Created By: nman on December 12, 2011 Last Edited By: nman on December 20, 2011
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Gun Nut

A character who really likes guns.

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Needs More Examples Couldn't find this on the search or Lost and Found, so here I go.

A character whose life revolvers around guns. They like to read about them, have memorized large amounts of facts about guns, know all the models and ammo types, subscribe to the magazines, are in the NRA, make frequent trips to the gun range, and have a large collection of them. Due to various laws regarding firearm ownership and use, the Gun Nut does not actually have to meet all these criteria, as long as they are truly obsessed with guns. When the Russians invade or the Zombie Apocalypse occurs, you can expect this person to step up to the plate.

This character is not automatically The Gunslinger, a Crazy Survivalist, or Trigger Happy; it is common for the creator of a work to just lump these traits into the same character, so there is often overlap. See also Knife Nut, Pyro Maniac.

Examples

Anime and Manga Film
  • Billy Rosewood reveals himself to be one in Beverly Hills Cop 2.
  • Tackleberry from the Police Academy films is a big gun nut, as is his mother and his girlfriend & her family.
  • Burt Gummer loves his guns, and cleans them lovingly. He's such a nut (and the monsters are that badass) that he bought himself an anti-aircraft artillery cannon. By the later installments of the series, his "home" is one hell of an underground bunker. Burt's wife, Heather, was also a gun nut.
    • He married Heather because she was just as obsessed with guns (not just any weapons, but guns!) as he was. They had trained the rest of the town on survival techniques before the movie began. (They live in the middle of nowhere; survival strategies are necessary.) After the first time, Heather left Burt and took half the guns with her. (the monsters had left them with half a house already). In the fourth movie, we see Burt's ancestor; his interaction with the monsters prompts the gun nut trait.
Literature
  • Hazel D'Ark of the Deathstalker novels really, really likes guns, especially when she learns about projectile weapons.
Live-Action TV
  • Chuck: Colonel John Casey is one, as you'd expect one of the world's greatest gunmen and snipers to be. He has guns hidden everywhere, even his locker at the Buy More has guns in it. To top it all of, he has a picture of Ronald Reagan on the wall in his house.
  • Eureka: Jo, current GD head of security, former deputy and Army Ranger, has gun tropes galore. In addition to the Wall of Weapons she keeps in the Sheriff's office, her love of BFGs, and a tendency to be Trigger Happy, she also can be seen reading magazines throughout the series, with names such as Modern Mercenary.
  • Jayne from Firefly has a Wall of Weapons. He's freakishly fond of them, particularly Vera.
  • Robin from How I Met Your Mother qualifies. She prefers "gun enthusiast" though.
  • Sledge Hammer! takes it to another level: He seems to have a deep relationship with his Magnum e.g. he shares his bed with his gun, takes it into the shower and frequently talks to it. He also uses several other firearms from flare pistol to rocket launcher.
Video Games
  • Fallout has a character perk called "Gun Nut" that gives your character improvements concerning the use and maintenance of firearms.
Western Animation Real Life
  • R. Lee Ermey is such a gun nut, he even had two shows on The History Channel about guns. Mail Call, which lasted seven years, featured him reading people's questions about guns (as welother military-related questions, usually involving explosions), then going down to a military base and getting Trigger Happy as he explained the weapon. Lock N' Load was a short series where he talked about the history of various guns (and tanks, knives, artillery) and then went ballistic on watermelons.

Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • December 13, 2011
    Lore
    Robin from How I Met Your Mother qualifies. She prefers Gun enthusiast though.
  • December 13, 2011
    RedneckRocker
    Dale Gribble from King Of The Hill has this a little bit. He's also a bit of a Miles Gloriousus with his exploits as well.
  • December 13, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Tackleberry from the Police Academy films is a big gun nut, as is his mother and his girlfriend & her family.
  • December 13, 2011
    Lumpenprole
    Burt and Heather Gummer in Tremors had a large and varied arsenal, which came in handy.
  • December 13, 2011
    surgoshan
    • Hazel D'Ark of the Deathstalker novels really, really likes guns, especially when she learns about projectile weapons.
  • December 13, 2011
    nman
    Is that Tremors example this trope, where they actually are obsessed with guns, or did they just own a lot of guns? I haven't seen it, so I wouldn't know off the top of my head.
  • December 13, 2011
    KZN02
    See also "geardo" for Gun Accessories.
  • December 13, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Burt Gummer. Burt Gummer. BURT. GUMMER. Absolutely an example of this trope. Waxes lyrical about his guns. Cleans them lovingly. Uses them to KILL GIANT MONSTERS. Last name even sounds like "gunner." He's such a nut (and the monsters are that badass) that he bought himself an anti-aircraft artillery cannon. By the later installments of the series, his "home" is one hell of an underground bunker. However, it should be noted that Burt's paranoid behavior later became justified to the point that he evolved into the hero of the franchise, despite being a secondary character in the original movie. Burt's wife, Heather, was also a gun nut.
  • December 13, 2011
    azul120
    Can't believe this trope doesn't exist. Thought about it once, but forgot before getting a chance to put it up.
  • December 13, 2011
    nman
    Yeah Azul, I was completely convinced this existed. But I was creating a character for an RP and noticed that the letters for Gun Nut were red, and kept thinking I had misspelled it.
  • December 13, 2011
    Oreochan
    Despite the fact it doesn't exist yet.Gun Nut surprisingly has four wicks already.
  • December 13, 2011
    CharacterInWhite
    Video Games
    • Fallout has a character perk called "Gun Nut" that gives your character improvements concerning the use and maintenance of firearms.
  • December 14, 2011
    MiinU

    Anime

  • December 14, 2011
    crazysamaritan
    The Burt Gummer example needs to tone down the Gushing About Shows You Love.
  • December 14, 2011
    nman
    I put a less-excited version in the YKTTW, do you think it's okay now?
  • December 14, 2011
    ArtyMorty
    Sledge Hammer takes it to another level: He seems to have a deep relationship with his Magnum e.g. he shares his bed with his gun, takes it into the shower and frequently talks to it.
  • December 14, 2011
    nman
    Does Sledge Hammer only care about that one gun, or is he an actual gun nut?
  • December 14, 2011
    ArtyMorty
    ^Sledge cares mostly for that gun after he inherited it from his father Jack Hammer, but he also uses several other firearms from flare pistol to rocket launcher.
  • December 14, 2011
    nman
    So I guess that would be Companion Cube, then, for that weapon, but his other guns make it this trope then?
  • December 14, 2011
    ArtyMorty
    Since it is a spoof of the hard boiled cop genre I think his love for guns, though played for laughs, would make him this trope.
  • December 15, 2011
    Oreochan
    I think we have this trope under Trigger Happy.
  • December 15, 2011
    nman
    Trigger Happy seems to be about people who just like to shoot. A lot. At least it seems that way from all the examples. The character being a gun nut is only a possible symptom of the person's desire to shoot things. If anything, that trope needs to be cleaned up to reflect someone who is "trigger happy" with this one as a sister trope for people who enjoy guns for reasons other than just shooting people.
  • December 15, 2011
    Oreochan
    Alright then, the description for Trigger Happy said it also covers people who really like guns but most of the examples are not about that.
  • December 15, 2011
    Deboss
    Most Crazy Survivalist are gun nuts.
  • December 16, 2011
    TBeholder
    Ubiquitous. Fictionary characters' relations with firearms seems to be mostly limited to to "rabid hoplophabia", "daydreamy hoplophilia" and "not appliable / not present on-screen". Except military or detective stories, though there first and/or second may still be present as a token character.
  • December 16, 2011
    nman
    ^Are you saying this isn't a trope, that it's chairsitty, or something else entirely?
  • December 17, 2011
    crazysamaritan
    This is definitely a trope. If you can refer to one trait and summarize an entire character on that trait, its a trope. Yes, even in the military, there can be those who go from "warrior trained to shoot people" to "guy who loves lots of guns". Which reminds me, the pyromaniac is a sister trope.

    The Burt Gummer example is improved, but I can put it this way; he married Heather because she was just as obsessed with guns (not just any weapons, but guns!) as he was. They had trained the rest of the town on survival techniques before the movie began. (they live in the middle of nowhere; survival strategies are necessary.) After the first time, Heather left Burt and took half the guns with her. (the monsters had left them with half a house already). In the fourth movie, we see Burt's ancestor; his interaction with the monsters prompts the gun nut trait.
  • December 17, 2011
    nman
    ^Alright. Also, I've added your stuff. I looked up Gummer, and he does look like the posterboy for gun nuts (and Crazy Survivalist, Trigger Happy, and a lot of others) so does anyone have a pagequote or an image that would be good for this trope?
  • December 17, 2011
    Lumpenprole
    The majority of images on imfdb's Tremors page, if they're available for fair use.
  • December 17, 2011
    Psychobabble6
  • December 18, 2011
    TBeholder
    @ nman: it's a clear and used character hat, and thus at least much more valid character trait than random combinations of properties.

    Yet it's rather ubiquitous and there already are ^ two tropes proper attached to this hat. I'm not sure whether this should be an argument for having it or against having it, that's all.
  • December 18, 2011
    crazysamaritan
    Which is why I was trying to show how Burt, in the first movie, doesn't fit Crazy Survivalist. In later appearances, his character has justifiable paranoia over the monsters.
  • December 18, 2011
    nman
    ^^I started this YKTTW because there are characters who are obsessed with guns, yet who are not trigger happy, crazy survivalists, or gunmen. But if this is just a hat, does that mean Knife Nut and Pyro Maniac have to go to the TRS and get nuked? Someone out there thought those were different enough to make tropes out of. Just compare Pyro Maniac with Kill It With Fire.
  • December 19, 2011
    MidnightMan
  • December 20, 2011
    nman
    Does anyone besides TBeholder think this isn't a trope? Despite the hats and plethora of examples, I'm holding off launching because I don't want to launch it if he/she is right and Crazysamaritan and I are wrong. It would just be a mess a few months down the line this had to be removed.
  • December 20, 2011
    crazysamaritan
    Hat means a troper thinks this is a trope and ready to launch. I still don't like the first bit for Burt Gummer, because I've seen the movies and series and hes never lyrical, which prompted me to say something. So that's at least 6 tropers aside from you that thinks this can stand as a trope.
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