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17th Jun '17 10:41:46 PM Eps05
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*** In one instance, Legolas resorts to [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throwing a sword]] when he runs out of arrows.
15th Jun '17 4:51:38 PM Anddrix
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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]], in that Michael made the shot with a sniper rifle from inside a car behind them. [[GenreSavvy Fi picks up on this right away]], though she doesn't see Michael for herself.

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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]], in that Michael made the shot with a sniper rifle from inside a car behind them. [[GenreSavvy Fi picks up on this right away]], away, though she doesn't see Michael for herself.
13th Jun '17 4:31:48 AM hollowcity
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._D._M._Bell WDM Bell]] was perhaps the most successful elephant hunter of all time and did so by relying on his extraordinary skill with a rifle. His favorite method of taking down elephants was to fire diagonally from behind the elephant through the ear into the brain with a small caliber rifle. This at a time when many insisted that only a [[{{BFG}} massive gun]] could possibly take down African big game. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI he became a pilot and managed to shoot down a German plane with a single shot on account of the machinegun jamming immediately.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._D._M._Bell WDM Bell]] was perhaps the most successful elephant hunter of all time and did so by relying on his extraordinary skill with a rifle. His favorite method of taking down elephants was to fire diagonally from behind the elephant through the ear into the brain with a small caliber rifle. This at a time when many insisted that only a [[{{BFG}} massive gun]] could possibly take down African big game. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI he became a pilot and managed to shoot down a German plane with a single shot on account of the machinegun jamming immediately. Becomes HarsherinHindsight given the situation most African elephants are in now partially thanks to people like Bell.
8th Jun '17 12:39:22 PM lillolillo
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* Almost everyone in ''Manga/AngelHeart'' and ''Manga/CityHunter'' is a crack shot, but the most egregious example is Umibozu, who retain his aiming skill ''[[HandicappedBadAss even after got blinded]]''. Really. Even Ryo's ability to shoot a rifle's barrel, a belt and the buttons of a shirt from ''one kilometer away'' pales compared to that...

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* Almost everyone in ''Manga/AngelHeart'' and ''Manga/CityHunter'' is a crack shot, but the shot:
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most egregious example is Umibozu, who retain his aiming skill ''[[HandicappedBadAss even after got blinded]]''. Really. Even Ryo's ability to shoot a rifle's barrel, a belt and the buttons of a shirt from ''one kilometer away'' pales compared to that...that...
** Played straight with Ryo. Inverted with Kaori, who can't shoot straight. This was done on purpose by Ryo to make sure she never kills anyone.
** Justified for Keibu Fumakuchi, a Corrupt Cop capable of shooting a woman-sized target at about 1 km: he's an Olympic shooting champion, meaning he has both the skills and the training to do just that (it's a difficult shot for him, but he can pull it), to the point he's considered the best sniper in the world.
** In the same arc, Ryo proved himself superior to Fumakuchi by shooting the barrel of his rifle at the same distance. Fumakuchi told himself that nobody could pull that shot and it had been a fluke, only for Ryo to do it again, following with Fumakuchi's belt and the buttons of his shirt, and concluding with calling the Olympic Games a contest between amateur (and they are, in fact) and bragging being the best professional sniper in the world, superior to any Olympic champion.
** In one story arc, a one-shot character succeeded in hitting the bullseye multiple times in spite of using Kaori's gun. Note that not even Ryo can hit anywhere near the target with that gun...



** Putting this through SerialEscalation to make a MomentOfAwesome is a two-part mini-series called ''Bullseye: Perfect Game''. The series revolves around the fact that Bullseye is so bored, he takes an entire year off to kill one guy in the most spectacular fashion possible. The target is a baseball player, so Bullseye becomes a pitcher. When their teams face off, Bullseye creates a [[TitleDrop perfect game]], by clipping his own team beforehand (in ways ranging from throwing a speck of dirt into an eye to cause an infection to killing someone with a thrown battery) and striking out every batter so the score is 0 to 0 in the last inning, with his target about to strike out. Too bad the umpire called the last pitch a ball.

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** Putting this through SerialEscalation to make a MomentOfAwesome an awesome moment is a two-part mini-series called ''Bullseye: Perfect Game''. The series revolves around the fact that Bullseye is so bored, he takes an entire year off to kill one guy in the most spectacular fashion possible. The target is a baseball player, so Bullseye becomes a pitcher. When their teams face off, Bullseye creates a [[TitleDrop perfect game]], by clipping his own team beforehand (in ways ranging from throwing a speck of dirt into an eye to cause an infection to killing someone with a thrown battery) and striking out every batter so the score is 0 to 0 in the last inning, with his target about to strike out. Too bad the umpire called the last pitch a ball.



* There are two [[Franchise/GreenLantern Lanterns]] that top him. Bedovian, a Yellow Lantern and John Stewart, a Franchise/GreenLantern. The two of them are capable of [[ColdSniper sniping]] each other from ''three space sectors away''. Just to give you an idea of how big a sector is, the entire universe is divided into 3600 sectors by the Green Lantern Corps. A conservative estimate would put the size of a sector in the several hundreds of thousands of lightyears.

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* There are two [[Franchise/GreenLantern Lanterns]] that top him. Franchise/GreenLantern Lanterns: Bedovian, a Yellow Lantern and John Stewart, a Franchise/GreenLantern.Green Lantern. The two of them are capable of [[ColdSniper sniping]] each other from ''three space sectors away''. Just to give you an idea of how big a sector is, the entire universe is divided into 3600 sectors by the Green Lantern Corps. A conservative estimate would put the size of a sector in the several hundreds of thousands of lightyears.



* Thanks to her telescopic vision, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} has literal super-aim. In a Silver Age comic she hits her target from ''space''.



* In an early issue of ''Comicbook/CableAndDeadpool'', while Wade (SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}) is casually conversing with Nate (ComicBook/{{Cable}}) about how he no longer feels the urge to kill, he rolls a pebble around between his fingers. When Nate's not looking, he lets it fly and nails a dragonfly so that the pebble knocks the body dead-center, leaving the wings on either side. (Really.)

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* In an early issue of ''Comicbook/CableAndDeadpool'', while Wade (SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}) (Comicbook/{{Deadpool}}) is casually conversing with Nate (ComicBook/{{Cable}}) about how he no longer feels the urge to kill, he rolls a pebble around between his fingers. When Nate's not looking, he lets it fly and nails a dragonfly so that the pebble knocks the body dead-center, leaving the wings on either side. (Really.)
29th May '17 9:35:01 AM SullenFrog
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* [[ColdSniper Sola]] from ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'' is an insanely skilled markswoman, both in and out of her [[AMechByAnyOtherName Ryder]]’s cockpit. Her character profile mentions that she can hit targets from up to 100,000km away, and that she once shot the wings off a sparrow ''while standing on the second moon of the planet that the sparrow was on.'' In gameplay, her sniper rifle has the best range and accuracy of any weapon, and when she goes into her SuperMode (which explicitly enhances her visual acuity, perception and reflexes, amongst other things) she can hit any enemy on the map from any distance with 100% accuracy.
23rd May '17 11:12:33 AM CV12Hornet
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* In another vehicle example, [[UsefulNotes/WWII during the Battle of the Surigao Straight]] the battleship USS West Virginia achieved hits on her Japanese opponent Yamashiro with her first salvo. This is impressive enough on its own, but the battleship achieved this ''at night'', at a range of 22,600 yards, which is almost ''thirteen miles away''. Needless to say, the Japanese battleship didn't last long.

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* In another vehicle example, [[UsefulNotes/WWII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII during the Battle of the Surigao Straight]] the battleship USS West Virginia achieved hits on her Japanese opponent Yamashiro with her first salvo. This is impressive enough on its own, but the battleship achieved this ''at night'', at a range of 22,600 yards, which is almost ''thirteen miles away''. Needless to say, the Japanese battleship didn't last long.
23rd May '17 11:11:41 AM CV12Hornet
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* In another vehicle example, [[UsefulNotes/WWII during the Battle of the Surigao Straight]] the battleship USS West Virginia achieved hits on her Japanese opponent Yamashiro with her first salvo. This is impressive enough on its own, but the battleship achieved this ''at night'', at a range of 22,600 yards, which is almost ''thirteen miles away''. Needless to say, the Japanese battleship didn't last long.
22nd May '17 7:51:13 AM Sylderon
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Launders Lieutenant James Launders DSO* DSC*]] commanding His Majesty's Submarine ''Venturer'' sank the ''U-864'' while both submarines were submerged. Launders decided to do this after tracking ''U-864'' for several hours, using only hydrophones, with the target zig-zagging the entire time, and got tired of waiting for it to surface. Launders had to work out a three-dimensional firing solution ''on paper'' (because the analog targeting computers of the time only calculated in two dimensions) that had to predict exactly where the German would be when the torpedoes got there, while his own sub was also moving [[FixedForwardFiringWeapon (to aim a torpedo, you have to maneuver to point the entire submarine at the target).]] This was literally considered BeyondTheImpossible and there had never been any training or procedures worked out beforehand, much less any actual attempt to pull it off. In a manner of speaking, Launders has everybody else on this list beat, because at least they could see what they were shooting at!

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Launders Lieutenant James Launders DSO* DSC*]] commanding His Majesty's Submarine ''Venturer'' sank the ''U-864'' while both submarines were submerged. Launders decided to do this after tracking ''U-864'' for several hours, using only hydrophones, with the target zig-zagging the entire time, and got tired of waiting for it to surface. Launders had to work out a three-dimensional firing solution ''on paper'' (because the analog targeting computers of the time only calculated in two dimensions) that had to predict exactly where the German would be when the torpedoes got there, while his own sub was also moving [[FixedForwardFiringWeapon [[FixedForwardFacingWeapon (to aim a torpedo, you have to maneuver to point the entire submarine at the target).]] This was literally considered BeyondTheImpossible and there had never been any training or procedures worked out beforehand, much less any actual attempt to pull it off. In a manner of speaking, Launders has everybody else on this list beat, because at least they could see what they were shooting at!
22nd May '17 7:49:23 AM Sylderon
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Launders Lieutenant James Launders DSO* DSC*]] commanding His Majesty's Submarine ''Venturer'' sank the ''U-864'' while both submarines were submerged. Launders decided to do this after tracking ''U-864'' for several hours, using only hydrophones, with the target zig-zagging the entire time, and got tired of waiting for it to surface. Launders had to work out a three-dimensional firing solution ''on paper'' (because the analog targeting computers of the time only calculated in two dimension) that had to predict exactly where the German would be when the torpedoes got there, while his own sub was also moving (to aim a torpedo, you have to maneuver to point the entire submarine at the target). This was literally considered BeyondTheImpossible and there had never been any training or procedures worked out beforehand, much less any actual attempt to pull it off. In a manner of speaking, Launders has everybody else on this list beat, because at least they could see what they were shooting at!
** Despite what you'd think seeing it in movies and TV, this remains the ''only'' time one submerged submarine has ever torpedoed another in combat.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Launders Lieutenant James Launders DSO* DSC*]] commanding His Majesty's Submarine ''Venturer'' sank the ''U-864'' while both submarines were submerged. Launders decided to do this after tracking ''U-864'' for several hours, using only hydrophones, with the target zig-zagging the entire time, and got tired of waiting for it to surface. Launders had to work out a three-dimensional firing solution ''on paper'' (because the analog targeting computers of the time only calculated in two dimension) dimensions) that had to predict exactly where the German would be when the torpedoes got there, while his own sub was also moving [[FixedForwardFiringWeapon (to aim a torpedo, you have to maneuver to point the entire submarine at the target). target).]] This was literally considered BeyondTheImpossible and there had never been any training or procedures worked out beforehand, much less any actual attempt to pull it off. In a manner of speaking, Launders has everybody else on this list beat, because at least they could see what they were shooting at!
** Despite what you'd think [[HotSubOnSubAction seeing it in movies and TV, TV]], this remains the ''only'' time one submerged submarine has ever torpedoed another in combat.
22nd May '17 7:31:55 AM Sylderon
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* The true “fastest gun in the west” may have been [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Eaton U.S. Martial Frank Eaton, aka “Pistol Pete”]]. He was believed to have a faster draw than Buffalo Bill, and could toss a coin in the air, draw his .45 Colt, and shoot it before it hit the ground. The phrase “hotter than Pete’s pistol” was a common saying in the mid-western United States around the turn of the century, and by the time he retired, he had eleven notches on his gun.

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* The true “fastest gun in the west” may have been [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Eaton U.S. Martial Marshal Frank Eaton, aka “Pistol Pete”]]. He was believed to have a faster draw than Buffalo Bill, and could toss a coin in the air, draw his .45 Colt, and shoot it before it hit the ground. The phrase “hotter than Pete’s pistol” was a common saying in the mid-western United States around the turn of the century, and by the time he retired, he had eleven notches on his gun.
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