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''Shooter'' is a 2007 film directed by [[TrainingDay Antoine Fuqua]] featuring MarkWahlberg as Bob Lee Swagger, an ex-marine sniper who was disillusioned with the government after he was left behind enemy lines during a mission, only escaping on his own terms. It is based on the 1993 novel ''Point Of Impact'' by Stephen Hunter, although it does deviate from the source material in several parts.

Yet because he is the best at what he does, he is recruited by the government to help track down a potential sniper, only to become the scapegoat as part of a GovernmentConspiracy. Swagger goes on the run but knows he has to fight back, recruiting rookie FBI agent Nick Memphis to investigate. What they find reveals new details about the mission where Bob was trapped behind enemy lines.

Meanwhile, the widow of Bob's sniper partner is also dragged into the events, and Bob has to save her, though she is not a traditional DistressedDamsel [[SawedOffShotgun either]].

Shooter enjoyed moderate box office success and some critical acclaim. In its genre, it is a conspiracy thriller, and rides on the paranoia of the [[GeorgeWBush Bush years]]. It also owes a lot to ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' (including the general resemblance between Wahlberg and MattDamon), although the sniper angle and being rated R works in seperating itself from other FollowTheLeader types.
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!!''Shooter'' as examples of:
* AwesomeMcCoolname: If you're gonna cross modern political thriller with an 80s style action movie, you need cool names. Thankfully, Bob Lee Swagger fits the bill. Hell, even the sidekick has one: Nick Memphis. In fact, you can tell Nick's going to be significant because he's the only person in the film with a name even half as cool as Swagger.
** In a later book, Stephen Hunter thanks the man he named Earl and Bob Lee Swagger after.
** It gets cooler when you realize that Swagger is named after Robert E. Lee; yes, ''that'' [[TheAmericanCivilWar Robert E Lee...]]
* ArtisticLicense: The advisor for the film said that the assassination shot that starts up the plot in reality should have split the target's head in half. But while it would have been more realistic it would have been more graphic than the filmmakers wanted.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Signficantly averted, as Swagger's religious care of his own rifle is a major plot point later in the film. At least two examples of this become significant plot points; see ChekhovsGun.
* {{BFG}}: Bob's Cheyenne Tactical M200 Intervention [[spoiler:which he supposedly used to try assassinate the president, and hit the Ethiopian archbishop.]] Even bigger is the Barrett .50 cal he uses against the helicopter in the opening scene.
* BaldOfEvil: One of the three assassins sent after Nick Memphis has one.
* BeardOfEvil: The other two assassins sent after Memphis sport these.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Swagger makes a long-range sniper shot to blow a gun in half Payne is using to threaten his hostage; it looks like shrapnel was propelled into his hand, possibly taking off part of his finger. Subverted seconds later when, while Payne expresses admiration at the first shot, Swagger fires again and blows off his arm just below the elbow.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Well, Chekhov's [[spoiler:firing pin anyway. We see Bob doing something to his rifle just before he leaves for the mission. It turns out to be extremely important.]]
** When Swagger and the government team are in place, preparing to apprehend the alleged assassin. [[spoiler:Swagger notices the cop in the room has his service pistol unsecured and points it out.]]
* ClearMyName
* ColdSniper: Bob, but Sandor is downright sadistic, and is wheelchair-bound, as when his location was discovered during a battle, his opponents took no chances and targeted him with the artillery. [[hottip:*:Tanks have been used in the counter-sniper role in Iraq, and artillery shelling has been done to snipers since at least WorldWarOne. They don't like it and it reduces life expectancy.]]
* ColonelBadass: Colonel (retired) Johnson. His role in the movie is more of a SmugSnake / CorruptBureaucrat, but at the beginning he shows Swagger a Medal of Honor. This is the highest medal a US military member can receive, requires an act of Congress to issue, and it's very often awarded posthumously.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Though he knows they're more than just theories.
* CrazySurvivalist: Bob after the Ethiopia mission.
* DevelopmentHell: It took 14 years after the novel came out before the movie was finally made. During this period several scripts were written and discarded, including one by Stephen Hunter himself (he admits that it wasn't very good, commenting "I'm a better novelist than I am a screenwriter"). The plans to make a film of ''Point of Impact'' began back in the mid-1990s, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen with Tommy Lee Jones intended to play Bob Lee Swagger]].
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Payne taunts Swagger, claiming that he has no shot on him (A headshot would have triggered a spasm that would have fired the shotgun pointed at Sarah). Swagger responds by [[spoiler:shooting him in the hand, destroying the trigger.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: An innocent man made a scapegoat for an assassination attempt on a President [[spoiler:while the actual shooter was somewhere else entirely]]? Sounds a lot like WhoShotJFK.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: We know Swagger's the best sniper because in the opening scene he [[spoiler: snipes a ''helicopter'' down.]]
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Bob's spotter just ''had'' to show a picture of his wife before they were assaulted. It's like Antoine Fuqua wanted to step into the shot, wave at the viewers, and yell "''this man is about to die!''" though a megaphone. But considering the rest of the movie.. it's understandable why they did it.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Based off a book by ''Washington Post'' movie critic Stephen Hunter, fairly loosely.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Near the opening of the film, Johnson and his friends mention that the CIA guy overseeing the operation that hung Bob and his spotter out to dry died mysteriously shortly thereafter, though they never pinned anything on Bob. Guess what happens to those same men near the end of the film?]]
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: In the end, [[spoiler: Swagger is acquitted of the crime he was framed for, the assassination of an African archbishop, by proving that the murder weapon could not have been used, thus he could not have fired it.]] This seems perfectly logical, but no one, not even the incognito BigBad who was sitting right next to the war council, seems to address the fact that Swagger killed probably a ''bunch'' of men and caused untold amounts of property damage between the beginning of the film and now in his quest for vengeance.
* TheGovernment: Evil as usual. Parts of it. The scene at the end shows some of it is still working since Bob Lee shouldn't have been able to leave that quickly.
* GunmanWithThreeNames: Bob Lee Swagger. Lee may be a reference to Lee Harvey Oswald. Swagger to military joke; bullet trajectory calculations are sometimes called "SWAG" -- Sophisticated Wild-Ass Guess. Swagger is the name of a man the author knew. He borrowed the man's name for both Swaggers.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Film/LethalWeapon Murtagh]] and [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Casey Jones]] are your resident baddies for the film.
** [[{{Snatch}} Boris the Blade]] engineered the assassination. Good thing he can dodge bullets.
** [[Series/TwentyFour Shari Rothenberg]] is the love interest
** [[Series/StargateUniverse Col. Young is a senior FBI agent.]]
* IHaveYourWife: The bad guys kidnap Sarah, which makes Bob realize how much he cares for her.
--> '''Nick Memphis:''' I didn't know you had a woman.
--> '''Bob Lee Swagger:''' Neither did I... until they took her.
* HollywoodSilencer: Justified as Swagger needs to improvise in order to save Memphis, reasoning that anything is better than nothing, but not specifically needing professional equipment.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Well, yes.
* ItsPersonal
-->'''Agent Memphis:''' You could hire a good lawyer and I'll call the Bureau. They can work out some kind of deal. This is explainable. You can prove that you didn't shoot the Archbishop.
-->'''Swagger:''' I don't think you understand. These boys [[KickTheDog killed my dog]].
* KickTheDog: The conspirators shoot Bob's dog when they retrieved one of his rifles from his house.
* TheMoralSubstitute: Sometimes called a left-wing action movie.
** Bob is seen reading zmag.org and keeps a copy of the 9/11 commission report on his desk. In another scene, Nick is wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt.
** Bob's deep suspicion for all things government can be explained by him losing his best friend and being left to die behind enemy lines during a mission that will never be made public. Nick, bright-eyed [=FBI=] agent, wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt...not so much. True, he needed a change of clothes after his "session" with the Colonel's torture techs, so he had to wear what he could find in a hurry, but where does one find a Che Guevara shirt ''in rural Tennessee?''
** Somewhat ironic since a whole chapter in the book is devoted to the media's reaction to the assassination and their twisting of the facts, which at least one columnist uses to push for a gun ban.
** Stephen Hunter refuses to pick a side. He thinks the bureaucracy is dumb, but is in favor of some of it. A good example is that though he is opposed to gun bans, he is a dedicated supporter of ''registration''.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Many believe that the corrupt US Senator played by Ned Beatty was intended by the director to be a stand-in for Dick Cheney.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted. Bob is shot in the shoulder and leg during the frame-up. He escapes, but moves with a limp. He's uses a first-aid kit to stop his bleeding. Later he makes a makeshift IV and dressing for his wounds. He still requires medical care to properly treat them, and get the bullets out.
* PlayingPossum: Swagger is badly wounded after being shot twice, but as a highly trained [[{{Badass}} Marine Scout Sniper]] he is far from disabled. He plays up his injuries so FBI Agent Memphis will get close to him, then quickly disarms him and steals his car.
* PullTheIV: Swagger does this to ''himself''; he's been shot and knows he's going into shock from blood loss, so he improvises an IV set using aquarium tubing, plastic soda bottles, and a ''basting needle.'' Once he's bolused himself with a liter or so of homemade sugar-salt solution, he yanks the line out and continues on his merry BadAss way.
* PragmaticAdaptation: In the book, Swagger was a [[TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] ShellShockedVeteran, meaning you'd need to cast TommyLeeJones to maintain his ActionHero status. Substituting the GulfWar enabled them to maintain the PresentDay setting with a younger Swagger. The rest is translated faithfully... [[spoiler:except the opening sequence where [[OneDegreeOfSeparation Swagger covers the evac of the operation the Archbishop was killed to suppress]].]]
* PrivateMilitaryContractors
* ProperlyParanoid: Bob Lee Swagger is this in spades, as evidenced by the Chekhov's Gun entry. Let's expand that a bit: [[spoiler:Taking the firing pins out of his rifles when he puts them away would be just as effective at preventing accidents or unauthorized use. But Bob goes the extra mile and replaces them with custom-modified pins that will not fire. The ''only'' reason for this would be to fool someone who was deliberately trying to frame him, and who would know to check the firing pin. Which means he planned for that exact scenario.]] The book makes it clear that while he agrees to work with the government to stop the assassination, he doesn't ''trust'' them, and decides to prepare for specific eventualities.
* RealityEnsues: The climax of the film is about ''four or five'' of these, stacked on top of each other like Jenga. Specifically:
** [[spoiler:Swagger refuses to accept the evidence that will free him, reasoning it too poisonous, with the conspirators having extra incentive to keep trying to kill him as long as he holds it.]]
** [[spoiler:By virtue of the above, Swagger is arrested and the conspiracy theorists seem to win.]]
** [[spoiler:Swagger frees himself by means of his own backup plan.]]
** [[spoiler:Despite this, the Attorney General cannot make anything stick to the Colonel, who gets off scot-free and is able to carry on doing the same thing he was doing before.]]
** Finally, [[spoiler:Swagger decides not to take this lying down (just as after Donny's death, to which he responded by murdering the CIA agents responsible for the set up) choosing instead to massacre all the conspiracy leaders in one fell swoop.]]
* RevealingCoverup: When the policeman who shot at Bob dies a few days later "in a botched robbery", Nick sees right through it.
--> '''Galindo''': Bad things happen to good people.
--> '''Nick''': Yet, not ''that'' fast, they don't.
* ScopeSnipe: Obligatory, for a sniper movie. Happens during the mountaintop confrontation.
* SelfSurgery: Bob's initial patchup, though unusually he follows it up by seeking proper attention from a (semi-)trained nurse.
* ShootTheFuelTank: A helicopter is taken down by shooting a propane tank it was hovering above.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: This is implied towards the end of the film as the protagonist tries to bring down a corrupt senator, a colonel, and a group of PrivateMilitaryContractors. [[spoiler:The film even includes the "This is the "[[RealLife real world]]" type of speech from the [[LawfulNeutral Attorney General]] towards Bob Lee Swagger.]] Of course, his ExactWords are...
-->[[spoiler:"For the record, I don't like how this turned out any more then you do. But this is the world we live in. And justice does not always prevail. It's not the wild west where you can clean up the streets with a gun. Even though sometimes it's exactly what is needed... Bob Lee Swagger, ''you're free to go.''"]] So Swagger [[spoiler:''goes'' straight to the senator's cabin and [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim shoots all of them.]]]]
* SmugSnake: Col. Johnson just can't resist rubbing it in.
-->"I win. You lose. Again."
* SophisticatedAsHell: Attorney General Russert gets a great line about why Colonel Johnson must stay for the proceedings. Possibly doubles as BadassBureaucrat:
-->'''Colonel Johnson:''' What the hell am I doing here? You've got nothing on me. I'm covered. Call the Joint Chief.
-->'''Attorney General Russert:''' That won't be necessary, Colonel, as I have already received no less than a ''dozen'' calls from highly-ranked and powerfully-placed individuals ''telling'' me to let you go. But the joy of checks and balances in our government is that I can, and am, indeed, required by law, to tell them to [[PrecisionFStrike ''fuck off'']].
* SpottingTheThread:
** Nick Memphis is tipped off that something isn't quite right when the government investigation [[spoiler:into the Ethiopian Arch-Bishop]] is ''too efficient''. To be exact, despite the scene of the shooting still being locked down twelve minutes after the shooting - with FBI helicopters '''yet to begin pursuit''', the ballistics report arrives just ten minutes later.
-->'''Nick Memphis:''' We work for the federal government. We're not that good at our jobs.
** Nick also correctly deduces that someone as highly skilled a sniper as Swagger simply ''couldn't'' miss by such a wide margin, since he's capable of shooting a silver dollar at 1000ft, with a maximum spread of 1 and a half inches. How does a man capable of ''that'' manage to miss by over 2 ''feet'' at 2000 yards?
* TookALevelInBadass: Nick goes from befuddled FBI rook to a useful ally for Swagger. This was better-explained in the book, where Nick was an ex-sniper.
* ThisMeansWar: Swagger got upset when they [[spoiler:framed him for trying to kill the President and tried to kill him]]. But he really declared war when [[spoiler:they killed his dog]]!
* TrainingMontage: Nick Memphis goes from rookie FBI agent to a sniper thanks to a lesson by Bob.
* UnflinchingWalk: At the end [[spoiler: when Swagger blows up Senator Meachum's cabin]]
* WhoShotJFK
-->'''Mr. Rate:''' That's how a conspiracy works. Them boys on the Grassy Knoll they were dead within three hours, buried in the damned desert, unmarked graves out past Terlingua.
-->'''Nick Memphis:''' You know this for a fact?
-->'''Mr. Rate:''' Still got the shovel...
* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: [[spoiler:As soon as Bob was able to prove that the [=FBI=]'s evidence against him was fake, he was free to go. This is in spite of his merciless slaughter of henchmen, soldiers, and military snipers. Sure, it was in self defense and in defense of Memphis, but his high-influence political enemies had no reason not to nail him for it.]] It really helps, however, that [[spoiler:everyone he killed [[UnPerson did not legally exist]]. The henchmen torturing Memphis - legally dead years before. The army that ambushed him at the cabin -- an American-trained Chilean [[strike:death squad]] mercenary unit who weren't even authorized to be in the US, let alone carrying state-of-the-art weapons and flying a helicopter gunship. The snipers on the mountain - more mercenary henchmen. If TheGovernment came down on Swagger, they'd be admitting the existence of an entire organization of state-sponsored terrorists. Make Watergate look like the President was hit by a pie. They probably were planning to "neutralize" Bob themselves, but he drew first.]]

!!In addition to many of the above tropes, ''Point of Impact'' provides examples of:
* [[spoiler:AndYourLittleDogToo]]: [[spoiler:Bad idea.]]
* AntiHero: Bob Lee Swagger is up there.
* CIAEvilFBIGood: In Stephen Hunter's early novels, the CIA is usually portrayed as being shady and amoral. The FBI on the other hand is portrayed much more positively.
* ClusterFBomb: The book as a whole is no stranger to language, but Payne ''thinks'' in these terms. [[spoiler:His death scene is quite something.]]
* ColdSniper: Solaratov.
* TheDragon: Jack Payne.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In ''Time To Hunt'' [[spoiler:Solaratov is discovered by two phone company employees while breaking into their office to steal information. He is forced to kill both of them due to them witnessing what he was doing. Despite the fact that Solaratov is a cold-blooded professional assassin who has killed dozens, if not hundreds, of people over the decades he feels a twinge of guilt over having to murder two completely innocent people.]]
* Everythings Better With Bob: Dr. Dobbler would like you to know that Bob Lee Swagger's first name is Bob. Not Robert, ''Bob''. In fact, the only sources to get this wrong are a few voices in the media circus, but that's the least of what they do.
* [[spoiler:EvilCripple]]: [[spoiler:Lon Scott, the real sniper. His immobility is a major plot point.]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Lon Scott was accidentally shot in the spine by his father at a relatively young age, paralyzing him, days after which his father committed suicide. Messed him up something fierce.]]
* FriendlySniper: Played straight ''and'' averted with Bob Lee. He's old-fahsioned and polite to those he has to deal with, but he's also reclusive and withdrawn from the world at large.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]: [[spoiler:Dr. Dobbler]]
* LawfulGood: Nick Memphis has this unambiguously nailed.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: [[spoiler:Bob and Nick's first meeting has Nick trying to arrest Bob for a crime he didn't commit. Bob wins.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: Nick accidentally shooting Myra, even though it wasn't entirely his fault, has never quite left him. It hasn't done him any good.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** The novel ''I, Sniper'' features a few examples. The character Carl Hitchcock is based on real-life Marine sniper and Vietnam vet Carlos Hathcock. The character Joan Flanders is based on Jane Fonda, and billionaire television mogul T.T. Constable is based on Ted Turner.
** The character of Richard Puller in ''The Day Before Midnight'' and ''Time to Hunt'' is based on Richard J. Meadows, a real-life U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who was a key figure in founding Delta Force.
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: Though not present in the "main" story, [[spoiler:the high-stakes hearing at the end pits Bob's elderly lawyer friend Sam Vincent against the ambitious young AmoralAttorney Phil Kelso]].
* PosthumousCharacter: The closest thing to a major female character for the first two hundred pages, Myra, died just before the events of the story.
* {{Retirony}}: In ''Time to Hunt'' [[spoiler:Donny is killed on his very last day before being rotated back home from Vietnam.]]
* SemperFi: Although certain individual marines may be portrayed negatively, the United States Marine Corps on a whole is portrayed in a very positive light in Stephen Hunter's novels.
* ShownTheirWork: Or, as one reviewer put it, "Stephen Hunter has done for the sniper rifle what Creator/TomClancy did for [[Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober the nuclear submarine]]."
* SmugSnake: Howard D. Utey - "[[EmbarrassingNickname Howdy Duty]]" to anyone he's crossed - but call him that and you'd better be prepared for a ''lot'' of BotheringByTheBook.
-->''"He was careful to have men under him who were not quite as bright as he, and he particularly understood the dangers of talent, which was that while it was capable of producing spectacular results, it was just as apt to go off by itself to nurse obscure grudges or lick psychic wounds after gross expenditures of energy. Talent wasn't consistent or loyal or pliant enough to be trusted; Howard deeply hated talent, and made certain that none of the men who worked for him ever had any talent. He'd driven seven talented men out of the Bureau and only one had stood against him, the idiot Nick Memphis, once so bright and brimming with enthusiasm, carefully betrayed at each step of the way, and yet stubborn in his refusal to leave the Bureau."''
** For complete reference, prior to the events of the book, Utey was Memphis's superior during a hostage situation where Memphis was attempting to snipe a gunman holding a woman hostage. He yells in Memphis's earbuds just as he takes the shot, ''making him hit the woman!'' That's not conjecture either - Swagger simulates the shot, and is only able to make it by using his training to tune out the screeching over his radio.
** [[spoiler:It's implied that he's a willing member of [=RamDyne=]'s conspiracy - especially his VillainousBSOD upon seeing Swagger walk.]]
* TheVietnamWar: An integral part of many characters' backstories, including Swagger, Payne and Shreck.
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''Shooter'' is a 2007 film directed by [[TrainingDay Antoine Fuqua]] featuring MarkWahlberg as Bob Lee Swagger, an ex-marine sniper who was disillusioned with the government after he was left behind enemy lines during a mission, only escaping on his own terms. It is based on the 1993 novel ''Point Of Impact'' by Stephen Hunter, although it does deviate from the source material in several parts.

Yet because he is the best at what he does, he is recruited by the government to help track down a potential sniper, only to become the scapegoat as part of a GovernmentConspiracy. Swagger goes on the run but knows he has to fight back, recruiting rookie FBI agent Nick Memphis to investigate. What they find reveals new details about the mission where Bob was trapped behind enemy lines.

Meanwhile, the widow of Bob's sniper partner is also dragged into the events, and Bob has to save her, though she is not a traditional DistressedDamsel [[SawedOffShotgun either]].

Shooter enjoyed moderate box office success and some critical acclaim. In its genre, it is a conspiracy thriller, and rides on the paranoia of the [[GeorgeWBush Bush years]]. It also owes a lot to ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' (including the general resemblance between Wahlberg and MattDamon), although the sniper angle and being rated R works in seperating itself from other FollowTheLeader types.
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!!''Shooter'' as examples of:
* AwesomeMcCoolname: If you're gonna cross modern political thriller with an 80s style action movie, you need cool names. Thankfully, Bob Lee Swagger fits the bill. Hell, even the sidekick has one: Nick Memphis. In fact, you can tell Nick's going to be significant because he's the only person in the film with a name even half as cool as Swagger.
** In a later book, Stephen Hunter thanks the man he named Earl and Bob Lee Swagger after.
** It gets cooler when you realize that Swagger is named after Robert E. Lee; yes, ''that'' [[TheAmericanCivilWar Robert E Lee...]]
* ArtisticLicense: The advisor for the film said that the assassination shot that starts up the plot in reality should have split the target's head in half. But while it would have been more realistic it would have been more graphic than the filmmakers wanted.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Signficantly averted, as Swagger's religious care of his own rifle is a major plot point later in the film. At least two examples of this become significant plot points; see ChekhovsGun.
* {{BFG}}: Bob's Cheyenne Tactical M200 Intervention [[spoiler:which he supposedly used to try assassinate the president, and hit the Ethiopian archbishop.]] Even bigger is the Barrett .50 cal he uses against the helicopter in the opening scene.
* BaldOfEvil: One of the three assassins sent after Nick Memphis has one.
* BeardOfEvil: The other two assassins sent after Memphis sport these.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Swagger makes a long-range sniper shot to blow a gun in half Payne is using to threaten his hostage; it looks like shrapnel was propelled into his hand, possibly taking off part of his finger. Subverted seconds later when, while Payne expresses admiration at the first shot, Swagger fires again and blows off his arm just below the elbow.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Well, Chekhov's [[spoiler:firing pin anyway. We see Bob doing something to his rifle just before he leaves for the mission. It turns out to be extremely important.]]
** When Swagger and the government team are in place, preparing to apprehend the alleged assassin. [[spoiler:Swagger notices the cop in the room has his service pistol unsecured and points it out.]]
* ClearMyName
* ColdSniper: Bob, but Sandor is downright sadistic, and is wheelchair-bound, as when his location was discovered during a battle, his opponents took no chances and targeted him with the artillery. [[hottip:*:Tanks have been used in the counter-sniper role in Iraq, and artillery shelling has been done to snipers since at least WorldWarOne. They don't like it and it reduces life expectancy.]]
* ColonelBadass: Colonel (retired) Johnson. His role in the movie is more of a SmugSnake / CorruptBureaucrat, but at the beginning he shows Swagger a Medal of Honor. This is the highest medal a US military member can receive, requires an act of Congress to issue, and it's very often awarded posthumously.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Though he knows they're more than just theories.
* CrazySurvivalist: Bob after the Ethiopia mission.
* DevelopmentHell: It took 14 years after the novel came out before the movie was finally made. During this period several scripts were written and discarded, including one by Stephen Hunter himself (he admits that it wasn't very good, commenting "I'm a better novelist than I am a screenwriter"). The plans to make a film of ''Point of Impact'' began back in the mid-1990s, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen with Tommy Lee Jones intended to play Bob Lee Swagger]].
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Payne taunts Swagger, claiming that he has no shot on him (A headshot would have triggered a spasm that would have fired the shotgun pointed at Sarah). Swagger responds by [[spoiler:shooting him in the hand, destroying the trigger.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: An innocent man made a scapegoat for an assassination attempt on a President [[spoiler:while the actual shooter was somewhere else entirely]]? Sounds a lot like WhoShotJFK.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: We know Swagger's the best sniper because in the opening scene he [[spoiler: snipes a ''helicopter'' down.]]
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Bob's spotter just ''had'' to show a picture of his wife before they were assaulted. It's like Antoine Fuqua wanted to step into the shot, wave at the viewers, and yell "''this man is about to die!''" though a megaphone. But considering the rest of the movie.. it's understandable why they did it.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Based off a book by ''Washington Post'' movie critic Stephen Hunter, fairly loosely.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Near the opening of the film, Johnson and his friends mention that the CIA guy overseeing the operation that hung Bob and his spotter out to dry died mysteriously shortly thereafter, though they never pinned anything on Bob. Guess what happens to those same men near the end of the film?]]
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: In the end, [[spoiler: Swagger is acquitted of the crime he was framed for, the assassination of an African archbishop, by proving that the murder weapon could not have been used, thus he could not have fired it.]] This seems perfectly logical, but no one, not even the incognito BigBad who was sitting right next to the war council, seems to address the fact that Swagger killed probably a ''bunch'' of men and caused untold amounts of property damage between the beginning of the film and now in his quest for vengeance.
* TheGovernment: Evil as usual. Parts of it. The scene at the end shows some of it is still working since Bob Lee shouldn't have been able to leave that quickly.
* GunmanWithThreeNames: Bob Lee Swagger. Lee may be a reference to Lee Harvey Oswald. Swagger to military joke; bullet trajectory calculations are sometimes called "SWAG" -- Sophisticated Wild-Ass Guess. Swagger is the name of a man the author knew. He borrowed the man's name for both Swaggers.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Film/LethalWeapon Murtagh]] and [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Casey Jones]] are your resident baddies for the film.
** [[{{Snatch}} Boris the Blade]] engineered the assassination. Good thing he can dodge bullets.
** [[Series/TwentyFour Shari Rothenberg]] is the love interest
** [[Series/StargateUniverse Col. Young is a senior FBI agent.]]
* IHaveYourWife: The bad guys kidnap Sarah, which makes Bob realize how much he cares for her.
--> '''Nick Memphis:''' I didn't know you had a woman.
--> '''Bob Lee Swagger:''' Neither did I... until they took her.
* HollywoodSilencer: Justified as Swagger needs to improvise in order to save Memphis, reasoning that anything is better than nothing, but not specifically needing professional equipment.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Well, yes.
* ItsPersonal
-->'''Agent Memphis:''' You could hire a good lawyer and I'll call the Bureau. They can work out some kind of deal. This is explainable. You can prove that you didn't shoot the Archbishop.
-->'''Swagger:''' I don't think you understand. These boys [[KickTheDog killed my dog]].
* KickTheDog: The conspirators shoot Bob's dog when they retrieved one of his rifles from his house.
* TheMoralSubstitute: Sometimes called a left-wing action movie.
** Bob is seen reading zmag.org and keeps a copy of the 9/11 commission report on his desk. In another scene, Nick is wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt.
** Bob's deep suspicion for all things government can be explained by him losing his best friend and being left to die behind enemy lines during a mission that will never be made public. Nick, bright-eyed [=FBI=] agent, wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt...not so much. True, he needed a change of clothes after his "session" with the Colonel's torture techs, so he had to wear what he could find in a hurry, but where does one find a Che Guevara shirt ''in rural Tennessee?''
** Somewhat ironic since a whole chapter in the book is devoted to the media's reaction to the assassination and their twisting of the facts, which at least one columnist uses to push for a gun ban.
** Stephen Hunter refuses to pick a side. He thinks the bureaucracy is dumb, but is in favor of some of it. A good example is that though he is opposed to gun bans, he is a dedicated supporter of ''registration''.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Many believe that the corrupt US Senator played by Ned Beatty was intended by the director to be a stand-in for Dick Cheney.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted. Bob is shot in the shoulder and leg during the frame-up. He escapes, but moves with a limp. He's uses a first-aid kit to stop his bleeding. Later he makes a makeshift IV and dressing for his wounds. He still requires medical care to properly treat them, and get the bullets out.
* PlayingPossum: Swagger is badly wounded after being shot twice, but as a highly trained [[{{Badass}} Marine Scout Sniper]] he is far from disabled. He plays up his injuries so FBI Agent Memphis will get close to him, then quickly disarms him and steals his car.
* PullTheIV: Swagger does this to ''himself''; he's been shot and knows he's going into shock from blood loss, so he improvises an IV set using aquarium tubing, plastic soda bottles, and a ''basting needle.'' Once he's bolused himself with a liter or so of homemade sugar-salt solution, he yanks the line out and continues on his merry BadAss way.
* PragmaticAdaptation: In the book, Swagger was a [[TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] ShellShockedVeteran, meaning you'd need to cast TommyLeeJones to maintain his ActionHero status. Substituting the GulfWar enabled them to maintain the PresentDay setting with a younger Swagger. The rest is translated faithfully... [[spoiler:except the opening sequence where [[OneDegreeOfSeparation Swagger covers the evac of the operation the Archbishop was killed to suppress]].]]
* PrivateMilitaryContractors
* ProperlyParanoid: Bob Lee Swagger is this in spades, as evidenced by the Chekhov's Gun entry. Let's expand that a bit: [[spoiler:Taking the firing pins out of his rifles when he puts them away would be just as effective at preventing accidents or unauthorized use. But Bob goes the extra mile and replaces them with custom-modified pins that will not fire. The ''only'' reason for this would be to fool someone who was deliberately trying to frame him, and who would know to check the firing pin. Which means he planned for that exact scenario.]] The book makes it clear that while he agrees to work with the government to stop the assassination, he doesn't ''trust'' them, and decides to prepare for specific eventualities.
* RealityEnsues: The climax of the film is about ''four or five'' of these, stacked on top of each other like Jenga. Specifically:
** [[spoiler:Swagger refuses to accept the evidence that will free him, reasoning it too poisonous, with the conspirators having extra incentive to keep trying to kill him as long as he holds it.]]
** [[spoiler:By virtue of the above, Swagger is arrested and the conspiracy theorists seem to win.]]
** [[spoiler:Swagger frees himself by means of his own backup plan.]]
** [[spoiler:Despite this, the Attorney General cannot make anything stick to the Colonel, who gets off scot-free and is able to carry on doing the same thing he was doing before.]]
** Finally, [[spoiler:Swagger decides not to take this lying down (just as after Donny's death, to which he responded by murdering the CIA agents responsible for the set up) choosing instead to massacre all the conspiracy leaders in one fell swoop.]]
* RevealingCoverup: When the policeman who shot at Bob dies a few days later "in a botched robbery", Nick sees right through it.
--> '''Galindo''': Bad things happen to good people.
--> '''Nick''': Yet, not ''that'' fast, they don't.
* ScopeSnipe: Obligatory, for a sniper movie. Happens during the mountaintop confrontation.
* SelfSurgery: Bob's initial patchup, though unusually he follows it up by seeking proper attention from a (semi-)trained nurse.
* ShootTheFuelTank: A helicopter is taken down by shooting a propane tank it was hovering above.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: This is implied towards the end of the film as the protagonist tries to bring down a corrupt senator, a colonel, and a group of PrivateMilitaryContractors. [[spoiler:The film even includes the "This is the "[[RealLife real world]]" type of speech from the [[LawfulNeutral Attorney General]] towards Bob Lee Swagger.]] Of course, his ExactWords are...
-->[[spoiler:"For the record, I don't like how this turned out any more then you do. But this is the world we live in. And justice does not always prevail. It's not the wild west where you can clean up the streets with a gun. Even though sometimes it's exactly what is needed... Bob Lee Swagger, ''you're free to go.''"]] So Swagger [[spoiler:''goes'' straight to the senator's cabin and [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim shoots all of them.]]]]
* SmugSnake: Col. Johnson just can't resist rubbing it in.
-->"I win. You lose. Again."
* SophisticatedAsHell: Attorney General Russert gets a great line about why Colonel Johnson must stay for the proceedings. Possibly doubles as BadassBureaucrat:
-->'''Colonel Johnson:''' What the hell am I doing here? You've got nothing on me. I'm covered. Call the Joint Chief.
-->'''Attorney General Russert:''' That won't be necessary, Colonel, as I have already received no less than a ''dozen'' calls from highly-ranked and powerfully-placed individuals ''telling'' me to let you go. But the joy of checks and balances in our government is that I can, and am, indeed, required by law, to tell them to [[PrecisionFStrike ''fuck off'']].
* SpottingTheThread:
** Nick Memphis is tipped off that something isn't quite right when the government investigation [[spoiler:into the Ethiopian Arch-Bishop]] is ''too efficient''. To be exact, despite the scene of the shooting still being locked down twelve minutes after the shooting - with FBI helicopters '''yet to begin pursuit''', the ballistics report arrives just ten minutes later.
-->'''Nick Memphis:''' We work for the federal government. We're not that good at our jobs.
** Nick also correctly deduces that someone as highly skilled a sniper as Swagger simply ''couldn't'' miss by such a wide margin, since he's capable of shooting a silver dollar at 1000ft, with a maximum spread of 1 and a half inches. How does a man capable of ''that'' manage to miss by over 2 ''feet'' at 2000 yards?
* TookALevelInBadass: Nick goes from befuddled FBI rook to a useful ally for Swagger. This was better-explained in the book, where Nick was an ex-sniper.
* ThisMeansWar: Swagger got upset when they [[spoiler:framed him for trying to kill the President and tried to kill him]]. But he really declared war when [[spoiler:they killed his dog]]!
* TrainingMontage: Nick Memphis goes from rookie FBI agent to a sniper thanks to a lesson by Bob.
* UnflinchingWalk: At the end [[spoiler: when Swagger blows up Senator Meachum's cabin]]
* WhoShotJFK
-->'''Mr. Rate:''' That's how a conspiracy works. Them boys on the Grassy Knoll they were dead within three hours, buried in the damned desert, unmarked graves out past Terlingua.
-->'''Nick Memphis:''' You know this for a fact?
-->'''Mr. Rate:''' Still got the shovel...
* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: [[spoiler:As soon as Bob was able to prove that the [=FBI=]'s evidence against him was fake, he was free to go. This is in spite of his merciless slaughter of henchmen, soldiers, and military snipers. Sure, it was in self defense and in defense of Memphis, but his high-influence political enemies had no reason not to nail him for it.]] It really helps, however, that [[spoiler:everyone he killed [[UnPerson did not legally exist]]. The henchmen torturing Memphis - legally dead years before. The army that ambushed him at the cabin -- an American-trained Chilean [[strike:death squad]] mercenary unit who weren't even authorized to be in the US, let alone carrying state-of-the-art weapons and flying a helicopter gunship. The snipers on the mountain - more mercenary henchmen. If TheGovernment came down on Swagger, they'd be admitting the existence of an entire organization of state-sponsored terrorists. Make Watergate look like the President was hit by a pie. They probably were planning to "neutralize" Bob themselves, but he drew first.]]

!!In addition to many of the above tropes, ''Point of Impact'' provides examples of:
* [[spoiler:AndYourLittleDogToo]]: [[spoiler:Bad idea.]]
* AntiHero: Bob Lee Swagger is up there.
* CIAEvilFBIGood: In Stephen Hunter's early novels, the CIA is usually portrayed as being shady and amoral. The FBI on the other hand is portrayed much more positively.
* ClusterFBomb: The book as a whole is no stranger to language, but Payne ''thinks'' in these terms. [[spoiler:His death scene is quite something.]]
* ColdSniper: Solaratov.
* TheDragon: Jack Payne.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In ''Time To Hunt'' [[spoiler:Solaratov is discovered by two phone company employees while breaking into their office to steal information. He is forced to kill both of them due to them witnessing what he was doing. Despite the fact that Solaratov is a cold-blooded professional assassin who has killed dozens, if not hundreds, of people over the decades he feels a twinge of guilt over having to murder two completely innocent people.]]
* Everythings Better With Bob: Dr. Dobbler would like you to know that Bob Lee Swagger's first name is Bob. Not Robert, ''Bob''. In fact, the only sources to get this wrong are a few voices in the media circus, but that's the least of what they do.
* [[spoiler:EvilCripple]]: [[spoiler:Lon Scott, the real sniper. His immobility is a major plot point.]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Lon Scott was accidentally shot in the spine by his father at a relatively young age, paralyzing him, days after which his father committed suicide. Messed him up something fierce.]]
* FriendlySniper: Played straight ''and'' averted with Bob Lee. He's old-fahsioned and polite to those he has to deal with, but he's also reclusive and withdrawn from the world at large.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]: [[spoiler:Dr. Dobbler]]
* LawfulGood: Nick Memphis has this unambiguously nailed.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: [[spoiler:Bob and Nick's first meeting has Nick trying to arrest Bob for a crime he didn't commit. Bob wins.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: Nick accidentally shooting Myra, even though it wasn't entirely his fault, has never quite left him. It hasn't done him any good.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** The novel ''I, Sniper'' features a few examples. The character Carl Hitchcock is based on real-life Marine sniper and Vietnam vet Carlos Hathcock. The character Joan Flanders is based on Jane Fonda, and billionaire television mogul T.T. Constable is based on Ted Turner.
** The character of Richard Puller in ''The Day Before Midnight'' and ''Time to Hunt'' is based on Richard J. Meadows, a real-life U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who was a key figure in founding Delta Force.
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: Though not present in the "main" story, [[spoiler:the high-stakes hearing at the end pits Bob's elderly lawyer friend Sam Vincent against the ambitious young AmoralAttorney Phil Kelso]].
* PosthumousCharacter: The closest thing to a major female character for the first two hundred pages, Myra, died just before the events of the story.
* {{Retirony}}: In ''Time to Hunt'' [[spoiler:Donny is killed on his very last day before being rotated back home from Vietnam.]]
* SemperFi: Although certain individual marines may be portrayed negatively, the United States Marine Corps on a whole is portrayed in a very positive light in Stephen Hunter's novels.
* ShownTheirWork: Or, as one reviewer put it, "Stephen Hunter has done for the sniper rifle what Creator/TomClancy did for [[Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober the nuclear submarine]]."
* SmugSnake: Howard D. Utey - "[[EmbarrassingNickname Howdy Duty]]" to anyone he's crossed - but call him that and you'd better be prepared for a ''lot'' of BotheringByTheBook.
-->''"He was careful to have men under him who were not quite as bright as he, and he particularly understood the dangers of talent, which was that while it was capable of producing spectacular results, it was just as apt to go off by itself to nurse obscure grudges or lick psychic wounds after gross expenditures of energy. Talent wasn't consistent or loyal or pliant enough to be trusted; Howard deeply hated talent, and made certain that none of the men who worked for him ever had any talent. He'd driven seven talented men out of the Bureau and only one had stood against him, the idiot Nick Memphis, once so bright and brimming with enthusiasm, carefully betrayed at each step of the way, and yet stubborn in his refusal to leave the Bureau."''
** For complete reference, prior to the events of the book, Utey was Memphis's superior during a hostage situation where Memphis was attempting to snipe a gunman holding a woman hostage. He yells in Memphis's earbuds just as he takes the shot, ''making him hit the woman!'' That's not conjecture either - Swagger simulates the shot, and is only able to make it by using his training to tune out the screeching over his radio.
** [[spoiler:It's implied that he's a willing member of [=RamDyne=]'s conspiracy - especially his VillainousBSOD upon seeing Swagger walk.]]
* TheVietnamWar: An integral part of many characters' backstories, including Swagger, Payne and Shreck.
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* ShownTheirWork: Or, as one reviewer put it, "Stephen Hunter has done for the sniper rifle what TomClancy did for the nuclear submarine."

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* ShownTheirWork: Or, as one reviewer put it, "Stephen Hunter has done for the sniper rifle what TomClancy Creator/TomClancy did for [[Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober the nuclear submarine.submarine]]."
26th Jan '13 9:11:33 AM VPhantom
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* EverythingsBetterWithBob: Dr. Dobbler would like you to know that Bob Lee Swagger's first name is Bob. Not Robert, ''Bob''. In fact, the only sources to get this wrong are a few voices in the media circus, but that's the least of what they do.

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* EverythingsBetterWithBob: Everythings Better With Bob: Dr. Dobbler would like you to know that Bob Lee Swagger's first name is Bob. Not Robert, ''Bob''. In fact, the only sources to get this wrong are a few voices in the media circus, but that's the least of what they do.
21st Jan '13 4:11:33 PM FastEddie
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* ChekhovsGun: Well, Chekhov's [[spoiler:firing pin anyway. We see Bob doing something to his rifle just before he leaves for the mission. It turns out to be extremely important.]]
** Another example is when Swagger and the government team are in place, preparing to apprehend the alleged assassin. [[spoiler:Swagger notices the cop in the room has his service pistol unsecured and points it out.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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Well, Chekhov's [[spoiler:firing pin anyway. We see Bob doing something to his rifle just before he leaves for the mission. It turns out to be extremely important.]]
** Another example is when When Swagger and the government team are in place, preparing to apprehend the alleged assassin. [[spoiler:Swagger notices the cop in the room has his service pistol unsecured and points it out.]]



* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: In the end, [[spoiler: Swagger is acquitted of the crime he was framed for, the assassination of an African archbishop, by proving that the murder weapon could not have been used, thus he could not have fired it.]] This seems perfectly logical, but no one, not even the incognito BigBad who was sitting right next to the war council, seems to address the fact that Swagger killed probably hundreds of men and caused untold amounts of property damage between the beginning of the film and now in his quest for vengeance.
** Well, not hundreds. The ones he did kill were the ones torturing an FBI agent, mercenaries protecting a war criminal and assassin, and the ones on the glacier who were there to kill him. [[spoiler:The ones at the end of the film qualify, but one gets the impression the government was quite willing to look the other way as he cleaned up some of their own garbage.]]
*** They were authority figures who supported illegal and highly murderous ends in a supposed attempt to make a better world, [[spoiler:so it is nicely ironic that they become fair game themselves. That's why Swagger says what he says before shooting the congressmen. If the lawmen himself becomes the vigilante...]]
* TheGovernment: Evil as usual.
** Parts of it. The scene at the end shows some of it is still working since Bob Lee shouldn't have been able to leave that quickly.
* GunmanWithThreeNames: Bob Lee Swagger. Lee may be a reference to Lee Harvey Oswald. Swagger to military joke; bullet trajectory calculations are sometimes called "SWAG" -- Sophisticated Wild-Ass Guess
** Swagger is the name of a man the author knew. He borrowed the man's name for both Swaggers.
** Bob can also be short for Robert, which makes him [[TheAmericanCivilWar Robert Lee]] Swagger
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Film/LethalWeapon Murtagh]] and [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Casey Jones]] are your resident baddies for the film.

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* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: In the end, [[spoiler: Swagger is acquitted of the crime he was framed for, the assassination of an African archbishop, by proving that the murder weapon could not have been used, thus he could not have fired it.]] This seems perfectly logical, but no one, not even the incognito BigBad who was sitting right next to the war council, seems to address the fact that Swagger killed probably hundreds a ''bunch'' of men and caused untold amounts of property damage between the beginning of the film and now in his quest for vengeance.
** Well, not hundreds. The ones he did kill were the ones torturing an FBI agent, mercenaries protecting a war criminal and assassin, and the ones on the glacier who were there to kill him. [[spoiler:The ones at the end of the film qualify, but one gets the impression the government was quite willing to look the other way as he cleaned up some of their own garbage.]]
*** They were authority figures who supported illegal and highly murderous ends in a supposed attempt to make a better world, [[spoiler:so it is nicely ironic that they become fair game themselves. That's why Swagger says what he says before shooting the congressmen. If the lawmen himself becomes the vigilante...]]
* TheGovernment: Evil as usual.
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usual. Parts of it. The scene at the end shows some of it is still working since Bob Lee shouldn't have been able to leave that quickly.
* GunmanWithThreeNames: Bob Lee Swagger. Lee may be a reference to Lee Harvey Oswald. Swagger to military joke; bullet trajectory calculations are sometimes called "SWAG" -- Sophisticated Wild-Ass Guess
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Guess. Swagger is the name of a man the author knew. He borrowed the man's name for both Swaggers.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Bob can also be short for Robert, which makes him [[TheAmericanCivilWar Robert Lee]] Swagger
* HeyItsThatGuy:
[[Film/LethalWeapon Murtagh]] and [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Casey Jones]] are your resident baddies for the film.



* TheMoralSubstitute: Sometimes called a left-wing action movie. Bob is seen reading zmag.org and keeps a copy of the 9/11 commission report on his desk. In another scene, Nick is wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt.

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* TheMoralSubstitute: Sometimes called a left-wing action movie.
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Bob is seen reading zmag.org and keeps a copy of the 9/11 commission report on his desk. In another scene, Nick is wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt.



*** Stephen Hunter refuses to pick a side. He thinks the bureaucracy is dumb, but is in favor of some of it. A good example is that though he is opposed to gun bans, he is a dedicated supporter of ''registration''.

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*** ** Stephen Hunter refuses to pick a side. He thinks the bureaucracy is dumb, but is in favor of some of it. A good example is that though he is opposed to gun bans, he is a dedicated supporter of ''registration''.



* ProperlyParanoid: Bob Lee Swagger is this in spades, as evidenced by the Chekhov's Gun entry. Let's expand that a bit: [[spoiler:Taking the firing pins out of his rifles when he puts them away would be just as effective at preventing accidents or unauthorized use. But Bob goes the extra mile and replaces them with custom-modified pins that will not fire. The ''only'' reason for this would be to fool someone who was deliberately trying to frame him, and who would know to check the firing pin. Which means he planned for that exact scenario.]]
** The book makes it clear that while he agrees to work with the government to stop the assassination, he doesn't ''trust'' them, and decides to prepare for specific eventualities.

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* ProperlyParanoid: Bob Lee Swagger is this in spades, as evidenced by the Chekhov's Gun entry. Let's expand that a bit: [[spoiler:Taking the firing pins out of his rifles when he puts them away would be just as effective at preventing accidents or unauthorized use. But Bob goes the extra mile and replaces them with custom-modified pins that will not fire. The ''only'' reason for this would be to fool someone who was deliberately trying to frame him, and who would know to check the firing pin. Which means he planned for that exact scenario.]]
**
]] The book makes it clear that while he agrees to work with the government to stop the assassination, he doesn't ''trust'' them, and decides to prepare for specific eventualities.



-->[[spoiler:"For the record, I don't like how this turned out any more then you do. But this is the world we live in. And justice does not always prevail. It's not the wild west where you can clean up the streets with a gun. Even though sometimes it's exactly what is needed... Bob Lee Swagger, ''you're free to go.''"]]
** So Swagger [[spoiler:''goes'' straight to the senator's cabin and [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim shoots all of them.]]]]

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-->[[spoiler:"For the record, I don't like how this turned out any more then you do. But this is the world we live in. And justice does not always prevail. It's not the wild west where you can clean up the streets with a gun. Even though sometimes it's exactly what is needed... Bob Lee Swagger, ''you're free to go.''"]]
**
''"]] So Swagger [[spoiler:''goes'' straight to the senator's cabin and [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim shoots all of them.]]]]



* SpottingTheThread: Nick Memphis is tipped off that something isn't quite right when the government investigation [[spoiler:into the Ethiopian Arch-Bishop]] is ''too efficient''. To be exact, despite the scene of the shooting still being locked down twelve minutes after the shooting - with FBI helicopters '''yet to begin pursuit''', the ballistics report arrives just ten minutes later.

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* SpottingTheThread: SpottingTheThread:
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Nick Memphis is tipped off that something isn't quite right when the government investigation [[spoiler:into the Ethiopian Arch-Bishop]] is ''too efficient''. To be exact, despite the scene of the shooting still being locked down twelve minutes after the shooting - with FBI helicopters '''yet to begin pursuit''', the ballistics report arrives just ten minutes later.



** Rate's DeadpanSnarker delivery also makes this a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: [[spoiler:As soon as Bob was able to prove that the [=FBI=]'s evidence against him was fake, he was free to go. This is in spite of his merciless slaughter of henchmen, soldiers, and military snipers. Sure, it was in self defense and in defense of Memphis, but his high-influence political enemies had no reason not to nail him for it.]]
** It really helps, however, that [[spoiler:everyone he killed [[UnPerson did not legally exist]]. The henchmen torturing Memphis - legally dead years before. The army that ambushed him at the cabin -- an American-trained Chilean [[strike:death squad]] mercenary unit who weren't even authorized to be in the US, let alone carrying state-of-the-art weapons and flying a helicopter gunship. The snipers on the mountain - more mercenary henchmen. If TheGovernment came down on Swagger, they'd be admitting the existence of an entire organization of state-sponsored terrorists. Make Watergate look like the President was hit by a pie. They probably were planning to "neutralize" Bob themselves, but he drew first.]]

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** Rate's DeadpanSnarker delivery also makes this a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* WrongfulAccusationInsurance: [[spoiler:As soon as Bob was able to prove that the [=FBI=]'s evidence against him was fake, he was free to go. This is in spite of his merciless slaughter of henchmen, soldiers, and military snipers. Sure, it was in self defense and in defense of Memphis, but his high-influence political enemies had no reason not to nail him for it.]]
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]] It really helps, however, that [[spoiler:everyone he killed [[UnPerson did not legally exist]]. The henchmen torturing Memphis - legally dead years before. The army that ambushed him at the cabin -- an American-trained Chilean [[strike:death squad]] mercenary unit who weren't even authorized to be in the US, let alone carrying state-of-the-art weapons and flying a helicopter gunship. The snipers on the mountain - more mercenary henchmen. If TheGovernment came down on Swagger, they'd be admitting the existence of an entire organization of state-sponsored terrorists. Make Watergate look like the President was hit by a pie. They probably were planning to "neutralize" Bob themselves, but he drew first.]]



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The novel ''I, Sniper'' features a few examples. The character Carl Hitchcock is based on real-life Marine sniper and Vietnam vet Carlos Hathcock. The character Joan Flanders is based on Jane Fonda, and billionaire television mogul T.T. Constable is based on Ted Turner.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
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The novel ''I, Sniper'' features a few examples. The character Carl Hitchcock is based on real-life Marine sniper and Vietnam vet Carlos Hathcock. The character Joan Flanders is based on Jane Fonda, and billionaire television mogul T.T. Constable is based on Ted Turner.



*** [[spoiler:It's implied that he's a willing member of [=RamDyne=]'s conspiracy - especially his VillainousBSOD upon seeing Swagger walk.]]

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*** ** [[spoiler:It's implied that he's a willing member of [=RamDyne=]'s conspiracy - especially his VillainousBSOD upon seeing Swagger walk.]]
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** YMMV - Swagger is a USMC Scout Sniper after all. Though taking out the rotor of a ''moving helicopter'' from a standing position with an unsupported Barrett M82 - a 14+ kg weapon with a huge recoil - is still a bit of a stretch.
** He's not standing- he's on the ground, and the weapon is on a bipod.
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** He's not standing- he's on the ground, and the weapon is on a bipod.
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* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Swagger makes a long-range sniper shot to blow a gun in half Payne is using to threaten his hostage; it looks like shrapnel was propelled into his hand, possibly taking off part of his finger. Subverted seconds later when, while the Payne expresses admiration at the first shot, Swagger fires again and blows off his arm just below the elbow.

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* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Swagger makes a long-range sniper shot to blow a gun in half Payne is using to threaten his hostage; it looks like shrapnel was propelled into his hand, possibly taking off part of his finger. Subverted seconds later when, while the Payne expresses admiration at the first shot, Swagger fires again and blows off his arm just below the elbow.
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* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Payne taunts Swagger, claiming that he has no shot on him (A headshot would have triggered a spasm that would have fired the shotgun pointed at Sarah). Swagger responds by [[spoiler:shooting him in the hand, destroying the trigger.]]
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* OneSceneWonder: The elderly firearms expert. Not only does he fill in a lingering plot hole, but ''every line he says'' is in turns quotable, meaningful, and hilarious.



* SelfStitching: Bob's initial patchup, though unusually he follows it up by seeking proper attention from a (semi-)trained nurse.

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* SelfStitching: SelfSurgery: Bob's initial patchup, though unusually he follows it up by seeking proper attention from a (semi-)trained nurse.
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