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20th Oct '17 10:04:21 AM xcountryguy
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', especially towards the end, nobody can hit the broadside of a barn standing two feet from it, unless the plot or drama dictates that it should. [[spoiler: This causes such mishaps as one of the twins losing an ear.]]

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', especially towards the end, nobody can hit the broadside of a barn standing two feet from it, unless the plot or drama dictates that it should. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This causes such mishaps as one of the twins losing an ear.]]



*** A HandWave seemed more fitting when first read.
** Although the books probably do fall under this trope, that particular instance is actually [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that [[spoiler: Snape cast the curse; being that he was TheMole, he didn't want to raise suspicion amongst the Death Eaters but clearly didn't want to cause too much damage. The presumption is he just aimed carefully.]]
*** He was actually aiming for the other Death Eater he was paired with, and missed.

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*** A HandWave seemed more fitting when first read.
** Although the books probably do fall under this trope, that particular instance is actually [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that [[spoiler: Snape [[spoiler:Snape cast the curse; being that he was TheMole, he didn't want to raise suspicion amongst the Death Eaters but clearly didn't want to cause too much damage. The presumption is he just aimed carefully.]]
*** He was actually aiming for the other Death Eater he was paired with, and missed.
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11th Sep '17 2:07:29 PM RedScharlach
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', whenever a {{mook}} fired a machine gun at Bats (a semifrequent occurence), he would dodge to the side, while bullets ricocheted off the place where he had just been standing. The ''ground'' where he had just been standing, even if the mook was on the same level, and at close range.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', whenever a {{mook}} fired a machine gun at Bats (a semifrequent occurence), semi-frequent occurrence), he would dodge to the side, while bullets ricocheted off the place where he had just been standing. The ''ground'' where he had just been standing, even if the mook was on the same level, and at close range.
20th Nov '16 8:03:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie. Batman (in the Batwing) strafes the Joker who just stands in the middle of the street with his arms out, taunting him. Batman opens fire with everything he's got, but he just shoots the ground on either side. Even the ''[[IncrediblyLamePun miss]]''''iles'' miss. Joker then fires one shot from his long-barreled revolver and Down Goes the Batwing!

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* Inverted in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie. Batman (in the Batwing) strafes the Joker who just stands in the middle of the street with his arms out, taunting him. Batman opens fire with everything he's got, but he just shoots the ground on either side. Even the ''[[IncrediblyLamePun miss]]''''iles'' ''missiles'' miss. Joker then fires one shot from his long-barreled revolver and Down Goes the Batwing!
20th Nov '16 8:03:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in the 1989 ''Batman'' movie. Batman (in the Batwing) strafes the Joker who just stands in the middle of the street with his arms out, taunting him. Batman opens fire with everything he's got, but he just shoots the ground on either side. Even the ''[[IncrediblyLamePun miss]]''''iles'' miss. Joker then fires one shot from his long-barreled revolver and Down Goes the Batwing!
* Played for laughs (Like everything else) in ''AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'', where TheMole is trying to kill Mason Dixon as he slowly strolls down the sidewalk and ends up shooting everyone on the street except the guy he was aiming at.

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* Inverted in the 1989 ''Batman'' ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie. Batman (in the Batwing) strafes the Joker who just stands in the middle of the street with his arms out, taunting him. Batman opens fire with everything he's got, but he just shoots the ground on either side. Even the ''[[IncrediblyLamePun miss]]''''iles'' miss. Joker then fires one shot from his long-barreled revolver and Down Goes the Batwing!
* Played for laughs (Like everything else) in ''AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'', ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'', where TheMole is trying to kill Mason Dixon as he slowly strolls down the sidewalk and ends up shooting everyone on the street except the guy he was aiming at.



* Terry Pratchett's ''{{Nation}}'' justifies this during the DuelToTheDeath between Mau & First Mate Cox. Mau dives for cover in a lagoon. The bullets fired from Cox's gun are dramatically slowed down upon hitting the water, making them mostly harmless. Despite this, Mau loses an ear in the course of this scene.

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* Terry Pratchett's ''{{Nation}}'' ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' justifies this during the DuelToTheDeath between Mau & First Mate Cox. Mau dives for cover in a lagoon. The bullets fired from Cox's gun are dramatically slowed down upon hitting the water, making them mostly harmless. Despite this, Mau loses an ear in the course of this scene.
13th Jun '15 1:44:46 AM Geoduck
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* Used in the movie ''SupportYourLocalSheriff'', in which James Garner runs down a typical western wooden sidewalk while a dozen gunmen blast away him from across the street. Every one of dozens of bullets hits the wooden boards of the sidewalk just behind him.

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* Used in the movie ''SupportYourLocalSheriff'', ''Film/SupportYourLocalSheriff'', in which James Garner runs down a typical western wooden sidewalk while a dozen gunmen blast away him from across the street. Every one of dozens of bullets hits the wooden boards of the sidewalk just behind him.
22nd Sep '13 10:02:48 AM nombretomado
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* Of course, Richard Dean Anderson's ''other'' successful series, ''{{Stargate SG-1}}'', repeats this, but with Goa'uld Deathgliders, the gunfire from which usually sends people flying.
* Often seen in ''Xena, Warrior Princess'', especially in the episodes "Livia" and "Eve," where Xena uselessly but dramatically catches daggers out of midair that seem to have been aimed somewhere over her shoulders.

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* Of course, Richard Dean Anderson's ''other'' successful series, ''{{Stargate SG-1}}'', ''Series/StargateSG1'', repeats this, but with Goa'uld Deathgliders, the gunfire from which usually sends people flying.
* Often seen in ''Xena, Warrior Princess'', ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', especially in the episodes "Livia" and "Eve," where Xena uselessly but dramatically catches daggers out of midair that seem to have been aimed somewhere over her shoulders.
14th Jul '13 12:49:29 PM nombretomado
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* In ''HarryPotter'', especially towards the end, nobody can hit the broadside of a barn standing two feet from it, unless the plot or drama dictates that it should. [[spoiler: This causes such mishaps as one of the twins losing an ear.]]
** There's an interesting [[JustifiedTrope justification]] in the climactic battle of ''HarryPotter and the Half-Blood Prince''. Harry blew his stack of luck potion among his friends, who would've been dead five times over without it. Ginny actually said that everything just seemed to miss them.

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* In ''HarryPotter'', ''Literature/HarryPotter'', especially towards the end, nobody can hit the broadside of a barn standing two feet from it, unless the plot or drama dictates that it should. [[spoiler: This causes such mishaps as one of the twins losing an ear.]]
** There's an interesting [[JustifiedTrope justification]] in the climactic battle of ''HarryPotter and the Half-Blood Prince''.''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''. Harry blew his stack of luck potion among his friends, who would've been dead five times over without it. Ginny actually said that everything just seemed to miss them.
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