Created By: Charlatan on July 11, 2009
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Unusual Weapon Mounting

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Sometimes an Arm Cannon just isn't cool enough.

This is when a projectile weapon is mounted on an unusual spot on a character or vehicle.

This includes shoulder mounts and the like.

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(P.S.: Do we have a separate trope for wrist-mounted guns? If not, I feel we should, since it tends to work differently from the Arm Cannon.)

(P.S.S.: Edited title to be more universally understandable. Also, apparently wristguns are covered under Arm Cannon. Very well.)
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • July 11, 2009
    wanderlustwarrior
    No More Heroes' Destroyman has a crotch-mounted laser, earpiece lasers, and of course, "machine gun jumblies"

    Austin Powers of course orignating/urexample for Machine Gun Jumblies

    also, what the hell is a hardpoint? Can't it jut be Unusual Weapon Mounting?

  • July 11, 2009
    Jack Butler
    A hardpoint is the spot on a fighting vehicle where the weapons are mounted.
  • July 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In the Transformers franchise, pretty much every single plausible (and a few impractical) location on a Transformer's body has contained a weapon.
  • July 11, 2009
    Nimbostratus
    This is definitely worth mentioning.
  • July 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Near the end of the third Disgaea Mao threatens to convert Sapphire to fire missiles out of her boobs.
  • July 11, 2009
    Egregious Eric
    Bionicle has had a few shoulder cannons.
  • July 11, 2009
    DanielLC
    Real Life: Head-mounted pistol.

    I suggest calling it Unusually Mounted Weapon.
  • July 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    @Charlatan: I think we should omit locations that were once rarely used but are now commonplace in fiction. Those wouldn't exactly be "unusual".

    Also, Megas XLR has tons of guns everywhere, so there should be at least few in unusual locations.

    Joint guns have been depicted in some works, usually for purposes of concealment. Dororo has a cannon that fires upwards out of his lower leg while one cyborg in Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex had a heavy machinegun in his elbow.
  • July 11, 2009
    Nimbostratus
    btw, I don't think shoulder weapons should count as unusual (but potentially its own trope).
  • July 12, 2009
    random surfer
    Planet Terror had that chick who got a machine gun for a leg.
  • July 12, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Shoulder weapons were done to death by Sunrise and their productions at least. On Real Robots and Powered Armor the next most common location for guns after the hands and adjacent positions is the shoulder. Head weapons are already common as well.

    Also, Chest Blaster is already a trope.
  • July 12, 2009
    TB Tabby
    Bayonetta has guns in her stiletto heels, and she can mount other weapons there as well.
  • July 12, 2009
    willyolio
    yeah, shoulder weapons are pretty common on mecha, i don't think it counts as "unusual."

    Ghost In The Shell has several cyborgs who have concealed weapons INSIDE their arms or legs.
  • July 12, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    There is more than one example of a one-legged character having a gun in place of a peg, but I don't think that has been troped yet.
  • July 12, 2009
    JBridge
    The Diamond Age has skull guns. Guess where they're fired from.
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