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26th Sep '16 12:25:26 AM foxley
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* In ''Film/{{Seven}}'' (a 1979 action film, not the [[Flm/SeVIIen similarly named 1995 serial killer movie]]), on of the MagnificentSevenSamurai emerges from a mobster's office where he has just killed the mobster in a prolonged martial arts battle. The mobster's katana-wielding bodyguard draws his sword and goes to attack, only to be shot by the hero with a gun he had been carrying all through the early fight.

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* In ''Film/{{Seven}}'' ''Seven'' (a 1979 action film, not the [[Flm/SeVIIen [[Flm/{{Se7en}} similarly named 1995 serial killer movie]]), on of the MagnificentSevenSamurai emerges from a mobster's office where he has just killed the mobster in a prolonged martial arts battle. The mobster's katana-wielding bodyguard draws his sword and goes to attack, only to be shot by the hero with a gun he had been carrying all through the early fight.
26th Sep '16 12:24:17 AM foxley
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* ''ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}'' does this ''in a tub'', in homage to the ''Film/TheUntouchables'' line.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}'' does this ''in ''[[CantBatheWithoutAWeapon in a tub'', tub]]'', in homage to the ''Film/TheUntouchables'' line.



* In ''Film/{{Seven}}'' (a 1979 action film, not the [[Flm/SeVIIen similarly named 1995 serial killer movie]]), on of the MagnificentSevenSamurai emerges from a mobster's office where he has just killed the mobster in a prolonged martial arts battle. The mobster's katana-wielding bodyguard draws his sword and goes to attack, only to be shot by the hero with a gun he had been carrying all through the early fight.



-->'''Shawn:'' That's your problem, Gus. You brought a funeral program to a knife fight.

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-->'''Shawn:'' -->'''Shawn:''': That's your problem, Gus. You brought a funeral program to a knife fight.
23rd Aug '16 11:42:21 AM The_Last_Brickman
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* ''[[VideoGame/Fallout4 Fallout 4]]'s'' New Survival mode invokes this trope. Since enemies and the player alike have been morphed into massive GlassCannons, the use of melee/unarmed weapons is nigh-impossible in this mode. Taken UpToEleven in that due to how the disease system works, even ''animals'', which are normally limited to melee combat, ''still'' discourage the player from fighting up-close and personal.
30th Jul '16 8:16:01 PM maxwellsilver
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* During the "Fifth Moon" episode of the ''{{Trigun}}'' anime, Rai-Dei the Blade pits his katana against Vash the Stampede's guns. He turns the tables by first launching the blade off its hilt, then by fitting the hilt back onto the empty scabbard and using the whole thing as a rifle.

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* During the "Fifth Moon" episode of the ''{{Trigun}}'' ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' anime, Rai-Dei the Blade pits his katana against Vash the Stampede's guns. He turns the tables by first launching the blade off its hilt, then by fitting the hilt back onto the empty scabbard and using the whole thing as a rifle.



* Occurs in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' when, through sheer coincidence, [[{{Cult}} several men in black]], [[TheMafia a guy in a white tuxedo]], and [[{{Delinquents}} Nick]] all try to hold up the same train car at the exact same time. The men in black have machine guns. The guy wearing white is DualWielding pistols. [[OhCrap Nick has a knife.]]
-->'''Nick:''' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere ... Uh, sorry for the confusion.]]
* Happens several times in ''{{Anime/Noir}}'':
** First, the [[NoNameGiven Belladonna Lily Woman]] is performing a MissionImpossibleCableDrop to take Mireille by surprise armed with a knife. She actually gets close enough to be almost within striking distance, but then a stray bit of light from a nearby gunfight reflects off the blade and alerts Mireille to her presence, giving her the chance to shoot the woman dead first.
** During the final episode the showdown between [[spoiler:Chloe and Mireille]], with the former having the latter dead to rights, ends when Kirika [[ImprobableAimingSkills shoots the knife away]] before it can make lethal contact. Bonus points for it being a much smaller knife than the first time she pulled this stunt in a previous episode.
* In ''Anime/BayonettaBloodyFate'' the titular witch attempts to fight off her rival's, Jeanne's, [[GunsAkimbo fours guns]] [[DualWielding on her hands]] [[ArmedLegs and feet]] with her [[KatanasAreJustBetter demonic katana]], and gets her ass handed to her. Its not until Rodin shows up with her own freshly-repaired and upgraded set of four guns that Bayonetta is able to turn the tables.

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* Occurs in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' when, through sheer coincidence, [[{{Cult}} several men in black]], [[TheMafia black, a guy in a white tuxedo]], tuxedo, and [[{{Delinquents}} Nick]] Nick all try to hold up the same train car at the exact same time. The men in black have machine guns. The guy wearing white is DualWielding pistols. [[OhCrap Nick has a knife.]]
-->'''Nick:''' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere ...
knife.
-->'''Nick:''' ...
Uh, sorry for the confusion.]]
confusion.
* Happens several times in ''{{Anime/Noir}}'':
''Anime/{{Noir}}'':
** First, the [[NoNameGiven Belladonna Lily Woman]] Woman is performing a MissionImpossibleCableDrop to take Mireille by surprise armed with a knife. She actually gets close enough to be almost within striking distance, but then a stray bit of light from a nearby gunfight reflects off the blade and alerts Mireille to her presence, giving her the chance to shoot the woman dead first.
** During the final episode the showdown between [[spoiler:Chloe and Mireille]], with the former having the latter dead to rights, ends when Kirika [[ImprobableAimingSkills shoots the knife away]] away before it can make lethal contact. Bonus points for it being a much smaller knife than the first time she pulled this stunt in a previous episode.
* In ''Anime/BayonettaBloodyFate'' the titular witch attempts to fight off her rival's, Jeanne's, [[GunsAkimbo fours guns]] [[DualWielding guns on her hands]] [[ArmedLegs hands and feet]] feet with her [[KatanasAreJustBetter demonic katana]], katana, and gets her ass handed to her. Its It's not until Rodin shows up with her own freshly-repaired and upgraded set of four guns that Bayonetta is able to turn the tables.



* ''ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}'' does this ''in a tub'', in homage to the [[Film/TheUntouchables Untouchables]] line.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}'' does this ''in a tub'', in homage to the [[Film/TheUntouchables Untouchables]] ''Film/TheUntouchables'' line.



-->'''[[CaptainErsatz Wolveream]]:''' It's no fair, he's got a gun!
** In the second round, [[CaptainErsatz The Pulverizer]] has only a knife too...BLOOEY BLOOEY BLOOEY!
-->'''[[CaptainErsatz Wolveream]]:''' Just my luck, he has a [[IncrediblyLamePun Blooey Knife!]]

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-->'''[[CaptainErsatz Wolveream]]:''' -->'''Wolveream:''' It's no fair, he's got a gun!
** In the second round, [[CaptainErsatz The Pulverizer]] Pulverizer has only a knife too...BLOOEY BLOOEY BLOOEY!
-->'''[[CaptainErsatz Wolveream]]:''' -->'''Wolveream:''' Just my luck, he has a [[IncrediblyLamePun Blooey Knife!]]



* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Annabeth]] and her opponent in the coliseum fight with clubs until the opponent kills her with a knife. [[DeusExMachina Suddenly]], the main character's wife, Mary, shows up and shoots the opponent dead with a gun before proceeding to do the same with [[BigBad Jo]][[DirtyCommunists hn]] [[AccidentalMisnaming Len]][[AntiClimaxBoss non]].

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* In ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'', [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Annabeth]] and her opponent in the coliseum fight with clubs until the opponent kills her with a knife. [[DeusExMachina Suddenly]], Suddenly, the main character's wife, Mary, shows up and shoots the opponent dead with a gun before proceeding to do the same with [[BigBad Jo]][[DirtyCommunists hn]] [[AccidentalMisnaming Len]][[AntiClimaxBoss non]].John Lennon.



---->'''Guard''': You know what they say about bringing a knife to a gun fight--

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---->'''Guard''': You know what they say about bringing a knife to a gun fight--gunfight--



** In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', the famous scene where Indy shoots the swordsman. As the story goes, there was to be an extended sword fight, but Harrison Ford (playing Indy) was sick with dysentery, and suggested that he just shoot the swordsman. [[ThrowItIn They decided to go with it]].

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** In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', the famous scene where Indy shoots the swordsman. As the story goes, there was to be an extended sword fight, but Harrison Ford (playing Indy) was sick with dysentery, and suggested that he just shoot the swordsman. [[ThrowItIn They decided to go with it]].it.



-->"Nice try, kid, but I think you just brought a knife... to a gun fight."
* Near the end of Thai martial arts movie ''Film/{{Chocolate}}'', a group of high ranking thugs grab katanas and rush at the Yakuza father of the protagonist. CrowningMomentOfFunny ensues when he promptly shoots the first one down, though the rest close in and it turns into a sword fight.
* As much as it is a love letter to the {{katana|sAreJustBetter}}, ''Film/KillBill'' follows this rule. Nearly any time the Bride's Katana is pitted against a gun, the gun wins, such as when the Bride charges into Budd's trailer, he is able to subdue her with a shotgun. And when she invades Bill's home, she's got a pistol out as her primary weapon rather than the sword slung on her back.

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-->"Nice --->"Nice try, kid, but I think you just brought a knife... to a gun fight.gunfight."
* Near the end of Thai martial arts movie ''Film/{{Chocolate}}'', a group of high ranking thugs grab katanas and rush at the Yakuza father of the protagonist. CrowningMomentOfFunny ensues when he He promptly shoots the first one down, though the rest close in and it turns into a sword fight.
* As much as it is a love letter to the {{katana|sAreJustBetter}}, katana, ''Film/KillBill'' follows this rule. Nearly any time the Bride's Katana is pitted against a gun, the gun wins, such as when the Bride charges into Budd's trailer, he is able to subdue her with a shotgun. And when she invades Bill's home, she's got a pistol out as her primary weapon rather than the sword slung on her back.



* In ''Film/WeWereSoldiers'' a young North Vietnemese soldier charges from behind [[ColonelBadass Colonel Hal Moore]] intending to kill him with a bayonet. At the last moment Moore turns around and shoots the North Vietnamese soldier with a pistol, who lands dead at his feet.

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* In ''Film/WeWereSoldiers'' a young North Vietnemese Vietnamese soldier charges from behind [[ColonelBadass Colonel Hal Moore]] Moore intending to kill him with a bayonet. At the last moment Moore turns around and shoots the North Vietnamese soldier with a pistol, who lands dead at his feet.



* Used for RealityEnsues in ''Film/JackReacher''. Before the final battle with the villains, Reacher calls for help from 'Gunny' Cash, the CoolOldGuy he met earlier who runs a gun range. Gunny turns up with a SniperRifle, only to hand Reacher a K-Bar knife, explaining that he's not going to entrust a rifle he owns to a stranger to help him kill a bunch of other strangers. As this means Reacher has to wait till the villains (one of whom is a master sniper) shoot at him first (to prove self defense), [[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe he's not happy]]. Then during the subsequent shoot-out, Reacher drops the knife and has to resort to using a rock against a man shooting at him with an assault rifle.

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* Used for RealityEnsues in ''Film/JackReacher''. Before the final battle with the villains, Reacher calls for help from 'Gunny' Cash, the CoolOldGuy he met earlier who runs a gun range. Gunny turns up with a SniperRifle, only to hand Reacher a K-Bar knife, explaining that he's not going to entrust a rifle he owns to a stranger to help him kill a bunch of other strangers. As this means Reacher has to wait till the villains (one of whom is a master sniper) shoot at him first (to prove self defense), [[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe he's not happy]]. happy. Then during the subsequent shoot-out, shootout, Reacher drops the knife and has to resort to using a rock against a man shooting at him with an assault rifle.



* In Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'', the Shongairi come off as {{Insufficiently Advanced Alien}}s because their entire war doctrine revolves around conquering pre-industrial races. Guess what happens when troops trained and equipped to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] natives with pointy sticks comes up against modern military hardware?

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* In Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'', the Shongairi come off as {{Insufficiently Advanced Alien}}s because their entire war doctrine revolves around conquering pre-industrial races. Guess what happens when troops trained and equipped to [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] curb-stomp natives with pointy sticks comes up against modern military hardware?



-->The memories are still as fresh as last night’s [[NightmareFuel eleventh nightmare]]: ten plucky Nips in ''[[SelfDestructiveCharge suicide charge!]]''

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-->The memories are still as fresh as last night’s [[NightmareFuel eleventh nightmare]]: nightmare: ten plucky Nips in ''[[SelfDestructiveCharge suicide charge!]]''''suicide charge!''



-->'''Shaftoe''': No, [[ClusterFBomb fuckhead]]! You kill ’em because they’ve got [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] swords! You ever had anyone running at you waving a ''[[ClusterFBomb fucking]]'' sword?

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-->'''Shaftoe''': No, [[ClusterFBomb fuckhead]]! fuckhead! You kill ’em because they’ve got [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] fucking swords! You ever had anyone running at you waving a ''[[ClusterFBomb fucking]]'' ''fucking'' sword?



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' kindly reminds you not to bring an army (or three) to a dragon-fight. Or, build the continent's most impressive, land-assault-proof castle and hole up in it when facing flame-throwing, aerial attacks. Conversely, it's recommended that you don't bring a dragon to the environmental dream of guerilla warriors everywhere consisting of expansive deserts and mountains. Also, don't expect a normal fight when facing armies of the self-recruiting [[OurZombiesAreDifferent undead]]. You are also further advised to keep [[WeatherOfWar General Winter]] in mind when holding a war in [[GrimUpNorth The North]], as forgetting to pack decent cloaks, coats, snowshoes and/or a trusty mule-train able to use and/or carry them all, rather than warhorses which can't, is somewhat embarrassing. That is all.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' kindly reminds you not to bring an army (or three) to a dragon-fight. Or, build the continent's most impressive, land-assault-proof castle and hole up in it when facing flame-throwing, aerial attacks. Conversely, it's recommended that you don't bring a dragon to the environmental dream of guerilla warriors everywhere consisting of expansive deserts and mountains. Also, don't expect a normal fight when facing armies of the self-recruiting [[OurZombiesAreDifferent undead]]. undead. You are also further advised to keep [[WeatherOfWar General Winter]] Winter in mind when holding a war in [[GrimUpNorth The North]], North, as forgetting to pack decent cloaks, coats, snowshoes and/or a trusty mule-train able to use and/or carry them all, rather than warhorses which can't, is somewhat embarrassing. That is all.



--> '''Skuldugger''': Only a moron brings a sword to a gun fight.

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--> '''Skuldugger''': Only a moron brings a sword to a gun fight.gunfight.



** In ''King of Thorns'' he spends every day for years practicing his swordplay, because he intends to challenge a renowned swordsman to a duel, and given his reputation he needs the guy to think he means it or he'd never accept the challenge. Then he invokes IAmNotLeftHanded and switches his sword to the other hand, [[spoiler: which is another misdirect; he needs his right hand for the [[LostTechnology scavenged gun]].]]

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** In ''King of Thorns'' he spends every day for years practicing his swordplay, because he intends to challenge a renowned swordsman to a duel, and given his reputation he needs the guy to think he means it or he'd never accept the challenge. Then he invokes IAmNotLeftHanded and switches his sword to the other hand, [[spoiler: which is another misdirect; he needs his right hand for the [[LostTechnology scavenged gun]].]]



* In a recent adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' starring Creator/PatrickStewart and set in the 1930s, Young Siward charges Macbeth with a knife, only for Macbeth to draw a pistol and shoot him.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' an ambitious lieutenant sneaks aboard an enemy ship. His request for a firearm was denied, so he only has a pipe on hand. He meets Col. Mackenzie who asks him, "Who brings a pipe to a gun fight?"

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* In a recent an adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' starring Creator/PatrickStewart and set in the 1930s, Young Siward charges Macbeth with a knife, only for Macbeth to draw a pistol and shoot him.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' an ambitious lieutenant sneaks aboard an enemy ship. His request for a firearm was denied, so he only has a pipe on hand. He meets Col. Mackenzie who asks him, "Who brings a pipe to a gun fight?"gunfight?"



* Stated on ''Series/TeenWolf'' by Chris Argent as "Never bring claws to a gun fight." The fight ends with Boyd getting shot.

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* Stated on ''Series/TeenWolf'' by Chris Argent as "Never bring claws to a gun fight.gunfight." The fight ends with Boyd getting shot.



* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', one of the possible bosses is "Championchik", a DumbMuscle Olympic boxing champion turned ''[[TheMafiya bratva]]'' who only uses his fists. Gunning him down is the easy way to win, and Mike will say a variation of the line if you go this route.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed series'':
** In the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI first game]], you're likely to get your arse kicked trying to punch out armed enemies unless it's one-on-one as Altair can't disarm them.

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* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', one of the possible bosses is "Championchik", a DumbMuscle Olympic boxing champion turned ''[[TheMafiya bratva]]'' ''bratva'' who only uses his fists. Gunning him down is the easy way to win, and Mike will say a variation of the line if you go this route.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed series'':
** In the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI first game]], **''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'': you're likely to get your arse kicked trying to punch out armed enemies unless it's one-on-one as Altair can't disarm them.



* In ''{{Civilization}}'', civs with military technology an entire era behind yours will sometimes declare war on you and be easily destroyed. Of course, there are also aversions where [[NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight Spearman Beats Tank]].

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* In ''{{Civilization}}'', civs with military technology an entire era behind yours will sometimes declare war on you and be easily destroyed. Of course, there are also aversions where [[NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight Spearman Beats Tank]].Tank.



* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. No matter how many guns the player has when invading Madd Dogg's mansion for the first time, he ends up with just a knife. The player is not even allowed to pick up dropped weapons until half way through. A much later mission ends with a helicopter crash leaving the water-treading protaganist outside of the ship he has to infiltrate. All his weapons (sob) are at the bottom of the drink except his knife. However, here, a quick swim to shore and knowledge of respawning weapon locations makes the ship much easier to overcome.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': [[DeadpanSnarker Garrus]] mentions this trope by name when fighting Cerberus Phantoms, finding the whole concept silly. As Garrus is a sniper, the amusement is justifiable. But God help you if [[OneHitKill they get into melee range]]...(then DLC gave ''us'' sword-wielding characters to use in multiplayer).

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. No matter how many guns the player has when invading Madd Dogg's mansion for the first time, he ends up with just a knife. The player is not even allowed to pick up dropped weapons until half way through. A much later mission ends with a helicopter crash leaving the water-treading protaganist protagonist outside of the ship he has to infiltrate. All his weapons (sob) are at the bottom of the drink except his knife. However, here, a quick swim to shore and knowledge of respawning weapon locations makes the ship much easier to overcome.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': [[DeadpanSnarker Garrus]] Garrus mentions this trope by name when fighting Cerberus Phantoms, finding the whole concept silly. As Garrus is a sniper, the amusement is justifiable. But God help you if [[OneHitKill they get into melee range]]...range...(then DLC gave ''us'' sword-wielding characters to use in multiplayer).



* PlayedWith in ''[[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero.]]'' Cord Cai and his fiance Roland Fujii are getting carjacked by Harry Lamont... but Cord and Roland are ''[[MuggingTheMonster former gangsters]]''. Roland laughs in Lamont's face, refuses to give up his car, and basically [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt taunts Lamont into shooting.]] After Roland ''does'' get shot, he just trucks through the pain, cuts Lamont, and scares him into running away. Lamont technically "wins" since Roland dies, but he was clearly outclassed and he failed his actual goal of taking their car. And then months later, the devastated Cord [[BestServedCold tracks Lamont down through his gang connects and shoots him in the head.]]

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* PlayedWith in ''[[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero.]]'' Cord Cai and his fiance Roland Fujii are getting carjacked by Harry Lamont... but Cord and Roland are ''[[MuggingTheMonster former gangsters]]''. ''former gangsters''. Roland laughs in Lamont's face, refuses to give up his car, and basically [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt basically taunts Lamont into shooting.]] shooting. After Roland ''does'' get shot, he just trucks through the pain, cuts Lamont, and scares him into running away. Lamont technically "wins" since Roland dies, but he was clearly outclassed and he failed his actual goal of taking their car. And then months later, the devastated Cord [[BestServedCold tracks Lamont down through his gang connects and shoots him in the head.]]
21st Jul '16 2:36:33 PM SAMAS
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* Near the end of WWI the American army entered the western European combat theatre, and with them they brought the Winchester M1897 shotgun. Featuring no trigger disconnect and 6 rounds, two shotgunners working in tandem could clear an entire trench in minutes what would take hours for rifleman. The shotgun, now nicknamed the "Trench Sweeper", was so effective that on September 19th 1918 the German government protested its use and called for its outlawing with those in possession of the shotgun (or even its ammunition) executed.

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* Near the end of WWI the American army entered the western European combat theatre, and with them they brought the Winchester M1897 shotgun. Featuring no trigger disconnect and 6 rounds, two shotgunners working in tandem could clear an entire trench in minutes what would take hours for rifleman. The shotgun, now nicknamed the "Trench Sweeper", was so effective that on September 19th 1918 the German government protested its use and called for its outlawing with those in possession of the shotgun (or even its ammunition) executed.[[note]]Mind you, the Germans had already been using Flamethrowers and Phosphene Gas for some time by then.[[/note]]
16th Jul '16 10:46:50 AM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' kindly reminds you not to bring an army (or three) to a dragon-fight. Or, build the continent's most impressive, land-assault-proof castle and hole up in it when facing flame-throwing, aerial attacks. Conversely, don't bring a dragon to the environmental dream of guerilla warriors everywhere consisting of expansive deserts and mountains. Also: don't expect a normal fight when facing armies of the self-recruiting [[OurZombiesAreDifferent undead]]. You are also further advised to keep [[WeatherOfWar General Winter]] in mind when holding a war in [[GrimUpNorth The North]] and pack decent cloaks, coats, snowshoes and/or a trusty mule-train able to use and/or carry them all, rather than warhorses that can't do either. That is all.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' kindly reminds you not to bring an army (or three) to a dragon-fight. Or, build the continent's most impressive, land-assault-proof castle and hole up in it when facing flame-throwing, aerial attacks. Conversely, it's recommended that you don't bring a dragon to the environmental dream of guerilla warriors everywhere consisting of expansive deserts and mountains. Also: Also, don't expect a normal fight when facing armies of the self-recruiting [[OurZombiesAreDifferent undead]]. You are also further advised to keep [[WeatherOfWar General Winter]] in mind when holding a war in [[GrimUpNorth The North]] and North]], as forgetting to pack decent cloaks, coats, snowshoes and/or a trusty mule-train able to use and/or carry them all, rather than warhorses that can't do either.which can't, is somewhat embarrassing. That is all.
12th Jul '16 12:02:44 AM RavenWilder
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* In ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'', Powell spends most of the movie as an almost inhumanly menacing force, with the threat of the switchblade in his pocket always present. In the film's climax, though, he has to face off an old lady who happens to own a shotgun, and is twice sent running.

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* In ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'', Powell spends most of the movie as an almost inhumanly menacing force, with the threat of the switchblade in his pocket always present. In the film's climax, though, he has to face off an old lady who happens to own a shotgun, and is twice sent running.
12th Jul '16 12:01:37 AM RavenWilder
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* In ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'', Powell spends most of the movie as an almost inhumanly menacing force, with the threat of the switchblade in his pocket always present. In the film's climax, though, he has to face off an old lady who happens to own a shotgun, and is twice sent running.
5th Jul '16 12:44:31 PM Sharysa
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* PlayedWith in [[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero.]] Cord Cai and his fiance Roland Fujii are getting carjacked by Harry Lamont. Lamont has a gun and Roland has a knife, but Cord and Roland are ''[[MuggingTheMonster former gangsters]]''. Roland laughs in Lamont's face, refuses to give up his car, and basically taunts Lamont into shooting. Even after Roland gets shot, he [[NervesOfSteel just trucks through the pain]] and manages to cut Lamont before he runs away. Lamont technically "wins" since Roland dies, but he was clearly inexperienced at crime and he didn't even get the car like he planned. Then months later, the devastated Cord [[BestServedCold tracks him down through his gang connects and shoots him in the head.]]

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* PlayedWith in [[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} ''[[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero.]] ]]'' Cord Cai and his fiance Roland Fujii are getting carjacked by Harry Lamont. Lamont has a gun and Roland has a knife, Lamont... but Cord and Roland are ''[[MuggingTheMonster former gangsters]]''. Roland laughs in Lamont's face, refuses to give up his car, and basically [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt taunts Lamont into shooting. Even after shooting.]] After Roland gets ''does'' get shot, he [[NervesOfSteel just trucks through the pain]] pain, cuts Lamont, and manages to cut Lamont before he runs scares him into running away. Lamont technically "wins" since Roland dies, but he was clearly inexperienced at crime outclassed and he didn't even get the car like he planned. Then failed his actual goal of taking their car. And then months later, the devastated Cord [[BestServedCold tracks him Lamont down through his gang connects and shoots him in the head.]]
3rd Jul '16 4:19:10 PM JackG
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* ''Series/BestSeller''. A hitman stabs a witness in the middle of the sweatshop gunfight, so he doesn't have his gun in hand when he runs into Cleve.

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* ''Series/BestSeller''. A hitman stabs a witness in the middle of the sweatshop gunfight, so he doesn't have his gun pistol in his hand (it's still tucked in his belt) when he runs into Cleve.Cleve.
* Used for RealityEnsues in ''Film/JackReacher''. Before the final battle with the villains, Reacher calls for help from 'Gunny' Cash, the CoolOldGuy he met earlier who runs a gun range. Gunny turns up with a SniperRifle, only to hand Reacher a K-Bar knife, explaining that he's not going to entrust a rifle he owns to a stranger to help him kill a bunch of other strangers. As this means Reacher has to wait till the villains (one of whom is a master sniper) shoot at him first (to prove self defense), [[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe he's not happy]]. Then during the subsequent shoot-out, Reacher drops the knife and has to resort to using a rock against a man shooting at him with an assault rifle.
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