Created By: Quatic on September 9, 2017 Last Edited By: Quatic on January 25, 2018
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Net Gun

A gun that shoots a net

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The archetypal non-laser (possibly even low-tech) type of Family-Friendly Firearms, the net gun is a thing which actually exists, though in reality they're not useful for much beyond catching comparatively small birds (or, more recently, drones). This is because real nets tend to be heavy and bulky, and it's very hard to pack a net capable of covering a target of any respectable size into a projectile with any amount of range. But in fiction, the net gun may fire an Inescapable Net. It may be a component of a Swiss Army Gun.

Net guns are fired off in:

Anime and Manga
  • In One Piece Don Krieg can fire a weighted net from his gun, which is used to send people into the water. Doesn't stop Luffy.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team: one of the Gundam Ground Type's equipment is a net gun scaled up to Humongous Mecha sizes used in ambush and capture missions. The same gun is used by the Ground-type GM. Later in the UC timeline it seems that the idea gets replaced by the Clay Bazooka, which fires clay rounds to ensnare mobile suits.

Comic Books
  • Spider-Man routinely uses his web shooters to capture villains, often delivering them to justice bagged in a net of webbing. (Notably, in some variations, Spider-Man's webbing is organic and produced by him biologically, but in most versions it is simply a form of technology — a Super Wrist-Gadget that shoots nets.)
  • Clint has a net arrow in Hawkeye 2016 Zero-Context Example

Film

Film - Animated
  • Captain Gantu bags both Lilo & Stitch with a net gun. His target was Experiment 626, a/k/a Stitch; Lilo was an incidental capture that Gantu regards as "a little snack." Surprisingly, Stitch is unable to break this netting, despite his inordinate strength.
  • In Zootopia, net guns are used to capture at least one savage animal (probably all of the others, too, but we only see one onscreen).

Literature
  • In the novel Logan's Run, the Sandman guns had six attack methods, including the tangler (a sticky net). In the movie there were no such settings.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • The Stun Net Launcher fired as electrified net.
    • The Electronet Grenade launcher throws grenades that release similar nets.
    • The Stokhli Spray Stick fires a mist that solidifies into an electric net.

Live-Action Television
  • Nigel wields one in Prehistoric Park to trap small dinosaurs.
  • MythBusters once needed a bunch of pigeons for a test, and Jamie and Adam initially tried catching their own with one of these. It worked on Adam, but not on any of the birds.
  • The Flash (2014): Plunder's Abnormal Ammo rifle can fire an electrical/force field net.

Video Games
  • Mortal Kombat 3: All cyborgs in the game have a gun in their "stomachs" where they shoot various kind of projectiles. One of these cyborgs, Cyrax, can throw bombs, but also a green net used to catch and bring in the opponent, being the robot counterpart of Scorpion (or at least until you unlock Robot Smoke and the comeback of Scorpion and Human Smoke for Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3).

Western Animation
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In the episode "Sandy's Rocket", Sandy has net guns to gather rock specimens in her trip to the moon. When SpongeBob and Patrick take the rocket on a joyride, they use the guns to capture "aliens", which are actually their friends and neighbors since they never left Earth.
  • Teen Titans: One of Red-X's gadgets is a net that fires at an enemy.

Real Life
  • Net guns have been developed to control remote aerial drones that encroach upon airfields, testing grounds, and other secure sites. It's important that such ballistic weapons be non-lethal, to preclude incidental damage.
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • September 9, 2017
    PistolsAtDawn
    Take a look at Administrivia.Text Formatting Rules

  • September 9, 2017
    Berrenta
    We don't format links like Wikipedia. We may be a wiki, but we do linking differently here.
  • September 9, 2017
    Quatic
    Yeah I know, I just haven't been around in a while.
  • September 9, 2017
    TonyG
    In the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Sandy's Rocket", Sandy has net guns to gather rock specimens in her trip to the moon. When SpongeBob and Patrick take the rocket on a joyride, they use the guns to capture aliens, which are actually their friends since they never left Earth.
  • September 9, 2017
    KZN02
  • September 9, 2017
    PistolsAtDawn
    Click the </> button beside the comments so you can copy the formatting directly (your link to Hawkeye is broken cause it's not copying the formatting in my post)
  • September 9, 2017
    Quatic
    Well that's new....
  • September 9, 2017
    randomtroper89
    • Star Wars Legends
      • The Stun Net Launcher fired as electrified net.
      • The Electronet Grenade launcher throws grenades that release similar nets.
      • The Stokhli Spray Stick fires a mist that solidifies into an electric net.
  • September 10, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Comic Books
    • Spider Man routinely uses his web shooters to capture villains, often delivering them to justice bagged in a net of webbing.

    Film Animated
    • Captain Gantu bags both Lilo And Stitch with a net gun. His target was Experiment 626, a/k/a Stitch; Lilo was an incidental capture that Gantu regards as "a little snack." Surprisingly, Stitch is unable to break this netting, despite his inordinate strength.
  • September 10, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    Was one in Kim Possible? I remember one but I can't find any references.
  • September 13, 2017
    powerman228
    In Zootopia, net guns are used to capture at least one savage animal (probably all of the others, too, but we only see one onscreen).
  • September 13, 2017
    tyrekecorrea
    Why not call it a net launcher?
  • September 13, 2017
    Antigone3
    When Myth Busters needed a bunch of pigeons for a test, Jamie and Adam initially tried catching their own with one of these. It worked on Adam, but not on any of the birds.
  • September 16, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Real Life
    • Net guns have been developed to control remote aerial drones that encroach upon airfields, testing grounds, and other secure sites. It's important that such ballistic weapons be non-lethal, to preclude incidental damage.
  • September 16, 2017
    Snowy66
  • September 17, 2017
    Quatic
    @tyrekecorrea — net launcher sounds like it could be a great big thing, like a catapult. This trope is the (presently unrealistic) hand-held-weapon-like net shooter.
  • December 20, 2017
    Basara-kun
    The "Net guns are fired off in:" are examples that should be putted on examples list, also, almost all Film examples are ZCE. And also various examples from posts should be added to the draft, too. And to not just whine about this draft, I got another example:

    Video Games:
    • Mortal Kombat 3: All cyborgs in the game have a gun in their "stomachs" where they shoot various kind of projectiles. One of these cyborgs, Cyrax, can throw bombs, but also a green net used to catch and bring in the opponent, being the robot counterpart of Scorpion (or at least until you unlock Robot Smoke and the comeback of Scorpion and Human Smoke for Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3).
  • December 20, 2017
    TonyG
    In The Rescuers Down Under, McLeach uses a net gun to capture the eagle Marahute.
  • December 20, 2017
    Larkmarn
    • As bounty hunters, the cast of Cowboy Bebop needs to catch their targets alive. To this end, they occasionally use a large net gun fired from the shoulder.
  • December 31, 2017
    AnitaShower
    I think it's too basic for a trope. Throwing a bomb.
  • December 31, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    "Too basic," you say? Most weapons I know are designed to injure / maim / kill. Non-lethal devices are the exception rather than the rule. This would be a handy way for a Good Guy to restrain / contain the baddies with minimal damage, as a reflection of their goodness. True Good Guys have a very low body count. Conversely, a Bad Guy would use one in cases where the target has critical information. "How much do you know about the Evil Plan, and who have you told?" Some plots require a "bring 'em back intact" directive, and a net gun, however impractical they may be in the Real World, nonetheless satisfy the story need. I'm confident that this proposal qualifies as a Trope.
  • January 1, 2018
    JesseMB27
    Video Games
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