Created By: Ronka87 on November 24, 2009
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Pinball Projectile

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A variant of Bizarre and Improbable Ballistics, where a bullet, arrow, stone, whatever, ricochets off several objects before finally hitting its target. Can be either accidental or just a sign of the shooter's skill.

A characteristic of the Precision-Guided Boomerang, though most other projectiles are also subject to this. Tangentially related to Pinball Gag. You may find one in a Trick Shot Puzzle.

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  • November 14, 2009
    TheGunheart
    This shows up so many times in video games, it could probably be listed as a Video Game trope. How Did We Miss This One?
  • November 14, 2009
    foxley
    Captain America's shield.
  • November 14, 2009
    SNES
    • In Red Vs Blue: Reconstruction, Church's usually horrible aim with his signature sniper rifle takes a momentary lapse as he lands an impossible ricochet shot on the Meta.
  • November 14, 2009
    Tezcat
    • Seen in Red Dwarf - in the famous "Gunmen of the Apocalypse'' episode set in a computer-simulated Western town, The Cat pulls off non-lethal trick shots in this manner.
  • November 14, 2009
    Grain
    Cyclops of the X-Men has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to cause his optic blasts to ricochet or reflect off of objects in a trajectory to his liking. He's reflected a single blast off of over a dozen objects before.
  • November 14, 2009
    Vree
    There should be a separate trope for when this is used for humorous effect - that is the projectile bounces all over the place (often causing a lot of damage) before something finally stops it.
  • November 14, 2009
    bkbroiler
  • November 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Lucky Luke occasionally demonstrates his Improbable Aiming Skills this way.
  • November 15, 2009
    Kinkajou
    Happens with projectiles with the Missile(Bounce) attribute in Warcraft III.
  • November 15, 2009
    Deboss
    I've heard ball ammunition can be used for this. It has enough force to penetrate the skull once and then proceeds to pinball around the inside of the skull.
  • November 15, 2009
    random surfer
    (Reply moved by poster to Hyper Destructive Bouncing Ball ykttw, where it fits better.)
  • November 15, 2009
    Tezcat
    A classic example of accidental ricochets would be Han firing the blaster in the trash compactor in Star Wars: A New Hope. However, this is simply to illustrate they can't shoot their way out of the situation, rather than an example of skill or luck.
  • November 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    • Do Batman's Batarangs bounce?
  • November 24, 2009
    Vree
    This was also in Pyramids by T. Pratchett: a young assassin decides to flunk his exam when he finds out that it will end with killing a live target. He misses the target intentionally, but the arrow ricochets a few times in this manner and ends up hitting the target anyway. The examiner misunderstands and thinks that he was just showing off, and lets him pass. (And, to round up a happy ending, the victiom turns out to have been a fake too.)
  • November 24, 2009
    Chabal 2
    Haloid has this as one of its many (many) Crowning Moments Of Awesome.
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