Created By: alexbutterfield on August 13, 2011

Testing the shooter

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A hero is pinned down, taking cover from the enemy fire. Rather than making a run for it, thy test the waters by holding up their hat, possibly on a stick. Maybe they hold up a white flag, or some other fake appendage. It is generally shot to pieces, especially the white flag.
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  • August 13, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Alphas used the term "cold charlie", a method for flushing out an enemy sniper by getting him to shoot at something first.
  • August 13, 2011
    TonyG
    • In one Looney Tunes short, Bugs Bunny holds a dummy rabbit's head out of his hole to see if Elmer is still there. It comes back bashed to bits.
      • Not sure if this counts or not, but there's this classic scene from "Rabbit Seasoning":
      Bugs: Take a peek and see if he's still up there.
      Daffy: Righto. [peeks over hole and is shot]
      Bugs: Well?
      Daffy: [dazed] Still lurking about!
      Bugs: I know. You go up there to act as a decoy and lure him away.
  • August 13, 2011
    MetaFour
    Would the maneuver where you throw something out in the open in order to make the gunman give away their position be close enough to lump with this? I know Amidala pulled that one off in Star Wars Clone Wars.
  • August 14, 2011
    AFP
    Truth In Television, and a common tactic for trying to trick an enemy into revealing his position.

    Possible picture
  • August 14, 2011
    AFP
  • August 14, 2011
    Bisected8
    I thought raising a white flag meant that they were trying to surrender....

    • Double subverted in Men At Arms; the person shooting at Vimes (who's using/being used by the Disc's first true firearm) shoots below the counter he's stuck his helmet above, where Vimes would have been had he not used a longer stick just in case the shooter was Genre Savvy.
  • August 14, 2011
    neobullseye
    • Done in Final Fantasy XIII. As the party is hiding in Hope's father's house, the army decides to pay a visit. Snow takes out his jacket and holds it in front of a window, leading to it being riddled with bullets.
  • August 14, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^White flag means truce or ceasefire. Memetic Mutation has caused it to become shorthand for surrender. It shows what a bad guy the bad guy is to shoot up a white flag. It's a War Crime.
  • August 14, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Also used by ninjas in medieval Japan, the most probable origin on Ninja Log
  • August 14, 2011
    foxley
    The Doctor and Harry do it in the Doctor Who serial "The Ark in Space", using the Doctor's scarf and his hat on a stick to test an automatic defence system that has them pinned down.
  • August 14, 2011
    Stratadrake
  • August 14, 2011
    Specialist290
    Liking Bait The Bullet.

    I can swear we already have this one, though...
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