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27th Aug '16 9:08:18 PM SabresEdge
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* There is [[http://spioenkop.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-islamic-state-going-diy-inside-diy.html an infamous headcam video from the Syrian Civil War]] on the Internet, captured from the Islamic State and then shared with Vice Media, showing a failed offensive against entrenched Kurdish fighters from the POV of some of the luckless participants. Almost everything that can go wrong, does, including an RPG gunner who manages to toast his teammates with the backblast (despite being ''specifically'' warned about this in the video) and the memetically incompetent Abu Hajaar, whose feats include spraying his teammates with hot brass from his machine gun and nearly killing them with ricochets.
13th Aug '16 4:50:49 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''Film/TheEnforcer''. There is a military demonstration of a LAW rocket, and rookie Inspector Moore is trying to see what it does by standing behind the shooter. DirtyHarry grabs her by the collar and pulls her back in time; afterwards there is a huge scorch mark on the berm ''where she would have been in the way'', behind the shooter who did not experience any recoil effect.

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* Averted in ''Film/TheEnforcer''. There is a military demonstration of a LAW rocket, and rookie Inspector Moore is trying to see what it does by standing behind the shooter. DirtyHarry Film/DirtyHarry grabs her by the collar and pulls her back in time; afterwards there is a huge scorch mark on the berm ''where she would have been in the way'', behind the shooter who did not experience any recoil effect.
8th Aug '16 7:58:28 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is a bit funny about this. For the first 2/3 of the trilogy, the rocket launcher is the only one of its kind, and has a small puff of flame that emits out the back (though it doesn't actually harm anything). The third installment has the return of the rocket launcher, but also features a missile pod that launchers missiles with compressed air before their fuel ignites.
** ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' has a (non-[[HeroicMime Rookie]]) player that swaps to a rocket launcher shout a warning about backblast, as well.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is a bit funny about this. For the first 2/3 of the trilogy, the The rocket launcher is the only one of its kind, and has a small puff of flame that emits out the back (though back, but it doesn't actually harm anything). The third installment has the return of the rocket launcher, but also features a missile pod that launchers missiles with compressed air before their fuel ignites.
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anything. Nonetheless, ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' has a any (non-[[HeroicMime Rookie]]) player that swaps to a rocket launcher shout a warning about backblast, as well.backblast. ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' features an explicit justification with its missile pod, which launches its missiles with compressed air, with their fuel only igniting after they've already left the pod.
16th Jul '16 5:53:36 PM TheD3rp
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* Averted and then ''Defied'' in ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''. The Blunderbuss, the most powerful weapon in the game, has a recoil that knocks Alice on her tush when she uses it, making it dangerous to use on ledges and cliff sides. Still, it's worth the risk, as she can use it to kill ''several'' enemies in ''one shot''.
4th Jun '16 4:02:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''AbleTeam'' ("Cairo Countdown"). Terrorists try firing an RPG from the back of a van, and end up parboiling the driver. The same novel has Able Team issued with Armbrusts to avert this (see Real Life section).

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* ''AbleTeam'' ''Literature/AbleTeam'' ("Cairo Countdown"). Terrorists try firing an RPG from the back of a van, and end up parboiling the driver. The same novel has Able Team issued with Armbrusts to avert this (see Real Life section).
16th May '16 1:35:54 AM Yalsaris63
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** Bear in mind that the Panzerfaust's backblast is ''comparatively'' milder; the end of the tube still had to be pointed away from the user. Thus, the Germans were aware enough to inscribe a warning at the rear end of the launcher ("Achtung! Feuerstrahl!"[[note]]literally, "Beware! Fire Jet!" in German[[/note]]) to admonish its users. There were numerous cases of soldiers, generally Finns who were issued with Panzerfausts but not trained in their use[[note]]The written instructions were in German.[[/note]], killing themselves by bracing the tube against their shoulder like a regular rifle and firing.

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** Bear in mind that the Panzerfaust's backblast is ''comparatively'' milder; the end of the tube still had to be pointed away from the user. Thus, Nevertheless, the Germans were aware enough to inscribe a warning at the rear end of the launcher ("Achtung! Feuerstrahl!"[[note]]literally, "Beware! Fire Jet!" in German[[/note]]) to admonish its users. There were numerous cases of soldiers, generally Finns who were issued with Panzerfausts but not trained in their use[[note]]The written instructions were in German.[[/note]], killing themselves by bracing the tube against their shoulder like a regular rifle and firing.
16th May '16 1:34:38 AM Yalsaris63
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** Bear in mind that the Panzerfaust's backblast is ''comparatively'' milder; the end of the tube still had to be pointed away from the user. Thus, the Germans were aware enough to inscribe a warning at the rear end of the launcher ("Achtung! Feuerstrahl![[note]]literally, "Beware! Fire Jet!" in German[[/note]]) to admonish its users. There were numerous cases of soldiers, generally Finns who were issued with Panzerfausts but not trained in their use[[note]]The written instructions were in German.[[/note]], killing themselves by bracing the tube against their shoulder like a regular rifle and firing.

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** Bear in mind that the Panzerfaust's backblast is ''comparatively'' milder; the end of the tube still had to be pointed away from the user. Thus, the Germans were aware enough to inscribe a warning at the rear end of the launcher ("Achtung! Feuerstrahl![[note]]literally, Feuerstrahl!"[[note]]literally, "Beware! Fire Jet!" in German[[/note]]) to admonish its users. There were numerous cases of soldiers, generally Finns who were issued with Panzerfausts but not trained in their use[[note]]The written instructions were in German.[[/note]], killing themselves by bracing the tube against their shoulder like a regular rifle and firing.
16th May '16 1:34:13 AM Yalsaris63
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** Bear in mind that the Panzerfaust's backblast is ''comparatively'' milder; the end of the tube still had to be pointed away from the user. There were numerous cases of soldiers, generally Finns who were issued with Panzerfausts but not trained in their use[[note]]The written instructions were in German.[[/note]], killing themselves by bracing the tube against their shoulder like a regular rifle and firing.

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** Bear in mind that the Panzerfaust's backblast is ''comparatively'' milder; the end of the tube still had to be pointed away from the user. Thus, the Germans were aware enough to inscribe a warning at the rear end of the launcher ("Achtung! Feuerstrahl![[note]]literally, "Beware! Fire Jet!" in German[[/note]]) to admonish its users. There were numerous cases of soldiers, generally Finns who were issued with Panzerfausts but not trained in their use[[note]]The written instructions were in German.[[/note]], killing themselves by bracing the tube against their shoulder like a regular rifle and firing.
8th May '16 12:26:18 AM Khathi
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** Ironically, it's actually one of the few cases when the trope would've been TruthInTelevision. The German-designed Panzerfaust 3, just like its smaller cousin Armbrust, mentioned in the Real Life section below, instead of a venturi nozzle uses a load of plastic chips to throw back to compensate the recoil. The chips actually come out as a plastic ''dust'', which loses speed very fast, but you still wouldn't want to stand within 1-2 meters behind it. One of the elves gets barely dazzled after being hit by the dust cloud, after which he promptly gets ''eaten'' by the dragon they were fighting.


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** Bundeswehr doesn't actually use Armbrust, which is mainly an export weapon, but its somewhat larger and heavier cousin, imaginatively named ''Panzerfaust 3'', though it still uses the same "countermass" principle.
23rd Mar '16 6:23:47 PM JamesAustin
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* In ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'', Rambo shoots down an enemy helicopter by firing an M72 LAW from the cockpit of his own chopper, which was full of prisoners of war he was evacuating. In real life, the backblast from the LAW would have injured or killed most or all of the people behind him.



* ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''. From the Internet Movie Firearms Database [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Terminator_3:_Rise_of_the_Machines#Type_69_RPG wiki]]: "The Terminator aims the Type 69 RPG at the T-X. Note Claire Danes standing directly in the path of the backblast." The side view mirror, door frame and car interior remain unaffected by smoke representing the backblast. The RPG appears low enough for force to either hit part of the car or leave perfectly out the car window, yet Claire Danes' character remains standing as if there is no force coming from the blast.
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