to hit you with a straight shot, even if he's tanding two spaces away. No, he'll bounce his shot half a dozen times before hitting one of your characters in the legs, crippling them for one turn.
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