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->''"All you really need to know is that there is a gun that shoots shurikens and lightning. I wish I could make something like that up. It shoots '''shurikens''' and '''lightning'''! The only way it could be more awesome is if it had tits and was on fire."''
-->-- '''Ben "Yahtzee" Crosshaw''' on ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'', ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''

We've seen plenty of guns in all kinds of media, so what's one way to make a gun different? Remove the bullets, lasers, and rockets, and replace with something... that isn't a bullet or laser or rocket. [[TrickBullet Or just make the bullet do something other than just rendering the target dead]]. Perhaps there's some really strange AppliedPhlebotinum about, but we all know someone's really just trying to invoke the RuleOfCool. All bets are off if a catapult comes into play.

Oh, and don't ask how they fit a kitten in a handgun. Just don't.

Compare TrickArrow, ImpossiblyCoolWeapon, ImprobableWeaponUser. Not to be confused with DepletedPhlebotinumShells. If the ammo really stings, see BeeBeeGun. If the ammo is feline, it's {{Catapult}}. If the projectiles breaks up into smaller rounds, that's RecursiveAmmo. If it's foodstuffs that's being shot, then it's EdibleAmmunition. If it's plant matter or other small objects, head over to BulletSeed. If it's smaller versions of itself, that's WeaponizedOffspring.

Related tropes include BallisticBone and [[NaturalWeapon Natural Weapons]]. For team-mates literally throwing other team-mates (or unusual objects), see FastballSpecial.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime]]
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited'' character Kaze is a summoner, who uses a device called a Magun and a magical substance called Soil [[spoiler:which is [[PoweredByAForsakenChild effectively the life energy of people who have died]]]] to summon monsters. His gun essentially ''fires summons''.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has {{Magitek}} bullets able to alter space-time at the point of impact. They were used to send people three hours into the future, but it's implied they can also displace the target to a nearby location. Negi used magic blast guns and strip laser beams.
* X-Laws in ''ShamanKing'' have guns that fire regular bullets that are used as mediums to summon their ''angel spirits''. HumongousMecha [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ghost angels]], no less.
* ''Anime/OutlawStar'' had 'Caster Shells' -- [[{{Magitek}} magic in a bullet.]] Special mention goes to [[FourIsDeath Number 4]] shells, which fire miniature black holes. Their effect on Gene's unfortunate enemies produces some of the more frightening scenes of the series. What they do to Gene when firing them isn't exactly pretty either.
* In ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', Haruhi subconsciously modified model guns into firing pressurized water balls with unimaginably explosive firepower. Dual [[WaterGunsAndBalloons squirt guns]] turned dual mini water-grenade launchers/pistols.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''--
** Mista has six little creatures for his Stand. He uses ordinary bullets, but the six creatures (named [[FourIsDeath "1", "2", "3", "5", "6" and "7"]]) can fly and deviate the trajectories of bullets (with kicks), making it possible to Mista to hit targets beyond a corner, to say one. At least one time some of them ride a bullet to reach the target faster, although they never strike him on their own.
** Part 4 has Yoshikage Kira combining the power of his Killer Queen stand and Stray Cat's to create ''invisible shots of air that explode''.
* Teana from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' has Cross Mirage, a pair of handguns that shoot magic. From the same franchise, there are Cartridges, which are condensed magic in what looks like a firearm shell, but these are not actually shot, just exploded to supercharge a Device.
* The Sonic Driver (Sonic Power Cannon in the dub) in ''SonicX'' that fires the title character as its ammo counts here.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'':
** An assassin used a unique weapon against her wealthy target: a shotgun, [[ArmCannon built into her forearm]], that fired rolls of ''coins''.
** In the episode "Testation", a rampant SpiderTank--which had dodged or neutralized everything else thrown at it--gets stopped by a gun that fires canisters of some kind of quick-hardening glue. Gumming up the tank's legs being the only means of stopping it, short of using weaponry too powerful for use in an urban area.
** Togusa used a tracer bullet loaded into his Mateba Autorevolver to tag a fleeing car.
* In ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', there is a technique in the Nanto martial arts that involves launching the practitioner out of a cannon while they hold a sword.
* One chimera ant in ''HunterXHunter'' used an airsoft sniper rifle to fire huge fleas (which somehow survived the brutal impact) to make the victims bleed to death due to their bites preventing coagulation.
* ''{{Macross 7}}'s'' Nekki Basara pilots a robot that shoots speaker pods (Thoughtfully loaded with glue so the target won't be killed by cockpit depressurization) and sings to his aggressors, hoping to make them give up fighting. He also keeps in reserve a scaled up cannon larger than his own machine for use on battleships.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Mr. 5 loads his revolver with his BREATH. However, his devil fruit power let him make any part of his body explode, breath included. How he was able to tell where his breath bullet was after fired, we'll never know.
** Usopp uses pachinko balls for his slingshot Kabuto and whatever he could get his hands on prior to that (Rotten eggs, Tabasco balls, small rocks...). [[spoiler: After the TimeSkip, he uses Pop Greens, insta-growing plant seeds]].
* In ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'''s finale, TheHero and his HumongousMecha are fired out of a cannon of a truly massive HumongousMecha at the BigBad and his HumongousMecha, giving a literal meaning to the term "Live Ammunition".
* Kai in ''BloodPlus'' has a gun that fires delayed exploding bullets, with the last bullet of each magazine triggering the others to explode simultaneously. This is used to overcome the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Chiropterans]]' substantial HealingFactor. It can still only slow them down.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Death the Kid and his twin guns, the [[VoluntaryShapeshifter Thompson Sisters]], who can fire condensed bursts of Kid's own ''soul'' at enemies.
* ''{{Kurohime}}'' takes this trope outside to shoot it in the head.... with a DRAGON!
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'':
** Reborn is an [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot adorable baby mafioso]] who has a gun that, if shot in the head by it, you die. And then come back to life, in your underwear, for five minutes, with the ability to complete your life's ambition. If you complete said ambition, you get to continue living. If not, you perish. Again.
** Xanxus and Gokudera also have guns that fire Dying Will Flames (although Gokudera's is more of an ArmCannon). Xanxus uses his own Flames of Wrath as ammo, while Gokudera loads his gun with dynamite.
* Mic Sounders the 13th can fire a [[GaoGaiGar GaoFighGar]] with Goldion Hammer. BEST. AMMO. EVER.
* ''LetterBee'' has Letter Bees (postmen with special training to fight enormous monsters) tote around a special kind of gun that shoots a fragment of their 'Heart', something equivalent to their life force in this series. They're important because Letter Bees drag letters around a dark, miserable world where 70% of the land is crawling with giant almost-invincible monsters in order to do their jobs...
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** The main character Yusuke Urameshi and his Rei/Spirit Gun.
** The character Sniper has the ability to embed his spirit energy into any object and fire it with the velocity of a bullet, generally making said objects much stronger in the process. Ammunition used includes: pencil erasers, dice, marbles, blades of grass, rocks, an absurd amount of knives, and '''[[CarFu A GODDAMN TRUCK]]'''. AbnormalAmmo, indeed. However, when he's done screwing around [[SubvertedTrope he just]] [[NoNonsenseNemesis opts for a gun]].
*** The gun had a particular function: the truck was loaded with fuel (why Yusuke had not destroyed it yet), and the bullet blew it up in Yusuke's face.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
** Alucard's first gun fires 13mm explosive steel/silver alloy rounds (the silver is also melted from a cross from a cathedral), Victoria's Harkonnen fires 30mm armor-piercing depleted uranium/silver alloy or incendiary shells, and the Jackal fires explosive shells encased in Macedonian silver with mercury tips.
--->'''Alucard:''' It's perfection, Walter.
** In the last episode of the anime he manages to pull off firing actual melted silver from a cross with his half wrecked gun. He manages it because he is [[BadAss Alucard]].
* Tsurara Shirayuki from ''RosarioPlusVampire'' uses ice bullets to [[ColdSniper snipe]] people. They melt, leaving no evidence.
* Canti's gun in ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' uses... Naota himself as ammo, albeit rolled into a flying, glowing red ball.
* EtCetera is about a girl with a gun that shoots the essence of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The gun is powered by rubbing the barrel against any item that is made from the animal represented in the zodiac -- including a bikini made from Tiger skin.
* In ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', the Garbagemon wield bazookas that fire faeces at their targets.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Ishida's fight with Cirucci Sanderwicci finishes when he fires an arrow made of a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] [[LaserBlade lightsaber]].
** Coyote Starrk's guns fire ceros.
** Riruka's gun fires miniaturized objects that enlarge in midair.
** A gun wielding quincy fires bullets of reishi that look like the quincy cross and can set fire to people.
* Perhaps as compensation for only ever being issued six bullets, Daisuke in ''HeatGuyJ'' is usually provided with one devastatingly explosive "Red Cap" round.
* During the "[[TrainingFromHell Tower of Hell]]" chapter of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', Hiruma uses bullets that are actually pellets full of desiccant powder, designed to make the ice being carried by the candidates for a spot on the Devil Bats melt faster.
* Late in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Chibodee and George are facing off against one of the [[BigBad Devil Gundam]]'s [[FourIsDeath Four Kings]] when they start running low on their respective ammo (Gundam Maxter's revolver bullets and Gundam Rose's {{Attack Drone}}s). They decide to pull off a DeathOrGloryAttack, George running interference while Chibodee uses the last Attack Drone ''as'' a bullet and aims for their opponent's cockpit.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Deadpool}} has an inflatable sheep gun. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The gun fires inflatable sheep.]] This being Deadpool, it could also be an inflatable gun that fires normal sheep.
--->Deadpool: [[BreakingTheFourthWall C'mon guys?]] Don't you remember that totally sweet rabid hamster shotgun I once had? Or what about that gun made of solid gold? It shot freaking diamonds!
* ''ThePunisher'' comic had a gun [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks that shot swords]].
-->"It's a gun, Frank. A gun that shoots ''swords''."\\
FWOCKA FWOCKA FWOCKA FWOCKA
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has a BANGFlagGun, for all your DoubleSubversion needs. Pull the trigger once, it sends out a "BANG!" flag. Pull it again, and it fires the flag (which has a pointed tip) into the victim. He once pulled out a gun that had a "CLICK!" flag in it, so that he could declare, "Damn! Misfire!"
* In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', the Judges' standard Lawgiver sidearm has several types of unusual ammunition in addition to standard ammunition which can be easily switched as needed. These types include ricochet, heatseeking, incendiary, armour piercing and high explosive. All of the above are usable in the {{FPS}} video game too.
** Memorably parodied in a Dredd story set in Ireland, where terrorists use "spud guns" which lethally fire potatoes in various forms - mash, chips, etc - culminating in the memorable line, "Spud guns to roasties!"
* In MarvelComics' ''EarthX'', Tony Stark's HumongousMecha Iron Factory fires ''Iron Man suits'' from its guns.
* [[TheDCU The minor DCU]] Franchise/{{Batman}} villain the Condiment King uses guns that shoot, well, condiments like ketchup and mustard. Pretty silly, until he uses hot sauce based guns and spice powder to blind people and burn their throats.
* The ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' B-List villain [[AtrociousAlias Paste Pot Pete]] had a gun that shot quick-setting glue. Which would have been cooler if he didn't need to carry around a bucket in the other hand filled with his ammo. His attempt to change his name to the Trapster after designing a self-contained glue gun has been undermined by people [[NeverLiveItDown who won't let him live down]] [[ButtMonkey his earlier lameness.]]
* A later issue of ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' has Will Magnus using bullets that are miniaturized versions of his Metal Men.
* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' had Brianna Diggers experiment with "Peebo bullets" based on her robot pets in one issue. They were supposed to seek out and hit bad guys on their own, thereby making them perfectly safe for bystanders; unfortunately their limited [=AI=] gave them a rather broad view of what actually ''constituted'' a 'bad guy' and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity predictably ensued]].
* One of the stormtroopers in ''TwistedToyfareTheatre'' once built a gun that shoots lightsabers. It ended up destroying a planet.
** Dr. Doom built a ''Spice Cannon'' that uses Baby Spice as ammo.
* In a grimmer take than most, in the accompanying material of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' there's an excerpt from ''Tales of the Black Freighter'' in which the pirate crew uses half-rotted human heads as ammunition for their cannons.
* In issue 11 of ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'', John Stone fires a bullet that appears to have a tiny chainsaw blade on one side, called the "Rip-Round," to rupture the fuel line for cyborg Bride's getaway plane. He could have used a normal bullet.
* ''ComicBook/SpyBoy'''s gun, the Magnum Opus, fires a variety of these.
* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' villain Fantomex'' had ''sentient homing bullets made from malleable skin''. They even had human faces on them.
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[[folder:FanFic]]
* ''FanFic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'' features Blackjack's super gun "Trottenheimer's Folly" which fires what are called "Silver Bullets" that are made of [[spoiler:Moonstone, Asteroids/Sky Iron/Star Bones, and Radioactive Magical Mutation Goo.]]
* ''FanFic/JustAnUnorthodoxThief'' has Assassin's multitude of gags and gimmicks extends to the ammo for his Walther. Exploding bullets are practically a Real Life example, but he also uses ''Glue'' bullets to trap enemies in place.
* ''FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'' gives Matsuda a "police gun" that fires police cars. Yes, you read right. ''Whole police cars''.
* ''FanFic/ThePezDispenserAndTheReignOfTerror'' has the titular object, which mainly runs off of PEZ candies (which can be set to a power level anywhere from "peashooter" to ''"Hiroshima Bomb"'').
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Syndrome's lair on [[MeaningfulName Nomanisan Island]] utilizes sentry guns that fire sticky inflating balloon rounds to nonlethally stop any erstwhile superheroic intruders. According to some of the commentaries, that was the only kind of weapon they could think of that would conceivably stop Mr. Incredible without killing him and/or destroying the base (it may have also been lightly based on real nonlethal weapon concepts currently in development). These have also been interpreted--probably incorrectly--as a ShoutOut to another balloon-like weapon used to keep people captive on an island: the Rover from Series/ThePrisoner.
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' seems to revel in this trope.
** "Piranha gun! [[CatchPhrase Oh yeah!]]" The impracticality of this one is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in a scene where, after firing the gun, Vector tries to fit the piranha back ''into'' the weapon so he can fire it again, and fails miserably.
** The Squid Launcher, which also works as a GrapplingHookPistol.
** On Gru's side, the Fart Gun, although that one was by mistake since he really wanted a ''dart'' gun.
--> '''[[MadScientist Dr. Nefario]]''': I ''was'' wondering, under what circumstances would we use this...
** The second film gives us the "jelly guns" which, as the name implies, fire [[LethalChef foul-tasting]] [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage jam]] [[spoiler:that contains an antidote to the PX-41 serum, returning all Gru's minions back to normal when hit.]] The fart gun also makes an appearance as well.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{The Sword and the Sorcerer}}'' (1982), the hero wields a triple-bladed sword with blades that can be launched at enemies like rockets. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OU96za6czU Video]]
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Eddie Valiant's toon gun fires bullets... semi-intelligent cartoon bullets that can talk, chase down criminals, and apparently return to their case independently. One even carries a large tomahawk. Unfortunately, almost all of them (save the one with the tomahawk) were too stupid to figure out which way the bad guy went. In the English version, they're known simply as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumdum Dum-Dums]]". In the Italian dub, they are called "mezze cartucce", an Italian phrase used to say "idiots", but with the literal meaning of "half cartridges".
* ''[[Film/TheMatrix The Matrix Revolutions]]'' features a giant, full auto, deconstructor robot gun.
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''
** The evil French fling several things at the English knights. Including a cow and the large wooden rabbit the English constructed in an attempt to "Trojan horse" their way inside.
* In ''HotShots Part Deux'':
** Topper runs out of arrows after missing about 15 times due to [[CoincidentalDodge his oblivious target just happening to bend over]], take a side-step, etc, at exactly the right time. So Topper [[CluckingFunny fires a chicken]] at him instead.
** The same movie also features a gun that bops someone on the head with a hammer from close range, and another that springs out a punching fist.
** When a certain character finds herself weaponless, she finds a box of ammo. So what does she do? She grabs a handful of bullets and throws them at the bad guys, taking them all out.
* One of the weapons featured in the MindScrew movie ''EXistenZ'' is a bone gun that fires ''human teeth''--using chunks of jawbone as cartridges.
* In the kid's gangster movie ''BugsyMalone'', all the gangs were developing machine guns that threw cream pies.
* The battle between the "Black Pearl" and the "Interceptor" in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' occurred after a chase in which the crew of the ''Interceptor'', desperate for more speed, threw almost everything they had overboard ... including most of the cannon shot. They were reduced to loading up, in the words of Will Turner, "anything! Everything! Anything we have left!", including cutlery, into the cannons as makeshift ammunition. This is TruthInTelevision, to a degree. Scrap metal and chains were often used as anti-personnel cannon loads, and indeed, had they not been fighting ''undead'' pirates it might have worked. Using an undead ''monkey'' as ammo carries ''slightly'' less verisimilitude.
* In ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' - its ''trailer'', no less - we are treated to a motorcycle that is made of ROCKETS. Which are immediately fired into a building after said bike is ramped into the air and its rider leaps to safety.
* ''Film/XXx'' gives Creator/VinDiesel a modified revolver that shoots interchangeable rounds, ranging from knockout capsules complete with fake blood to some kind of surveillance bug. This actually backfires on him late in the film; because he's got the gun loaded with non-standard rounds, he ends up pointlessly firing a radio transmitter bullet when he's trying to retaliate against the mooks armed with good old-fashioned machine guns. He then switches to an explosive bullet for a better distraction.
* In ''YoungGunsII'', BillyTheKid kills a sheriff with a shotgun filled with eighteen dimes (nine in each barrel) used as slugs. "Best dollar-eighty I ever spent!"
** This particular event is inspired by something the real Billy the Kid did once when cornered without normal ammo.
* Similarly to the above, in ''Film/TheCrow'' Eric Draven blows up Gideon's pawnshop by spilling gasoline all through it and firing a blast from a shotgun he'd stuffed with dozens of pawned/stolen rings (although it did have a normal charge in it as well).
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'': The "pig cannon." According to the director, there actually are random pig carcasses lying around South African slums, so [[spoiler:the PoweredArmor using one as ammo for its gravity gun isn't so weird.]] Actually... it is pretty weird, but RuleOfCool applies.
* In ''Film/KillBillVol2'', Budd proactively cancels The Bride's attack on him by knocking her on her back with a blast of rock salt to the chest from a double-barreled shotgun. [[http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot33.htm This is a real-world option for less-lethal fire, but mostly at close range]].
* In ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'', Alice kills zombies with a shotgun that fires quarters.
* In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'', in the battle for Minas Tirith the trebuchets in Minas Tirith hurl ''broken-off chunks of the city's buildings'', a metre or more across, at the attacking Orcs.
* The ''Film/BladeTrilogy'' explored this in all 3 installments of the franchise. "Daylight flare" bullets that expose vampires to a momentary deadly flash are especially prominent.
* Somehow even vampires and werewolves can fight with guns in ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' - as the vampires use silver bullets (later filled with liquid silver nitrate due to the werewolves pulling them out too quickly), while the werewolves load their guns with bullets that contain an irradiated fluid--irradiated with ''ultraviolet light.''
* The Smurfs make use of golf balls, bowling balls, needle-laden fruit, and lipstick when forced to fight Gargamel near the end of ''Film/TheSmurfs''.
* In ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', the villain has buzzsaw torpedoes which can not only cut through the hulls of other ships, but can be guided through said ships and travel upward if necessary.
* In ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'', Thulsa Doom uses a snake as an arrow. Apparently he heard of a "bow and arrow" and thought it meant "bow and ''adder''", or perhaps boa and arrow.
* One of the most famous examples of this trope in an otherwise forgettable movie, ''Most Wanted'' introduced the concept of a bullet made of ice, the idea being that the round would melt in the target and be completely untraceable. It led to a slew of people asking if such a thing was even possible, until the ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' proved otherwise. This even gets lampshaded by the protagonist. "[[DeadpanSnarker Ice bullets? What's next, Tooty-Fruity flavor?]]"
* In "Hellboy" the titular character's revolver shoots at least two oddball rounds: one drips a glowing fluid from the wound to make a monster easier to follow, the other is a clear canister containing holy water and bits of silver, wolfsbane, white oak, garlic, and other substances hated by supernatural beings.
* An early 1980's film "Runaway" featured a gun which fired small heat-seeking missiles at a speed slightly slower than an athletic man can run. Presumably its designer believed in giving targets a sporting chance.
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'':
** One of the weapons that Max uses is a modified AKM that uses airbursting explosive ammunition, each round as powerful as modern-day 40mm grenades. This literally makes this weapon into an full automatic fire capable grenade launcher.
** There's also the remote-triggered explosive shotgun slug, which packed enough explosive power to disable a ship engine. And then we have Kruger's explosive shuriken.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities'', the Bear Gun is mentioned at the very end. It shoots bears. Read that again. Tiny bears are used as the ammunition, which expand at some point after leaving the barrel.
** On the same page as the Bear Gun is the "Coffin Torpedo", which is [[AluminumChristmasTrees based off a real life device to prevent desecration of one's coffin.]] However, instead of powder and shot, this coffin torpedo is implied to employ a [[NuclearOption nuclear device]].
* In ''Literature/LogansRun'', the Sandman cops carry The Gun, which is a 6-shot revolver where each round is different. Among its payloads are a regular bullet, an expanding net, and a heat-seeking bullet. Oddly enough, they don't seem to carry backup rounds...
* The ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' series has "bead rifles", which use mass driver technology to propel glass beads at hypersonic speeds. The energy release at impact is ''very'' destructive. Glass beads are cheap, easy to make, extremely hard, and tend to shatter on impact so you don't need to worry about over-penetration. A mass driver will presumably let you fire them without breaking. Even more exotic is tightly coiled net made of monomolecular filaments that expand upon firing. They make mincemeat out of unarmored targets.
* Examples from Creator/ChinaMieville's works:
** In ''Literature/UnLunDun'', Deeba acquires the [=UnGun=], which fires [[spoiler:larger amounts of whatever you put in it. It, among other things, fires hair and ants.]] This is WAY more badass than it sounds and then it [[spoiler:fires nothing...uh, well, more like "unfires," acting like a vacuum to suck up the Smog.]]
** The ''Literature/BasLagCycle'' has a race of cactus-people (known as the cactacae). While they can be punctured by bullets, crossbow bolts, arrows and the like, their complete lack of internal organs makes such weapons next-to-useless. They're also enormous, extremely strong, and covered with spines, which makes close-range weapons like blades or clubs viable, but an extremely risky and inadvisable option for most people. A sort of crossbow called a ''rivebow'' was invented to get around this problem. It fires huge whirling chakris that can sever the heads and limbs of humans and cactacae alike, but the rivebow itself is [[AwesomeButImpractical so heavy and unwieldy that usually only other cactacae carry them]].
* The evil Delta Force soldiers of DanBrown's ''Literature/DeceptionPoint'' carry guns that can make ammo from nearly anything you jam in the barrel, from ice to sand.
* The Martians in Creator/RayBradbury's ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'' use a gun that shoots ''live bees'', the idea being that the moral responsibility for the actual killing is laid on the head of the living projectile, and the gun-wielder's role is mitigated to that of an accomplice. Proves every bit as effective as earthly firearms. Bizarrely enough, [[BeeBeeGun this is a subtrope in its own right]].
* Jack Vance's ''Literature/TheDemonPrinces'' series puts in the hands of its protagonist a device that fires "slivers of explosive glass" and either another device or the same device with different loadings/settings, which discharges very fine needles that cause intense and prolonged itching.
* Soledad in ''[[Creator/JohnRidley Those Who Walk in Darkness]]'' goes so far as to design her own ammo for fighting {{Mutants}}, with an average of one AchillesHeel exploited per ammo type. A few of the many examples include phosphorus bullets to fight [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetics]], bullets coated with contact poison for foes that are NighInvulnerable, ''homing bullets'' for use against enemies with SuperSpeed, and exploding bullets for virtually anything.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} books, [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Detritus the Troll]] uses a converted siege crossbow loaded with a bundle of regular crossbow bolts. The firing speed is high enough that the ammo generally shatters and then bursts into flame (or vice-versa) ending up in a supersonic flaming ball of wooden shards, which is why it's called 'the Piecemaker'.
* Creator/JohnDicksonCarr's novel ''The Plague Court Murders'' involved a murder where the victim was [[spoiler:shot by a bullet carved from rock salt that dissolved in his body, leaving no trace]].
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', the forces of {{Mordor}} used catapults to launch the severed heads of their defeated enemies over the walls of Minas Tirith, mostly for {{squick}} effect (see RealLife below).
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe, agents of [[FunWithAcronyms ARM]] generally use guns that shoot crystallized doses of fast acting sedative. How or why this is better than tranquilizer dart guns is unknown. Probably it's better because the ammo is smaller and lighter. A dart gun has to shoot not only the tranquilizer, but also the syringe that delivers it; a "mercy pistol" only has to shoot the tranquilizer itself.
* At least one Creator/PoulAnderson short story involved tranquilizer darts that, if they hit a wall or armor instead of flesh, would break open -- and then the drug inside would instantly volatize into tranquilizer ''gas''.
* Creator/FredSaberhagen:
** In ''The Holmes-Dracula File'', the Count made a point of congratulating Holmes for thinking to use wooden bullets. This one is a fairly common strain of Abnormal Ammo. It's the secret weapon used to tip the balance of power between warring vampire factions in the film ''Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat'', while the vampire-hunter squad in the excellent TV series ''{{Ultraviolet}}'' use a high-tech, hardened-carbon variant.
** In another Saberhagen vampire book a contemporary police officer improvises a wooden projectile by sticking an ordinary wooden pencil into the barrel of his revolver.
* In [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]'s ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' there's the Lazy Gun, which never destroys its target the same way twice, and seems to have a warped sense of humor.
* In Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', [[TheCaptain Captain Nemo]] equips his underwater hunting parties with air-rifles that fire electrically-charged glass bullets.
* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novels, every ranged Yuuzhan Vong weapon fits this description, from the living ship that fired miniature black-holes to the sword/spear/staff/whip/snake that spat venom.
* The Creator/JTEdson short story "Some Knowledge of the Knife" was a murder mystery in which the assassination weapon was an oddly-balanced knife fired from a large-bore "wall gun".
* In James Kennedy's ''Literature/TheOrderOfOddFish'' the Apology Gun shoots... well, apologies. However, they can range from extremely sincere to lethally sarcastic.
* In ''Literature/{{Krabat}}'', golden bullets are the only ones that can kill magic users. At one point, a golden button is used as a bullet.
* In ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'s Revenge'', our hero is severely outnumbered (as usual) but does have a chest of gold coins, which he fires at the approaching enemy. This is not to kill them, but to get them scattering to pick the coins up so he can escape.
* In R. Austin Freeman's story "The Aluminium Dagger", the specially-made titular weapon was shot out of a Chassepot rifle to create one of the most far-fetched locked-room murder mysteries yet.
* In the ''Literature/DarkFuture'' setting, explosive rounds are remarkably widespread in everything from pistols up. [=GenTech=] manufacture a special version of napalm that genetically bonds to skin on contact and continues to burn ''underwater and inside of people''. They also make smart bullets, referred to in-universe as 'smugslugs,' that can track human heartbeats.
* In what may be the most lethal example of all, the Speaking Gun from the Literature/{{Nightside}} series fires ''words''... specifically, the Words of ''God'', inverted. Whatever God created, the Gun can unmake by speaking the Word of Creation that brought it into being, backwards.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', the only substance that can be used as a propellant for firearms in Amber is jeweller's rouge.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the Literature/FelixCastor novels, where people are often up against the undead, and so make ammo with extra silver tippings, or from rosary beads or [[ItMakesSenseInContext ground up bits of first communion photos]].
* In the ''Literature/StarCarrier'' series H'rulka ships carry guns that fire what amounts to a miniature black hole at their targets. The weapon can easily one-shot smaller Confederation vessels at longer range than most of them can return fire from.
* ''Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat'' explains that one advantage of the [[EnglishCivilWar Roundheads]] having perfectly round heads was that, "if any man lost his head in action, it could be used as a cannon-ball by the artillery (which was done at the Siege of Worcester)."
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', after seeing gun-for-hire Kincaid use Dragon's Breath shotgun rounds, Harry does a little research and finds that shotguns can shoot all kinds of interesting things. He settles on the Fireball[[labelnote: *]]which doesn't exist; he's probably referring to the flare shell, which does and is similar[[/labelnote]] shell for himself.
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* Spudgun in ''{{Bottom}}'' was named for his ability to fire potatoes out of a certain part of his anatomy.
-->'''Richie:''' Why do they call you Spudgun?
-->'''Spudgun:''' Give me a potato and I'll show you why.
-->'''Eddie:''' No-no, you don't want to see that Rich!
-->'''Richie:''' And why do they call you Hedgehog?
-->'''Dave Hedgehog:''' Give me a hedgehog and I'll show you why!
* The wormhole weapons in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' can shoot a) black holes that grow geometrically or b) wormholes that can then shoot chunks of plasma-hot star at a target. If you include the ''Peacekeeper Wars'' TV movie, you get to see both occur in the course of the series. While it isn't immediately obvious, what the wormhole weapon did was connect two points in space - a sun and an enemy ship. That's where the plasma came from and that's why it's so cumbersome to use.
* Parodied in ''Series/XPlay'' in which auxiliary character "Johnny Extreme" proposes a video game idea that involves Rocket Launchers that shoot chainsaws that explode.
* ''The Series/{{Mythbusters}}'':
** They have made air cannons that have shot the following: conventional cannonballs, baseballs, chickens (frozen and thawed), straws and twigs, piano wire, Kevlar-wrapped steak, a net, styrofoam cups full of liquid, and a whole host of other strange items. There was also the section of sewer-type pipe they modified to shoot Buster, their much-abused crash test dummy, with a blast of high explosives. The ice, gelatin, and frozen meat bullets mentioned elsewhere in this trope were all tested and all were busted. They also modified a rifle to fire a penny--this time, it ''was'' potentially lethal.
** Also, inspired by the ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' example, they loaded up a whole variety of odd ammo into a US Civil War era cannon to test their effectiveness. Examples included bottles of rum, wooden legs, silverware, steak knives, nails, lengths of chain, and ''cheese'', with varying levels of effectiveness.
** Cigarette butts shoved into the barrel of a shotgun, which proved to be potentially lethal at close range. (Unsmoked cigarettes were less useful, and almost resulted in a false Busted.) Additionally, those were supermarket cigarettes; the myth in question involved a couple of hillbillies, so they probably smoked roll-your-owns--no lightweight filter, more mass, more impact force...you get the point.
** Or the Korean Hwacha. A salvo of arrows. Arrows propelled 500 yards by gunpowder rockets. That then exploded when they land.
** Or the bowling ball fired from a modified gas cylinder, using match heads as propellant.
** Soda. It started with styro cup with ice, cup with soda, soda and ice, slushy, and culminated w/Jamie's shoulder-mounted [[PunnyName pop-gun]].
** Not strictly ''ammo'', but in a late 2009 episode, they built a cannon out of ''duct tape''. That fired a five-pound iron ball several hundred feet. They've also built and tested both a wood cannon and a leather cannon.
** They have crafted cannonballs from ice. As opposed to the aforementioned ice bullet myth, where the bullets simply melted, they successfully fired these things out of a genuine cannon with enough force to blow off their target dummy's arm with a just a glancing hit.
** In the same episode they fired an intact ping-pong ball at Mach 1.4. The impact itself was not lethal, but the cannon left one ''hell'' of a pneumatic trauma injury.
** Finally, they created a hook cannon for a Batmobile high-speed turn myth.
* The ''Radio/RoyalCanadianAirFarce'' segment "Chicken Cannon: Target of the Week". Originally a dig at pitiful mid-nineties Canadian military budgets, the cannon was used to fire upon pictures of whomever the show's writers thought were deserving of a little public humiliation. The traditional projectile of a rubber chicken was often supplemented with "custom" ammo suited to the situation at hand (e.g., sawdust for someone involved in the softwood lumber dispute, or Eggos for a politician who was perceived to waffle. And sometimes Jell-O for the hell of it--or, more accurately, because [[CatchPhrase there's always room for Jell-O]].)
** Note that the chicken cannon is an actual device (though it doesn't actually look like the one on the show), designed to launch chickens at airplane windows to test durability.
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Winchester brothers used shotguns loaded with rock salt for ghost-dispersal.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Shotguns loaded with rock-salt are used in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E3ImageOfTheFendahl "Image of the Fendahl"]]. This happens to be TruthInTelevision, rock-salt is sometimes loaded into shotguns to cause pain but little damage.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], the Daleks fire the Doctor at the eponymous asylum from space, assuming a PersonOfMassDestruction like him will inevitably wreck the facility once there.
* ''Series/GetSmart''. A KAOS assassin posing as a vampire used a gun that fires twin ice bullets, leaving the distinctive VampireBitesSuck mark, but no evidence of any weapon.
* The final episode of ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' featured the heroes launching a rat out of a cannon. More appropriately, it was a missile that turned into a rat in midair.
* ''Series/TheATeam'' once built a couple of cannons that shot cabbages at the bad guys. Yes, ''cabbages''.
* While pursuing a bad guy in ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Brennan and Booth were stunned by the bomb the perp dropped. You know how bombs sometimes have nails and such attached to them to increase damage? [[spoiler:This one had human teeth.]]
** In the recent episode "The Shot in the Dark", [[spoiler: a stalker at the Jeffersonian shot Brennan in the chest. While she was recovering from the gunshot, the Squints were stymied at the lack of either a bullet or an exit wound. Hodgins considered the ice bullet theory, but recognized that ice bullets would vaporize in a conventional gun due to the heat of igniting gunpowder, and since ice is less dense than lead they wouldn't do that much damage anyway. He later suggested the theory that Brennan's would-be killer used a high-powered air-brush as his 'gun', and froze human blood inside a container of liquid nitrogen to produce the bullets; since blood plasma is denser than water, the frozen blood would make an effective bullet, and melt seemingly without a trace. The fact that Brennan at one point suffered complications from receiving the wrong bloodtype, although hospital records confirmed she received the correct type, also pointed to a blood bullet. Brennan was able to prove Hodgins' theory by undergoing exploratory surgery that allowed the doctors to retrieve traces of the blood bullet that nicked her ribs.]]
* ''Series/TopGear'' once used a gun that fired cars. The kind you drive. In the episode, they fired a selection of old cars into a quarry. At a colossal dartboard. [[spoiler:Richard Hammond won. By crushing a caravan with a flying Volvo.]]
** ''Series/TopGearUS'' had Adam create an anti-moron car (a [=1990s=] Impala) armed with a variety of abnormal weaponry. Tanner tried tailgating ([[AcceptableTargets in a BMW, of course]]) him, only for Adam to fire the ''squid cannon'', showering Tanner's car in hundreds of dead squid. The Impala was also kitted out with a series of paint guns.
* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had a killer make a bullet out of frozen ground beef.
* Wooden bullets appear in ''Series/TrueBlood''. Jason uses one to dispatch StalkerWithACrush Franklin.
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the TV Star," there is a ''Series/{{CSI}}'' parody called ''Crime Lab: SF''. When Monk, Sharona, Stottlemeyer and Disher walk into the dubbing studio to arrest star/executive producer Brad Terry for murder, he's in the middle of doing dubbing work for an episode in which a killer covers his tracks with bullets made of frozen blood.
* The 1982 BBC adaptation of ''{{Day of the Triffids}}'' included an anti-Triffid gun which fired little spinning sawblades at the Triffid's slender stems. It didn't see much use, perhaps because the writers realized it was "Day of the Triffids", not "Day of the Humans".
* In ''Series/EngineSentaiGoonger'' a MonsterOfTheWeek manages to pull a GrandTheftMe on the team's Red Ranger; they manage to reclaim his body by loading his soul into the team's BFG and firing it (represented by an image of his head surrounded by flames) at his body, which forcibly ejects the monster.
* ''Series/JonathanCreek'': In "The Letters of Septimus Noone", Ridley proposes a solution to the crime that involves the victim being shot with a crossbow bolt made of frozen blood. He's wrong, especially as his theory also involves the victim lying on the floor doing stretching exercises in her underwear when she was hot.
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* In one ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Far Side]]'' strip, a burglar is confronted by a man with a gun that shoots Doberman Pinschers. Called, appropriately enough, the Dobie-O-Matic (the gun, not the ammo).
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* The catapult in ''Pinball/MedievalMadness'' fires bowling balls, cats, chickens, cows, and a skull.
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombiesPinball'' has the Melonpult, which shoots watermelons.
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* All the time in ''Radio/TheGoonShow''. For example, in "The [=MacReekie=] Rising of '74", the ammo includes porridge, Brown Windsor soup, and Sassenachs.
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* ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' is full of this trope, at both the personal and the mech scale. For starters, there's the Needle pistol, which uses solid blocks of plastic as ammo. It rips off bits of plastic and fires them as a horrifically effective anti-personnel bullet (utterly useless against body armor, though). There's also the Radium Rifle, a sniper rifle that fires radioactive bullets for when you'd rather assassinate someone slowly from radiation poisoning than from gunshot wounds. On the mech level side of equipment, there's all sorts of stuff: Inferno short-range missiles which use [[KillItWithFire napalm-on-crack]] to roast the pilot alive in the cockpit and set off [[MadeOfExplodium ammunition explosions]] from sheer heat, Thunder long-range-missiles which scatter mines over the target area. And those are some of the more normal examples. It gets really wild when you include things like Fluid Guns, which can spray a target with paint, oil, or acid, or the iNARC, which fires projectiles that magnetically stick to a mech and can cause such effects as acting as a [[TargetSpotter homing beacon for allied missiles]] or a jammer that the screws up the target's sensors... Yeah, the game has a lot of options when it comes to ammo.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has nothing ''but'' abnormal ammo:
** Guns that fire shells which explode ''after'' they're embedded into a target? ''Standard issue'' for the {{Space Marine}}s.
** Guns that fire molecular-edged shuriken? ''Standard issue'' for the [[SpaceElves Eldar]]. Additionally, guns which fire nets made of RazorFloss. Also, guns that fire ''miniature black holes''.
** [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] use biological guns which use [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything muscle impulses]] to fire killer beetles, killer maggots, acid crystals, floating spores or ''exploding tumours''.
** [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] use the same exploding ammunition as the Space Marines, but they also have guns that fire ''tiny goblins''. Fired ''into'' you. ''Through Hell''.
** [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] probably take the cake. Guns that fire screaming wires that make anyone they hit ''explode'', guns that fire poisonous glass shards, guns that fire the captured souls of ''[[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] psychics''. It just goes on.
** [[SkeleBot9000 The Necrons]] use guns that strip off your armour, flesh and organs layer by layer.
** Sternguard Veterans carry into battle special issue ammunition for their Bolters, hellfire bolts carrying mutagenic acid,Vengeance Rounds using "unstable flux core technology" to take out power armor users, and everything in between.
** Plague Marines have the shrunken heads of the victims of Papa Nurgle's Plague as a type of grenade. We assume it's the nausea effect that makes them so effective.
** One weapon from the Literature/SoulDrinkers books was a daemon bound into a gun that fired ''its own daemonic spawn'' at enemies.
** One option for the Khorne Lord of Skulls, the skullhurler, is a gun shaped like a big skull that shoots smaller skulls. As in, literal skulls. Why yes it ''is'' very aptly named.
** The Angry Marines ''fan fiction'' chapter gives us the following: Door Knob bombs, a Baneblade pistol (a pistol that fires the rounds of Baneblade super tanks), the heavily modified Predator Angrinator which fires Angry Marines, and the Land Raider launcher, a spaceship weapon which fires Land Raiders filled with Angry Marines at other spaceships. It's a measure of how crazy this setting is that one's first reaction on hearing about the Baneblade pistol is, "A pistol that fires [[TankGoodness Baneblades]]?"
** It says something about the setting's standards for ammo strangeness that [[FrickinLaserBeams frickin' laser]] [[BeamSpam beam spam]] is one of the ''less'' abnormal ammo types.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** The Doom Diver, a giant slingshot that launches Goblins, the halfling soup pot launcher and the Screaming Skull Catapult. Also the Hellcannon, which loads living beings as the ammunition, then fires their ''souls''.
** At least one army featured in ''White Dwarf'' a few years back had a stone thrower rebuilt as a Squig Thrower. (A squig-firing cannon would later appear in the Storm of Chaos event thanks to a vocal fansite). Never let it be said that Orcs let the manifest insanity of an idea stop them from trying it anyway.
** Ogres don't tend to have a lot of anything (at least, not identical) This includes bullets and cannonballs. So they just make due with anything on hand; a few spoons, a fork or two, a rock, and that gnoblar on your shoulder.
** The spin-off game BloodBowl has Throw Team Mate which allows larger players to throw small ones in place of the ball.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is loaded (no pun--okay, okay, pun intended) with cards that shoot or throw odd things. (Most of these cards are at least partly red, the color of chaos, bloodlust, randomness, and some kinds of madness.) Aside from the [[BeeBeeGun Hornet Cannon]], there are:
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=50338 Akki Coalflinger]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=15214 Bloodshot Cyclops]] (whom, the flavor text notes, goblins call "[[JustForPun Chuck]]").
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=130686 Bloodshot Trainee]].
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=140217 Brion Stoutarm]]
** The [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=19680 Catapult Master]] has to be shooting something that's more than a big rock; the ''[[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=129808 Wrath of God]]'' doesn't kill creatures [[DeaderThanDead so thoroughly as he does]].
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=29755 Chainflinger]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=26837 Deadapult]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=40197 Doom Cannon]] (it seems to shoot a laser...but the fuel for that laser is a living being)
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=29862 Ember Shot]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=5151 Fling]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=45467 Fodder Cannon]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=146447 Fodder Launch]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=4821 Goblin Bombardment]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=228959 Goblin Fireslinger]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=25659 Grapeshot Catapult]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=74636 Ishi-Ishi, Akki Crackshot]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=4618 Mogg Cannon]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=42039 Needleshot Gourna]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=2422 Skull Catapult]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=46103 Spikeshot Goblin]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?name=Steam%20Catapult Steam Catapult]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=4090 Stone Giant]]
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=927 Stone-Throwing Devils]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':".
** Probably any magic-rich setting has its share, but [[TheMagocracy Netheril]], being a {{Magitek}} sub-[[ForgottenRealms setting]], featured the netherpelter (a telekinetic gun) with imprisoning, expansive (as in ''Enlarge''), decay inducing, fireball, water jet lashing, and whirlwind (for grounding fliers) pellets as "standard" ammo, though it propelled mundane darts and pellets just as well.
** ''{{Spelljammer}}'' setting has an ''accelerator'', magical breachloading cannon which sucks ''anything'' placed in the ammo cup and hurls it with enough exit speed to damage ships' hulls. Grabbing the cup in such a way that some fingers happen to be inside is not recommended. Any and all living "ammo" dies in process -- even amorphous fungal mold or slime. Its way of power supply sucks, however.
** Perhaps the most disturbing ammunition in DND: arrows with ''screaming heads'' on them that distract spellcasters.
** [[HealingShiv Healing Arrows]]: These arrows are meant to be fired at your own side in combat, allowing them to keep fighting. They usually heal more than they do in damage. (They double as DepletedPhlebotinumShells against the undead, thanks to ReviveKillsZombie.)
* In a flavor-text encounter from a {{Ravenloft}} supplement, an ally of the Weathermay-Foxgrove twins scores a glancing shot on an unidentified monster with an arrow tipped with multiple needles, each of a different substance. After the skirmish, the twins re-claim the arrow and check which needle is bloodied, thus learning the creature's KryptoniteFactor.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', Sidereal Exalted have a charm that lets them fire anything smaller than their arm as an arrow, including shouts - the latter is used as an odd communication technique. They also have a charm that transforms arrows into various things such as wheat, life-force, glass, and boulders.
** In the right combo, said charm could allow a Sidereal to fire a barrage of flaming squirrels, or something else even more ludicrous. The game [[RuleOfCool rewards]] this.
** Then you're got the shoulder-mounted cannon that fires giant pearls covered in magical napalm.
*** There's a weapon which fires solid gold bullets, and propels them towards their targets using the power of the tiny, tiny shrines inside the barrel.
** ''Shards of the Exalted Dream'' gives Sidereal Firearms the most abnormal ammo of all: ''nothing''. They can kill you without needing to load their gun...or even to ''have'' a gun...with Holistic Bullet Methodology.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Hol}}: Human Occupied Landfill'' had a flaming gerbil cannon.
* For both ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' and ''{{Rifts}}'', There are special rules for making items that use exotic ammo. There's a joke saying a baby wearing a lobster costume in a bucket could be a PC, a weapon, or ammo. Turns out, it's not a joke.
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' encourages this kind of creativity when coming up with dream weapons. Still, it is pretty common to simply find a steam powered cannon firing burning coals from its own firebox.
** Airsoft guns firing cold iron BBs are especially lethal.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' has Knacks that let you pick up far more than you should, as well as Knacks that give you immense throwing ability. With Epic Strength 10, Strength 5, and the right knacks, you can throw anything in the world. The game notes that at a certain point (say, throwing the ''U.S.S. Ronald Reagan''), damage becomes narrative rather than dice-based.
* In the ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'' RPG, there are several weapons that do this, including grenades that can be filled with chemical agents and missile launchers that shoot rockets that unleash walls of fire.
* In the ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'' universe, the Dark Legion uses things like small, rapidly-multiplying, flesh-eating maggots encased in bullet shells, or bullets treated with a highly infectious disease. The Nazgaroth heavy machinegun fires special bullets that each have a small rune branded onto them to increase their power. If a human soldier is hit with one of those, he will be influenced by the dark symmetry in one way or the other (if he survives).
* An image in the free ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' release "The Story Of Treasure" has a desperate fellow named Mercutio attempting to weaponise an Anchor (someone tied to him with mystical bonds) with a so-called "Sleeping-Beauty-a-Pult".
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* ''ArmedAndDangerous'' revels in this trope - aside from conventional bullets and explosives your arsenal also includes:
** The Land [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks Shark]] Gun fires a baby shark into the ground which homes in on the nearest enemy before bursting out fully-grown and devouring them whole.
** The Knockout Bomb a wearable boxing glove that flings enemies towards you, allowing you to deliver a MegatonPunch.
** The Topsy Turvy Bomb is a device that [[GravityScrew flips the entire world upside down]] and back again, with [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou predictable results]].
** The Black Hole In A Box.
* There is a bonus weapon in ''{{Crimsonland}}'' called Splitter Gun. It shots a single bullet that, upon hit, splits into two bullets that spread squarely. The splitting can repeat unlimitedly until all the bullets miss. Bonus points to abnormality for the chance that subsidiary bullets will hit ''you''. Impractical, in fact, but awesome. More "conventional" examples are Rocket minigun and Gauss shotgun.
** Though it's not a weapon per se, but through an inventive capitalization on in-game mechanics you can form a ''reload-powered multi-lateral plasma gun''. First, there is an otherwise poor Sonic gun. Frankly, it qualifies for AbnormalAmmo itself (it shoots sound waves), but right now we're more interested in its near-instant reloading. Then, there is a perk called "Angry reloader" that makes you shoot small plasma balls in four directions every time you reload. You combine both, hold the reload button and voil?four endless orthogonal bursts of plasma. Once again, not especially effective, but cool.
* In ''VideoGame/EvilDeadRegeneration'', Ash has the ability to turn into "Deadite Ash". In this form his "boomstick" fires energy bolts. He also constructs a harpoon gun that can attach to his right arm in place of the classic chainsaw, and what can only be described as a rocket launcher shotgun.
* Seen in every ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' game featuring modern technology.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' have guns that fire ''spells''. FFVII has the HandWave of it being a [[AppliedPhlebotinum Mako]] Gun, and VI had them exclusively as part of a magitech mecha.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' had the Blaze Gun, which fired ice spells rather than fire, and the Glacier Gun, which fired fire spells rather than ice. Maybe they are named for the things they ''destroy''.
** There is also the Blast Gun, which shoots lightning spells.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' similarly has magic handguns, including the Peacemaker, a revolver that fires ''charm'' shots.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' has cannons, used by two classes. The Flintlock class mostly uses it to shoot ''his allies'' to create various effects such as [[HealingShiv regen]] or mana restoration. The Cannoneer is more offensive, but can also shoot allies with [[HealingShiv Potion Shells]] and Ether Shells.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' also featured AbnormalAmmo in the form of Irvine's Shot Limit. You had your regular ammunition, along with Shotgun or Fast Ammo, but then there's Flame Ammo, AP Ammo, Dark Ammo, and [[{{BFG}} Pulse Ammo]]. Rinoa uses a crossbow that shoots chakrams. But the real insanity is her LimitBreak, in which she stuffs her dog onto the crossbow and shoots it at the enemy. The dog explodes, then runs back to his mistress.
** The Gun-Mages in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' are blue mages that use guns to shoot abilities learned from enemies. Shots vary from generic-fireballs to "1000 Needles" to pillars of holy energy. They can even shoot bullets that heal their whole party (White Wind).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' features various bullets and arrows that somehow carry with them elemental damage, and several carry status effects as well. They're also completely infinite, unless you sell them, then they're Gone Forever.
** Several of the games have the "Coin Toss" ability, which can be devastatingly powerful with enough money on hand.
* One of the best (if not ''the'' best) ranged weapons in ''LandsOfLoreTheThroneOfChaos'' is the Crossbow "Valkyrie", which shoots fireballs.
* ''MetalWolfChaos'' has the shark gun. And the Baseball sniper rifle, exploding bouncing football grenade launcher, Party Cracker shotgun, soap bubble flamethrower, and the homing dragon railgun.
* ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' has [[BaaBomb sheep]] and homing pigeons being fired from bazookas, the Priceless Ming Vase, the Banana Bomb, the HolyHandGrenade, and the Old Lady (among the most powerful non-super weapons in the game) as well as the Super Sheep, which is a flying sheep (with a red cape!) which you guide into its target. The ''super'' weapons include the "Concrete Donkey", the Super Banana Bomb, and the Flaming Sheep Strike. Let's just put it this way: The more unlikely the weapon, the more powerful it's probably going to be.
* ''WormsForts: Under Siege'' has, among other things, a minigun that fires hamsters, a trebuchet that launches a moose and a mortar that fires a bishop.
* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong ([[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Country]])'':
** In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' there's the coconut gun, it fires in spurts! (If he shoots ya, it's gonna hurt!) Also, Diddy uses popguns that fires peanuts (these are also used in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''), Tiny has a crossbow that launches barbed feathers, Lanky spits grapes out of a blowpipe, and Chunky has a gun that fires pineapples. Funky shoots K. Rool with a rocket propelled boot, and Krusha gets in on the act with a gun that fires exploding oranges.
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'' sees Dixie Kong firing gumballs (a CallBack to her IdleAnimation in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'') and SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong firing ''false teeth''.
* The Medic's Syringe Gun from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' The alternate Blutsauger shoots syringes that restore the medics health when they hit an enemy.
** [[ToiletHumor Jarate]] (one of the Sniper's weapons) is a [[UnusualEuphemism thrown jar]] that splashes on impact.
** There's also Mad Milk, a bottle of milk you can throw at the enemy that saps their health upon subsequent hits with your other weapons.
** Some servers also allow custom particle effects, so you can have your guns shoot whatever you can find a skin for.
** The Engineer has the [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution promotional Widowmaker shotgun]], which uses his supply of metal for ammo and ''regains metal'' for every bit of damage he deals with it.
* The ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' games have a bubble gun as a [[JokeItem Joke Weapon]], but a far less harmless weapon is the homing missile, which launches tiny rocket-propelled houses.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'', [[PowerCopying amongst all the abilities he's gained]], has scissors, snakes, [[GreenThumb flowers]], and {{bee|BeeGun}}s amongst the weirder ones.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock}}'' has several:
** The Chemical Thrower, a gun that fires [[FireIceLightning liquid nitrogen and electric gel, along with the standard napalm]]. The liquid nitrogen is used to freeze things without destroying them; this is useful for hacking turrets, since they can't shoot at you while you try to hack them. The electric gel turns the Chemical Thrower into a [[ShockAndAwe lightning gun]], which is perfect for taking down [[DemonicSpiders Big Daddies]].
** The Insect Swarm plasmid, which lets you ''[[BeeBeeGun fire bees]] from your hand''.
** The shotgun, which in the beginning is just a normal pump-action, can be loaded with electric or [[StuffBlowingUp explosive]] rounds.
** The crossbow can fire "trap bolts" that deploy an electrified trip-wire trap.
* ''Videogame/{{Half-Life|1}}'' also has a "[[BeeBeeGun bee launcher]]".
** ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' has the gravity gun, which picks up and launches anything and everything that isn't nailed to the ground, so it can be called an everything launcher. Once it gets supercharged, it can pick up plenty of things which ''are'' nailed to the ground, walls, and balls of energy from anti-gravity energy columns. Even ''[[GrievousHarmWithABody enemies]]'' become ammunition when the gravity gun is supercharged. And that's saying nothing about the sawblades, explosive barrels, cars...
** The ''Half-Life 2'' version of the crossbow appears to shoot glowing-hot pieces of rebar.
** The Pulse Rifle's secondary fire launches balls of dark energy that cause targets hit to float upward and disappear into the aether. Same effect from the Combine Hunter's exploding flechettes in ''Episode Two''.
* Based on Garry's original description of the request forum on the Facepunch Studios forums, somebody made a scripted weapon for GarrysMod of an AK-47 that shoots '''''rainbow colored babies''''' that can swarm any target and you can eat for 10 health. Yes.
** In response, someone else made a version that can also shoot sawblades, and another someone else went the extra mile with ''a baby SWEP that '''shoots AK-47's'''''. Yes indeed.
** There's tons of these for Garry's Mod, when you come to think of it. There is a "Scavenger Cannon" that can suck up 20 props at once and launch them in any order the player wants similar to ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s Rock-It Launcher.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' has relatively tame guns that simply shoot giant globs of acid; as Marcus puts it in a sales pitch, "Is shooting bullets just not cool enough for you? Then get a Maliwan [brand weapon] and light some people on fire!" Then there's the "Carnage" line of shotguns, whose weapon text proclaims, "Holy crap! It shoots rockets!" Again, this is a ''shotgun''. Eridian Weapons are also often esoteric when it comes to ammo -- some shoot huge balls of lightning, others fire bouncing acid spheres.
** VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} saw the Torgue Corporation switch to strictly-explosive ammunition. Which means ''every'' Torgue-brand firearm uses some form of self-propelling Gyrojet round, even their shotguns.
** It also introduced the spiritual successors to the Carnage shotguns -- rocket-firing assault rifles. Vladof, Bandit, and Torgue rocket rifles all fire the same rockets; The Dahl versions are mundane grenade launchers, but the Jakobs versions fire small ''cannonballs''.
*** A later addition to the game was the Carnage shotgun -- a rare Pearlescent weapon that's much more powerful than its counterparts in the first game.
** E-Tech weapons use Eridian technology to turn bullets into what can only be described as "stuff that ain't bullets." What exactly that "stuff" is depends on the weapon type, and sometimes the manufacturer -- E-Tech pistols fire spikes that stick in a target and shatter after a few seconds, for instance.
** In the ''Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep'' DLC, there's the SWORDSPLOSION!!! shotgun, which is a shotgun that fires ''exploding swords''. Said swords explode into ''other, smaller swords'' that also explode. And if you get a SWORDSPLOSION!!! with the "Casual" prefix, every shot from the gun fires ''three'' initial swords, which also explode into three smaller swords.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3: Resurrection of Evil'' has a weapon like the gravity gun from ''Half-Life 2''. The main difference is that the Grabber in Doom can only hold objects in its field for a couple of seconds before being released.
* A cheat code in ''ShadowWarrior'' transforms the shots from your missile launcher into bunnies. KillerRabbit indeed.
* One of the hidden weapons that could be earned in the Arcade FirstPersonShooter ''WarFinalAssault'' was a barrel that fired a monkey with a bomb strapped to its back.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' for {{Nintendo 64}} has...[[ToiletHumor yellow snowballs]]. The most powerful weapon is a cow launcher. There are grenades that look like Terence and Philip dolls; they fart to explode. The game's equivalent to a sniper rifle is a chicken that shoots eggs. You even aim it through a little notch in its tail feathers!
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' has the Undead Meat Wagon, a catapult that launches corpses. Notice that this is not as far-fetched as it seems; there are ''[[TruthInTelevision real instances]]'' of armies stuffing their catapults with corpses, as you can see in the appropriate section below. (Indeed, you can even upgrade the meat wagons so the corpses they throw spread disease.) The Night Elf Glaive Thrower from the same game is a siege weapon that throws blades so sharp at such high speed they can cut down trees.
* In the Cataclysm expansion for ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', one of the goblin quests in the Twilight Highlands requires you to shoot an antiaircraft gun that's been loaded with anything the goblins could find lying around -- old shoes, inflatable pool ponies, you name it. As with all pieces of goblin technology, this improvised ammo still manages to explode on contact with its target.
** The ''WrathOfTheLichKing'' expansion brought out the Isle Of Conquest PvP battleground which had (among many fun vehicles) Glaive Throwers (which fired big spinny things of doom) and quite small, unassuming catapults...that fired THEIR OWN DRIVER (as a way to get troops inside the enemy fortress before breaking the gates).
** Another ''Cataclysm'' quest involves attacking an enemy-held war zeppelin. By being ''shot out of a cannon'' at it! When asked why, if he has a cannon, he doesn't just shoot cannonballs at them, the quest giver replies, "No way! They'll see that coming..."
** There's also the Flintlocke's Woodchucker gun attachment, which periodically shoots a "random rabid critter" at your target, in homage to ''Flintlocke's Guide To Azeroth''.
--> "'slike a wee angry bullet wit' teeth, son."
* As noted in the WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation review of the game, ''{{Painkiller}}'' has the Electrodriver, which does indeed fire shurikens and lightning. There's also the stakegun ("penis extension gun", in Yahtzee's parlance), which shoots "sharpened telephone poles".
** The fanmade sequel Overdose includes a number of these, to its detriment. Some examples include a crossbow that shoots skulls, a shotgun that shoots (fragments of) skulls, and a '''knife''' that '''shoots ''more SKULLS'''''.
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' has the bubble gun (surprisingly powerful), and a throwing knife whose [[EvolvingAttack fully-leveled form]] launches ''a knife-wielding ghost'' (very powerful!). There's also the highest-level form of the Nemesis gun, which actually gets weaker as you level it up; it shoots rubber ducks.
** One of the bosses, Monster X, shoots fish at you. Or rather, homing missiles shaped like fish (complete with eyes).
* In ''OddworldStrangersWrath'', the main character has a crossbow that shoots a variety of wildlife, including: enemy-taunting chipmunks, giant armored pillbugs, exploding bats, and little bitey alien things perhaps best described as rabid carnivorous [[Franchise/StarTrek tribbles]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'' gains a couple of AbnormalAmmo guns in its second installment. The crystallizer shoots a weird cartridge that inhibits its targets' molecules; since motion is heat, the shot is described as being comparable to "several minutes' exposure to absolute zero". The result is a statue in an agonized pose, which you can then shatter. The liquifier shoots a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal classified catalytic compound]] which breaks down molecular bonds, reducing the target to a puddle of its base elements. There's a neat, brownish, human-shaped cloud when it hits a target, and then all that's left behind is a splotch of green goo.
* The VideoGame/{{Fallout}} series of games has several:
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' has the Solar Schorcher, a solar-powered gun. You can only reload it outdoors.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout Tactics|BrotherhoodOfSteel}}'' has a water gun. You think it's a joke weapon...until you come across jars of acid.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has the Fat Man, a launcher which launches a mini nuke at its target, abnormal in the sense that the ammo is so heavy that if you fire it parallel to the ground (instead of at an angle), the nuke will go a very short distance and catch you in its blast radius. Clever characters can track down the Experimental MIRV version which shoots 8 mini nukes at once in a random scattershot pattern.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' adds a gun that shoots railway spikes, a gun that shoots poison darts (as in the sort you throw at a dartboard) and a gun that can shoot any trash the player can find. You haven't lived until you kill a Super Mutant by launching a teddy bear at them and [[BloodyHilarious blowing every limb off their body]].
** VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas has the trusty 12 Gauge shotgun, which can be loaded with coin shot (a shotgun shell loaded not with lead, but with [[MoneyToBurn legion denari.]])
** The ''Dead Money'' DLC introduces the holorifle, which fires a cluster of high-energy holograms at the target.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' has the Minotaur Boss, a heavily armored behemoth that you have to stun before resorting to twisted means to execute it: You run back to a platform and ''fire a flaming log/stake at it'', cracking the armor and eventually ''nailing it to the door it emerged from''.
** It also has the Atlas Statue. In order to get to an objective, you have to risk life and limb plowing through Undead Mooks and platforming to wind up the statue, which then ''throws the Earth'' it bears down the hallway and through the wall that impede your progress.
* The ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004 se]][[VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII ries]] has mostly-conventional StandardFPSGuns, the impact hammer aside, but one of the more interesting ones is the GES Biorifle, a goo gun which you can either slime someone with or lay down explosive poisonous traps with.
** The goo gun doesn't appear in ''VideoGame/UnrealIITheAwakening'', which instead has something much weirder: a gun that shoots spiders. Primary fire covers a target in spiders, which doesn't kill them very quickly but does make them run around screaming "Aaaaaaagh get them off meeeeeeee!" For this reason it may well be the second-most fun weapon in the game. Secondary fire shoots a glob of biomass that turns into a big spider when you hit it with the primary fire; the spider then follows you and attacks your enemies. Then there's the BFG that shoots miniature black holes.
** The entire Unreal series is very friendly to weird weaponry, thanks to the way the engine works. Open up the editor, find a projectile-launching weapon, substitute the class name of the bullet with that of most other entities in the game world, and... voila, a Stinger that fires rockets, or ASMD blast-balls, or grenades. Or ''rabbits''.
* One weapon in the "{{Contra}}bobo" stage of ''VideoGame/AbobosBigAdventure'' is a gun that shoots VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}. Not real lemmings, by the way: the green-haired, bipedal critters from the eponymous game: if they hit an enemy, they bounce off and walk around for a while before exploding.
* ''Franchise/StarWars: [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight]]'' used a similar idea: The alternate fire on the rocket launcher made the spider-shaped rockets grab onto objects and wait for a few seconds before going off. Instead of just blowing up the enemy, you got to see them run around with an exploding spider-bomb on them. So, so much more fun.
* A wild magic surge in ''Videogame/BaldursGate II'' could result in [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail a cow dropping on the target]]. Also in the game was Jan Jansen's Flasher Master Bruiser Mates, used (naturally) with Jan Jansen's impeccably stylish Flasher Master Bruiser crossbow. They were stun bombs, but they looked like skulls.
* ''Videogame/PlanescapeTorment'' features a high-level spell called ''Mechanus cannon''. It's a pretty generic cannon... fired from a different plane of existence, through a portal, opened five feet from your enemy's head.
** It also features a few strange projectiles for Nodrom - Rule of Three bolts with spring-loaded pyramidal heads, Bolts of Wincing which look like bladed U's (the name comes from what observers do when the bolts go in...or are pulled out), and bolts with sponge-heads (the sponges are full of acid).
* ''VideoGame/{{Tyrian}}'' had several "hidden" ships you could play through a "super arcade mode" by using a cheat code. The Ninja Stealth ship had several ninja-themed weapons, including poison bombs (against other ''ships''?), "starburst" (a weapon that threw starshaped chunks of hot metal out ''sideways'' from your ship--usable as a secondary weapon in the normal game, not much good as a primary), and shuriken, which when fully-upgraded resulted in a massive forward field of shuriken shot from the front of your ship. Taking the cake, though, had to be the Foodship Nine Supercarrot, which used entirely food-related weapons, from a banana gun that threw out a tree's worth of explosive bananas per second, a secondary banana bomb launcher, a hotdog-with-optional-mustard-spread, and an orange...thingy...that created a whirling circle of oranges.
** In a similar vein, ''{{R-Type}} Final'' has [[GottaCatchEmAll 101 ships]], so odds are some of them are going to be freaky. Indeed, among the highlights, one [[WaveMotionGun Wave Cannon]] fires ''natural disasters'', one is fueled by ThePowerOfLove, and similar to the above example, one ship is packing a flamethrower [[FridgeLogic for use in ship-to-ship combat]] where a standard WaveMotionGun works far better (speaking of bad ideas, there's the line of ships that jam a giant metal rod into the enemy...once again, InAWorld rife with WaveMotionGun technology).
* Although it wasn't seen, in ''[[PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Apollo Justice]]'', Trucy mentions that one of her tricks involves firing a gun that shoots Bullets. Turns out "Bullets" is the name of a cat.
* One of the bonus guns obtained in ''ShadowTheHedgehog'' is the Omochao gun, which, just like you would think, fires the [[StopHelpingMe Omochao]] from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2: Battle''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} 8'' features the gadgeteer class. This class comes with a unique rifle, whose choice of potential ammo expands as you level up. It starts able to only fire rocks and pellets, later gaining the ability to shoot daggers, arrows, axes, swords, lightsabers, grenade-like potions...
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has a number of these, many of which use living creatures in some way or another. It's a good thing there's no PETA in ''[=RuneScape=]''...
** The Fixed Device shoots dyed toads.
** Salamanders use up tar mixed with various herbs as the ammo for them to shoot flames out. Yes, you hold the salamanders in your hands.
** Crystal bows "use" no ammo. They weaken as you use them because you're essentially firing little bits of ''the bow itself'' at things.
** Chinchompas are small, [[MadeOfExplodium highly explosive animals]]. You throw them at people. They may not be shot out of anything, but they are fun to watch.
** With the oddball aura active, the dwarven multicannon would fire squids, beers or [[RunningGag cabbages]] instead of cannonballs.
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheInfernalMachine'': When a cheat code is entered, your bazooka fires flying rubber chickens... They also play tropical music as they pass by you.
* ''VideoGame/ScorchedEarth'' features a type of shell that explodes in a 100-300 feet sphere (well, circle, it's a 2D game) of ''dirt''. Apparently dirt is very compressible. It also features three different families of dirt-destroying weapons.
* The Gun Del Sol/Solar Gun from ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' shoots solar energy in some solid form - there's bullets, grenades, and seeker missiles, but the Dragoon is a solar-powered ''[[KillItWithFire flamethrower]]''! Yes, a Solar Gun that kills enemies with sunfire.
** The later ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' games include Gun Del Sol Battle Chips as part of a crossover with ''Boktai'', even mimicking the GBA games' gimmick by increasing their power while jacked-in in an outside area. It's at least slightly more plausible given that all combat is done within the Internet.
** The Solar Gun also appears as an EasterEgg gag weapon in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''.
* Speaking of ''Franchise/MetalGear''...
** The Tanegashima, which looks like your ordinary, everyday musket. Until you shoot it and a tornado comes out.
** Also the grenades and tranquilizer rounds that make people get emotional.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'''s [[RareGuns XM8]] causes random status effects to people you shoot with it, up to and including [[IncendiaryExponent setting them on fire.]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' makes use of a variety of upgradable ammunition types, including incendiary, radioactive, cryo, proton, explosive, hammerhead, armor-piercing, anti-personnel, snowblind, sledgehammer...
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' trims away some of these, but adds Jack's loyalty power: ''biotic'' ammo. Mini gravity wells. Some of the heavy weapon options are pretty weird too: they include a gun which [[FreezeRay shoots giant blobs of freezing liquid]], an electrolaser ([[ShockAndAwe shoots lightning]]), and a ''mini black hole cannon''.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' continues the trend. We knew about [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Falcon_Assault_Rifle two]] [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Chakram_Launcher weapons]] that made use of this trope before the game was even released. We can now add a krogan shotgun that shoots spikes designed to make enemies bleed out and a geth sniper rifle that fires ferrofluid.
** Also in the third game, Joker comes up with a solution to the Reaper problem after successfully [[SummonBiggerFish using a thresher maw in a fight]].
--->'''Joker:''' Now all we need is a gun that fires Thresher Maws!
---> ({{beat}})
---> ({{beat}})
--->'''[[TheComicallySerious Shepard]]:''' [[RunningGag That was a joke.]]
--->'''EDI:''' I apologise. I was [[LiteralMinded contemplating]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Tribes}}'' features the Spinfusor, which shoots ''[[DeadlyDisc exploding frisbees of death]]''. Functionally, it's a dumbfire Rocket Launcher on the StandardListOfFPSGuns, but its distinctive design is iconic of the series.
** ''Tribes: Ascend'' gives you a "Blue Plate Special" award if you kill someone in mid-air with a spinfusor disc.
* ''DrawnToLife'' has a gun that shoots snowballs for the first world. For the second world, it's tinkered with so that it shoots exploding acorns.
** In the third world, it shoots ''starfish''.
** In the second game, you can make the ammo WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO BE.
* Many of the games in ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series had a system of [[HumanCannonball cannons]], located all around the world, that fired main characters very, ''very'' high in order to transport them elsewhere. Needless to say, there wasn't any fall damage, so it was way superior to walking through half the world to player's next destination.
* ''[[VideoGame/SystemShock System Shock 2]]'' had the 'Exotic' weapons class, which reloaded with annelids - AKA ''worms''. The Viral Proliferator shot [[BeeBeeGun clouds of flying, stinging worms]], whilst the Annelid Launcher shot a homing rocket. Made of worms.
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'': Amongst the weapons included in the game we have guns that will [[BalefulPolymorph turn any enemy into various farmyard animals]], a land shark gun, a gun that fires heat-seeking servings of vindaloo curry, a mine that spits out bees, and the suck cannon, a weapon which sucks up your enemies and fires them as ammo. There is also a gun that shoots black holes, and grenades that turn into little robots that themselves have guns. Finally, we have the gun that fires tornadoes, complete with lightning storms, wrist weapons that launched sentient and powerful blobs of slime, and capping it all off with a bomb that makes any enemy - from wandering creatures to NPC's to bosses - start dancing to disco music, each one having a distinct dance.
* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' spinoff ''GunmanChronicles'' has a gun that shoots a variable amount of acid, basic and neutral liquid in form of globs. The amount of the three liquids is user-selectable, resulting in different effects and different ammo consumption. The bad thing is that such a user interface is obviously very fiddly, so players tend to set the gun to its most destructive setting (full acid, full base, half neutral) and leave it at that; the good thing is that, in contrast to other such weird guns (such as, say, the aforementioned biorifle from ''Unreal'') smart players actually use the chemical gun.
** The mod ''Rocket Crowbar'' changed the shotgun to fire screaming scientists who flew towards the target and exploded on contact.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' for the SNES, Bowser's Hurly Gloves weapon, described as "A classic Mario-toss attack," is just that: Bowser [[FastballSpecial tossing Mario]] comedically at enemies. When Mario is unable to be thrown (due to death, absence from the battlefield, or the mushroom and scarecrow status ailments, etc.), the Mario doll first seen in Gaz's house is thrown (for the same amount of damage).
** Geno's Star Gun, which happens to shoot little stars.
*** Almost all of Geno's weapons are like this: from firing his hands to canon balls out of his elbow.
* SuperMarioBrothers has been doing this for a very long time with the Bullet Bill as well as the Bo-bombs.
* In ''VideoGame/RedneckRampage'' you find dynamite, a generic tossed explosive. Later, you upgrade it to a rocket launcher by finding a crossbow. ''Then'' you find a chicken... strap the chicken to an arrow, jam dynamite up the egg-hole, and now you have a chicken-guided missile launcher complete with 'b-gawk!' sound effects and drifting feathers. Also, while not exactly abnormal ''ammo'', you kill a big alien and take its gun... which is cyber-grafted to its arm. You fire it by yanking on dangling tendons.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}'', some of the more advanced weapons included a sniper railgun that fired slugs of frozen mercury, and an energy weapon that fired a grenade, which released a LifeEnergy absorbing psychic entity, that would move from target to target until it was done feeding, including attacking the player if it was fired carelessly. Each of those took the same generic ammo clips as the other projectile and energy weapons.
* ''RiseOfLegends'' has a number of these, especially from the SteamPunk "Vinci" factions. Standouts are the Doge Cannon and Doomcannon, both of which can fire a poison gas, shrapnel, or explosive shell; or the ability of certain heroes to fire flare rockets that turn into so-called "Holdout Towers".
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'', GDI Grenadiers throw bouncing explosive frisbees instead of normal grenades. ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' gives them more oval-shaped grenades which can lock onto and guide themselves to far-away targets, particularly ones holed up in abandoned buildings - one Grenadier getting close enough is all you need to clear the entire building and place your own soldiers in it.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'', [[SillinessSwitch among the rest of its weird and wild arsenal]], has the Soviet APC that can only deploy the soldiers within it by launching them out of a cannon on its back. Much fun can be derived from [[DeathFromAbove bombarding]] the enemy with [[BearsAreBadNews bears. Armoured War Bears]].
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' used to feature special ammo for your guns that could put your enemies to sleep, poison them or [[GameBreaker charm them.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'': Citan built the Buntline, a Gear that can [[TransformingMecha transform]] into a giant gun. Its ammo? Its own ''cockpit'', pilot and all.
* One of the attacks one can learn for Bazookas in ''MakaiKingdom'' involves stuffing your opponent down the barrel and firing them out.
* ''VideoGame/ToeJamAndEarl'' has you using tomatoes as your primary attack. The first sequel has bottles. No, they don't break on enemies and hurt them; they open and suck enemies in, rather like the ghost trap in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukemManhattanProject'' has an unlockable lightning gun that kills every regular enemy in {{one hit|Kill}} and never runs out of ammo.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime'', the mechas can shoot anything from missiles, to swords, to holy water, to statues, and [=NPCs=] and enemies. In fact, any item you collect in the game can be used as ammo.
** The most awsome thing to load into the cannon, YOURSELF!
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2142]]'' has a gun that shoots ''C4''.
* One of the first moves learned in ''{{Banjo-Kazooie}}'' is how to launch blue eggs out of Kazooie's mouth.
** There's Mr Patch from the sequel, whose main attack is to spit exploding beach balls at you.
** Kazooie's egg-shooting ability is taken to a ridiculous extreme in the sequel, in which, in addition to the standard blue eggs, you get fire, grenade, ice, and "clockwork kazooie" eggs. The same game's multiplayer mode adds proximity eggs, which latch onto walls and explode whenever someone gets close enough.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' series has the bore-gun which fires nanobots of some type which slice apart the enemy into bite-sized chunks.
** ''Turok 2'' had the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CaiXVbFZXI Cerebral Bore]], which is often ranked among the greatest guns in {{FPS}} history to this day. It fires a bore that locks onto an enemy's brainwaves in order to track them. Once it makes contact with the target's skull, ''[[{{Gorn}} it drills into their cranium and expels their brain matter through a small funnel]], [[NoKillLikeOverKill before exploding with predictable results]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' has a gun that fires interlinked ''portals''. Firing directly at a turret won't even nudge it, but there are numerous ways to use the portals around the turrets to disable them. Speaking of the turrets, they don't shoot ordinary bullets. They shoot the ''entire'' bullet (that's 65% more bullet!).
* ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' has guns that shoot bees, exploding lightning balls, and horrible clouds of green plague gas.
* ''VideoGame/PocketTanks'' is an extreme example of this trope. Tanks there can shoot: *deep breath* ...dirt, pop corn, rubber, bees, roman candles, sawblades...FLEAS!...star dust, water, tornadoes, coal, fireflies, glue, chalks and so on.
* ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest: Challenge Of The Warlords'' has the Gobshooter enemy - a catapult that uses goblins as ammo (Destroying [[UnpredictableResults a random gem]] on the board for 20x effect). The funny thing is that the Hurl Goblin attack is ''[[PowerCopying learnable!]]''
* ''VideoGame/ZombiesAteMyNeighbors''. You start with a squirt gun full of holy water that can kill zombies. You also can attack with: tomatoes, popsicles, silverware, dishware, six packs of soda (That explode like grenades), footballs, fire extinguishers, weed trimmers and an alien ray gun that fires bubbles. The only "normal" weapon you obtain is the bazooka.
* ''AnarchyOnline'' starts you off with a weapon with infinite ammo. This is handwaved as being a gun which fires tiny nanotech-created replicas of itself.
* The SMG in ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' has an alt-fire which launches flash grenades. By contrast, the Widowmaker SMG (every weapon has a special variant) has an alt-fire which launches spiderbots. Spiderbots are far from deadly, until your enemy is surrounded by twenty or so.
* This trope features very heavily in the ending of ''VideoGame/SakuraTaisen 3''.
* ''VideoGame/RevolutionX'', the SpiritualSequel to MidwayGames' ''Terminator 2 - The Arcade Game'', had the player armed with a machine gun...as well as a launcher that fired ''exploding CD's''. As a powerup, the player could also upgrade to '''''Laserdiscs!'''''
* The Angelic Rifle in ''VideoGame/{{Baroque}}'' shoots [[spoiler:tiny winged babies that are living, sentient incarnations of pain.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' lets you uses dispensers as turrets. While they can "fire" out anything you stuff into them, most of it just falls down harmlessly. Though you can have them fire arrows, [[KillItWithFire incendiary ammunition]], potions of all kinds (including [[HealingShiv healing ones]]), snowballs, and [[EdibleAmmo eggs]]. Eggs which may spawn baby chicken upon hitting the ground. Most of these can also be thrown by hand.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', you can shoot your {{NPC}} [[FastballSpecial man-turned-wolf companion Oki]] in the battle against the twin clockwork owls.
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'':
** While the first game had normal weapons for the most part ([[{{Mondegreen}} Rocket Lawnchairs]] notwithstanding) from 2 onwards things got weird.
** The Drop Shot, which fires a bouncing explosive blob,
** Iron Lizard, an exploding robotic car (or bomb-on-legs in Fat mode),
** Super Grenade, which is a rocket propelled grenade,8
** Thunder Gun, Emperor Palpatine-style insta-kill arc lighning,
** The helper character gets pretty standard weaponry (Hyaktaro's Ryu rip-off notwithstanding), except for the unused Glen Achilles, who apparently fires spinning, exploding Heavy Machine Guns.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' series has the following: a gun that shoots superheated magma grenades (Magmaul), supercooled plasma (Judicator), killer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutrino neutrinos]] (Shock Coil), [[NukeEm miniature nuclear weapons]] (Battlehammer), holy planet energy (Light beam) and a ''miniature star'' (Sunburst), anti-energy (Dark beam) and a ''portal to hell'' (Darkburst), matter-antimatter (Annihilator beam) and the ''sound barrier'' (Sonic Boom), sentient goo in energy form (any phazon weapon) and the Stacked beam, which contains [[FireIceLightning the plasma, ice, and wave beams at the same time in a six foot wall]].
** And if we count glitches, there's also the Murder Beam, which is best described as a wall of solid PAIN AND SUFFERING.
* Can be modded into ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' quite easily, since the game can support up to three different types of arrow, crossbow bolt and (presumably) blowdart ''each''. Anything can be thrown in adventure mode. One rather famous story is how a player ''decapitated what is essentially a living statue of liberty with a rabbit.''
** Minecarts that stop suddenly will also forcefully eject their contents in the direction of travel. Inventive players have used this fact coupled with inventive track layouts to produce everything from garbage disposal machines to multi-barrel fully-automatic self-reloading cannons that fire anything that fits into a minecart at invaders. Things that fit into a minecart include dwarves, weapons, stacks of several hundred coins, [[IncendiaryExponent !!]]kittens[[IncendiaryExponent !!]], extremely heavy rocks, items of furniture and magma.
* In ''VideoGame/ChampionsOfNorrath'', one boss you fight can shoot [[OurSoulsAreDifferent souls]] from his bow like arrows.
* Bile Demons and Giants in ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper 2'' have a special ability called Dwarf Chucking.
* The Cyclops in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V'' will throw goblins at the enemy army if it can grab them.
** On the subject of ''Might and Magic'', ''Might and Magic VI'' has a unique weapon, Artemis, which is a longbow that shoots lightning bolts. It also has the "of Carnage" enchantment, which only applies to bows, and makes them shoot arrows that explode.
** Also, Liches from the ''Heroes of Might and Magic'' games throw clouds. Of death.
*** And Magogs from ''Heroes of Might and Magic III'' throw fireballs.
* In ''{{Vangers}}'' there is a basic machinegun that makes ammo out of dirt and water. Also a gun that shoots money.
* ''{{Prey}}'''s alien world is chock full of annoying crab-like three-legged things. They don't really do anything other than walk around... and explode, vigorously, should you tear off their legs. Or you can stuff them into a pneumatic launcher, giving the local equivalent of a grenade launcher. Talk about [[{{Pun}} live grenades]].
** The acid gun, a shotgun that sprays acid instead of pellets, and launches an acid-filled tube with the secondary fire.
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', Million Gunman has a gun that shoots tightly packed wads of cash.
--> '''Fuck you, I shoot money!'''
** In the original NoMoreHeroes, Bad Girl hits her ammo at you with her baseball bat. Her ammo? [[FastballSpecial Gimps.]] Yes, ''GIMPS.''
* The Osamodas from ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' can fire raven-rounds.
* ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'' features FireIceLightning, and Poison bullets and grenades. We're not touching the grenade called "Dog Droppings" with a ten foot pole.
* In ''RedAlert3Paradox'', the Mediterranean Syndicate's standard weapons fire Gyrojets, little finless rockets that accelerate as they fly, doing more damage the farther away they hit. They're based on an actual weapon described below, and the numerous flaws listed are the reason why they never made it to mass production in RealLife.
* The PlayStation game ''{{Terracon}}'' features the "Genergy Gun". In combat it's a fairly ordinary energy weapon. The gimmick is that the game also features coloured wireframe "meshes", which turn into solid objects and functional devices when shot with enough Genergy.
* ''RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'' introduces the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blunderbuss Blunderbuss]], which [[HonestJohnsDealership Nigel West Dickens]] gives to you stating that you could stuff it with anything to kill zombies with as [[BlatantLies it has been the choice weapon of zombie hunters for many years]]. John stuffs it with ''zombie parts'' (as in, fingers and ribs and such) as projectiles. It makes zombies [[MadeOfExplodium blow up REAL good]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'' series has the Life Leech, a staff with a one-eyed skull that launches magic fire at enemies, sucking the life out of them and healing the player. In the first game, its [[CastFromHitPoints intended ammunition]] was trapped souls.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Magnus von Grapple 2.0 has an attack that sucks up the audience and then fires them like a machine gun. To make matters worse, this is one of the strongest attacks in the game if you don't guard correctly.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' and ''Super Scribblenauts'', there's a gun that fires ExplodingBarrels.
** In ''Super Scribblenauts'', you can also modify guns with adjectives to make the bullets very strange. These range from useful and destructive (flaming bullets to KillItWithFire) to straightforwardly ridiculous (a "pretty gun" will shoot bullets with tiny little tiaras).
* In the [[VideoGame/QuakeI first]] and [[VideoGame/QuakeIV fourth]] installments of the VideoGame/{{Quake}} franchise, one of the more common weapons the player must master is a nail gun.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', [[EverythingTryingToKillYou practically anything that moves]] is deadly: magic bullets, knives, stars, paper charms, Yin-Yang orbs, rocks, roses, hearts, anchors, coins, and [[FrickinLaserBeams laser beams]] (linear and twirly).
* In the original ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'', Link uses Rupees as arrows. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'' lets you use exploding arrows through a glitch, which ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' [[AscendedGlitch properly introduces]] as [[TrickArrow Bomb Arrows]]. There's also a number of enchanted arrow types throughout the series which let you shoot [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[AnIcePerson ice]] and [[HolyHandGrenade divine light]] from your bow.
* ''{{XCOM}} Interceptor'' features mostly normal weapons: you start with lasers and missiles, upgrade to more powerful lasers and missiles, eventually get plasma weapons, and then develop the psi-beam, which is a laser that shoots ''mind-control beams''.
* The [[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame LEGO]] PiratesOfTheCaribbean game has a scene where the Spanish fire a pig from a cannon [[spoiler: to destroy the Fountain of Youth]]. Since this is a LEGO game and everything is smashable, this is more successful than the film example of firing a monkey.
* In ''Videogame/JablessAdventure'', your only weapon is the Hurricane Pistol, which fires a concentrated air blast.
* ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'' has the Spark. Manbow. Normally, it is just Mega Man creating a lightbulb with his to shock his foes at point-blank range. Release the fire button and it becomes a projectile.
** ''VideoGame/Rockman2DeuxExMachina'' has Metal Man's weapon, which fires ''[[BrownNote musical notes]]''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' brings the Sandgun.It does exactly what you expect it to do, it shoots sand blocks. It can be used as a direct fire weapon, or block off an area from a distance.
** There's a few other strange ammo types. Once you reach Hardmode, you can craft cursed flame rounds and crystal fragmentation bullets. Crossbow users, meanwhile, have the Holy Arrows, which ''drop stars'' on whatever they hit.
* The VideoGame/AngryBirds use ''themselves'' as ammo against the pigs. They even come in different varieties, including an ''exploding'' bird.
* VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}} has a gun that shoots explosive bolas (the [[EpicFlail Flailgun]]) , and another that shoots rocket-propelled [[ThisIsADrill drillbits]] (the Penetrator). The sniper rifle fires tiny guided missiles.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has the usual ricochet bullets, homing bullets, bola nets and giant knives. Urgot's Butcher skin shoots ''homing chainsaws''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' it is possible, through the use of [[RocketJump prolonged self-abuse]], to find a Banana Gun. And it's the only human-made weapon in the whole game.
* In ''VideoGame/HyperPrincessPitch'', bricks are your basic ammunition. Your other weapons are a rainbow blaster and an ice ray.
* The [[WaveMotionGun Point Singularity Projector]] in the ''Videogame/{{X}}-Universe'' games fires what are essentially naked singularities at enemy ships. The Fragmentation Bomb Launcher shoots a ball full of fletchettes, which explode in proximity to other ships. The Cluster Flak Artillery Array shoots a flak shell which bursts, spewing out [[RecursiveAmmo more flak in all directions]]. In a player-only example, you can [[ColonyDrop build stations INSIDE enemy ships, instantly destroying them]].
* In ''KidIcarusUprising'', some of Pit's odder weapons can fire things like bouncing pawprints, jumbled chunks of skyscraper, or crescent moons
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'''s Mark of the Assassin DLC has a villain named Duke Prosper as its BigBad. He is also the final boss fight; he uses an automatic crossbow that can shoot either arrows or a strange green goo. The strange green goo does no damage by itself...but as the cutscene just before the boss fights demonstrates on the poor, unfortunate [[spoiler: Salit]], Prosper also has a pet wyvern named Leopold that has been trained to relentlessly chase and attack-to-kill anyone Propser has first shot with this green goo. When he uses it in battle, he will either shoot one of Hawke's companions with it, so Leopold will chase that companion leaving itself open to an attack from Hawke, or more frequently Prosper will shoot Hawke with the goo, making it necessary for Hawke to spend his/her time running from Leopold until the goo wears off.
* An optional quest in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3'' lets you get your hands on the Cluckshot, a rocket launcher that shoots ''exploding chickens''.
* Hubert's [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon sword-gun-bow thing]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' appears to shoot magic. You have your classic elemental bullets, exploding bullets - and then bullets which can create gravity wells, bullets which turn into giant ghostly beast heads, and...bullets?...which create a [[ShockAndAwe showering cage of electricity.]] What. Even.
** This is standard for any wielder of firearms in the ''TalesSeries''.
* ''VideoGame/BloodCrusher2'' has numerous randomized ammunition options, from standard bullets to ninja stars and hordes of pissed off [[EverythingsWorseWithBees bees]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has a number of ranged weapons that fire unusual ammo, like the goulauncher (a crossbow that fires goulash made from ghoul meat) and the potato pistol (like a spud gun, "but smaller. And greasier.")
** Pastamancers can cast spells that pelt enemies with ex-girlfriends (which deal [[KillItWithIce ice damage]]), pin-ups, ''nudity itself'', and even something that's censored out.
* ''VideoGame/{{Awesomenauts}}'' brings us Derpl Zork. When asked what form of devastation should be issued forth from his mighty combat walker, he simply drooled and said "I wuv cats". Thus came the holo-cat cannon. Yes, you read that right. ''HardLight cats''.
* ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'' has the eponymous heroes group together to turn into various firearms and then fire themselves from those weapons.
* Among the things the TrueFinalBoss fires at you in ''VideoGame/WhenTailsGetsBored'' include Sonic and Amy dolls.
* [[HammerSpace Despite not visibly holding any weapons,]] the snail protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Snailiad}}'' manages to use a pea shooter, a [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang boomerang]], and a ''[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows rainbow gun.]]''
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', the Boss can upgrade some of his/her weapons to fire incendiary or explosive ammo. There are also a number of DLC weapons such as the Octopus Launcher, which shoots ocotpi that mind-control your enemies into attacking one another before self-destructing, the Genki Manapult, a truck that sucks up pedestrians and shoots them out of a cannon on the back, and a shotgun that fires chum in order to entice a killer sewer-dwelling shark to burst out of the ground and attack your opponents.
** [[VideoGame/SaintsRowIV Its sequel]] only serves to up the ante; bizarre weapons include black hole launchers, alien guns that make targets have [[BigHeadMode giant heads]], a plunger gun, a weapon that fires ''alien abductions'', and of course, a gun that shoots {{dubstep}}.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Quackshot}}'', Donald's arsenal consists of a plunger gun, exploding bubblegum bubbles, and a powerful scattershot popcorn. The villains' ammunition includes tomatoes, toxic gunk, and beehives.
* In ''VideoGame/HyruleTotalWar'' the Sheikah can field Shadow Cannons, loaded with [[CastingAShadow dark energy]].
* Pfeil III's "Sword Launcher" in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration: Dark Prison'', which launches the swords on the "Gunstar Blader"
* The weapons of ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'' can fire bowling balls, vinyl records, and fireworks, among other things.
* In ''VideoGame/MuppetMonsterAdventures'', the Ballistic Chicken Launcher fires, well, [[CaptainObvious chickens]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'', there are cowboys in TheWildWest world who shoot bullets. What is abnormal about them is that the bullets are apparently alive, and walk around on their own for a few moments after landing before they explode.
* ''VideoGame/AloneInTheDark3'': You will find an empty shotgun. Acquiring the ammo for it (and ''realizing'' the item is meant to be ammunition) is a GuideDangIt moment: it shoots '''gold coins'''.
** The zombie holding said gold coins supposedly can only be killed by a golden bullet, either by the gold coins mentioned above or a single golden Winchester bullet found elsewhere.
* ''Videogame/Metro2033'''s Volt Driver/Hellbreath and Tihar fire ball bearings instead of bullets; the former with [[MagneticWeaponry magnetic rails]], and the latter with compressed air, both of which have to manually be charged/pumped up. And since [[PracticalCurrency pre-war military ammo is used as currency]], regular rifles literally shoot money.
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' gives us Archer, a Servant of the same class who, despite his name, actually specializes in the creation of magical swords... which he shoots like arrows with his bow.
** Gilgamesh, another Archer class servant takes this a step further using his special attack, the Gate of Babylon, which creates a metaphysical portal in the sky connected to his treasure vault... from which he launches ''hundreds and hundreds and hundreds'' of legendary weapons like a rain of mythical metal.
* ''VisualNovel/Tsukihime'', also by Type-MOON has the physical manifestation of a scripture taking the form of a cross between a literal Cross and a machinegun firing holy stakes.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': One thing Strong Bad says he'd do to make his town different in the email "different town" is have Bubs give away [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot flamethrowers that shoot chocolate hundred-dollar bills]] ("Imitation chocolate!"). He also mentions wanting a catapult that shoots balls of cobras for [[YouMeanXmas Decemberween]] in "what I want".
* The [[LaserBlade laser-swords]] with guns on them used by the pirates in ''HowToKillAMockingbird'' shoot other swords, as well as {{bears|AreBadNews}} that are [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]].
* The Furtive Polar Bear in ''TalesOfTheBlode Episode 4'' defends his North Pole lair with a gun that fires kittens.
* At one point in Machinima/RedVsBlue, Caboose's gun is revealed to be loaded with crayons rather than bullets, although he never fires it like this. Comes in handy when he and Tucker need to draw visual aids to teach Crunchbite the Alien English.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''ItsWalky'' has the monkey cannon from the Monkey Master.
* ''Dreamleak'' features a quadruple pie thrower. Interestingly, it was not used as a weapon but as a clay pigeon launcher.
* [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020630 This]] from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' shows an Inflatable Rabbit Decoy Inflatable Cannon. The repetition of the word "Inflatable" is not an error.
** [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/060124 This]] shows a ray-gun that can be set to "Stun", "Kill", "Mashed Potatoes", and "Olives", the last of which is used.
** To fight vampires, Riff developed an auto-staker; a {{Gatling|Good}} that fires 1k wooden stakes a second. Awesome to shoot, a nightmare to reload.
** Riff also developed [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/081008 "sleep chaff"]], a flurry of little razor discs with a tranquilizer gel center.
* In the Guntron Alliance Force strip of ''ThePerryBibleFellowship'', we are presented with a Combining Mecha Gun that shoots ''the vehicle of the blue member of the group'' as a bullet. No wonder the green guy looks pissed as he takes his place in the gun chamber. They must go through many members that way...
* ''MacHall'' implies there's two kinds of "Monkey Guns" -- one that's just a run-of-the-mill gun used for shooting at monkeys, and another that was [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys a gun that shot monkeys ''out of it''.]] Ian is told that they didn't have either one on hand.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
** The [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081015 Hand-cranked]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081015 runcible gun]].
** Baron's airship was shot with shells [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070404 containing some flesh-dissolving monsters]].
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110928 Remote Controlled Deployable Turret Cannonballs]]!
* In ''AntiheroForHire'' the eponymous antihero's entire weapon is based around this. With special bullets that explode, do fire, and all sorts of things.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' has the "Henchapult".
** And "[[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2005-08-16 Swordslinger]]"
* ''{{Hellbent}}'' has the "Fetus Laucher 2007" aka [[http://hellbentcomics.com/2007/11/07/fl2k7/ FL2K7]]
* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'':
** Fighter talks about a weapon firing sword-beams. A constant stream of laser-powered swords.
** There is also the [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/01/09/episode-234-smart-bomb/ Giant Cannon]]. No, it's not just a really big cannon. However, it has to be somewhat big to be able to fire ''giants''.
* The ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' parody strip ''Webcomic/FlintlockesGuideToAzeroth'' uses this as a running gag. To make matters worse, most of the ammo is alive at least until the time of firing. He killed someone in one hit using a supersonic woodchuck.
** An upgraded version of "tha Chuckshot", known as the "remote backstab", involves firing Lowping, the party's rogue, at the target. After impacting, and presumably totaling anyone who gets in the way, the rogue will backstab any survivors. It works.
* It's a crossbow, [[ExterminatusNow Virus]]. [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20090815.html A crossbow that shoots]] [[LaserBlade beam swords]]...
* From ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'': [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic/series.php?view=archive&chapter=12177#strip2 "He's shooting exploding flaming poison cannonballs!"]]
* ''LeastICouldDo'' has orphan shooting a pigeon gun.
* ''{{Magiversity}}'' has Wyndgarde Ironkeel who is a Gunmage, so she shoots magic.
* In ''Webcomic/PokeyThePenguin'', Pokey once loaded a gun with marshmallows to feed a famished penguin.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' brings us [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/316 the future of capitalism]]:
* SamAndFuzzy's Darkshark had a gun that [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1125 shoots swords that have chainsaws mounted on them]], [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill far outdoing Bitey's sword with a gun on it.]]
* It could've been Rob and Elliot, or one of the Digital Pimp comics, in which there was a gun that was outdone by the author's previous fantasy of a gun that shoots fancy leather furniture.
-->'''Commander:''' [[CommieNazis Space Commies]] are th' biggest threat t' red-blooded [[EagleLand American freedom]] we got in the' future. So the armed forces decided they'd jazz up high ranking officers enough t'push action figures.
-->'''Jared:''' Does it come with accessories?
-->'''Commander:''' Jus' this gun. I guess it shoots little guns.
-->'''Jared:''' I LOVE CAPITALISM!
-->'''Commander:''' I think th' little guns shoot deep-fried beer cans or somethin'.
-->'''Jared:''' [[HammerSpace Where are they coming from?]]
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' had a [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/585/ gun that shoots piranhas.]] [[RealityEnsues It doesn't work as planned.]] Another [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1391/ strip]] shows how "InstantMessengerPigeon" works.
* {{Chicanery}}'s [[VideoGame/EarthBound Jeff]] [[GadgeteerGenius develops "ludicrously deadly" bullets in his spare time.]]
-->'''Jeff:''' [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill This is it... The 3219 armor-piercing, drill-tipped, rocket-propelled, nuclear-powered, high velocity bullet with pneumatic shaft explosion dampener, buzzing flagellatory membrane]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a miniature camera so you can see the]] [[OhCrap look on his face]] before you go through it.
* ''BobTheAngryFlower'' has such a vast collection of ray guns it is inevitable some would fit this trope. He turned back a crowd of his enemies with his Donut Ray, while the Seahorse Ray was mostly used for a cheap laugh.
* ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' has a [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-5-5/ badger launcher]].
* In ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', Elly usually pulls out the [[TeamPet raccoon]], rather than an arrow, when [[BerserkButton shouting]] "I'm [[DudeLooksLikeALady NOT]] a girl!"
* In ''Webcomic/ZokushoComics'', while [[Serge's]] [[BottomlessMagazines "Phantom Shot"]] provides him with an infinite amount of ordinary ammunition, his revolver, Lucky Seven, fires magical bullets. He tends to prefer {{Fireballs}}.
* ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse'' has the protagonist create an "autoflintlock", which is able to shoot anything that can fit even halfway into one of its barrels, though only items the size of a revolver round can be stored in its ammunition chambers.
* The standard ''GenocideMan'' handgun is a railgun that shoots nickel-plated plastic needles, not really that deadly by themselves so they're tipped with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarin Sarin-M]].
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' ran [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/9/12/diplomatic-route/ a World of Warcraft-based strip]] where they cover Sinistine, Bow of the Black Maiden - a bow that shoots ''witches'' instead of arrows.
* ''[[Webcomic/MetroidThirdDerivative Metroid: Third Derivative]]'' has some. Some notable ones include the [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter Kinetic Beam]] which only does damage should it's target collide with something else, the Phase Beam which has mysterious space-time properties, and [[NukeEm Mega Missiles]] that nuke entire rooms (including the user too).
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* ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'':
** Trident uses a wrist-mounted gun that fires little miniature tridents.
** Chuckles the Clown uses a "pie-shot"--a slingshot that fires bannana cream pies and has a pistol that fires ping-pong balls. The pies deliver a knock-out drug and the ping-pong balls ''explode''.
* Cute little [[MarySue Generator]] in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse has a linear accelerator gun which fires Tasers, explosives, and sticky nets of webbing. But her bracers are even better. While they appear to fire different kinds of missiles, what they really fire are psychokinetic copies of Generator herself, which then hold and direct the missiles.
* Guns in ''ChaosFighters''-Route of Sea can fire swords, lances and ''feathers''.
* For your viewing pleasure, the [[http://scottthong.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/rpchainsaw1.jpg RPC M1B]] Rocket Propelled '''{{chainsaw|Good}}''' Launcher.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The title heroes of ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' fire weapons loaded with exploding... ''pucks''.
* Hoss Delgado in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' can turn his bionic hand into a crossbow that shoots {{chainsaw|Good}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' features a villain with a mechanical whale submarine, whose cannon fires ''juvenile delinquents.''
** Somewhat akin to the three rarest varieties of Castor Shell in OutlawStar, because the juvenile delinquents also served as its power source (well, they shovelled the coal, anyway).
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Mayor Adam West has a cat launcher, which is just a crossbow that shoots live cats rather than bolts.
* A superheroine in ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' had a rocket launcher that fired ''groups of poodles''. Another episode featured George Washington Carver constructing a cannon that shot out streams of Peanut Butter.
-->'''The Human Bullet''': "Fire me, Boy!"
* The pie-zooka from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. Vinnie called it [[WelcomeBackKotter Mr. Kotter]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
** A WhatIf episode in which Plankton and Mr. Krabs trade places has [=SpongeBob=] shooting a clothes cannon at a naked Krabs.
** Another episode has Spongebob behind the controls of a ''dishwasher turret'', one so powerful that Spongebob resorts to [[StuffBlowingUp crossing the streams]] in order to clean a stubborn stain from a plate, and ends up ''destroying the Krusty Krab in the process.'' If [[FridgeLogic you're wondering how beams of soap, water, and steel wool]] can cause any sort of explosion, [[RuleOfFunny don't]].
** Spongebob himself ingests cleaners/soap bubbles and chews up bars of soap for use in battle. He's also an efficient snowball cannon.
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' has [[ThisIsADrill drill missiles]]. And claw missiles. And [[KillItWithFire burning missiles]]. And net missiles. And [[ChainsawGood chainsaw missiles]] and oilslick missiles and [[ShockAndAwe Tesla coil missiles]] and ''motorcycle'' missiles and ''jetski'' missiles and, very occasionally, actual blow-you-up-on-impact missiles. [[HyperspaceArsenal All contained in the body of a single jet fighter.]] And don't even get us started on the [[GatlingGood Gatling gun that fires balls of cement]].
** In one episode, a cauldron of boiling soup is attached to the Turbokat.
*** "Bride of the Pastmaster", when they're stuck in the Dark Ages, they rig a giant mace as ammunition.
** In "Chaos in Crystal", they also hooked up the rebuilt mining device to the Turbokat's arsenal, to use it to fix Rex Shard.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' features weapons that shoot anything from melted cheese to live hamsters. Well, anything except actual bullets. It is a kids show, after all.
* The CG short film ''WesternAnimation/AGentlemansDuel'' features, as the last-resort weapon deployed by the French and English [[SteamPunk steam-powered]] [[GoodOldFisticuffs boxing]] [[HumongousMecha giant robots]], a howitzer that fires an angry French poodle named Fifi.
* One ''GIJoe'' episode had the Joe team convert their vehicle and personal weapons to fire apples, using the vitamins in them to fight a giant germ.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', a gigantic, one-shot muffin cannon.
** A devastating ''sandwich'' shot from [=GIR's=] head.
** Dib's elaborate water balloon launcher, which is outdone by [[spoiler: Zim's satellite water balloon launcher, which fires Earth's supply of water into Dib's enormous head.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' has been featuring progressively more bizarre ammo.
** Tombstone's minions use full-auto machine guns that fire metal slugs which sprout tiny spikes all over in mid-air.
** [[spoiler:SilverSable]] fires giant staples out of a never-named [[StealthPun staple gun]]
** Spidey gets to fight a massive battle across NYC's rooftops against [[spoiler:the Green Goblin and his HyperspaceArsenal, some pumpkin-bomb-launchers camouflaged as watertowers, and hordes of pumpkin-masked Mooks wielding bazookas that fire large metal slugs sprouting tiny spikes all over in mid-air.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had an accidental version of this when Homer joins the Navy Reserve. Through his general incompetence Homer ends up firing their captain out of a torpedo tube, which then hits another sub. The men on the other sub remark that "We've been hit by an officer!" When ordered to return fire, the men are about to grab their officer who stops his men and says "Not me, a torpedo!"
** Another instance is when Homer signs up for the Army. He is assigned to be the leader of the enemy in war games. While the Army uses live ammo, Homer's army has bubbles for ammo, because the whole exercise is just an excuse for the CO to murder recruits he doesn't like.
** The make-up gun Homer invented. "Homer, you've got it set on 'whore!'"
** As Joan of Arc, Lisa suggested the French army use bigger soldiers in their catapults, or better yet, rocks. The soldier who was about to be fired doesn't know how to feel.
* ''WildWestCowboysOfMooMesa'' had guns that fired tiny sheriff badges, cactus spines, vegetables, spider webs, chunks of dirt, and everything else except actual bullets.
* The Black Raven from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' fires ''eggs that hatch into mini ravens''.
* In the {{Hanna-Barbera}} cartoon ''RicochetRabbit'', the title character had an arsenal of trick bullets, each one unique.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' had a gun that shot some small, unknown creatures.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s "Godfellas" has Leela accidentally using Bender as a torpedo. In "Fun on a Bun", an army of cavemen takes out Zapp Brannigan's ship by catapulting a ''saber-toothed cat'' through the window.
* In the ''CampLazlo'' episode "Mascot Madness", Edward's mascot the Duke of Lice has a lice cannon that shoots... Well, you figure it out.
* In ''TheProblemSolverz'' episode "Fauxboro", Alfe and Roba construct a Gatling gun that fires root beer.
* On ''TheRenAndStimpyShow'' Stimpy is reading the story of "[[FracturedFairyTale Robin Hoek.]]" He can't remember what Robin fired in the air with his bow but thinks it was a melon. He then believes it was a chicken, which Ren is prepared for as he is wearing a helmet this time. At the last moment, Stimpy surmises it was a moose.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Sailing the Seven ZZZ's" Mr. Bighead thinks he is a pirate while {{sleepwalking}}. He uses his laundry machine as a cannon and fires several items including a TV set, a toaster, and a blender.
* [[FunPersonified Pinkie Pie]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a Party Cannon. Yes, ''a gun that shoots ''' parties''''' (more specifically, party supplies, which explains how she's able to set up parties so quickly). The season 2 finale, "A Canterlot Wedding," shows it still functions as a weapon of the less-than-lethal variety.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': Rex's Slam Cannon build grabs rubble and shoots that. In one episode, a fight in a bowling alley featured him treating the Pack to a brief bombardment of bowling balls.
** He also used it to shoot [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}} Ben]] in their crossover.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' episode "Berbils", the mercenary slaver Conquedor wields a {{BFG}} that fires giant, brightly-colored globs of [[StickySituation adhesive goo]] to stop attacks, while his {{Cute Machine|s}} victims the [[BearyFriendly Ro-Bear]] Berbils later retaliate by building a [[CoveredInGunge green slime]] dispensing turret gun in defense of their village.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Slugterra}}'', people shoot tiny cute creatures called slugs. When the slugs reach 100mph they change into their true form and have some unique effect before quickly reverting back to slug form. They're Mons as bullets.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous", the Joker uses a gun that fires bullets that turn into boxing gloves.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' features a gigantic blinged-out tank more akin to a land-going battleship, owned by the insanely wealthy car collector known as the Duke of Detroit. Its monstrous gold-plated main guns fire over-sized stretch limousines as ammunition. Each cannon has its own magazine of luxury cars to blast forth, thus perhaps demonstrating the ultimate in [[BlingBlingBang weaponized excess]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' short film ''The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper" used the penguin Rico as a gun, firing the contents of a bowl of peppermint candies at KillerRabbit (or in this case, poodle) Mr. Chew.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': The Shellraiser, the Turtles' WeaponizedCar[=/]SignatureTeamTransport, has launchers that fire manhole covers and balls of compressed garbage.
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' has several examples, but one of the first and best is probably the Kanoka, which are essentially superpowered frisbee disks.
** There was also an arc that took place underwater; some of the good guys used air bubbles as ammo (toxic to waterbreathers) while the bad guys shot [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods vampiric squids]].
** Near the end, the ammo of choice was Thornax, a kind of fruit. Hey, don't laugh; would ''you'' like to get hit with a coconut at high speed? A ''spiky, [[MadeOfExplodium potentially explosive]]'' coconut?
* An editor's error in a Polish video game magazine ''Magazine/TopSecret'' resulted in a description of a "grenade-launcher launcher". Nifty.
* With ''SecondLife'' having tons of user created stuff, there are certainly guns out there that shoot weird stuff. There's a gun that shoots more than 15 [[VideoGame/MarioKart Red Shells]] that seek out other avatars nearby and makes a big firework-like explosion upon impact. Then there's another gun that shoots [[SuperMarioBros Stars]] by the truckload and all of them have the starman theme playing at the same time, which sounds freaky when the sound gets distorted due to how fast they fly when shot out.
** Also Watermelon Rifles, Cat Cannons, Heart Crossbows, and a dildo gun.
* Uncyclopedia's [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_weapons_that_shoot_other_weapons_that_don%27t_exist,_but_should list of weapons that shoot other weapons that don't exist, but should]].
* Years ago, one of the Star Wars fan boards out there on the internet had developed a cannon that shot Ewoks. Sadly the schematics or specs or backstory are no longer available, but they were even developing different types of ammo for said cannon.
* There was a discussion on GameFAQs once regarding the usefulness of detonating FTL cores of ships in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' universe. Cortana was a fan of it because of the massive explosions.
--> '''Unknown poster''': What we need is a [[UpToEleven ship]] that [[DeathInAllDirections shoots]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill ships]] at [[LudicrousGibs them]].
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* The recoilless rifle with a nuclear warhead known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett_%28nuclear_device%29 M28 or M29 Davy Crockett Weapon System]], it fired the M388 Cartridge which contained a W54 warhead with a 10-20 ton variable yield.
* During the nuclear test sequence ''Upshot-Knothole'' in 1953, test ''Grable'' fired an 11-inch nuclear warhead from a specially constructed artillery piece known as "Atomic Annie." This is fairly unconventional in itself, but more so if it's noted that the W9 warhead used was of similar construction to the "[[TypesOfNuclearWeapons gun-type]]" "Little Boy" bomb dropped on Hiroshima. This therefore marks perhaps the only time in history that [[RecursiveAmmo a gun has been fired out of a gun]]. The design of "Little Boy" featured a core of barely sub-critical reaction mass, with an additional radioactive slug stored separately with a gunpowder charge. At a certain altitude the gunpowder would be detonated, propelling the slug into the main core, causing it to reach critical mass and explode. Thus, the ''Grable'' test featured ''a bomb, set off by a gun, fired from another gun''.
* Aside from the rather specialised Atomic Annie piece (and its lesser-known [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2A3_Kondensator_2P Soviet counterpart]]), if one were to look-up a list of American, Soviet/Russian, NATO, and probably even Chinese artillery pieces post-1965 and pick any tube (as in a gun or howitzer, not rocket) piece of 150mm or more on that list, there is a 99% chance that artillery piece had tactical nuclear artillery shells designed for it. Even the US's [[CoolBoat Iowa-Class Battleships]] ''main 16-inch guns'' received nuclear artillery shells.
* Grapeshot. It is basically charging a muzzle-loaded cannon with iron and steel junk, pieces of chain, pebbles and anything shootable and shooting it against a charging enemy. The range would be less than that of a regular cannoball, but it could make horrendous damage at close range. Usually grapeshot was the last measure against an oncoming enemy, and if it did fail to stop the enemy, the gunners would spike the cannons and flee.
* Corpses have often been used as catapult ammo. In fact, the Black Plague is thought to have originated in 1346, when the Mongols launched bubonic plague-infected corpses over the walls of Crimean city of Kaffa (now Feodosia) that was besieged. Six years earlier at Thun l'Eveque, decomposing animals were used as ammo. The last known incident of using plague corpses for biological warfare occurred in 1710, when Russian forces attacked the Swedes by flinging plague-infected corpses over the city walls of Reval (these days called Tallinn).
* In 204 B.C, Hannibal of Carthage had clay pots filled with venomous snakes and instructed his soldiers to throw the pots onto the decks of Pergamene ships.
** This was used as a ''Series/HorribleHistories'' segment. Specifically, ''[[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Snakes on a Ship]]'', complete with the line "I want these [[UnusualEuphemism Carthaginian]] snakes off this Carthaginian ship!"
* Some of the older types of cannonballs include grapeshot, exploding cannonballs, and chainshot, which was ''two cannonballs chained together'', usually used to destroy sailing masts or sails themselves. Or just fire a big wad of chain out of a cannon. It will tear a man to pieces. An ''improvised'' abnormal ammo load was "Langrage", which consisted of any old junk that was available - essentially turning the cannon into a ''very'' large shotgun, firing nails, broken chain links, and other assorted rubbish.
* The word "shrapnel" comes from the British artillery officer Henry Shrapnel, who invented a cannon ball that would explode in mid-air unleashing a rain of musket buckshot.
* In UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, when ships still used wooden hulls but steam power became common, gunners sometimes heated their cannonballs red hot using the engine furnace before firing at the enemy. Using "hot shot," as it was called, could easily set the target on fire. Captains used this sparingly, since mishandling the red hot cannonballs could easily burn down their own ship
* "Hot Shot" is a couple hundred years older than that, it just was only used by fortresses--most of which would have a ready furnace, and no hull or sails to worry about. Steam just made it ship-deployable.
* An early hobby for many tinkerers is designing such weapons. Probably the most common one is the potato gun. Followed by the marshmallow gun, a more contemporary example.
* And then there are the famous demonstrations/competitions of the physics of catapults and trebuchets, where people use them to fling watermelons, pianos, cars, and sometimes people.
* [[SufferTheSlings Slings and slingshots]]. Seeds, pebbles, coins, ball bearings, screw nuts, bone pieces - anything that can fit on the pouch goes.
* Also not meant to be lethal - a Japanese company sells air guns that shoot teddy bears with parachutes. For weddings, apparently.
* Japanese ''san-shiki'' ("beehive") anti-aircraft ''battleship'' shells, which could best be described as 18 inch (457 mm) shotgun rounds.
* The flamethrower, a gun that shoots [[KillItWithFire burning liquid]]! [[ShapedLikeItself On fire]]!
* The ''incredibly awesome'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon%27s_Breath Dragon's Breath shotgun round]] fires a gout of flame about 20 feet long for about 3-5 seconds from a manually operated shotgun. The Dragon's Breath shotgun round does a ''lot'' of damage to the barrel of the shotgun, making it AwesomeButImpractical for most situations.
* For one particularly crazy example, the Taser XREP, which is miniaturized taser fitted within 12 gauge shell for long distance wireless delivery of electric shocks.
* Large-bore shotguns are sometimes loaded with rolls of coins. Makes a big, ''big'' hole at close range. Supposedly, during Stepan Razin's rebellion one of their supply squads reported about being caught by tzar's troops and having to "buy off". And clarified that they quickly ran out of bullets, but still had lots of coins... and powder.
* Uruguay gained its independence from the Spanish by, in one battle, firing rock-hard balls of Edam cheese out of its cannons at enemy ships after its ships had ran out of normal ammo.
* Used at many a sporting event: the infamous T-shirt cannon.
* The [[http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg140-e.htm SPP-1]] pistol and the [[http://world.guns.ru/assault/as69-e.htm APS]] underwater assault ''smoothbore'' are specially designed underwater weapons with their own underwater ammunition -- long and slim bullets. Yeah, it's a real [[VideoGame/{{Quake}} nailgun]]. Modern [[http://world.guns.ru/assault/as100-e.htm ADS]] uses both standard issue ammo for AK-74 (in the air) and new underwater cartridge that ''looks'' like the same 5.45x39 -- but its bullet continues all the way to the bottom.
* The steam catapults on aircraft carriers can be considered big, spinal-mounted guns that fire ''airplanes'' [[RecursiveAmmo which have their own guns]]! And now [[MagneticWeapons EMALS]].
** Before WWII, the US fielded battleships fitted with special cannons to launch seaplanes as spotter aircraft. (The aircraft rode a sort of sled puched by the explosive charge, so it isn't quite as cool as it might have sounded there.)
* The M712 Copperhead, which is sort of like an artillery shell - except it's really a ''laser guided killer robot!''
* Not a weapon meant for people, but one of the ways they test jet engines, windows, and various other parts of the plane for durability against bird strike hazards is to use a specially designed cannon that fires ''whole chickens''. [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} It's important to remember to defrost them first, though]].
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyrojet Gyrojet]] line of weapons ''must'' be mentioned here. Designed and built in the 1960s they fired gyroscopically-stabilized 13mm rockets [[http://www.handgunsoftheworld.com/gyrojet.html looking much like normal cartridges]]. Gyrojets were supposed to be very accurate near-recoilless near-silent armor piercing weapons able to even work underwater like a 13mm ''torpedo''. The system [[CoolButInefficient didn't see widespread use]] due to reliability problems (the rockets' pinhole-sized jet nozzles were small enough to easily get plugged up and not strong enough to clean themselves) and consequences of the low muzzle speed -- that is, less accuracy than expected and [[ArbitraryMinimumRange being weaker than some slingshots at point blank range]] (you could allegedly prevent a round from exiting the barrel just by placing your hand over the end). Although the rockets had very low exit velocity, because they continued to accelerate they ''could'' achieve supersonic speeds - but only after 20 meters or so of acceleration. They are considered collectors' items today and can cost as much as $1,000 per round to shoot because of the rarity of the remaining ammo.
* Brunswick RAW (Rifleman's Assault Weapon) -- an underbarrel grenade launcher about halfway between Gyrojet and Soviet rocket-propelled grenades. Its projectile (several variants including 'flying Claymore' and HESH) is a 140mm sphere with a little tail... yes, it's a ''rocket clyster''. Or a flying bowling ball
* For more incredibly weird weapons, see [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15983_10-most-bizarre-military-experiments.html this list]] from ''Website/{{Cracked}}''.
* During the siege of Pelusium in 525 BC, the Persian general Cambyses was known for hurling live cats over the walls of the Egyptian fort to demoralize the defenders (to whom the cats were sacred). He also instructed his men to drive cats before the army, and tie cats to their shields to further deter the egyptians. He was not a nice person.
* Not sure if this counts, but an early ancestor of the machine gun called a Puckle Gun (named for its inventor) fired both round ammo and special square bullets for use against non-Christians.
* The U.S. Air Force once tried to make a "Gay Bomb". The idea was to load it full of sex pheromones and neutralise enemy forces by making them make love, not war.
** The same think-tank project also came up with a number of other odd bombs. They ranged from stink bombs designed to paralyze the enemy with the stink, to [[BeeBeeGun bombs loaded with pheromones to attract swarms of bees,]] [[CrazyPrepared the project suggesting hives being placed in the planned battle area beforehand]].
* Double A batteries make for a very dangerous projectile.
* At a high school, a physics class once used leftover fetal pigs as ammo for their potato cannons. Another physics class shot squash, tennis balls, hard boiled eggs, and someone's backpack across the school playing field. The cleanup wasn't fun though...
* Somewhere in the UK there is a man with a carrot cannon. He takes it to schools.
* To test windows and wall material against hurricanes and tornados throwing stuff around, there is a gun which shoots lumber at them.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_explosive_squash_head HESH rounds]], they're essentially a slow moving round containing a plastic explosive which flattens itself against the target before exploding due to an embedded fuse, creating a shock wave that, owing to its large surface area and direct contact with the target, is conducted very effectively (and if said target is an armoured vehicle which lacks spaced armour or spall liners, it results in heavy spalling on the inside of said vehicle, cutting up the poor guys inside it) not very useful against modern tanks but is still very popular for use against bunkers and demolition work.
* For an example that overlaps with BlingBlingBang, bullets made out of white gold and tipped with diamonds. [[http://most-expensive.net/bullets See for yourself.]] Unfortunately, these can not actually be fired.
* The US Navy's Mk 182 Kinetic Energy-Electronically Timed round for the Mk 45 5" gun is essentially a five inch wide ''shotgun shell''. It carries ([[MemeticMutation sometimes more than]]) ''9,000'' tungsten pellets which are released when the round is detonated, putting lots of small holes in the target(s). It's meant for use against small, lightly armored boats.
* And, there is always the bomb that drops more bombs, also known as a cluster bomb. There is also a cluster bomb that drops land mines, another that releases ''more cluster bombs'', and a version that drops ''heat-seeking anti-tank smart bombs''.
** The last is the CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon (SFW). During development, it was nicknamed "The weapon of 13 consecutive miracles." It has only been used once in combat, and essentially destroyed an Iraqi armored battalion in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
* Area denial munitions. Artillery fired shells that can deploy minefields.
* While less unusual than most of what's listed here, there's now [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HEIAP High Explosive Incendiary Armor Piercing Ammunition]]. Meant for .50 cal barrels, you get everything in one practical package!
* There are toy guns that are tiny hand-held catapults that fling little plastic figurines, like monkeys, rubber chickens, and pirates.
** But [[http://www.uberreview.com/2006/05/teddy-bear-gun.htm/ this]] is definitely the cutest version - a Teddy Bear Gun.
* During the [[TheWarOnTerror Battle of Tora Bora]] in 2001, British special forces who stormed the cave complex used special frangible bullets that rather than being made out of conventional metal, were made from brittle ceramic. The idea of this was that when a stray bullet hit a cave wall it would disintegrate, rather than ricochet dangerously. It also had the added benefit of instantly fragmenting upon entering a target causing massive injury, yet still being (kind of...) legal under the Hague Convention.
* Beehive rounds used to be popular for tanks that expected they would have to deal with infantry. It worked like a shotgun except that it used thin rods rather than balls. Because they were moving so fast the rods flexed in the air which caused them to slash targets like thousands of tiny knives.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F10WwQH3BUA Then, there's this.]] It's an anti-tank rocket that uses White Phosphorus instead of explosives to get the job done. It appears to rely on infiltrating through whatever chinks there are in the Nuclear-Biological-Chemical protection and causing "sympathetic detonation" of ammo.
* Musketoons and blunderbusses, the flintlock predecessor of shotguns, have been known to fire anything one can shove down their large barrel.
* Firearms were so named because they used to shoot fire. And pebbles.
* The Chinese were fairly creative with their cannons. In addition to cannonballs and mortars, they also liked to shoot pots filled with excrement. They were called shit bombs.
* Modern law-enforcement agencies use lots of different non-lethal rounds, such as rubber bullets for crowd control. SWAT teams in particular have specialized shotgun shells, such as bean bag rounds to stun without killing, and breaching rounds that will destroy a lock without sending hot lead into the room beyond.
* 40mm Grenade Launchers--like the M79, M203 and Mikhor MGL--can be loaded with a number of specialized ammunition. Tear-gas, buckshot, white phosphorus flare and smoke rounds are just some of the rounds available. There is even a 40mm canister shot developed for the MGL that fires a small camera with a parachute linked to a wireless device.
* During UsefulNotes/WW2, a number of strange bombs, rockets and munitions were designed for a variety of reasons with a varying degree of effectiveness. A drum-shaped bomb was developed by the British to bust dams by skipping along the water. The Americans tested bombs that delivered bats equipped with timed napalm charges. The Japanese used human-piloted rockets and torpedoes and the Germans developed cannons designed to "fire" gusts of wind to knock down bombers (Only the dam busting bomb was put into service and worked as planned). And those are the ones that got off the drawing board.
** Arguably the American "Tiny Tim" rocket: A 500lb semi-armor piercing naval shell with a rocket motor strapped to it.
* The [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Navy]], once they realized the danger posed to even the mightiest surface combatants by aircraft, developed their ''san-shiki'' round, also called the "beehive". Fired from a capital ship's main battery, the shells detonated at a pre-set altitude, releasing shrapnel and incendiary charges. The design was intended create a "cone of flame and shrapnel", but the shells were never all that reliable, firing them damaged the gun barrels, and the blast of firing the heavy guns sometimes injured the exposed crew members of anti-aircraft guns.
* FRAG-12 rounds are 12-gauge miniature grenades, fired from shotguns (including the fully-automatic AA-12). They come in flavors to include fragmentation, high explosive, and armor piercing. Yes, it is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQYp9fOJ9VI as awesome as you think]].
* In the early battles of UsefulNotes/WW2, the Germans devised a strange round for their standard anti-tank rifle (a rifle of sufficient calibre to fire a large projectile that would penetrate what in this period was very thin tank armour). Attached to the armour-piercing payload bullet was a small disc of solid material, which under the heat of being fired and the friction of passage through the air, would sublimate into a measured quantity of tear gas. This was intended to incapacitate the driver or crewman, should he not have been wounded by the AP round. The problem was that the round could only carry a small amount of teargas and, always assuming the gas had not been burnt off by the bullet's passage through the air, that carried by a single strike was so small as to go undetected. As this weapon was also thought to contravene Geneva Convention regulations on use of battlefield poison gas, it was very quickly withdrawn.
* When Key West separated from the U.S. to form the Conch Republic, they attacked Coast Guard ships by throwing stale bread and conch fritters at them. This "battle" is reenacted each year.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raufoss_Mk_211 The Raufoss Mk 211 .50 BMG shell]], which contains an incendiary mix, high explosive, and an armor piercing round, in a .50 BMG caliber package. The claim is that this does as much damage as a 20mm round against lightly armored targets.
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