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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.
31st Oct '16 6:38:03 PM Kadorhal
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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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* Frequently averted in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series:
** Those set in the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Universal Century timeline]], at least, tend to note that beam-firing weapons are a bad idea when fighting inside of a colony - since [[ArmorPiercingAttack nothing will stop a shot from one]], that means that any ones fired within the colony will quickly puncture it and start sucking out the oxygen. Mobile suits going up will cause even ''bigger'' holes and exacerbate the problem, so fighting in colonies at all is a rare prospect (it only happens twice in the original series, and the issues are ignored in the latter case only because the colony had been abandoned at some point before the war).
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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.



* The Punisher himself generally invokes this trope by taking on gangsters and other criminals on their own territory -- with his training he doesn't miss often, but if he does accidentally hit someone else, well, they deserved it anyway.

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* The Punisher ComicBook/ThePunisher himself generally invokes this trope by taking on gangsters and other criminals on their own territory -- with his training he doesn't miss often, but if he does accidentally hit someone else, well, they deserved it anyway.



* ''[[{{VideoGame/XCOM}} X-COM]]'':
** In the original games ([[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense UFO]] and [[VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep TFTD]]), there's an invisible backstop at the edge of the map, but otherwise any shot fired will be traced across the map until it hits something -- be that a wall, an alien, a civilian, or an X-COM operative -- regardless of what it was aimed at.

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* ''[[{{VideoGame/XCOM}} X-COM]]'':
''VideoGame/XCom'':
** In the original games ([[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense UFO]] and [[VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep TFTD]]), there's an invisible backstop at the edge edges of the map, but otherwise any shot fired will be traced across the map until it hits something -- be that a wall, an alien, a civilian, or an X-COM operative -- regardless of what it was aimed at.



* Perhaps the best UsefulNotes/WorldWarII example occurred shortly after midnight on March 1, 1942 during the Battle of Sunda Strait when the Japanese cruiser ''Mogami'' launched the deadliest torpedo salvo in history, sinking five ships with one spread of Type 93 "Long Lance" torpedoes. Unfortunately, they were the ''Japanese'' ships that she was there to protect: one minesweeper and four Japanese Army transports carrying the Java invasion force. The six torpedoes, fired at the cruiser ''Houston'' at a range of about 3,000 meters, struck the Japanese ships 11,800 meters down range about eight minutes later. The Type 93 had a 20,000 meter range at 48 knots, more than double any other torpedo in service at the time, and the transports would have been invisible from ''Mogami'' in the dark. The kicker to all this? One of the survivors was a high-ranking [=IJA=] officer, who managed to swim to shore and was picked up by friendlies. He blamed the ''Houston'' for the sinking of the transport he was on, only to be told that the neither the ''Houston'', nor any of her sister ships, was armed with torpedoes. He asked them to "credit" the kill to the ''Houston'' anyway.

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* Perhaps the best UsefulNotes/WorldWarII example occurred shortly after midnight on March 1, 1942 during the Battle of Sunda Strait when the Japanese cruiser ''Mogami'' launched the deadliest torpedo salvo in history, sinking five ships with one spread of Type 93 "Long Lance" torpedoes. Unfortunately, they were the ''Japanese'' ships that she was there to protect: one minesweeper and four Japanese Army transports carrying the Java invasion force. The six torpedoes, fired at the cruiser ''Houston'' at a range of about 3,000 meters, struck the Japanese ships 11,800 meters down range about eight minutes later. The Type 93 had a 20,000 meter range at 48 knots, more than double any other torpedo in service at the time, and the transports would have been invisible from to ''Mogami'' in the dark. The kicker to all this? One of the survivors was a high-ranking [=IJA=] officer, who managed to swim to shore and was picked up by friendlies. He blamed the ''Houston'' for the sinking of the transport he was on, only to be told that the neither the ''Houston'', nor any of her sister ships, was armed with torpedoes. He asked them to "credit" the kill to the ''Houston'' anyway.
2nd Sep '16 10:45:33 AM Dravencour
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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 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 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.]]
2nd Sep '16 10:42:23 AM Dravencour
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Another consequence of the RuleOfPerception. See also BulletsDoNotWorkThatWay and ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. One of the many factors contributing to cases of ArtisticLicenseGunSafety and RecklessGunUsage. Contrast with PrecisionCrash, where stray shots in space are practically guaranteed to strike something important. Also contrast with SpectatorCasualty, where they actually hit something.

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Another consequence of the RuleOfPerception. See also BulletsDoNotWorkThatWay and ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. One of the many factors contributing to cases of ArtisticLicenseGunSafety and RecklessGunUsage. RecklessGunUsage -- there is a very good reason why one of the most important rules of gun safety in real life is "Know your target, and what is beyond." Contrast with PrecisionCrash, where stray shots in space are practically guaranteed to strike something important. Also contrast with SpectatorCasualty, where they actually hit something.
2nd Sep '16 10:25:01 AM Dravencour
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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 Sergeant,''' ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''

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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 '''That''' is why you check your damn targets! That '''That''' is why you wait for the computer to give you a damn firing solution! That '''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 Sergeant,''' Chief,''' ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''
22nd Aug '16 2:27:30 PM MarsJenkar
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* Averted in case 1-4 of ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''. A bullet accidentally fired through the door of an elevator struck a person on the other side of the doors. [[spoiler:The gun had been thrown by a young Miles Edgeworth in an attempt to break up a fight. He thought the accidental discharge of the gun had killed his father, but this was not the case--the gun had been fired through the door of the elevator he, his father Gregory, and bailiff Yanni Yogi had been stuck in. The person struck by the bullet was Manfred von Karma...who, moments later, was still present when the door opened, showing the three people inside unconscious from either hypoxia[[note]]Lack of oxygen[[/note]], hypercapnia[[note]]Carbon dioxide poisoning[[/note]], or a combination of the two. Seeing an opportunity for revenge against Miles's father, who had managed to prove misconduct by von Karma earlier that day, Manfred seized the gun that Miles had thrown and shot Gregory Edgeworth. The bullet remained in von Karma's arm for fifteen years.]]
9th Aug '16 1:00:01 PM Ripburger
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* ''VideoGame/XCom'':
** In the original games, there's an invisible backstop at the edge of the map, but otherwise any shot fired will be traced across the map until it hits something -- be that a wall, an alien, a civilian, or an X-COM operative -- regardless of what it was aimed at.

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* ''VideoGame/XCom'':
''[[{{VideoGame/XCOM}} X-COM]]'':
** In the original games, games ([[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense UFO]] and [[VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep TFTD]]), there's an invisible backstop at the edge of the map, but otherwise any shot fired will be traced across the map until it hits something -- be that a wall, an alien, a civilian, or an X-COM operative -- regardless of what it was aimed at.
1st Aug '16 9:52:40 PM AngelusNox
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* Subverted in ''WebAnimation/BadDays''. After Franchise/WonderWoman deflects bullets with her bracelets, the bullets ricochet into the wall she's next to and nearly hit several policemen, as well as breaking one's coffee cup.



* Played with in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', when Belkar kills an assassin who was preparing to fire a poisoned arrow at Hinjo. As he does so, the arrow gets shot in a random direction. The next comic shows the arrow fly, narrowly missing several main characters before hitting Vaarsuvius... who had cast "Protection from Arrows" earlier in the arc, so the arrow bounces off the magical barrier and harmlessly hits the ground.

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* Played Subverted in ''WebAnimation/BadDays''. After Franchise/WonderWoman deflects bullets with in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', when Belkar kills an assassin who was preparing to fire a poisoned arrow at Hinjo. As he does so, her bracelets, the arrow gets shot in a random direction. The bullets ricochet into the wall she's next comic shows the arrow fly, narrowly missing to and nearly hit several main characters before hitting Vaarsuvius... who had cast "Protection from Arrows" earlier in the arc, so the arrow bounces off the magical barrier and harmlessly hits the ground.policemen, as well as breaking one's coffee cup.


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* Played with in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', when Belkar kills an assassin who was preparing to fire a poisoned arrow at Hinjo. As he does so, the arrow gets shot in a random direction. The next comic shows the arrow fly, narrowly missing several main characters before hitting Vaarsuvius... who had cast "Protection from Arrows" earlier in the arc, so the arrow bounces off the magical barrier and harmlessly hits the ground.
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