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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.
28th Mar '18 11:06:27 AM ChronoLegion
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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.
25th Mar '18 7:55:06 PM TheBigBopper
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A character picks up a gun, bow, crossbow, throwing-knife, shuriken, or other long-range weapon, and gains Improbable Aiming Skills.

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A character picks up a gun, bow, crossbow, throwing-knife, shuriken, or other long-range ranged weapon, and gains Improbable Aiming Skills.
25th Mar '18 5:57:20 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Reese is a very good marksman. [[SixthRanger His counterpart]] Shaw also has this ability.
** Root gains the extreme version, courtesy of [[spoiler: The Machine]], even the ability to shoot behind her.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. John Reese is a very good marksman. [[SixthRanger marksman, but then he needs to be if he's going to keep {{Kneecapping}} people. His counterpart]] DistaffCounterpart Sameen Shaw also has this ability.
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ability, but she tends to chafe at Team Machine's ThouShaltNotKill policy -- one scene has her proud of hitting a man in the arm through a wall, only for him to [[BlackComedy die by falling out the window]]. Root gains the extreme version, version courtesy of [[spoiler: [[ArtificialIntelligence The Machine]], Machine]] calculating every shot, even the ability to shoot behind her.[[OffhandBackhand hit targets she can't even see]].
25th Mar '18 3:21:52 AM darkemyst
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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' uses ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' version of this mentioned above in the episode "Boom!", while managing a ShoutOut to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' at the same time.

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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' uses ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'' version of this mentioned above in the episode "Boom!", while managing a ShoutOut to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' at the same time.
25th Mar '18 3:13:54 AM darkemyst
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* There have been at least three cases (specifically ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''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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* There have been at least three cases (specifically ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''[[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.
13th Mar '18 7:21:43 PM luiz4200
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* ''Manga/DakaraMiyokoDesu'': Miyoko's father-in-law can spit a watermelon seed at a fly.
28th Feb '18 12:29:55 PM foxmccloud4387
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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' classifies this as an actual superpower, with the [[MaskOfPower Kanohi Sanok, the Mask of Accuracy]], giving the wearer the ability to turn any object into a projectile that will always hit its target. Many characters have Improbable Aiming Skills without the help of a mask, however.

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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' classifies this as an actual superpower, with the [[MaskOfPower Kanohi Sanok, the Mask of Accuracy]], giving the wearer the ability to turn any object into a projectile that will always hit its target. Many characters have Improbable Aiming Skills without the help of a mask, however.however - in fact, the one known bearer of a Sanok finds himself rarely using it because his unparalleled Kolhii skills as a Matoran already make him a crack shot as a Toa.
24th Feb '18 5:35:20 PM foxley
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* ''Film/RedHill'': At one point Jimmy performs a BoomHeadshot on Earl. Earl is on top of a building, behind cover, 50 to 100 metres behind Jimmy, who is on horseback, firing a handgun, in the dark. It takes one bullet to take out Earl.
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