Created By: DragonQuestZ on August 22, 2013 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on November 20, 2015

Cool Copter

Sometimes a copter does even more than just hover and fly.

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"We have a special helicopter that goes underwater! You guys are fucked!"
Bonnie Knight of "Angel and the Knight" on GTA Radio

A helicopter, or other rotary wing aircraft, that can do much more than just hover and fly.

Sure helicopters aren't a typical aircraft anyway, and it's not as though you can just fly one to McDonalds, but just the vehicle itself is an element in a story, not a trope. Yet what if the copter was more than that?

What the copter needs to do can vary a lot, from being a plain old assault copter, to having a mini bar and a home theater system, to being blinged out like a Pimped-Out Car. And those are just the realistic options. In fiction anything with a copter goes as long as it's got a full gas of unleaded Rule of Cool.

If a copter is the primary vehicle in an action video game, particularly a Shoot 'em Up, that copter is most certainly this trope (as you can't go blasting at your foes with a regular copter).

Also, seeing them take off helps since Fighter-Launching Sequence still works with copters.

Old-timey versions, like Steam Punk, will overlap with Those Magnificent Flying Machines.

A Super Trope to Black Helicopter, Future Copter, Helicopter Pack (a cool copter in Jet Pack form).

A Sister Trope to Cool Plane, Just for the Heli of It.

Contrast Hellish Copter (where the only thing cool about it is the spectacular crash).

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • A Certain Magical Index has the "Six Wings" supersonic helicopters. These don't even have pilots, and are drones, but are considered the equivalent to an entire conventional armored platoon in terms of firepower.
  • Lupin III: Dead or Alive features a place called "Drifting Island", which Lupin and gang first visit via gyrocopter. It's only built for one person, so they're actually overburdening it by having Lupin, Jigen and Goemon on it. The mechanic they borrowed it from also builds them two other flying devices.
  • The AH 88 Hellhound from the Patlabor movies, has firepower mostly like an Apache, but has a different design.

    Comic Books 
  • In Batman, Batman had various copters for a while before he switched over to the Batwing sometime during the 80's.
    • One was the "Whirly Bat", which was a light copter with more maneuverability than a standard helicopter, but couldn't carry heavy equipment.
    • The "Flying Batcave" was much larger and included things like video surveillance equipment. Yet the size meant it had to refuel frequently.

    Film 
  • The Batcopter used in the movie of the 60s Batman series was a regular copter blinged out with large bat wings on the side. They weren't aerodynamic, but they looked neat.
  • The helicopter named Blue Thunder is an assault copter with loads of tech, made for urban riot control.
  • Cars has several.
    • The first film has Rotor Turbosky, Strip "The King" Weathers' helicopter.
    • The sequel has the Lemons' Black Helicopter.
    • Even the spinoffs featured more copter characters: Rescue Squad Mater features a pair of rescue helicopters, UFM: Unidentified Flying Mater has Captain Munier the attack helicopter.
    • The Spin-Off film Planes, has some copters, one of which starred in a cop show some years before called CHoPS. In the show he had abilities like a hook and winch to carry other vehicles, and car boots to detain suspects.
  • The film Fire Birds is about the army and DEA using their own cool copters to fight against the villain and his own cool copter.
  • Goldeneye: Villain Alec Trevalyan's plan hinges on stealing an enhanced Tiger helicopter that has stealth abilities and is electromagnetically shielded so it's immune to the villain's own EMP weapon (he real Tiger doesn't have such capabilities).
  • The Incredibles has the Velocipods — a mook-flown ship made by Syndrom. Being small, fast and agile, it's basically your car-sized one-man helicopter that can fly tight circles around people. Its arsenal of twin machine guns gives it some raw firepower at a healthy distance, but it's also designed to make a deliberate Helicopter Blender with the blades.
  • The "Little Nellie" autogyro from You Only Live Twice. Flamethrowers? Check. Missile pods? Check. Heatseekers? Check. Aerial mines? Check. It looks like a flimsy toy plane and can be packed into four suitcases, but it curb stomps four of SPECTRE's attack helicopters.

    Live Action TV 
  • The eponymous copter in Airwolf was an experimental assault copter that the main character uses. Airwolf has a stealth coating against radar, a substantial arsenal of electronic countermeasures, wing-mounted cannons and chainguns, and a veritable Hyperspace Arsenal of missiles and bombs, and tops out at Mach 2.

    Tabletop Games 

    Toys 
  • G.I. Joe had many helicopters, with even the low end ones being lightly armored and heavily armed. The Cobra Mamba had three cockpit pods (two of which could be launched as solo vehicles), and dual side-by-side rotors.
  • Many of the Transformers have helicopters as their alt forms (both Autobot and Decepticon), hence these are copters that are Transforming Mecha.

    Video Games 
  • The Comanche series of video games by Novalogic are based on the cancelled US assault helicopter program of that name.
  • Desert Strike and its sequels have you flying an assault copter around battlefields, blasting a bombing things as you see fit.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, you have an assault helicopter as a vehicle to unlock if you get gold medals in the flight school (good luck though), and can use it for vigilante missions.
  • In the GTA Radio on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the ads include a show Angel and the Knight, where the They Fight Crime duo has an amphibious helicopter.
  • Gyroman.EXE from Mega Man Battle Network can transform into a helicopter.
  • In Prehistoric Isle, you spend the game blast at dinosaurs while flying attack helicopters.
  • Some of the Saints Row games have "Helicopter Assault" as part of the side missions. They are basically escort missions where you use Vulcan cannons and homing missiles to protect your charge.
  • Tiger Heli is a vertical shoot-em-up by Toaplan where the eponymous vehicle is an assault copter.
  • Twin Cobra is another Toaplan vertical shoot-em-up where where the eponymous vehicles are assault choppers.
  • Warcraft has the gnomish Flying Machine in II (only serves as recon), in III the dwarf-built Gyrocopter serves as an anti-air flyer and detector. In III's expansion, it is replaced by the dwarven Flying Machine, which uses Osprey-like tiltrotors to hover.

    Western Animation 
  • In the pilot of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Professor Norton Nimnul has invented some very versatile helicopter drones. They can they carry a giant piece of ice from the arctic to the Gold Reserve (presumably meaning Fort Knox in Kentucky, so thousands of miles). They can tilt to the side and cut the ice into snow like a rotary saw. They can even convert into blender blades and mix the snow and lime gelatin mix into a giant gelatin dome.
  • In an episode of Family Guy, Peter flew a copter with his face on it, but he almost immediately crash landed it, and it turned into a Helicopter Blender on Joe's lawn.
  • Goldie Gold and Action Jack
    • In one episode Goldie has a gold copter that she can fly within her mansion (given its Unnecessarily Large Interior).
    • In another episode Jack falls out of a plane, but Goldie throws him a suitcase that opens out into a pedal powered copter.
  • M.A.S.K. was built around cool vehicles. Among them were the Condor, a motorcycle that turned into a single-person helicopter, and the Switchblade, which turns from Cool Plane to Cool Copter and back.

Community Feedback Replies: 87
  • August 22, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • Galoob's Micro Machine line had many fictional helicopters in the line. One standout was a single-person attack copter with sharp angles, NOTAR (No Tail Rotor) technology, and many missiles.
    • GI Joe had many helicopters, many of which were fairly mundane (if a bit lightly armored and heavily armed). However, the Cobra Mamba had three cockpit pods (two of which could be launched as solo vehicles), and dual side-by-side rotors.
    • The Matchbox line of toy vehicles had a few helicopters patterned after wasps, with the legs acting as the bumpers, the wings as the rotor, and an insectoid head for the cockpit.
    • MASK wasbuilt around cool vehicles. Among them were the Condor, a motorcycle that turned into a single-person helicopter, and the Switchblade, which turns from Cool Plane to Cool Copter and back.
    • Goldeneye: Villain Alec Trevalyan's plan hinges on stealing a stealth helicopter that's electromagnetically shielded (thus immune to the villain's own EMP weapon). The real Tiger doesn't have such capabilities.
  • August 22, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Half those examples need better formatting.
  • August 23, 2013
    DAN004
  • August 23, 2013
    JonnyB
    A pair of menacing dark olive Hughes OH-6 Cayuse "Loaches" with black tinted windows dog the astronauts in Capricorn One. As seen in this clip, they seemed to almost be alive and have minds of their own. Which is pretty cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9q5BoEgvUU#t=0m12s
  • August 27, 2013
    dragonquestz
    Some examples in the replies still need better formatting, so I can put them up properly.
  • August 27, 2013
    lakingsif
    Trudy's (can we still call it a) helicopter at the end of Avatar.
  • August 27, 2013
    AP
    • As expected with all things cool, Bat Man had one in the old television show. This corresponded with the Batman comics at the time, but he switched over to a Cool Plane with the batwing sometime during the 80's.
  • August 28, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    • Autogyro: copter or plane?
    • Ornithopter: copter or plane?
    • Aerial Screw: copter or plane?

    Is the line being drawn between fixed-wing and moving wing, or between animal wings and screws?
  • August 28, 2013
    dragonquestz
    ^ Overlapping with tropes isn't unheard of.
  • August 28, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    But we want those overlaps defined, don't we? Right now, cool copters go on the Cool Plane trope. I think the split is justified unless we have "fixed wing planes" and "helicopters" as the definition. We lose lots of Rule Of Cool aircraft that way.
  • August 28, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Fixed a broken Pot Hole.
  • August 28, 2013
    dragonquestz
    ^^ The overlap would be if either a) something is classified as both (either officially in Real Life or Word Of God for a work) or b) it's hard to tell without clarification from the creator (again either real life or fiction).

    Otherwise we put them on both until we can determine which is which.
  • August 28, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    $&$&#&#% - I just asked someone to determine which aircraft goes with which trope!

    Right now, Cool Plane means "All aircraft except those that qualify as the subtrope, Cool Airship.". If this goes through, and nonstandard flying machines are not defined into one or the other, then tropers will assume that they don't belong on either. It can overlap, but I'm more inclined to believe that the two tropes will gap.

    The aircraft I named are not an airplane or a helicopter. If Cool Plane goes from "any aircraft" to "airplanes only", then the autogyro is no longer an example of either trope.
  • August 28, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Well I'm not suggesting making that "planes only", just splitting this off.
  • August 28, 2013
    AP
    I always assumed Cool Plane was just about planes. It's right there in the name.
  • August 29, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    ^ yeah, only the description doesn't specify fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters were specifically called out on being included, which broadened the trope past the typical definition for plane.

    Sigh - maybe I should give up and start a YKTTW for Fantastic Flying Machine...
  • August 30, 2013
    dragonquestz
    ^ Do you mean a Super Trope for both this and Cool Plane, or a trope for flying machines in fantasy works?
  • August 30, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Neither, actually. I just uploaded an image to show four different flying machines. One is from Real Life, it didn't work because the materials available didn't exist. One is from Anime. Another was an actual flying machine used in James Bond. The fourth is a fantasy card game card drawing.

    Clockwise from the top left, Aerial Screw by Da Vinci, Flying Sled in Castle In The Sky, Autogyro in You Only Live Twice, and Ornithopter from Magic The Gathering.
  • August 30, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Those are two small (not counting the ykttw problems posting it), and don't seem to be examples anyway (with three being "weird" copters).
  • August 30, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    "three"? Two of those have flapping wings, and the other two use a rotary mechanism. I chose one from England, one from Anime, one from Real Life, and Magic because I like Magic. There's... a lot more than just those four.

    I thought the ykttw problems was images not showing up. Since you saw, I removed it. Can find it by searching my username anyhow. I was showing you Fantastic Flying Machines. Aircraft that are not "fixed-wing" or "helicopters".
  • August 31, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Well those still don't fit the trope. Those are psuedo copters, which isn't covered in this ykttw. The fourth is just a copter.

    As for pictures in ykttw replies, next time make sure they are left-aligned and put a horizontal line below to make the post box cover the whole space.
  • September 1, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    I was answering your question, not submitting suggestions.
  • September 1, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ My comments were to the picture itself.
  • September 1, 2013
    lakingsif
    How about this?
  • September 1, 2013
    dragonquestz
    ^ That's another version of the picture in Future Copter.
  • September 1, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    Clarified that this can include other rotary wing aircraft (as long as it has other cool things than just flying), which should also make it clear that without the rotary wings, it doesn't count.

    Also, I have three pictures from Prehistoric Isle 2 as possible page pictures. one two (source page in case that link doesn't work) three

    EDIT: Nevermind. I found a pic that shows the copter better.
  • September 1, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    You asked, "Do you mean a Super Trope for both this and Cool Plane, or a trope for flying machines in fantasy works?", and I was showcasing the types of aircraft that would be ignored in favour of only "planes" and "helicopters". Some of which are already on Cool Plane. I wasn't talking about fake anything.

    Right now, Cool Plane is for "The aerial equivalent of the Cool Car, Cool Boat, and the flying, usually metallic (but increasingly composite) incarnation of the Rule Of Cool.", and therefore covers pretty much everything that flies.

    For this ykttw, you have over a dozen examples of helicopters you have yet to mine from Cool Plane, and half as many to mine from Cool Plane.
  • September 1, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    1. I was asking what you meant with this comment:

    "Sigh - maybe I should give up and start a YKTTW for Fantastic Flying Machine..."

    I honestly didn't know if you meant a Super Trope for both this ykttw and Cool Plane, or a Sister Trope for flying machines in fantasy works.

    2. I can "mine" the page after this launches. I just need to be clear that this is splitting off that trope, and that others agree.
  • December 10, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Warhammer 40 K has ork Deffkoptas, which amount to flying motorbikes with jet-propelled rotors. Piloted by the most insane of orks, completely devoid of armor, and of course, loaded with More Dakka.
    • Warhammer has dwarf Gyrocopters which serve as recon and transport.
    • Warcraft has the gnomish Flying Machine in II (only serves as recon), in III the dwarf-built Gyrocopter serves as an anti-air flyer and detector. In III's expansion, it is replaced by the dwarven Flying Machine, which uses Osprey-like tiltrotors to hover.
  • January 3, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    ^^ I told you, "neither". I said neither because the given options were more narrow than what I was referring to. The supertrope suggestion is missing Cool Airship, and the "fantasy works" suggestion is missing da Vinci's Ornithoper and the James Bond autogyro.

    I've been looking around the site since we were talking, because I've already got several half-baked YKTTW, and I didn't want a half-arsed effort lost in the digital abyss. What I've found was Those Magnificent Flying Machines.

    With that "lost" trope, (it wasn't on the "Cool" indexes) and your definition expansion, we have:

  • January 3, 2014
    KZN02
    See also Helicopter Pack?
  • January 3, 2014
    Exxolon
    Blue Thunder was also a short lived TV show so needs to be under both headings.
  • January 3, 2014
    Exxolon
    The Comanche series of video games by Novalogic definitely qualify, being based on the cancelled US helicopter program.
  • January 17, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    • Lupin III Dead Or Alive features a place called "Drifting Island", which Lupin and gang first visit via gyrocopter. It's only built for one person, so they're actually overburdening it by having Lupin, Jigen and Goemon on it. The mechanic they borrowed it from also builds them two other flying devices.
  • February 11, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^^ No, because you don't have to list every adaptation unless there is a significant difference.
  • February 13, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    Okay, grabbed examples from Cool Plane, but had to heavily adjust them. That page is just loaded with gushing and Word Cruft. It needs heavy fixing (perhaps a forum thread, since I have watched enough of these to know how to properly correct them).
  • February 15, 2015
    Arivne
    ^ Not to mention a metric buttload of Zero Context Examples and improper Example Indentation.
  • February 15, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Dude, metric is just how something is measured, not the size. ;-)

    But seriously, this will likely need a "short term projects" thread.

    EDIT: Here.
  • February 15, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Thanks for the cleanup on that page. And I added context to some of the examples on this ykttw.
  • February 15, 2015
    BinaryStep
    This looks like it's becoming a general list of copters in fiction, which isn't quite a trope.
  • February 15, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Well list some that you don't think meet the "cool" requirements. I find simply being an assault helicopter is a good baseline.

    Also, if I was just listing copters, the video game list would be a lot longer, particularly if I just listed the copters used as vehicles in any sandbox game, even though they don't do anything other than fly.
  • February 15, 2015
    DAN004
    ^^ I'm kinda irked at you doing that...
  • February 15, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
  • February 15, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ you do realize that I used 2 ^s, right?
  • February 15, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Yes. I was just confused, since the context doesn't seem to fit the context of the post two places above the one you made.

    Or long reply short, what did Binary Step do that irked you?
  • February 15, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ From what I saw, the guy has a beef against Garnishing The Story tropes. He once tried to turn the trs for weaponry tropes into one for admittedly "chairs" tropes.

    Rant over.
  • February 15, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Okay, got it.
  • February 19, 2015
    marcoasalazarm
    H Ell, this has my hat.
  • February 19, 2015
    Koveras
    Pulled a hat because I have beef with the term "cool" in trope names, and the description does not provide a clear guideline on how to tell a "cool" copter apart from an "uncool" one.
  • February 19, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Well I can at least adjust the description to state some nonstandard abilities have to be included. I basically lifted the description from Cool Plane, and in hindsight that wasn't the best move considering the mess that page was in.

    As for the existing trope names, you can start some forum threads asking about mixing them up. TRS might not be best since it covers just one trope at a time. Perhaps "Trope Talk" or the "Projects" section. Honestly not sure which is best.

    EDIT: Oh, and this trope name isn't fixed. As long as a name indicates that this isn't just a helicopter for flying, any name can do.
  • February 19, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    All right, I put up a "better name" tag, and am open for suggestions.

    Also, how is the new description?
  • February 19, 2015
    Koveras
    I have no intention of being the contrarian here, but "cool copter" as a title invites as much misuse as any other Cool Whatever "trope" already in existence. If any assault helicopter is considered cool, then every single post-WWII war movie will have to be included on this page—and that's just a step away from including any work that features a chopper in a single scene. Notice how Pimped Out Car isn't called Cool Car: it specifically requires that the car in question be extensively customized to qualify for that trope. Cool Car, on the other hand, seems happy to list every single car in fiction and its usefulness as a trope rapidly approaches zero.

    If you want to focus on helicopters that simply have more functionality that comparable models of similar purpose, how about Super Copter for at title (not to be confused with a Super Cop)? It's not exactly specific either, but it conveys the meaning that this heli just can do more than others, but excludes all the ordinary choppers whose "coolness" lies mainly in the eye of the beholder.
  • February 19, 2015
    DAN004
    I'm thinking that we'd better have Pimped Out Vehicle rather than Pimped Out Car.
  • February 19, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ If you mean in the description, I used that trope as a comparison, as in the copter could be tricked out in the way a pimped out car would be.

  • February 27, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    So does anyone think the name is fine as it is, or have a better name in mind?
  • February 27, 2015
    Koveras
    ^ You still haven't expressed your opinion on my suggestion "Super Copter" from nine days ago.
  • February 27, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    Sorry. Missed it. Not sure though, since "super" in terms of vehicles used used for specific kinds of enhancements, like size or speed, while this covers any significant enhancement on a copter.
  • February 28, 2015
    Koveras
    Well, you may be right about vehicles, but in this case, the helicopter is treated more as a unique character than a generic vehicle, so a comparison with Super Hero or Super Cop would be more apt.
  • February 28, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ But would one that can fold into a suitcase be considered "super"?
  • February 28, 2015
    Arivne
    There are a number of Zero Context Examples (no mention of what makes the copter "cool") in the Examples section, including:

    • The AH 88 Hellhound.
    • The Bat Copter.
    • The Rotor Turbosky and Planes subexample of the Cars examples.
    • Comanche

    Some of the above may be "assault helicopter" examples: if so the example should specifically say so.
  • February 28, 2015
    Arivne
  • February 28, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Some I can add context to.

    EDIT: Now all have context.
  • February 28, 2015
    Koveras
    @DragonQuestZ: Does The Atom count as a Super Hero?
  • February 28, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ I wrote "in terms of vehicles", not superheroes. But even then, vehicles are modular, people aren't.

    ^^^ How is putting two works on the same line a correction of indentation? That just makes it worse.
  • March 1, 2015
    Arivne
    ^ I have already told you in another YKTTW about the Example Indentation rule that absolutely forbids putting a single example by itself in the second or lower level of indentation. If you continue to insist on doing so despite my warning you risk being suspended by the moderators, because they are very strict on enforcing this rule.

    I have changed the Tiger Heli example to the other legal way of writing it, giving each example its own entry at the second level of indentation.
  • March 1, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Or since they are two games, they could get outright separate entries.

    Plus where does it say they are that strict for ykttw entries?
  • March 1, 2015
    Koveras
    ^ They suspended me for a week on YKTTW for breaching what wasn't even a rule at the time, so just trust Arivne on that. :)
  • March 1, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Or I'll trust you both, since it gives further confirmation.
  • March 2, 2015
    NemuruMaeNi
    Batman example doesn't state the source. Work names are to be italicized, but "Batman" there is not, so it's a work name potholed under character's name.

    Wouldn't "Fantastic Copter" name be more Gushing-resistant? Although current laconic doesn't inspire to bother.
  • March 2, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Also one of the examples under Batman is from the TV series so it should go under Live Action TV.
  • March 2, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    Will fix that laconic and the batman entries.

    But Batman is the name of the character and the work, so it's not potholed.
  • March 3, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Per a discussion on Wiki Talk, Fighteer (a mod) says to name both the character and the work. "In Batman Batman has..."
  • March 3, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Okay.
  • March 3, 2015
    StarSword
    Expanded the Airwolf example to elaborate on the chopper's gear.
  • March 3, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Thanks. Couldn't find the specifics for its abilities.
  • March 3, 2015
    BinaryStep
    I advise another name, because "Cool Copter" is probably going to be used for every helicopter someone likes, at all, not to mention potholed every time a helicopter is mentioned.

    Also, not to derail this but...

    DAN 004, Garnishing The Story tropes are abused as hell, and a common object appearing at all doesn't make it a trope. If, for example, "using a weapon for its intended purpose" is a trope, then logically "sitting on a chair" is too. Also, as for why I wanted to originally derail the thread, it's because of my discovering a LOT of PSOC tropes that were underused enough that no one did anything about them. /rant
  • March 3, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Again, that's why there is a tag for a better name.

    Now how is garnishing abused?
  • March 3, 2015
    BinaryStep
    To give an analogy, let's look at the trope Revolvers Are Just Better. It was supposed to be about revolvers being potrayed as more effective than other guns in fiction. But eventually, the examples degraded to things like these, effectively turning it into a "revolvers existing" trope:

    • Doc Scratch keeps what seems to be a Schofield revolver as his sidearm in Homestuck. He later gives it to Spades Slick.
    • The revolver is pretty much seen in various classic cartoons (Looney Tunes, Disney, MGM, etc.).
    • From Mother Russia comes the MTs-255 - a revolver shotgun.
      • Sort of the case with the Sou'African Striker, where its magazine revolves.
      • From Taurus, we have The Judge, a revolver shotgun in Hand Cannon form. Sadly, it's Awesome But Impractical, as the .410 shotshell it uses is horrible at even medium range (though an increasing number of specialized self-defense .410 shells are being introduced to fix that flaw), and it's also very inaccurate with .45 Colt rounds. Not to mention it's freakin' expensive.
        • The Circuit Judge, a carbine (long barrel, stock installed) version with baffles to deflect the hot gasses from the cylinder away from the shooter's off hand and face (the usual flaw of revolving long guns).
    • The M32 Multiple Grenade Launcher.

    (far from all the misuse, of course, but I don't want to make this post overly lengthy)
  • March 3, 2015
    DAN004
    You can see that specific weapons add different flavors. That's my argument, pruned down to the point.
  • March 3, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Well that's not a Garnishing The Story trope anyway, but otherwise I agree. Frankly that trope could use a rename to indicate the original purpose better (as well as a picture that reflects it).

    ^ I agree as well, but the flavors still need to stand out. A revolver in the old west wouldn't be much. A revolver beating a Gatling gun would.
  • March 8, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    Possible names:

    Any others?
  • March 8, 2015
    DAN004
    I'd go with Cool Copter
  • October 23, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    Bumping, since this has been here for a while and I want to make sure this is finally ready to launch.
  • November 20, 2015
    NateTheGreat
    In the pilot of Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers Professor Norton Nimnul has invented some very versatile helicopter drones. They can carry a giant piece of ice from the arctic to the Gold Reserve (presumably meaning Fort Knox in Kentucky, so thousands of miles). They can tilt to the side and cut the ice into snow like a rotary saw. They can even convert into blender blades and mix the snow and lime gelatin mix into a giant gelatin dome!
  • November 20, 2015
    henke37
    • Bowser has had his clown copter since Super Mario World and these days the Koopalings get them too.
  • November 20, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    • Dog Copter the title character from the fictional Show With In A Show of the same name in Steven Universe. He is a dog, a cop, and a helicopter and is notably able to shoot a rocket from his butt.
  • November 20, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Needs to do more than just be a copter.
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