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22nd May '17 10:47:06 PM TheSinful
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* Luffy in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11961369/5/Blood-Man-Luffy Blood Man Luffy]]'' takes out several marines by letting them stand in a circle around him and fire at him. Since he's a logia, the bullets pass right through him and hit the marines on the other side.



* [[AcceptedBreaksFromRule As a rule]], played straight in RealTimeStrategy games (''you'' try keeeping track of dozens of units firing hundreds of projectiles) but averted with artillery weapons, which cause damage wherever they land (and fire slowly enough that it can do so without bringing the computer to its knees).

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* [[AcceptedBreaksFromRule As a rule]], played straight in RealTimeStrategy games (''you'' try keeeping keeping track of dozens of units firing hundreds of projectiles) but averted with artillery weapons, which cause damage wherever they land (and fire slowly enough that it can do so without bringing the computer to its knees).
19th May '17 6:13:10 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' pulls an aversion in an early episode where the news reporters shows images of buildings hit by both stray gunfire and mobile suit wrecks from a battle earlier that day. They also mention that there where casualties due to this as well.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' pulls an aversion in an early episode where the news reporters shows images of buildings hit by both stray gunfire and mobile suit wrecks from a battle earlier that day. They also mention that there where were casualties due to this as well.
1st Apr '17 6:46:27 AM Reflextion
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* Referenced in a possible random event in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', where a science vessel can be struck by stray mass driver rounds fired from another galaxy billions of years ago. Actual combat in this game plays the trope straight though - any shot that doesn't hit its intended target will simply not hit ''anything''.
23rd Mar '17 9:36:59 PM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-30442-9/Traszgo+In+Stark+Contrast.htm In Stark Contrast]]'' Xander fires a mini-stake with a railgun at Spike and successfully dusts him. He also hits Drusilla (non-fatally) who was standing on the other side of him, and Buffy (also non-fatally) who was holding Drusilla hostage.
18th Mar '17 8:57:23 PM okreps
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* Actually TruthInTelevision when it comes to [[SpaceBattle space battles]], despite the speech of the [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Gunnery Chief]]. Unless the battle is very close to a planet, space is just [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale so goddamn big]] that if you fire something with a random trajectory, it's extremely unlikely that it will hit anything before the heat death of the universe, and significantly more unlikely even if it does that it will hit anything important, rather than a star, black hole, or uninhabited piece of rock. Of course, none of this applies when the battle is happening right next to a planet, as with the [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 Battle for Earth]] - every shell that missed will get picked up by Earth's gravity, though they might be weakened by Earth's electromagnetic field and burn up in the atmosphere.

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* Actually TruthInTelevision when it comes to [[SpaceBattle space battles]], despite the speech of the [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Gunnery Chief]]. Unless the battle is very close to a planet, space Space is just [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale so goddamn big]] that if you fire something with a random trajectory, it's extremely unlikely that it will hit anything before the heat death of the universe, and significantly more unlikely even if it does that it will hit anything important, rather than a star, black hole, or uninhabited piece of rock. Of course, none of this applies when the battle is happening right next to a planet, as with the [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 Battle for Earth]] - every shell that missed will get picked up by Earth's gravity, though they might be weakened by Earth's electromagnetic field and burn up in the atmosphere.
18th Mar '17 8:56:13 PM okreps
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* Actually TruthInTelevision when it comes to [[SpaceBattle space battles]], despite the speech of the [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Gunnery Chief]]. Unless the battle is very close to a planet, space is just [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale so goddamn big]] that if you fire something with a random trajectory, it's extremely unlikely that it will hit anything before the heat death of the universe, and significantly more unlikely even if it does that it will hit anything important, rather than a star, black hole, or uninhabited piece of rock. Of course, none of this applies when the battle is happening right next to a planet, as with the [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 Battle for Earth]] - every shell that missed will get picked up by Earth's gravity, though they might be weakened by Earth's electromagnetic field and burn up in the atmosphere.
15th Mar '17 5:49:50 PM eroock
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-> ''Damn straight! I dare to assume you ignorant jackasses know that space is empty! Once you fire this hunk of metal, it keeps going 'til it hits something! That can be a ship, or the planet behind that ship. It might go off into deep space and hit somebody else in ten thousand years! If you pull the trigger on this, you are ruining someone's day, somewhere and sometime. '''That''' is why you check your damn targets! '''That''' is why you wait for the computer to give you a damn firing solution! '''That''' is why, Serviceman Chung, we do not "eyeball it!" This is a weapon of mass destruction. You are not a cowboy shooting from the hip!''
-->--'''Gunnery Chief,''' ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''

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-> ''Damn ''"Damn straight! I dare to assume you ignorant jackasses know that space is empty! Once you fire this hunk of metal, it keeps going 'til it hits something! That can be a ship, or the planet behind that ship. It might go off into deep space and hit somebody else in ten thousand years! If you pull the trigger on this, you are ruining someone's day, somewhere and sometime. '''That''' is why you check your damn targets! '''That''' is why you wait for the computer to give you a damn firing solution! '''That''' is why, Serviceman Chung, we do not "eyeball it!" This is a weapon of mass destruction. You are not a cowboy shooting from the hip!''
-->--'''Gunnery
hip!"''
-->-- '''Gunnery
Chief,''' ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''
4th Dec '16 4:32:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/AWalkAmongTheTombstones''. Scudder's {{Badass}} credentials are shown in the opening shoot-out in which he defeats several criminals in a gunfight, while drunk. However later on in the movie, it's revealed that a stray shot from said gunfight hit a 7-year old girl in the eye. Worse, [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame Scudder was decorated for bravery.]]

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* ''Film/AWalkAmongTheTombstones''. Scudder's {{Badass}} badass credentials are shown in the opening shoot-out in which he defeats several criminals in a gunfight, while drunk. However later on in the movie, it's revealed that a stray shot from said gunfight hit a 7-year old girl in the eye. Worse, [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame Scudder was decorated for bravery.]]
18th Nov '16 5:31:03 PM JustKnown
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* ''ComicBook/PaperGirls'': When Mac's father's gun goes off as she's wrestling it away from her suicidal stepmother the bullet strikes Erin in the stomach.

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* ''ComicBook/PaperGirls'': When Mac's Mac tries to wrestle her father's gun goes off as she's wrestling it away from her suicidal stepmother it goes off and the bullet strikes Erin in the stomach.
18th Nov '16 5:29:53 PM JustKnown
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* ''ComicBook/PaperGirls'': When Mac's father's gun goes off as she's wrestling it away from her suicidal stepmother the bullet strikes Erin in the stomach.
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