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28th Jul '16 3:48:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* Queen Veranke remarkably subverts this trope when attacking Comicbook/NickFury and Comicbook/IronMan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. After she took down the former with a big gun, Iron Man points out she will only hurt herself more than him if she shoots at him. She answers [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy she knows]] and then reveals [[CombatPragmatist she already had a virus uploaded inside his armor, thus incapacitating him without a shot]].

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* Queen Veranke remarkably subverts this trope when attacking Comicbook/NickFury and Comicbook/IronMan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. After she took down the former with a big gun, Iron Man points out she will only hurt herself more than him if she shoots at him. She answers [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy that she knows]] knows... and then reveals [[CombatPragmatist she already had a virus uploaded inside his armor, thus incapacitating him without a shot]].
29th Jun '16 8:41:30 PM Gorank
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** In another Comicbook/{{New 52}} storyline featuring a crossover with Wonder Woman, Superman ends up fighting Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, who doesn't approve of his and Wonder Woman's relationship. He tries to kill Superman with a direct hit from the sun. [[note]] Superman is powered by the sun, and direct exposure only makes him more powerful, and on top of that, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain it healed all Superman's previous injuries]] [[/note]] When Apollo seems stunned that Superman is still alive and unharmed, he asks how, to which Supes replies, "You hit me with sunlight? You don't know very much about me, do you?" and proceeds to deliver an epic CurbstompBattle.

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** In another Comicbook/{{New 52}} storyline featuring a crossover with Wonder Woman, Superman ends up fighting Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, who doesn't approve of his and Wonder Woman's relationship. He tries to kill Superman with a direct hit from the sun. [[note]] Superman [[note]]Superman is powered by the sun, and direct exposure only makes him more powerful, and on top of that, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain it healed all Superman's previous injuries]] [[/note]] injuries]][[/note]] When Apollo seems stunned that Superman is still alive and unharmed, he asks how, to which Supes replies, "You hit me with sunlight? You don't know very much about me, do you?" and proceeds to deliver an epic CurbstompBattle.
29th Jun '16 2:24:46 PM Tron80
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* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' - One comic had the situation plays out as normal, right until the mook throws the gun at her -- the gun hits Supergirl in the head, and she ''collapses''. Then, she gets back up in the next panel.
-->'''Supergirl:''' Just kidding!

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One comic had the situation plays out as normal, right until the mook throws the gun at her -- the gun hits Supergirl in the head, and she ''collapses''. Then, she gets back up in the next panel.
-->'''Supergirl:''' --->'''Supergirl:''' Just kidding!kidding!
*** Kara lampshades it in ''The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl'' issue 12:
--->'''Supergirl:''' I hate thinking of the fortune in ammunition thugs like you have wasted on me over the years!
17th Jun '16 11:20:57 PM Mabus101
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*Near the end of EarthX, Superman's CaptainErsatz Hyperion makes fun of the Kree soldiers shooting him because not only was he immune to bullets in life, all of them are dead and in an afterlife dimension (where even massive injuries can only briefly incapacitate anyone).
26th May '16 11:22:38 PM Doug86
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*** Though the I-Field Generator on the Big Zam can only last for 20 mins and cannot block solid ammunition, AllInTheManual.

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*** Though the I-Field Generator on the Big Zam can only last for 20 mins and cannot block solid ammunition, AllInTheManual.AllThereInTheManual.
21st May '16 4:03:09 PM maxwellsilver
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Named for the countless times crooks and other low-level threats have attempted to stop {{Franchise/Superman}} by shooting him with regular guns. Often they'll even [[ThrowAwayGuns throw their empty gun at him]] once they've emptied the magazine, to no effect. (Though old live-action Superman shows would sometimes have him duck or otherwise dodge the thrown prop guns.) [[OverlyLongGag Particularly dense examples]] will then pull out another gun and try again, or pick up a chair and smash him over the head with it... And then do it AGAIN and again until [[FanNickname Supes]] has had his fun and proceeds to twist them up like a pretzel.

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Named for the countless times crooks and other low-level threats have attempted to stop {{Franchise/Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} by shooting him with regular guns. Often they'll even [[ThrowAwayGuns throw their empty gun at him]] once they've emptied the magazine, to no effect. (Though effect (though old live-action Superman shows would sometimes have him duck or otherwise dodge the thrown prop guns.) [[OverlyLongGag guns). Particularly dense examples]] examples will then pull out another gun and try again, or pick up a chair and smash him over the head with it... And then do it AGAIN and again until [[FanNickname Supes]] Supes has had his fun and proceeds to twist them up like a pretzel.
20th May '16 9:22:02 AM Tron80
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* Subverted in ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide''. When [[spoiler:[[SmugSnake Kluge]] is about to shoot at Rei]], hes reminded that bullets will not hurt her, so he lowers his gun.
1st May '16 5:05:48 AM erforce
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* All over the place in ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''. In spite of the dozens of times it has been shown that nothing short of armor-piercing ammunition, high explosives or Cameron will even damage an enemy Terminator, let alone disable it, the main characters insist on plugging the latest implacable killing machine with as many bullets as they can before thinking "Oh shit, this might be a bad idea", ''then'' running. However, small arms fire in great quantities sometimes does have an affect, and shooting at a Terminator will often at least slow it down or distract it.

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* All over the place in ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''.''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. In spite of the dozens of times it has been shown that nothing short of armor-piercing ammunition, high explosives or Cameron will even damage an enemy Terminator, let alone disable it, the main characters insist on plugging the latest implacable killing machine with as many bullets as they can before thinking "Oh shit, this might be a bad idea", ''then'' running. However, small arms fire in great quantities sometimes does have an affect, and shooting at a Terminator will often at least slow it down or distract it.
18th Apr '16 4:30:50 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' - Considering he has a four hundred million beli bounty and is one of the most infamous pirates in the world, you'd think people would know better than to try shooting at Luffy. It's not like he hides the fact that he's made of rubber, either. Bullets that hit him tend to bounce right back at the same speed they hit him at while he just ignores them. It's particularly bad during Enies Lobby when literally thousands of marines are trying to shoot him and he doesn't even seem to notice. Maybe they're aiming for his oddly indestructible hat to go for emotional damage?
** It gets even worse in the Marineford Arc. After Luffy freed Ace, the Marines proceed to shoot Luffy ''and'' Ace. Keep in mind that Ace can turn into ''[[NighInvulnerability intangible]] [[PlayingWithFire fire]]'', so while bullets just bounce off Luffy, they simply pass through Ace.
*** Some of the Marines seem to notice this during the arc and how the sheer number of superhuman combatants means all they're going to do is add more dead bodies, but [[GeneralRipper Akainu]] killed any who did, so it was either the pirates, or him.

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Considering he has a four hundred million beli bounty and is one of the most infamous pirates in the world, you'd think people would know better than to try shooting at Luffy. It's not like he hides the fact that he's made of rubber, either. Bullets that hit him tend to bounce right back at the same speed they hit him at while he just ignores them. It's particularly bad during Enies Lobby when literally thousands of marines are trying to shoot him and he doesn't even seem to notice. Maybe they're aiming for his oddly indestructible hat to go for emotional damage?
** It gets even worse in the Marineford Arc. After Luffy freed Ace, the Marines proceed to shoot Luffy ''and'' Ace. Keep in mind that Ace can turn into ''[[NighInvulnerability intangible]] [[PlayingWithFire fire]]'', so while bullets just bounce off Luffy, they simply pass through Ace.
*** Some
Ace. (Some of the Marines seem to notice this during the arc and how the sheer number of superhuman combatants means all they're going to do is add more dead bodies, but [[GeneralRipper Akainu]] killed any who did, so it was either the pirates, or him.)
** The worst may have been the jailers in the previous arc; when Luffy briefly [[EnemyMine allies himself with Crocodile and Jimbei]], the jailers open fire on Crocodile. (Not only are bullets ineffective against this guy as he can turn himself to sand, he was originally intended to be the main antagonist of the entire franchise, back when it was only supposed to last five years; he has the reputation deserving of one of the cruelest men in Impel Down.) Crocodile simply grins at them in amusement with a SlasherSmile while smoking his cigar as the bullets harmlessly pass through him for a minute or two, ''then'' he proceeds to cut them down.
13th Apr '16 6:45:40 PM WillKeaton
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* Selecting the type and level of penetration a bullet can achieve is extremely important depending on the type of target. The lightest bullets tend to only be effective for target practice or extremely close range. Some of the most tragic police shootouts (for example, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Hollywood_shootout North Hollywood shootout]] of 1997) have occurred because law enforcement had underpowered weapons against criminals with body armor[[note]]which is bullet ''resistant'', not bullet ''proof'', and there is always places where an unlucky shot from even the cheapest, crappiest gun can break through, and even with armor the impact of the bullet is still felt and it can break bones and damage organs, in addition to knocking the victim down.[[/note]]. Before the North Hollywood shootout, there was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1986_FBI_Miami_shootout Miami shootout of 1986]], where the two criminals didn't have body armour but still survived multiple gunshot wounds long enough to kill two FBI agents and injure five more before they finally died.
* Standard operating procedure in the American Civil War when faced with an ironclad was to either gather many, many other ships to shoot it with, or get another ironclad and settle down into an hours-long duel. Thick armor of the time was effectively impenetrable, but the wood that supported it (usually oak) could only withstand so many blows before it broke. The classic example is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSS_Tennessee_%281863%29 CSS Tennessee]], which, after having her exposed steering chains shot away, was surrounded by the Union fleet and pounded on until the supports for her 6" thick iron armor started to break, forcing surrender.

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* Selecting the type and level of penetration a bullet can achieve is extremely important depending on the type of target. The lightest bullets tend to only be effective for target practice or extremely close range. Some of the most tragic police shootouts (for example, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Hollywood_shootout North Hollywood shootout]] of 1997) have occurred because law enforcement had underpowered weapons against criminals with body armor[[note]]which armor.[[note]]The body armor is bullet ''resistant'', not bullet ''proof'', and there is always places where an unlucky shot from even the cheapest, crappiest gun can break through, and even with armor the impact of the bullet is still felt and it can break bones and damage organs, in addition to knocking the victim down.[[/note]]. [[/note]] Before the North Hollywood shootout, there was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1986_FBI_Miami_shootout Miami shootout of 1986]], 1986,]] where the two criminals didn't have body armour but still survived multiple gunshot wounds long enough to kill two FBI agents and injure five more before they finally died.
* Standard operating procedure in the American Civil War when faced with an ironclad was to either gather many, many other ships to shoot it with, or get another ironclad and settle down into an hours-long duel. Thick armor of the time was effectively impenetrable, but the wood that supported it (usually oak) could only withstand so many blows before it broke. The classic example is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSS_Tennessee_%281863%29 CSS Tennessee]], Tennessee,]] which, after having her exposed steering chains shot away, was surrounded by the Union fleet and pounded on until the supports for her 6" thick iron armor started to break, forcing surrender.
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