History Main / SilverBullet

30th Sep '17 1:40:05 PM Kadorhal
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** Spoofed in one sketch. While playing a pen-and-paper RPG, one player offers an... [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill alternative]]... to the silver bullet. Even after reducing the werewolf to a puddle of viscera with a [[MoreDakka rotary gun]], mopping that up into a bucket and lighting it on fire, [[FantasticDrug snorting the ashes]], then [[ToiletHumor crapping it out]], where it gets processed through a sewer system, the game master stubbornly insists that the werewolf is still alive through all of that, it ''has'' to be a silver bullet.
** The impracticality is likewise lampshaded in the sketch the page quote comes from, where Radio/TheLoneRanger is challenged as to whether silver bullets are as good at actually being shot as regular bullets. The Ranger replies by shooting a can on the ground so much it flies up in the air higher than any of them are tall, hitting it with every single bullet... then after a short pause, Tonto with "that silver could have fed my entire tribe for a year".

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** Spoofed in one sketch. While playing a pen-and-paper RPG, one player offers an... [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill alternative]]... to the silver bullet. bullet to kill a werewolf. Even after reducing the werewolf it to a puddle of viscera with a [[MoreDakka rotary gun]], mopping that up into a bucket and lighting it on fire, [[FantasticDrug snorting the ashes]], then [[ToiletHumor crapping it out]], where it gets processed through a sewer system, the game master stubbornly insists that the werewolf is still alive through all of that, it ''has'' to be a silver bullet.
** The impracticality is likewise lampshaded in the sketch the page quote comes from, where Radio/TheLoneRanger is challenged as to whether silver bullets are as good at actually being shot as regular bullets. The Ranger replies by shooting a can on the ground so much it flies up in the air higher than any of them are tall, hitting it with every single bullet... then after a short pause, Tonto embarrasses them all by interjecting with "that silver could have fed my entire tribe for a year".
29th Sep '17 3:44:12 PM Kadorhal
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->''"That silver could have fed my entire village for a year."''

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->''"That silver could have fed my entire village tribe for a year."''



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* In the ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' anime, Alucard uses silver bullets against other vampires; after a while, he is given a new gun which uses mercury ("quicksilver") bullets. Since mercury has about the same density as lead, but is a liquid, the effect it has upon striking a body is quite horrific (it practically explodes). In the final volume, Seras kills the Millennium werewolf known as The Captain with a silver ''tooth'' (Which was implied to have been taken from the skull of a concentration camp victim fifty-odd years earlier).

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* In the ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' anime, Alucard uses silver bullets against other vampires; after a while, he is given a new gun which uses mercury ("quicksilver") bullets. Since mercury has about the same density as lead, but is a liquid, the effect it has upon striking a body is quite horrific (it practically explodes). In the final volume, Seras kills the Millennium werewolf known as The Captain with a silver ''tooth'' (Which (which was implied to have been taken from the skull of a concentration camp victim fifty-odd years earlier).



--> '''Wolverine:''' 'Pool, your swords?
--> '''Deadpool:''' What? Silver's expensive! Chrome looks just as good!

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--> '''Wolverine:''' -->'''Wolverine:''' 'Pool, your swords?
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swords?\\
'''Deadpool:''' What? Silver's expensive! Chrome looks just as good!



* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''. While playing a pen-and-paper RPG, one player offers an... [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill alternative]]... to the silver bullet, only for the game master to stubbornly insist that it ''has'' to be a silver bullet.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
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Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''.one sketch. While playing a pen-and-paper RPG, one player offers an... [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill alternative]]... to the silver bullet, only for bullet. Even after reducing the werewolf to a puddle of viscera with a [[MoreDakka rotary gun]], mopping that up into a bucket and lighting it on fire, [[FantasticDrug snorting the ashes]], then [[ToiletHumor crapping it out]], where it gets processed through a sewer system, the game master to stubbornly insist insists that the werewolf is still alive through all of that, it ''has'' to be a silver bullet.bullet.
** The impracticality is likewise lampshaded in the sketch the page quote comes from, where Radio/TheLoneRanger is challenged as to whether silver bullets are as good at actually being shot as regular bullets. The Ranger replies by shooting a can on the ground so much it flies up in the air higher than any of them are tall, hitting it with every single bullet... then after a short pause, Tonto with "that silver could have fed my entire tribe for a year".



* Silver has a density of 10.5 grams per cubic centimeter. Lead has a density of 11.3 g/cm[[superscript:3]]. In the ballistics game, higher density means better performance, which is why bullets are still made out of lead, though price is certainly a factor as well. (Uranium, it should be noted, has a density of 19 g/cm[[superscript:3]], which is why anti-tank rounds are made of the stuff.)

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* Silver has a density of 10.5 grams per cubic centimeter. Lead has a density of 11.3 g/cm[[superscript:3]]. In the ballistics game, higher density means better performance, which is why bullets are still made out of lead, though price is certainly a factor as well. (Uranium, Uranium, it should be noted, has a density of 19 g/cm[[superscript:3]], which is why anti-tank rounds are made of the stuff.)
28th Sep '17 11:11:05 AM eroock
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* Silver shavings are among the ingredients listed by Film/{{Hellboy}} for the all-purpose paranormal-monster-killing bullets he uses for the Samaritan revolver in his self-titled movie.


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* It turns out, in ''WebComic/AndShineHeavenNow'', that if one runs out of silver bullets, the silver filling in a tooth [[spoiler: taken from a Holocaust victim]] can work in a pinch to take down a werewolf.
24th Sep '17 1:55:49 PM LavaringX
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* {{Averted}} in Literature/HarryPotter. Silver bullets are explicitly stated ''not'' to be any better at killing werewolves as regular bullets on ''{{Pottermore}}''. Silver ''can'', however, be used to help cauterize wounds sustained from a werewolf to prevent excess bleeding.

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* {{Averted}} in Literature/HarryPotter. Silver bullets are explicitly stated ''not'' to be any better at killing werewolves as regular bullets on ''{{Pottermore}}''.''Pottermore''. Silver ''can'', however, be used to help cauterize wounds sustained from a werewolf to prevent excess bleeding.
24th Sep '17 1:55:05 PM LavaringX
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* {{Averted}} in Literature/HarryPotter. Silver bullets are explicitly stated ''not'' to be any better at killing werewolves as regular bullets on ''{{Pottermore}}''. Silver ''can'', however, be used to help cauterize wounds sustained from a werewolf to prevent excess bleeding.
25th Aug '17 3:31:29 AM dvorak
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' uses the "vial of mercury" version, with a twist: it has to be cut with the blood of someone sick with Paleblood as well to have any effect.
23rd Aug '17 2:39:18 AM PaulA
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* The ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series is largely UrbanFantasy with a corresponding blend of mundane and magical threats. In ''Reserved for the Cat'', a female character employed as a maid carries a firearm loaded with silver, blessed lead, and iron bullets, which she teaches the protagonist to use.
** Most of Rosamund's ammo in ''Blood Red'' is silver, as are her knives and boar spear. But she ''does'' specialize in killing werewolves ....

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* The ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series is largely UrbanFantasy with a corresponding blend of mundane and magical threats. threats.
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In ''Reserved for the Cat'', ''Literature/ReservedForTheCat'', a female character employed as a maid carries a firearm loaded with silver, blessed lead, and iron bullets, which she teaches the protagonist to use.
** Most of Rosamund's ammo in ''Blood Red'' ''Literature/BloodRed'' is silver, as are her knives and boar spear. But she ''does'' specialize in killing werewolves ....
20th Aug '17 12:22:53 AM dvorak
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* ''VideoGame/WestOfLoathing'' has silver bullets made by melting down silver items at the Silversmith's Cottage. They do double gun damage against skeletons and demons. There is also a silver pistol that always fires these.
10th Jul '17 8:55:42 PM NM-156
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[[RealityEnsues In reality]], there are a number of difficulties involved in making silver bullets. The first is that silver melts at a far higher temperature than lead (961.8°C/1,763.24°F vs. 327.5°C/621.5°C), meaning that one would need a proper furnace to melt it, unlike lead which can be melted over a hot fire or kitchen stove. One would also need special bullet molds, both due to the higher temperature of the liquid silver and the fact that it shrinks more than lead does when it solidifies, so the use of a mold designed for lead would result in an undersized bullet even if the mold could withstand the heat. An alternative would be to machine the bullets from commercially available rods or bars of silver; however, this would be very time consuming and require specialized machinery and skills.

And all of this ignores the fact that silver simply costs a lot more than lead does, making silver bullets a rather costly proposition. It would also be rather ineffective [[RealityEnsues in real life]] in most modern firearms, as a bullet made entirely of silver would be too hard and light to properly take advantage of rifling[[note]]Density of lead: 11.34 g/cc. Density of silver: 10.49 g/cc. Now ''gold'', whose density is a whopping 19.3 g/cc and which lacks the hardness of silver, might be a good choice. Too bad it's not known for having mystical monster-killing properties.[[/note]], so all you'd get is an ineffective, fast, light bullet which would be very inaccurate.

A solution that comes up surprisingly rarely is silver-''jacketed'' rounds, coating a lead projectile in a shell of silver in the way regular bullets use copper. This would increase the mass of the bullet while decreasing the amount of silver you need per round (and since the silver jacket could be quite thin, its hardness would be unlikely to impair the bullet engaging the barrel's rifling), but the manufacturing process isn't something a VampireHunter could easily {{MacGyver|ing}} in their garage.

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[[RealityEnsues In reality]], there are a number of difficulties involved in mass producing silver bullets the traditional way, but they can indeed be created using common everyday items. Using lost wax casting they can be created using simply wax, plaster of paris, and a propane torch (search the internet for ''real silver bullet'' and you will find several techniques for making silver bullets. The first is that silver them).

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[[caption-width-right:320:Silver bullet made by an amateur]]

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solution to a solid silver bullet that comes up surprisingly rarely is silver-''jacketed'' rounds, coating a lead projectile in a shell of silver in the way regular bullets use copper. This would increase the mass of the bullet while decreasing the amount of silver you need per round (and since the silver jacket could be quite thin, its hardness would be unlikely to impair the bullet engaging the barrel's rifling), but the manufacturing process isn't something a VampireHunter could easily {{MacGyver|ing}} in their garage.
1st Jul '17 1:29:18 AM MathU41
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* In ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'', everyone uses silver in bullets, because it's the only thing that kills some type of monsters and generally has a stronger effect on many others. Theories why this is so are many, but no-one knows for sure. The exact method depends: pure silver is crap as a bullet, so many Hunters use a modified [[http://www.thegunzone.com/powrball.html Corbon Pow'RBall]] design: Hollowpoint round with a silver ball. The US government agencies use a different design for their rifle ammunition.

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* In ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'', everyone uses silver in bullets, because it's the only thing that kills some type of monsters and generally has a stronger effect on many others. Theories why this is so are many, but no-one knows for sure. The exact method depends: pure silver is crap as a bullet, so many Hunters use a modified [[http://www.thegunzone.com/powrball.html Corbon Pow'RBall]] design: Hollowpoint round design. Originally a hollowpoint intended to mimic the reliable FMJ shape by pressing in a plastic bead that would crush and let it expand on impact, they replaced that ball with a silver ball. silver. The US government agencies use a different design for their rifle ammunition. ammunition.
** The justification: they don't need ''much'' silver, so the ball is enough. In the case of monsters that don't require ''any'' silver to kill, well, they still shot it with hollowpoints.
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