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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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* The Gunnery Chief in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' delivers [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCoHT_cHPzY the quoted epic rant against careless firing of the mass accelerator]] for this very reason. Sadly, the people in charge of making space combat cutscenes did not listen to the Gunnery Chief, leading to some [[InferredHolocaust rather ugly inferences]] for [[spoiler:Earth]] after the massive space battle in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. BioWare had to step in to [[NoEndorHolocaust specifically clarify]] than in a conflict between cutscenes and Codex, the Codex wins, meaning that the anti-Reaper forces involved in the battle did not actually fight as if this trope was in effect.

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* The Gunnery Chief in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' delivers [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCoHT_cHPzY the quoted epic rant against careless firing of the mass accelerator]] for this very reason. Sadly, the people in charge of making space combat cutscenes did not listen to the Gunnery Chief, leading to some [[InferredHolocaust rather ugly inferences]] for [[spoiler:Earth]] after the massive space battle in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. BioWare Creator/BioWare had to step in to [[NoEndorHolocaust specifically clarify]] than in a conflict between cutscenes and Codex, the Codex wins, meaning that the anti-Reaper forces involved in the battle did not actually fight as if this trope was in effect.
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* 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 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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* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books, particularly given how much energy is dedicated to anti-missile ECM, the various {{Space Nav|y}}ies are quite conscious of the danger of misses striking the wrong target. The tactics in a number of battles are shaped by the need to be sure that a missile fired at a defending fleet doesn't [[ColonyDrop accidentally hit a planet]]. To avert the "racing on for millennia" part of this trope, it is mentioned that missiles usually auto-destruct after a programmed time if they miss their target so they don't ruin somebody's day down the road.
** And when it ''[[ColonyDrop does]]'' [[ColonyDrop hit the planet]] -- it is [[AMillionIsAStatistic five million dead]], including the [[ItsPersonal most of the protagonist's extended family]], and that was not as much from an actual stray shot, but rather from just ''general debris'' it generated.

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* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books, particularly given how much energy is dedicated to anti-missile ECM, the various {{Space Nav|y}}ies are quite conscious of the danger of misses striking the wrong target. The tactics in a number of battles are shaped by the need to be sure that a missile fired at a defending fleet doesn't [[ColonyDrop accidentally hit a planet]]. To avert the "racing on for millennia" part of this trope, it is mentioned that missiles usually auto-destruct after a programmed time if they miss their target so they don't ruin somebody's day down the road.
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road. And when it ''[[ColonyDrop does]]'' [[ColonyDrop hit the planet]] -- it is [[AMillionIsAStatistic five million dead]], including the [[ItsPersonal most of the protagonist's extended family]], and that was not as much from an actual stray shot, but rather from just ''general debris'' it generated.




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* This is how [[spoiler:Willow's girlfriend Tara]] dies in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - hit by a stray bullet meant for Buffy.

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* This is how [[spoiler:Willow's girlfriend Tara]] dies in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - +- hit by a stray bullet meant for Buffy.



* At one point in ''Series/TheWire'', two drug gangs get into a ([[GangstaStyle laughably]] [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy bad]]) shootout. There don't appear to be any casualties... until an InnocentBystander mom tries to get her kids ready for school after the shooting dies down and finds her 9 year old son shot.

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At one point in ''Series/TheWire'', point, two drug gangs get into a ([[GangstaStyle laughably]] [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy bad]]) shootout. There don't appear to be any casualties... until an InnocentBystander mom tries to get her kids ready for school after the shooting dies down and finds her 9 year old son shot.




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* As with all tropes concerning violence in TabletopGames, Creator/GregCostikyan's ''Violence'' RPG has its vicious way with this little trope in the section of Combat marked "Innocent Bystanders," and points out the consequences of a gun battle ([[CurbStompBattle if it can really be called such]]) between a violent scumbag with an Uzi (your typical ''Violence'' PC) and a little old lady with a revolver in her apartment.
** The old lady got two shots off before getting cut down, and neither one of them hit Uzi guy, but they did go through the wall (made of cheap modern wallboard which can't stop bullets worth crap), and now some poor immigrant in another apartment packed full of them is now without much of her lower arm.
** Meanwhile, Uzi guy got off twenty shots of which maybe three hit the old lady. The prewar brick wall behind her absorbed the impact of most of the bullets, but the rest went through a window, shattering it and resulting in casualty number two, a bike messenger who was riding below the window when it shattered and is now bleeding on the sidewalk and screaming bloody murder. Meanwhile, whatever bullets didn't go halfway through the bricks of a building across the street went through another window along the way, grazing the head of the kitty sleeping on the windowsill and possibly hitting the personal trainer who lives there, who is now prone on the floor and calling 911 on his cellphone. Needless to say, there's a reason that the law frowns upon firing weapons in city limits.

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* As with all tropes concerning violence in TabletopGames, Creator/GregCostikyan's ''Violence'' RPG has its vicious way with this little trope in the section of Combat marked "Innocent Bystanders," Bystanders", and points out the consequences of a gun battle ([[CurbStompBattle if it can really be called such]]) between a violent scumbag with an Uzi (your typical ''Violence'' PC) and a little old lady with a revolver in her apartment.
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apartment. The old lady got two shots off before getting cut down, and neither one of them hit Uzi guy, but they did go through the wall (made of cheap modern wallboard which can't stop bullets worth crap), and now some poor immigrant in another apartment packed full of them is now without much of her lower arm.
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arm. Meanwhile, Uzi guy got off twenty shots of which maybe three hit the old lady. The prewar brick wall behind her absorbed the impact of most of the bullets, but the rest went through a window, shattering it and resulting in casualty number two, a bike messenger who was riding below the window when it shattered and is now bleeding on the sidewalk and screaming bloody murder. Meanwhile, whatever bullets didn't go halfway through the bricks of a building across the street went through another window along the way, grazing the head of the kitty sleeping on the windowsill and possibly hitting the personal trainer who lives there, who is now prone on the floor and calling 911 on his cellphone. Needless to say, there's a reason that the law frowns upon firing weapons in city limits.



** Blast Weapons in general avert this. The template will never just "disappear", but rather can land on a patch of land that has no models. This means that firing them into clusters of enemies is usually the best way to use them; you will never get a full squad unless you are extremely lucky, but you are almost guaranteed to hit something when the enemy is spread out. The same goes for TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Cannons; they explicitly embed themselves into the ground after their final "bounce" distance is determined, and if that position happens to be on top of something, it's going to end very badly for said something. The only exception to both is if the template's hole lands off of the table (even if the rest of the template would still hit something). This is the only time where it will simply "vanish".
* TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3rd edition has a [[HouseRules variant rule]] suggested in one of the books, offering tables and rules to determine the outcome of range attacks which miss. [[DoubleSubversion The sidebar advises the Dungeon Master to ignore this suggestion]], [[JustifiedTrope since it involves a tremendous amount of calculation and rolling]] to be done for ''every'' ranged attack, which would bog the game down, and be no fun for players uninterested in a simulation-style game. [[AnAesop The entire exercise is offered as an example of the dangers inherent to house rules:]] [[RuleOfFun It might be what you and your group really want, or it might make the game less fun for everyone involved.]]

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** Blast Weapons in general avert this. The template will never just "disappear", but rather can land on a patch of land that has no models. This means that firing them into clusters of enemies is usually the best way to use them; you will never get a full squad unless you are extremely lucky, but you are almost guaranteed to hit something when the enemy is spread out. The same goes for TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' Cannons; they explicitly embed themselves into the ground after their final "bounce" distance is determined, and if that position happens to be on top of something, it's going to end very badly for said something. The only exception to both is if the template's hole lands off of the table (even if the rest of the template would still hit something). This is the only time where it will simply "vanish".
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3rd edition has a [[HouseRules variant rule]] suggested in one of the books, offering tables and rules to determine the outcome of range attacks which miss. [[DoubleSubversion The sidebar advises the Dungeon Master to ignore this suggestion]], [[JustifiedTrope since it involves a tremendous amount of calculation and rolling]] to be done for ''every'' ranged attack, which would bog the game down, and be no fun for players uninterested in a simulation-style game. [[AnAesop The entire exercise is offered as an example of the dangers inherent to house rules:]] [[RuleOfFun It might be what you and your group really want, or it might make the game less fun for everyone involved.]]



* The ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' advanced rulebook ''Tactical Operations'' unsurprisingly includes some rules on how to handle missed attacks more "realistically" (optional, like everything else in it) and like D&D above cautions against overusing them because they can easily slow down the game. There's also a minor aversion even in the standard rules -- buildings used for cover ''can'' take damage from attacks that technically "miss" the covered target and may even end up eventually destroyed by it.

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** Although Edition 3.5 doesn't have such a rule, unless you have the appropriate feat you do take a penalty to ranged attacks against an opponent engaged in melee with a friendly character, to avoid the risk of hitting your ally.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' advanced rulebook ''Tactical Operations'' unsurprisingly includes some rules on how to handle missed attacks more "realistically" (optional, like everything else in it) and like D&D ''D&D'' above cautions against overusing them because they can easily slow down the game. There's also a minor aversion even in the standard rules -- buildings used for cover ''can'' take damage from attacks that technically "miss" the covered target and may even end up eventually destroyed by it.

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** The trope is fully averted In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarships'', most often with torpedoes. These have very long range, and will travel in a straight line until they hit something or run out of fuel. When fired carelessly, any nearby friendlies who aren't cautious can (and often do) run into them, whether before or after they miss the intended target. It's possible with gun shells as well, occasionally with other enemy ships in the target area, but most often when a friendly ship sails close in front of the shooter, who is "scoped in" and doesn't notice that the line of fire to the target is not clear.

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** * The trope is fully averted In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarships'', most often with torpedoes. These have very long range, and will travel in a straight line until they hit something or run out of fuel. When fired carelessly, any nearby friendlies who aren't cautious can (and often do) run into them, whether before or after they miss the intended target. It's possible with gun shells as well, occasionally with other enemy ships in the target area, but most often when a friendly ship sails close in front of the shooter, who is "scoped in" and doesn't notice that the line of fire to the target is not clear.



* Averted in ''{{VideoGame/Dominions}}''. Arrows (and other projectiles) will aim at a specific square, even if it's not exactly the one intended. So if they're aimed at a single enemy from far enough away, they have a good chance of landing in an empty square (and, naturally, hitting nothing), but if they're aimed at a squad of fifty soldiers, the "stray" shot may easily target a square with different soldiers (and, quite possibly, hit one). Of course, if you're aiming at melee soldiers, in both cases there's the chance you'll hit [[FriendlyFire one of your units]]...

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* Averted in ''{{VideoGame/Dominions}}''.''VideoGame/{{Dominions}}''. Arrows (and other projectiles) will aim at a specific square, even if it's not exactly the one intended. So if they're aimed at a single enemy from far enough away, they have a good chance of landing in an empty square (and, naturally, hitting nothing), but if they're aimed at a squad of fifty soldiers, the "stray" shot may easily target a square with different soldiers (and, quite possibly, hit one). Of course, if you're aiming at melee soldiers, in both cases there's the chance you'll hit [[FriendlyFire one of your units]]...




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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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* 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 "Protection from Arrows" earlier in the arc, so the arrow bounces off the magical barrier and harmlessly hits the ground.

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* Unfortunately, some ''police officers'' in real life don't seem to understand how problematic stray gunfire is, when they open fire on suspects in a phenomenon called "contagious fire," which is basically ''every cop on a scene'' becoming TriggerHappy. At least one incident involving the Miami-Dade Police Department involved ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill 377 rounds]]'' shot at ''[[PoliceBrutality unarmed suspects]]'' - with plenty of collateral damage to property and injuries to other innocent bystanders and even other officers themselves.
** The NYPD is particularly notorious for this, due to a very low standard for weapons qualification, lax enforcement of that standard, and officers who want to practice but can't get time on the department's crowded and overworked range (NYPD has over ''40,000 sworn officers'') find it nearly impossible to find a public range, thanks to excessively-strict city and state antigun laws. The alarming frequency of bystanders getting struck by police bullets has led some New Yorkers to accuse their police department of being "New York's largest street gang."

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* Unfortunately, some ''police officers'' in real life don't seem to understand how problematic stray gunfire is, when they open fire on suspects in a phenomenon called "contagious fire," which is basically ''every cop on a scene'' becoming TriggerHappy. At least one incident involving the Miami-Dade Police Department involved ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill 377 rounds]]'' shot at ''[[PoliceBrutality unarmed suspects]]'' - -- with plenty of collateral damage to property and injuries to other innocent bystanders and even other officers themselves.
** * The NYPD is particularly notorious for this, due to a very low standard for weapons qualification, lax enforcement of that standard, and officers who want to practice but can't get time on the department's crowded and overworked range (NYPD has over ''40,000 sworn officers'') find it nearly impossible to find a public range, thanks to excessively-strict city and state antigun laws. The alarming frequency of bystanders getting struck by police bullets has led some New Yorkers to accuse their police department of being "New York's largest street gang."



** Another exceptional case was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Los_Angeles Great Los Angeles "Air Raid"]] that occurred in early 1942, where a suspicious radar contact thought to be a Japanese attack force triggered an hour-long salvo of anti-aircraft fire. Five civilians died as a result, and the rain of metal did cause some rather extensive property damage.
** Perhaps the best {{WWII}} 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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** * Another exceptional case was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Los_Angeles Great Los Angeles "Air Raid"]] that occurred in early 1942, where a suspicious radar contact thought to be a Japanese attack force triggered an hour-long salvo of anti-aircraft fire. Five civilians died as a result, and the rain of metal did cause some rather extensive property damage.
** * Perhaps the best {{WWII}} 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.anyway.
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* ''Comicbook/WelcomeBackFrank'' story arc of ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'' has three vigilantes team up to remove crime from the streets. One is a priest who goes nuts after one too many confessions/braggin sessions, another is a RichBastard who shoots pot dealers near his upper-class neighborhood, and the third breaks into a CorruptCorporateExecutive meeting, ranting about their plans to close jobs to preserve their salaries, then opens fire. When Frank runs into them, he calls out the first two because of their twisted visions of justice, and the third because he unknowingly shot an innocent cleaning lady during his rampage.

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* ''Comicbook/WelcomeBackFrank'' story arc of ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'' has three vigilantes team up to remove crime from the streets. One is a priest who goes nuts after hearing one too many confessions/braggin confessions/bragging sessions, another is a RichBastard who shoots pot dealers near his upper-class neighborhood, and the third breaks into a CorruptCorporateExecutive meeting, ranting about their plans to close jobs to preserve their salaries, then opens fire. When Frank runs into them, he calls out the first two because of their twisted visions of justice, and the third because he unknowingly shot an innocent cleaning lady during his rampage.



* ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' features a car chase through a picturesque French town with the protagonists and antagonists emptying magazine after magazine from their automatic weapons at eachother. Dozens of innocent bystanders are left bleeding on the sidewalk.

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* ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' features a car chase through a picturesque French town with the protagonists and antagonists emptying magazine after magazine from their automatic weapons at eachother.each other. Dozens of innocent bystanders are left bleeding on the sidewalk.



* In ''Film/TrueLies'', when Harry attempts to shoot down a terrorist helicopter using his "borrowed" Harrier's cannon and misses, the rounds are seen impacting the water - and then taking a chunk out of an office building...

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* In ''Film/TrueLies'', when Harry attempts to shoot down a terrorist helicopter using his "borrowed" Harrier's cannon and misses, the rounds are seen impacting hitting the water - and then taking a chunk out of an office building...



** And when it ''[[ColonyDrop does]]'' [[ColonyDrop hit the planet]] -- it is [[AMillionIsAStatistic five million dead]], including the [[ItsPersonal most of the protagonist's extended family]], and that was not as much from an actual stray shot, but rather from just a ''general debris'' it generated.

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** And when it ''[[ColonyDrop does]]'' [[ColonyDrop hit the planet]] -- it is [[AMillionIsAStatistic five million dead]], including the [[ItsPersonal most of the protagonist's extended family]], and that was not as much from an actual stray shot, but rather from just a ''general debris'' it generated.



** Later there's another inversion that plays an important role in the race for mayor. Carcetti tries to beat the sitting mayor by promising to lower crime and focusing on the issue of how no witnesses will come forward to testify against criminals because Baltimore's witness protection fails them. This seems to be confirmed when a witness in an important case is killed during the election. After the election is over and Carcetti has won, [[spoiler:it turns out that the witness was killed by a stray bullet. A guy several blocks away who was shooting at bottles, and the witness had tremendously bad luck.]]
* Averted in an episode of ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily''. Jim deflects a bullet a criminal fires at him, and it winds up hitting a child in the next room. While he initially goes into a HeroicBSOD, it's later revealed that being hospitalized for the bullet allowed the doctor's to catch and treat a much more serious disease. This manages to snap him out of it, and he is more careful in the future.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Eureka}}''. A blast of radiation from the artifact kills [[spoiler:Kim]], and residual ration infects and slowly kills a few more people. Carter even compares it to a stray bullet, saying a woman was killed by a stray bullet on a raid he once went on.
* Discussed and averted in ''Series/GoldenBoy''. In the opening scene of the pilot the protagonist cop and his partner get into a gun fight with some robbers. Despite the tense situation, the cops are very careful with their shots and only one bullet misses its target. When he is later accused of being reckless during the shootout, the protagonist freely admits that having the gun fight out on the street was a bad idea but the robbers gave them little choice when they opened fire first. He then reveals that after got out of the hospital, he personally went back to the crime scene and spent hours tracking down that single stray bullet. He was greatly relieved when he discovered that it was lodged in a wall and did not hit any bystanders.
* A tragic aversion in an epsiode of ''Series/NYPDBlue'': A bodega owner who has been robbed several times buys a handgun to protect himself. The next time he is robbed, he fires at - and misses - the fleeing robbers. Since he didn't have a permit for the gun, and shooting at the fleeing perps wasn't justifiable self-defence, the investigating detectives advice him to say that he had picked up the robber's discarded gun. Next day, a man is found dead in an apartment facing the bodega, hit by the bodega owner's stray bullet. The owner now faces felony charges and the detectives have to take back their advice to avoid perjuring both him and themselves.
* A humorous example in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', every time someone is shown firing into the air, you will see some extra in the background drop after getting hit by the bullet coming down.

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** Later there's another inversion that plays an important role in the race for mayor. Carcetti tries to beat the sitting mayor by promising to lower crime and focusing on the issue of how no witnesses will come forward to testify against criminals because Baltimore's witness protection fails them. This seems to be confirmed when a witness in an important case is killed during the election. After the election is over and Carcetti has won, [[spoiler:it turns out that the witness was killed by a stray bullet. A guy several blocks away who was shooting at bottles, and the witness had tremendously bad luck.]]
* Averted in an episode of ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily''. Jim deflects a bullet a criminal fires at him, and it winds up hitting a child in the next room. While he initially goes into a HeroicBSOD, it's later revealed that being hospitalized for the bullet allowed the doctor's child's doctors to catch and treat a much more serious disease. This manages to snap him out of it, and he is more careful in the future.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Eureka}}''. A blast of radiation from the artifact kills [[spoiler:Kim]], and residual ration radiation infects and slowly kills a few more people. Carter even compares it to a stray bullet, saying a woman was killed by a stray bullet on a raid he once went on.
* Discussed and averted in ''Series/GoldenBoy''. In the opening scene of the pilot pilot, the protagonist cop and his partner get into a gun fight with some robbers. Despite the tense situation, the cops are very careful with their shots and only one bullet misses its target. When he is later accused of being reckless during the shootout, the protagonist freely admits that having the gun fight out on the street was a bad idea but the robbers gave them little choice when they opened fire first. He then reveals that after got out of the hospital, he personally went back to the crime scene and spent hours tracking down that single stray bullet. He was greatly relieved when he discovered that it was lodged in a wall and did not hit any bystanders.
* A tragic aversion in an epsiode of ''Series/NYPDBlue'': A bodega owner who has been robbed several times buys a handgun to protect himself. The next time he is robbed, he fires at - and misses - the fleeing robbers. Since he didn't have a permit for the gun, and shooting at the fleeing perps wasn't justifiable self-defence, the investigating detectives advice advise him to say that he had picked up the robber's discarded gun. Next day, a man is found dead in an apartment facing the bodega, hit by the bodega owner's stray bullet. The owner now faces felony charges and the detectives have to take back their advice to avoid perjuring both him and themselves.
* A humorous example PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': every time someone is shown firing into the air, you will see some extra in the background drop after getting hit by the bullet coming down.
17th Jun '16 10:26:00 AM StClair
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* This is how [[spoiler:Willow's girlfriend Tara]] dies in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.'' She's hit by a stray bullet meant for Buffy.

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* This is how [[spoiler:Willow's girlfriend Tara]] dies in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.'' She's ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - hit by a stray bullet meant for Buffy.
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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!''

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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. 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!''
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* 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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* ''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. 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.wrecks from a battle earlier that day. They also mention that there where casualties due to this as well.
14th May '16 12:26:31 AM Khathi
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** And when it ''[[ColonyDrop does]]'' [[ColonyDrop hit the planet]] -- it is [[AMillionIsAStatistic five million dead]], including the [[ItsPersonal most of the protagonist's extended family]], and that was not as much from an actual stray shot, but rather from just a ''general debris'' it generated.
6th May '16 11:25:15 AM Potman
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** Earlier editions had this as a standard, however: firing into melee and missing the original target would instead hit someone next to them.
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