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23rd Aug '16 2:04:36 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Jun-A266 in ''HaloAFistfulOfArrows'' gets some pretty good shots, like sniping an abductor holding a hostage from a helicopter. But he's also shown struggling to snipe a Hunter, and one improbable shot turns out to have been a GoneHorriblyRight for him.

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* Jun-A266 in ''HaloAFistfulOfArrows'' ''Webcomic/HaloAFistfulOfArrows'' gets some pretty good shots, like sniping an abductor holding a hostage from a helicopter. But he's also shown struggling to snipe a Hunter, and one improbable shot turns out to have been a GoneHorriblyRight for him.



* In the ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', Master Chief is getting help in a battle from Linda, another SuperSoldier like him, armed with a sniper rifle. During the course of the fight, Linda makes a number of difficult shots, often shooting enemy pilots right out of their fliers while in flight (and in at least one case, using a ricochet to do it). When he finally grabs a flier of his own to go pick her up, he finds her hanging from a cord, and realizes she's been doing all that shooting ''one-handed''. Her shooting skills are helped by the fact that she wears PoweredArmor that responds to thoughts, not muscle movement.

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* In the ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', Master Chief is getting help in a battle from Linda, another SuperSoldier like him, who's armed with a sniper rifle. During the course of the fight, Linda makes a number of difficult shots, often shooting enemy pilots right out of their fliers while in flight (and in at least one case, using a ricochet to do it). it) [[note]]In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' onward, the player themselves can do this[[/note]]. When he Chief finally grabs a flier of his own to go pick her up, he finds her hanging from a cord, and realizes she's been doing all that shooting ''one-handed''. Her shooting skills are helped by the fact that she wears PoweredArmor that responds to thoughts, not muscle movement.
22nd Aug '16 9:21:42 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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** The Giant Archer in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' , a CallBack to Gough, takes this to the next level by raining down arrows on anyone near a white birch tree (including the player if they're not holding a specific item) from dozens of miles away with pinpoint accuracy, even when the target is hidden inside a dense forest!
10th Aug '16 8:44:35 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', the samurai Buntaro nails a gatepost that is ''behind him'' with an arrow fired from ''inside a house''. Admittedly the walls were only paper, but still...
** Not only does he hit the gatepost several times, the arrows are stated to all go through THE SAME HOLE in the ricepaper walls. He's also been drinking heavily.

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* In ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', the samurai Buntaro nails a gatepost that is ''behind him'' with an arrow fired from ''inside a house''. Admittedly (Admittedly the walls were only paper, but still...
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still...) Not only does he hit the gatepost several times, the arrows are stated to all go through THE SAME HOLE in the ricepaper walls. He's also been drinking heavily.
10th Aug '16 7:53:10 PM sorako
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* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'':

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8th Aug '16 5:33:07 AM Kakai
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* Karyl of ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' is almost supernaturally skilled with bow and throwing darts. The man never misses, at least not in any meaningful way - at one point, he throws a dart at a man fifty metres away and bemoans that he missed the butt-crack by maybe an inch.
7th Aug '16 5:52:59 PM KeithM
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** 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.
6th Aug '16 3:25:57 PM erforce
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* ''RedDeadRevolver'' and ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption''. It ain't called "Dead Eye" for nothin'.

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* ''RedDeadRevolver'' ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver'' and ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption''. It ain't called "Dead Eye" for nothin'.



* Dante from the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series is a pretty damn good shot even in the game proper, but only demonstrates ''truly'' ridiculous levels of skill in the [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscenes]], such as the intro of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'', where he -- among other things -- kills several {{Mooks}} with a single bullet by sending a bunch of billiard-balls into the air, and then shooting one of them in such a way that it starts a chain-reaction, sending the balls flying in all directions like gigantic, colorful buckshot. This is due to the fact that he's a human/demon hybrid using magical, demonic handguns.
** In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'', Dante puts a round through the MadScientist Agnus' papers. When Agnus picks one up to examine the damage, Dante puts another round through the exact same hole to kill him.

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* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''
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Dante from the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series is a pretty damn good shot even in the game games proper, but only demonstrates ''truly'' ridiculous levels of skill in the [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscenes]], such as the intro of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'', ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry3DantesAwakening'', where he -- among other things -- kills several {{Mooks}} with a single bullet by sending a bunch of billiard-balls into the air, and then shooting one of them in such a way that it starts a chain-reaction, sending the balls flying in all directions like gigantic, colorful buckshot. This is due to the fact that he's a human/demon hybrid using magical, demonic handguns.
** In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'', ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4'', Dante puts a round through the MadScientist Agnus' papers. When Agnus picks one up to examine the damage, Dante puts another round through the exact same hole to kill him.



* 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.
** ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' subverts this; the future Big Boss, then known as Naked Snake, gave Ocelot the idea of using a revolver as his weapon of choice, after noticing that with his previous gun (a Makarov PM handgun), he twisted his elbow to absorb the recoil, which actually ''worsened'' his aim with it.

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* ''Franchise/MetalGear''
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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.
** ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' subverts this; the future Big Boss, then known as Naked Snake, gave Ocelot the idea of using a revolver as his weapon of choice, after noticing that with his previous gun (a Makarov PM handgun), he twisted his elbow to absorb the recoil, which actually ''worsened'' his aim with it.



** Also subverted in ''The Twin Snakes'', where, during the torture scene, Ocelot is spinning his gun on his left hand and ''drops it'' by accident -- lending a bit of credibility that his left hand isn't quite as accurate as his right. He later goes on to [[spoiler:shoot the PAL key out of Snake's hand]] near the end of the game.

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** Also subverted in ''The Twin Snakes'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidTheTwinSnakes'', where, during the torture scene, Ocelot is spinning his gun on his left hand and ''drops it'' by accident -- lending a bit of credibility that his left hand isn't quite as accurate as his right. He later goes on to [[spoiler:shoot the PAL key out of Snake's hand]] near the end of the game.



* Altaïr, the main character of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', also displays an unbelievable level of accuracy with his throwing-knives. His knives always hit, even on a moving target that changes direction unexpectedly, and ALWAYS kills instantly, without even giving the victim a chance to cry out. Well, unless it's one of your 'Targets', in which case they just basically ignore the throwing-knives for no apparent reason.
** Ezio is the same with throwing knives in ''Assassin's Creed II'' and ''Assassin's Creed Brotherhood''. He also has a small pistol, which is extremely accurate for those days. In ''Brotherhood'', Ezio gets a crossbow, which will hit (and instantly kill) anyone he aims at. In fact, {{Stealth Based Mission}}s become really easy once the crossbow is introduced.
** In the trailer for ''AssassinsCreedIII'', Connor is able to hit his mark in the chest with an arrow while in mid-jump. Granted, he wasn't very far from the target to begin with, but still.

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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''
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Altaïr, the main character of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', also displays an unbelievable level of accuracy with his throwing-knives. His knives always hit, even on a moving target that changes direction unexpectedly, and ALWAYS kills instantly, without even giving the victim a chance to cry out. Well, unless it's one of your 'Targets', in which case they just basically ignore the throwing-knives for no apparent reason.
** Ezio is the same with throwing knives in ''Assassin's Creed II'' ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' and ''Assassin's Creed Brotherhood''.''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood''. He also has a small pistol, which is extremely accurate for those days. In ''Brotherhood'', Ezio gets a crossbow, which will hit (and instantly kill) anyone he aims at. In fact, {{Stealth Based Mission}}s become really easy once the crossbow is introduced.
** In the trailer for ''AssassinsCreedIII'', ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', Connor is able to hit his mark in the chest with an arrow while in mid-jump. Granted, he wasn't very far from the target to begin with, but still.
25th Jul '16 4:46:13 PM DarthWalrus
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* On the other hand, the human eye is in fact very poor at judging distances compared to many in the animal kingdom, making certain animals this compared to humans. Many species use projectiles with frightening accuracy, and they do it quickly and instinctively unlike humans who must learn and train to be accurate. Examples include: Frogs, Salamanders and others, which fire their tongues at lightning speeds to catch prey; Archer Fish, which use jets of water to knock insects off plants and out of the air; certain blind Termites which fire sticky fluid accurately over many centimeters; Pistol Shrimp, which fire bubbles to stun larger fish using enough force to break glass; other primates which regularly throw rocks, sticks, and feces; the list goes on.

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** This isn't just a coincidence. The Human body, especially at the waist and shoulder, is designed like a living catapult. Superior flexibility at the shoulder allows for a greater range of motion, and special tendons and ligaments are pulled taut like rubber bands, storing elastic energy. During a throw, the shoulder rotates at a speed of ''9000 degrees per second''. And it's not the shoulder alone. Other similar adaptations in the waist allows it to add to the explosive burst of motion involved in throwing an object.
* On the other hand, the human eye is in fact very poor at judging distances compared to many in the animal kingdom, making certain animals this compared to humans. Many species use projectiles with frightening accuracy, and they do it quickly and instinctively unlike humans who must learn and train to be accurate. Examples include: Frogs, Salamanders and others, which fire their tongues at lightning speeds to catch prey; Archer Fish, which use jets of water to knock insects off plants and out of the air; certain blind Termites which fire sticky fluid accurately over many centimeters; Pistol Shrimp, which fire bubbles to stun larger fish using enough force to break glass; other primates which regularly throw rocks, sticks, and feces; the list goes on.glass.
16th Jul '16 4:28:37 PM Kooshmeister
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* In the ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' episode "The Prodigal Son," a crime boss named Mancini becomes one of the few villains to hit Cordell Walker (one of the first, too, if not ''the'' first), which is in itself quite an achievement, but Mancini managed to do it with a handgun firing out of the window of a helicopter in flight from about twenty feet in the air. On his first try!
15th Jul '16 8:30:25 AM dmcreif
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* There's always that one in a billion chance that someone will [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/weird/ct-police-bullet-lands-in-gun-barrel-20160714-story.html shoot a bullet straight down the barrel of their opponent's handgun]].
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