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12th Jun '18 7:36:22 AM StFan
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* ''Payday'', the movie version of ''DerClown'', shows [[AcePilot Dobbs]] as he sends a heat-seeking surface-to-air missile chasing his helicopter back into the SAM which is so glowing hot that it must emit more heat than the helicopter's gas turbines.

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* ''Payday'', the movie version of ''DerClown'', ''Series/DerClown'', shows [[AcePilot Dobbs]] as he sends a heat-seeking surface-to-air missile chasing his helicopter back into the SAM which is so glowing hot that it must emit more heat than the helicopter's gas turbines.



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* Twice in the ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' miniseries. Apollo leads a missile away from Colonial One, saving the president, later Starbuck does the same for Apollo.

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* Twice in the ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' miniseries. Galactica|2003}}'':
** Twice in the miniseries,
Apollo leads a missile away from Colonial One, ''Colonial One'', saving the president, later president. Later, Starbuck does the same for Apollo.



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* Done in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''. With a burning flag. The episode was {{anvilicious}} about flag [[strike: burning]] ''eating''.

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* Done in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. With a burning flag. The episode was {{anvilicious}} about flag [[strike: burning]] ''eating''.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' (not to be confused with the above series) episode "Cat and Mouse", Anakin defeats Separatist [[TheDreaded Admiral Trench]] - who has a history of taking out cloaked starships by having missiles lock onto their magnetic signature - by provoking the Admiral into firing another round of missiles at his [[CallForward unusually]] [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack small]] stealth ship, redistributes the ship's power for maximum engine speed and luring the missiles right into the command bridge of Trench's dreadnought while its shields are still recharging and defenseless. As Anakin's ship speeds right towards the bridge, [[OhCrap Trench figures out too late exactly what he's trying to do]] and tries to get the shield back up in vain.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' (not to be confused with the above series) episode "Cat and Mouse", Anakin defeats Separatist [[TheDreaded Admiral Trench]] - who has a history of taking out cloaked starships by having missiles lock onto their magnetic signature - -- by provoking the Admiral into firing another round of missiles at his [[CallForward unusually]] [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack small]] stealth ship, redistributes the ship's power for maximum engine speed and luring the missiles right into the command bridge of Trench's dreadnought while its shields are still recharging and defenseless. As Anakin's ship speeds right towards the bridge, [[OhCrap Trench figures out too late exactly what he's trying to do]] and tries to get the shield back up in vain.



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12th Jun '18 6:15:57 AM rva98014
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' is a partial example - [[spoiler:the titular giant]] ''was'' the target, and he just escaped from the town to save ''it''. [[TearJerker He had no plan or intention to save himself.]]
27th May '18 6:51:17 AM Sark0TAG
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* Played for laughs in ''VideoGame/SpyFox in Dry Cereal''. When you fix a crashed jet's circuit board, you're able to launch a missile that initially zooms off in a random direction, and we hear SPY Fox say, "I guess that guided missile was misguided." Then it flies back, crashing into a metal door it was initially aimed at, and then he says, "Of course, I planned that. I like a dramatic pause."
9th May '18 2:01:30 PM Malady
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* Subverted in ''DragonBallZ'' when Frieza chases Goku around with razor-sharp guided energy disks. Goku has the idea to do this and trick Frieza into cutting himself. Frieza sees through it immediately and demonstrates sufficient skill controlling the disks as to avoid endangering himself. [[spoiler:Then double-subverted when Goku distracts Frieza enough that one of the disks bisects him from behind anyway.]]

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* Subverted in ''DragonBallZ'' ''Manga/DragonBallZ'' when Frieza chases Goku around with razor-sharp guided energy disks. Goku has the idea to do this and trick Frieza into cutting himself. Frieza sees through it immediately and demonstrates sufficient skill controlling the disks as to avoid endangering himself. [[spoiler:Then double-subverted when Goku distracts Frieza enough that one of the disks bisects him from behind anyway.]]



* In ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' Shin does this when he is bounced by [[spoiler:a pair of [=MiG=]s while in an unarmed Phantom.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' ''Manga/Area88'' Shin does this when he is bounced by [[spoiler:a pair of [=MiG=]s while in an unarmed Phantom.]]
12th Apr '18 3:52:52 PM StarSword
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* In WWII, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_14_torpedo American Mark 14 Torpedo]] was notorious for running in circles, among other serious problems. There is only one confirmed case of a circular run sinking the submarine that launched it (the legendary USS ''Tang''), but there are several of circular-running torpedoes that either passed over a frantically crash-diving submarine or went off close by thanks to their deeply-problematic magnetic influence detonator. Even when they ran straight, Mk14s often ran too deep, failed to explode, or exploded prematurely, doing no damage to the enemy but loudly announcing the presence of an American submarine to any destroyer within 25 miles.
** A similar fate could have been suffered by a number of German U-boats as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-377 U-377]].
** Japanese pilot Sakio Komatsu earned himself a place in both Japanese and US history books when he intercepted one of six Mark 14 torpedoes fired by USS ''Albacore'' at his carrier, the ''Taihou'', with his own aircraft. He might not have gotten credit for it except for the fact that several hundred people saw it happen; it wasn't until about 1950 that US interrogators were actually satisfied it was true. This would turn out to be a ShaggyDogStory anyway. Of the 5 remaining torpedoes, 4 missed, and the last one hit the carrier and ruptured a tank of aviation-grade gasoline for the carrier's aircraft. The fumes from the gasoline later ignited and the resultant explosion sunk the carrier.
* One of the theories about the loss of the USS ''Scorpion'', an attack submarine, was that one of its torpedoes malfunctioned and accidentally turned on in the torpedo room, so it had to be fired off. However, it is thought that the guidance wires got cut when this happened, so it started looking for a target--and the only submarine in the area was the ''Scorpion'' itself. This theory is heavily disputed, however, and most torpedomen familiar with the Mark 37 torpedo deny that this could have happened given the failsafes of the design. Other theories suggest a major mechanical failure or hostile action by a nearby Soviet task force. The only thing that is certain is that both the US and Russian governments know more about what really happened than they will ever admit.
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the cruiser USS ''Vesuvius'' was struck by a torpedo she launched during a weapons test, due to the aforementioned "swimming in a circle" issue. Due to some swift DamageControl, ''Vesuvius'' was saved from sinking due to this. It is with good reason that American torpedoes through some time in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII have a reputation as [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns being rather unreliable or possibly dangerous to their users]].

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* Naval history has recorded a number of incidents of ships managing to torpedo themselves due to malfunctions, a phenomenon called a "circular run".
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In WWII, 1879 the Peruvian ironclad ''Huascar'' tried to torpedo the Chilean corvette ''Abtao''. The torpedo went straight for 100 yards, then suddenly turned to port and circled back to ''Huascar''. Luckily for them, a crew member, Lt. Diaz Canseco, jumped overboard and shoved the torpedo to make it miss. Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario subsequently buried his remaining torpedoes in a cemetery.
** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the cruiser USS ''Vesuvius'' was struck by a torpedo she launched during a weapons test, due to the aforementioned "swimming in a circle" issue. Due to some swift DamageControl, ''Vesuvius'' was saved from sinking due to this. It is with good reason that American torpedoes through some time in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII have a reputation as [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns being rather unreliable or possibly dangerous to their users]].
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*** The
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_14_torpedo American Mark 14 Torpedo]] was notorious for running in circles, among other serious problems. There is only one confirmed case of a circular run sinking the submarine that launched it (the legendary USS ''Tang''), but there are several of circular-running torpedoes that either passed over a frantically crash-diving submarine or went off close by thanks to their deeply-problematic magnetic influence detonator. Even when they ran straight, Mk14s often ran too deep, failed to explode, or exploded prematurely, doing no damage to the enemy but loudly announcing the presence of an American submarine to any destroyer within 25 miles.
*** The cruiser HMS ''Trinidad'' was on convoy duty to the Soviet Union in the Arctic when it engaged three German destroyers. Two of its torpedo tubes froze up completely, and the third had the torpedo itself freeze in the water, causing it to hit ''Trinidad'' amidships. She managed to make it to Murmansk and be partially repaired, but an air attack on the way back started a fire that led to her being scuttled.
** A similar fate could have been suffered by a number of German U-boats U-boats, such as [[https://en.''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-377 U-377]].
** Japanese pilot Sakio Komatsu earned himself a place in both Japanese
U-377]]'' and US history books when he intercepted one of six Mark 14 torpedoes fired by USS ''Albacore'' at his carrier, the ''Taihou'', with his own aircraft. He might not have gotten credit for it except for the fact that several hundred people saw it happen; it wasn't until about 1950 that US interrogators were actually satisfied it was true. This would turn out to be a ShaggyDogStory anyway. Of the 5 remaining torpedoes, 4 missed, and the last one hit the carrier and ruptured a tank of aviation-grade gasoline for the carrier's aircraft. The fumes from the gasoline later ignited and the resultant explosion sunk the carrier.
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''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-869 U-869]]''.
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One of the theories about the loss of the USS ''Scorpion'', an attack submarine, was that one of its torpedoes malfunctioned and accidentally turned on in the torpedo room, so it had to be fired off. However, it is thought that the guidance wires got cut when this happened, so it started looking for a target--and the only submarine in the area was the ''Scorpion'' itself. This theory is heavily disputed, however, and most torpedomen familiar with the Mark 37 torpedo deny that this could have happened given the failsafes of the design. Other theories suggest a major mechanical failure or hostile action by a nearby Soviet task force. The only thing that is certain is that both the US and Russian governments know more about what really happened than they will ever admit.
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the cruiser USS ''Vesuvius'' was struck by Japanese pilot Sakio Komatsu earned himself a torpedo she launched during a weapons test, due to the aforementioned "swimming place in a circle" issue. Due to some swift DamageControl, ''Vesuvius'' was saved from sinking due to this. It is with good reason that American both Japanese and US history books when he intercepted one of six Mark 14 torpedoes through some time in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII fired by USS ''Albacore'' at his carrier, the ''Taihou'', with his own aircraft. He might not have a reputation as [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns being rather unreliable or possibly dangerous gotten credit for it except for the fact that several hundred people saw it happen; it wasn't until about 1950 that US interrogators were actually satisfied it was true. This would turn out to their users]].be a ShaggyDogStory anyway. Of the 5 remaining torpedoes, 4 missed, and the last one hit the carrier and ruptured a tank of aviation-grade gasoline for the carrier's aircraft. The fumes from the gasoline later ignited and the resultant explosion sunk the carrier.
12th Apr '18 3:31:04 PM StarSword
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* In ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'', Jacob Keyes's UNSC ''Iroquois'' evades a Covenant destroyer's plasma torpedo but it comes back around. So Keyes charges the destroyer, banking away at the last second, and the torpedo hits the ship and knocks out its shields, letting Keyes finish it off with a salvo of Archer missiles (which are otherwise all but useless against Covenant ships). This maneuver, the "Keyes Loop", helps win the battle and earns Keyes a promotion to captain.
3rd Mar '18 8:36:42 PM nombretomado
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* In the ComicBook/Marvel2099 sections of ''SpiderManShatteredDimensions'', it's possible to do this with the homing missiles fired by [[LawEnforcementInc Public Eye officers]]. You need to use [[BulletTime Accelerated Vision]], though.

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* In the ComicBook/Marvel2099 sections of ''SpiderManShatteredDimensions'', ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions'', it's possible to do this with the homing missiles fired by [[LawEnforcementInc Public Eye officers]]. You need to use [[BulletTime Accelerated Vision]], though.
29th Jan '18 7:54:33 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' Shin does this when he is bounced by [[spoiler:a pair of MiG s while in an unarmed Phantom.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' Shin does this when he is bounced by [[spoiler:a pair of MiG s [=MiG=]s while in an unarmed Phantom.]]



* During the 2nd Indo-Pakistanese War (1973), an Indian Mig fired a missile at a Pakistani Mirage IIIE, but the missile shot down the Mig's wingman.

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* During the 2nd Indo-Pakistanese War (1973), an Indian Mig [=MiG=] fired a missile at a Pakistani Mirage IIIE, but the missile shot down the Mig's [=MiG=]'s wingman.
19th Dec '17 8:18:58 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Deliberately set up in ''Rogue Squadron'', the first book of the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries''. A ''Lancer'' frigate, specially designed to destroy fighters, has just appeared in the picture. Y-wings (slow bombers) can't get close enough for a missile lock without being vaped. The plan is going to be "let the X-wings distract the frigate so the Y-wings can escape," which is suicide. So Corran Horn comes up with a plan:

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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Deliberately set up in ''Rogue Squadron'', the first book of the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries''. A ''Lancer'' frigate, specially designed to destroy fighters, has just appeared in the picture. Y-wings (slow bombers) can't get close enough for a missile lock without being vaped. The plan is going to be "let the X-wings distract the frigate so the Y-wings can escape," which is suicide. So Corran Horn comes up with a plan:



** Mara Jade in [[Literature/NewJediOrder ''Destiny's Way'']] fighting some [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] in a submarine pulls off a [[HighSpeedMissileDodge High Speed Torpedo Dodge]] then guides said torpedo right back at them.

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** Mara Jade in [[Literature/NewJediOrder ''Destiny's Way'']] fighting some [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] in a submarine pulls off a [[HighSpeedMissileDodge High Speed Torpedo Dodge]] then guides said the torpedo right back at them.



* One of the theories about the loss of the USS ''Scorpion'', an attack submarine, was that one of its torpedoes malfunctioned and accidentally turned on in the torpedo room, so it had to be fired off. However, it is thought that the guidance wires got cut when this happened, so it started looking for a target--and the only submarine in the area was the ''Scorpion'' itself. This theory is heavily disputed, however, and most torpedomen familiar with the Mark 37 torpedo deny that this could have happened given the failsafes of said design. As we said before, it's one of several theories about the incident. Others suggest a major mechanical failure or hostile action by a nearby Soviet task force. The only thing that is certain is that both the US and Russian governments know more about what really happened than they will ever admit.

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* One of the theories about the loss of the USS ''Scorpion'', an attack submarine, was that one of its torpedoes malfunctioned and accidentally turned on in the torpedo room, so it had to be fired off. However, it is thought that the guidance wires got cut when this happened, so it started looking for a target--and the only submarine in the area was the ''Scorpion'' itself. This theory is heavily disputed, however, and most torpedomen familiar with the Mark 37 torpedo deny that this could have happened given the failsafes of said the design. As we said before, it's one of several Other theories about the incident. Others suggest a major mechanical failure or hostile action by a nearby Soviet task force. The only thing that is certain is that both the US and Russian governments know more about what really happened than they will ever admit.
7th Jul '17 9:01:36 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'': Ryder uses such a tactic when attacking the kett armada at Meridian. While they have plenty of hacked Remnant warships backing them up, the kett still outgun them. So Ryder has the Remnant fly very close to the Scourge, that bizarre dark energy NegativeSpaceWedgie that homes in on Remnant technology, and thereby guides the Scourge tendrils to the kett ships and rips them apart. This works quite well and opens a hole for the ''Tempest'' to break through.
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