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25th Aug '16 8:54:08 PM LinTaylor
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* When the Heavyarms Gundam from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' is forced into melee combat, the pilot can resort to [[UpToEleven gatling gun whipping]] the enemy with its arm mounted gatling cannon.


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* ''Series/MazinkaiserSKL'' has a [[JustifiedTrope justified]] version of this, as the guns were designed with this functionality in mind. The magazines have curved blades on the base, allowing them to be wielded as hand-axes by gripping the barrels. It can even take things a step further, with the conjoined pistols sprouting a long handle to become a battleaxe.
15th Aug '16 5:08:23 PM LanceOmikron
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A rare case of the EvilOverlord List ''not'' reflecting common sense, as nearly all modern militaries train their troops in how to fight using their rifle as a melee weapon (although it might be that the Evil Overlord thought that it can damage the gun or not be deadly to the hero). This was also fairly common during the time periods where firearms were not very advanced and required a lot of time and effort to reload, which meant that sometimes it was more prudent to use your gun as a melee weapon rather than trying to reload it in the middle of battle.

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A rare case of the EvilOverlord List EvilOverlordList ''not'' reflecting common sense, as nearly all modern militaries train their troops in how to fight using their rifle as a melee weapon (although it might be that the Evil Overlord thought that it can damage the gun or not be deadly to the hero). This was also fairly common during the time periods where firearms were not very advanced and required a lot of time and effort to reload, which meant that sometimes it was more prudent to use your gun as a melee weapon rather than trying to reload it in the middle of battle.
8th Aug '16 7:46:40 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Most Brute weapons have a blade of some sort on them to give pistol-whipping an extra ouch. They and the Elites likewise have respectively the Gravity Hammer and the Energy Sword, which are ''[[TheMusketeer made]]'' for melee.
25th Jul '16 8:33:38 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' has gun whipping as a form of a melee attack if you're low on bullets or don't have any. It's extremely weak since most of your enemies are heavily armored SWAT units, but CherryTapping them enough is key to getting a cop to surrender so you can have a hostage for trade if a player is in custody. ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' brings gun whipping back and it's no longer the only method of attacking with melee force. While you can use things like knives, sledgehammers, swords, and so on, gun whipping is always the fastest hitting attack with zero charge time.
16th Jul '16 1:51:20 PM Kadorhal
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* In ''VideoGame/WinBack'', sneaking up on someone and pistol whipping them is entirely possible, but your trainer (after shoving out a guy for you to practice on, ) says this is not really always effective. So blasting 'em is better.
* Ocelot very foolishly attempted to do this to Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' rather than [[ShurFineGuns attempt to clear the jam in his gun]], a very bad move since Snake is a hand to hand expert. A few moments later TheHero showed Ocelot how it's done when he easily parried another attack from Ocelot, hit him in the gut, then smacked the already stunned Ocelot on the back of the head/neck with the butt of his own pistol.
** Snake himself utilizes this trope. If a weapon is equipped, and he attempts to punch, he will swing the weapon and do more damage to enemies than he would with his bare fists.
* In ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', it's entirely possible to steal a mook's Generic Pistol, then knock him out with it. Especially effective when done with the magnum.
* ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 Goldeneye]]'' for the same system. The 'punching' aspect for Bond, James Bond turns into 'Hit them with the sniper rifle' once said gun is obtained. Very delicate instrument for smacking in skulls...
* ''[[AmericasArmy America's Army 3]]'' allows players to smack enemies with the butt of their rifle. Was implemented after instances in the previous versions where players found themselves out of ammo and unable to defeat their enemies.

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* In ''VideoGame/WinBack'', sneaking up on someone and pistol whipping them is entirely possible, but your trainer (after shoving out a guy for you to practice on, ) on) says this is not really always effective. So blasting 'em is better.
* Ocelot very foolishly attempted to do this to Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' rather than [[ShurFineGuns [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns attempt to clear the jam in un-jam his gun]], a very bad move since Snake is a hand to hand expert. A few moments later TheHero Snake showed Ocelot how it's done when he easily parried another attack from Ocelot, hit him in the gut, then smacked the already stunned Ocelot on the back of the head/neck with the butt of his own pistol.
** Snake himself utilizes All of the ''Solid'' games from ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'' onward utilize this trope. trope to some extent. If a weapon is equipped, and he the player attempts to punch, he punch/use CQC while equipping a weapon larger than a pistol, Snake/Raiden will swing the weapon and do more damage to enemies than he would with his bare fists.
fists (the extremely large Nikita launcher in ''2'' and ''The Twin Snakes'' in particular is an instant knockout).
* In ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', it's entirely possible to steal a mook's Generic Pistol, pistol, then knock him out with it. Especially effective when done with the magnum.
* ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 Goldeneye]]'' ''VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|1997}}'' for the same system. The 'punching' aspect for Bond, James Bond turns into 'Hit them with the sniper rifle' once said gun is obtained. Very delicate instrument for smacking in skulls...
* ''[[AmericasArmy America's Army 3]]'' ''VideoGame/AmericasArmy 3'' allows players to smack enemies with the butt of their rifle. Was implemented after instances in the previous versions where players found themselves out of ammo and unable to defeat their enemies.



** Most Brute weapons have a blade of some sort on them to give pistol-whipping an extra ouch.

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** Most Brute weapons have a blade of some sort on them to give pistol-whipping an extra ouch. They and the Elites likewise have respectively the Gravity Hammer and the Energy Sword, which are ''[[TheMusketeer made]]'' for melee.
1st Jul '16 1:35:44 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** More than fairly useful - the developers (and players) know it is an essential part of the gameplay, two melee hits in standard multiplayer will kill anyone, making it a prudent thing to use after shooting someone and closing in. Many fights with the standard-equipment end with a melee attack there. A hit from behind is instantly fatal.
** It was actually taken to the extreme in Halo 3. Before it was removed, a melee kill would send the vanquished flying across the map. When asked why this is, Bungie replied [[RuleOfCool "Because it's awesome".]] Unfortunately, it was later removed and player models behaved more realistically from melee kills.

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** More than fairly useful - the developers (and players) know it is an essential part of the gameplay, gameplay. Depending on the game, as little as two melee hits to the front in standard multiplayer will can be enough to kill anyone, making it a prudent thing to use after shooting someone and closing in. Many fights with the standard-equipment in; many gunfights end with someone using a melee attack there. A hit from behind is instantly fatal.
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** It was actually taken to the extreme in Halo 3.''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. Before it was removed, a melee kill would send the vanquished flying across the map. When asked why this is, Bungie replied [[RuleOfCool "Because it's awesome".]] Unfortunately, it was later removed and player models behaved more realistically from melee kills.
1st Jul '16 1:33:01 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Some pilots in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' / ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' (most notably, Hikaru Ichijo / Rick Hunter) have used their Gunpods as an improvised meelee weapon when they had ran low of ammo or missiles.
** Notably, this doesn't show up in later ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' sequels and spin-offs, where the [[TransformingMecha Valkyries]] are given better options for melee combat; like the [[BarrierWarrior Pin Point Barrier Punch]] in ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' or a [[EmergencyWeapon combat knife]] in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. The VF-11B Thunderbolt, an aging model from ''Macross Plus'' had a bayonet mounted on its Gunpod.

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* Some pilots in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' / ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' (most notably, Hikaru Ichijo / Rick Hunter) have used their Gunpods as an improvised meelee melee weapon when they had ran low of ammo or missiles.
** Notably, this doesn't show up in later ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' sequels and spin-offs, where the [[TransformingMecha Valkyries]] are given better options for melee combat; like the [[BarrierWarrior Pin Point Pin-Point Barrier Punch]] introduced in ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' or a the [[EmergencyWeapon pin-point barrier combat knife]] introduced in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. The VF-11B Thunderbolt, an aging model from ''Macross Plus'' Plus'', had a bayonet mounted on its Gunpod.
21st Jun '16 3:04:45 PM ajbit26
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** Infantrymen are taught all manner of methods for mayhem, from bare-handed to edged weapons to the use of the rifle and fixed bayonet; US infantrymen, and probably many others, are even [[ImprobableWeaponUser taught to use the entrenching tool]]--the infantryman's small folding spade--as a battle-axe in melee combat. The Japanese even have a martial art system called jukenjutsu for the rifle and bayonet, and JGSDF infantry units compete fiercely for prizes. JASDF and JMSDF units tend to compete at kendo instead.

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** Infantrymen are taught all manner of methods for mayhem, from bare-handed to edged weapons to the use of the rifle and fixed bayonet; US infantrymen, and probably many others, are even [[ImprobableWeaponUser [[ShovelStrike taught to use the entrenching tool]]--the infantryman's small folding spade--as a battle-axe in melee combat. The Japanese even have a martial art system called jukenjutsu for the rifle and bayonet, and JGSDF infantry units compete fiercely for prizes. JASDF and JMSDF units tend to compete at kendo instead.
21st Jun '16 2:08:02 PM Yalsaris63
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* {{Eminem}} was accused of pistol whipping a man he claims he saw kissing his wife.

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* {{Eminem}} was accused of pistol whipping a man he claims he saw kissing his wife. The interludal skit track "The Kiss" from his album ''The Eminem Show'' is about this incident.
21st Jun '16 2:02:58 PM Yalsaris63
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* In ''Film/{{Heat}}'', PsychoForHire Waingro does this to one of the three guards in frustration during the armored car heist when he orders them to step back. As the guards were deafened by the shaped charge explosion devised by Neil [=McCauley's=] crew, one of Neil's henchmen, Cherrito, advises Waingro to cool off and understand that their eardrums were shot by the blast earlier. Waingro, however, lets his impulsive ruthlessness get the better of him and starts gunning down one of the officers; this in turn forced the crew to finish off the remaining two officers in order to leave no witnesses behind, eventually complicating matters with Waingro later.

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* In ''Film/{{Heat}}'', PsychoForHire Waingro does this to one of the three guards in frustration during the armored car heist when he orders them to step back. As the guards were deafened by the shaped charge explosion devised by Neil [=McCauley's=] crew, one of Neil's henchmen, Cherrito, Cheritto, advises Waingro to cool off and understand that their eardrums were shot by the blast earlier. Waingro, however, lets his impulsive ruthlessness get the better of him and starts gunning down one of the officers; this in turn forced the crew to finish off the remaining two officers in order to leave no witnesses behind, eventually complicating matters with Waingro later.
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