Created By: TriggerLoadedSeptember 12, 2010 Last Edited By: StratadrakeJanuary 2, 2012

Amusing Atrocious Aim

They couldn't shoot the broad side of a barn if their life depended on it.

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There are people with impossibly good aim. And then there are people with impossibly bad aim.

Some people have such atrocious aim that it becomes a joke that the safest place to be when they're shooting is where they're aiming at. Indeed, their projectiles (And it is by no means limited to bullets) may break the laws of physics to show how horrible their aim is. Unlike Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy, this is a trait of an individual, and is often lampshaded, if not called out specifically.

Examples:

  • The Adventures Of Teddy Ruxpin: Tweeg regularly bombards Newton Gimmick's house with a cannon from his tower. His aim is so bad that there's a neat, clean ring of cannonballs all around his house.
  • A joke used in some Archie comics has the person (Often Veronica) be such a horrible aim during snowball fights that she hits everybody except who she's aiming at. The comic usually ends with her throwing at somebody completely different, hitting their intended target.
  • The sheriff in the one-act play Posessed in the West has such legendarily bad aim that he was known to wing people standing behind him.
  • The giants of Ettinsmoor in The Silver Chair when Puddleglum suggests that he and the children would be safer if the giants were throwing rocks at them, instead of each other.
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  • September 12, 2010
    orngjce223
  • September 12, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Looney Tunes short "Daffy Duck And Egghead". Egghead tries to shoot Daffy, with Daffy teasing him by putting an apple over his head a la William Tell. Every shot Egghead fires, however, lands nowhere near Daffy, even as he steps closer with each shot. When Egghead misses at point blank range, Daffy puts sunglasses on him, puts a sign that reads "blind" around his neck, hands him some pencils to sell and walks away sighing "Too bad."
  • September 12, 2010
    EponymousKid
    In The DCU, there's a minor villain called Mr. Terrible, an Evil Counterpart to Mr. Terrific. While Mr. Terrific represents the pinnacle of human perfection and is incredibly skilled at any activity you can imagine, Mr. Terrible is... terrible. Everything he tries to do turns out bad. Case in point: In one issue of Villains United, he attempts to kill someone by throwing a knife at them. He was aiming for the head - it hit them in the leg.
  • September 12, 2010
    SpiritOfSahara
    The wide receiver Monta's inability to throw anything in a straight line is an in-verse Running Joke in Eyeshield 21.
  • September 12, 2010
    JoeG
    In F Troop, Private Vanderbilt was in charge of the cannon and was legally blind. Whenever he fired it he was infinitely more likely to hit the lookout tower than whatever he was aiming at.
  • September 12, 2010
    Ronka87
    May I suggest "Awful" instead of "Atrocious" for the title? It's a bit shorter and less clunky, without losing the added alliterative appeal.

    • In Archie Comics, Veronica sometimes has this trait. In one story, Betty keeps nailing Ronnie with snowballs, and Veronica tries to retaliate but ends up hitting her father and butler. Finally, her father tells her to aim at her unsuspecting mother. Veronica is afraid of beaning her mom, but of course, when she aims for her, Betty ends up with a faceful of snow.
  • September 12, 2010
    Yora
    Church from Red Vs Blue is amazingly bad with a sniper riffle. Often pointed out by Tucker and mocked accordingly.
  • September 13, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Terry Pratchett's Reaper Man, Death does this on purpose while playing darts (because people would get upset when he kept winning all the time)
  • September 13, 2010
    Arivne
    Film
    • Hudson Hawk. While Eddie and the butler are fighting Anna Baragli tries to shoot the butler but misses, hitting Eddie's belt buckle.
    Anna: Sorry!
  • September 13, 2010
    TooBah
    Five O'Clock Charlie from MASH. He flies by every day, and drops a single bomb, trying to destroy the ammunition depot that was placed near the camp. He is so bad, the 4077th members have a betting pool on how far away from the target he will be. The Other Wiki tells you all about it here.
  • September 13, 2010
    TriggerLoaded
    May I suggest "Awful" instead of "Atrocious" for the title?

    Amusingly Awful Aim? Does flow a bit better.
  • September 14, 2010
    Stratadrake
    There was a recent single-panel strip of Foxtrot depicting this, with Jason and Marcus attempting to launch a rocket pointed directly at them, and big brother Peter with 911 on the phone.
  • September 14, 2010
    jatay
  • September 14, 2010
    TriggerLoaded
    ^That deals with the nature of bad guys, especially Mooks to never be able to hit their target, and is never called out. This is a single character trait often directly referred to in-story, and mocked.
  • September 14, 2010
    AFP
    There's an old John Wayne and Robert Mitchum flick called El Dorado, where James Caan played a cowboy who didn't know how to use a gun (he was, in fact, a Knife Nut). At one point, he tries to shoot a mook, and instead shoots a sign hanging above the mook, smacking the mook in the head with it.

    On the television show Due South, Ray VecchioKowalski wouldn't be able to hit the broad side of the barn without his glasses, but with them on, he has Improbable Aiming Skills.
  • September 14, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • May 3, 2011
    LT
    Do we have a trope for this yet? If not, why?
  • May 3, 2011
    TBeholder
    • Eastwood in Exterminatus Now. And whenever he aims to miss he unerringly hits someone.
  • May 3, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    • Kaori from City Hunter. It's safer to give the bad guy a gun than giving it to her.
  • May 3, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Added a laconic version.
  • May 4, 2011
    SKJAM
    Note that in the City Hunter example, it's enforced by Ryo tampering with the guns she uses for target practice every so often so that she doesn't learn to compensate.
  • May 4, 2011
    PaulA
    • In Modesty Blaise, Willie Garvin has such bad aim with handguns that someone once says of him that if he aimed at the ground he'd miss. He is, however, uncannily good with throwing knives. (In one story, he finds himself facing a mook with only a handgun for a weapon, and opts to throw it at the mook rather than risk trying to shoot it.)
  • May 4, 2011
    Augustine
    Going with the Red Vs Blue example above. Church is not only a bad shot with a sniper rifle, he can't hit a person from two feet away with an entire magazine of pistol ammo.
  • January 2, 2012
    TBeholder
    Or Cannot Hit A Barn
  • January 2, 2012
    Chabal2
    One Lucky Luke story has him coach a wannabe crimefighter, who's such a lousy shot that even standing directly behind him is not a guarantee of safety.
  • January 2, 2012
    Ryuuma
    What's the difference from Imperial Stormtroopers Marksmanship Academy? Or whatever the name was.

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