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->'''Robin:''' (After Ahchoo shoots the noose off his neck) Nice shooting, Ahchoo.\\
'''Ahchoo:''' To tell you the truth, I was aiming for the hangman.
-->-- ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''

We've all seen [[ImprobableAimingSkills people hit impossible targets at great lengths under unbelievable circumstances]]. But occasionally, a hero will make a seemingly impossible shot, be congratulated on his awesomeness, and admit that he was aiming for ''something else entirely''.

Often used to subvert an awesome moment into a funny one. May be the result of the PinballProjectile. Contrast ExactlyWhatIAimedAt.
Common when something needs to be hit by a character with legendarily lousy aim.



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* Mihoshi of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' does this a lot, or at least enough fans associate her with this.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Tousen and Shinji have a brief battle, and Tousen congratulates him for dodging an attack. Shinji turns his head to show a small cut above his eye and notes that Tousen had actually hit him. Tousen replies that he'd been ''trying'' to cut Shinji's head off from the eyes up, so that little scratch counts as a miss.
** A badly poisoned Ishida is able to take out the majority of Mayuri's body and his entire [[SuperMode bankai]] ''in a single hit''. Mayuri has no choice but to use [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]] to flee the fight. Nemu, Kurotsuchi's lieutenant, ends up giving him the antidote for the poison in return for the fact that he spared the captain's life by not aiming for his head (a head shot is a guaranteed kill). Ishida corrects her by saying he hadn't spared Mayuri's life, he had truly intended to kill him.
* Sōsuke Sagara uses this trope during ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. After firing a grenade at his opponent, which is subsequently dodged, the grenade lodges itself into a pillar and explodes. Debris from said explosion lands on and disables the opponent, who then praises Sōsuke for analyzing both his position after the dodge and calculating the trajectory of the debris. Sōsuke then denies the action and states that he accidentally fired a live round instead of a practice one.
* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', we get a variant of this: When Oz is kidnapped by the [[NighInvulnerability Baskervilles]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Elliot]] [[ThoseTwoGuys and]] [[{{Bookworm}} Leo]] come to rescue him. Toward the end of the ensuing battle, Leo fires his gun at [[{{Yandere}} Lottie]] and manages to skim her arm and cause enough of a distraction for them to escape. Directly afterwards, he reveals that he is [[http://www.mangareader.net/350-24655-13/pandora-hearts/chapter-26.html genuinely surprised that he actually managed to hit her,]] as, according to Elliot, he's "hopeless with guns and swords."
* The titular heroine of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' finds herself in a besieged city, halfway through the manga. As enemy soldiers approach, she intends to fire a shot across the field to startle their mounts and force them back to their encampment --she ''does'' have ImprobableAimingSkills, after all. But, as luck would have it, she ''misses'', and instead kills one of the soldiers with a flawless shot. This traumatizes [[AllLovingHero her]] so severely she goes into HeroicBSOD for quite a while afterwards.
* During an early episode of ''Manga/OnePiece'', while testing out the Going Merry's cannon, Usopp(Known more for his ImprobableAimingSkills than his Accidental) manages to nail a far away rock formation sticking out of the ocean. He's actually surprised he managed to hit it, though that's primarily because he's never actually ''aimed'' a cannon before in his life.
* ''Manga/CityHunter'' has Kaori, whose aim is so bad she ''never'' hits the target unless with this. UpToEleven in Bloody Mary's introduction arc: Kaori tried to fire a bazooka at the hideout of the enemy, but was holding it backwards and ''hit the enemies who were about to ambush her'', and when Ryo and Umibozu show up they notice that all her following bazooka shots were out of target just enough to only knock out the enemies. [[spoiler: {{Justified|Trope}} with the handgun, as Ryo had the iron sight of her gun misaligned so she would never kill anyone. Not so justified with the bazooka...]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''
** Hero shattering Toyota's sword with a bullet, and admits she was aiming for the head when complimented on it. (She ''was'' heavily tranqued up on painkillers at the time).
** In an earlier issue, she was riding with the Daughters of the Amazon who were chasing a woman riding on a bike. Hero fires an arrow that hits the woman's leg and causes her to spill. Victoria compliments her on this, but Hero sadly mutters she was aiming for the tyre. This doesn't help with her depression over killing another woman.
* In one ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' comic, one of the characters (a circus-trained knife-throwing bear with permanent hiccups -- long story) throws a knife so it cuts off a rope holding several empty oil drums in place, and they roll downhill to knock out a guard. Spirou tells his trainer it was an amazing throw, but the trainer replies that he told the bear to aim for the guard directly.
* A ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' story had the title character encountering a guy trying to become a gunfighter to impress his girlfriend. Problem is, he's an ''atrociously bad'' shot. He convinces Luke to participate in a mock gunbattle in front of his girlfriend only to want to fight for real once said girlfriend shows interest in Luke. The guy fires... and manages to kill legendary outlaw "Texas Killer" who happened to robbing a bank ''a block away''. Luke rolls with it and lets everyone believe it was all part of a plan, and the guy gets the girl and becomes Sheriff of the town (his aim doesn't become a problem seeing as apparently everyone is scared of "the guy who killed Texas Killer").
* In ''ComicBook/DeCapeEtDeCrocs'', the pirate Captain shoots the rope Armand was dangling from, then comments to one of his subordinates who compliments him on the shot that he was actually aiming for Armand.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', Bob's dad displays accidental aiming skills during his first (and only) game of ''Cattlepunk''.
-->'''Brian:''' Whooooah, dude. Yer dad shot 'im in the face.\\
'''Bob's Dad:''' I wasn't going for the face. He walked into it. That's all. the damn fool. Those were warning shots I was firing.
* A ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip plays with this. Peter throws a baseball at an apparently far-off tin can sitting on a fence post. In the final panel, we see that he was actually aiming for Roger's much closer glove.
* There was a ''ComicStrip/{{Shoe}}'' strip where the main character hits a golf ball past a seemingly impossible to get past tree. When asked how he did it, his answer was something along the lines of "I aimed for the tree."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Webcomic/HaloAFistfulOfArrows'': Jun-A266, Noble Team's sniper, [[spoiler:aims for a car's driver, but hits the tire instead, causing it to plunge off a bridge. The rebel leader they were after still lives and is caught, but to him, it's [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]]]].
* ''Fanfic/SummerDaysAndEveningFlames'': Gilda needs to disable an escaping criminal kidnapper with a crossbow from his compatriot, despite never having wielded on in her life. [[GroinAttack She disables him, alright]].
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00: CB that cannot carry out armed intervention 2nd]]'' has Lockon Stratos ([[spoiler:Lyle Dylandy]]) [[http://youtu.be/k0w8RUXzn6s?t=2m shown to have extremely lousy aiming skill with an accuracy of 8%.]] When he turns his guns onto Setsuna though, [[http://youtu.be/RzO1BLsXjVk?t=6m17s he starts hitting A-Laws with extreme accidental accuracy.]]
* In ''Fanfic/AKingdomDivided'' Vinyl Scratch after becoming an airship gunner. During her first flight, she somehow manages to injure Cloud Kicker while aiming at Star Hunter.
* In ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'', the dodgeball match has a couple of examples:
** Played for drama when Lindsay scores the first kill of the match, hitting Bridgette despite aiming for the nearby D.J.
** Played for laughs when the last ball of Tyler's wild fusillade comes hurtling straight for Leshawna’s head. Tyler was actually trying to hit Cody, who was halfway across the court.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10836553/15/Harry-Five-0 Harry Five-0]]'':
-->'''[[Series/{{Bones}} Angela Montenegro]]:''' Ok this has to be impossible. There is no way that anyone can have made that shot. It was noon and the sun was in the shooter's eyes and how the hell would they have hit the scope!\\
'''HarryPotter:''' If it helps, I wasn't aiming for the scope, that was a fluke. I was just shooting at his head.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': Hogarth tosses a penny across his home to distract his mom from the titular giant's hand while trying to escape. It hits a cupboard that then falls, breaking numerous kitchen appliances.
* It helps ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' convince the people of Dirt that he killed seven people with one bullet when he accidentally kills a giant hawk with one. He'd been meaning to hit the candy shoelace tied to his foot that the hawk was pulling on.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* OlderThanTelevision: During one drawn-out scene in Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/TheGoldRush'', 1925, two people grapple over a shotgun. The entire time, the gun happens to be [[CrowningMomentOfFunny aimed squarely at the Little Tramp]], no matter how he squirrels about the shack.
* ''Film/TrueLies''; automatic weapon fired once, dropped down a staircase, [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns firing randomly with every bounce]]. And it wipes out the bad guys.
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''. Ahchoo saves Robin from being hanged by shooting through the rope with an arrow. After receiving congratulations from Robin, Ahchoo replies "To tell you the truth, I was aiming for the hangman."
* Also seen in ''Film/TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad'' where-in the mostly useless comic relief stuns everybody by felling a threatening Bad Guy with a cross bow. Afterward admitting he did it by aiming "at everything else"!
* Probably picked up from Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s ''Film/SinbadTheSailor'', in which [[ObfuscatingStupidity Melik]] claims to have arrow'd the steersman of a following warship, "By aiming at everyone else but the steersman."
* In the film ''Geronimo'', the title character manages to shatter a jar of whiskey just as an opponent is taking a drink from several hundred yards away. When he's commended for a good shot, Geronimo unabashedly admits, "Not so good. I was aiming for his head."
* ''Five Card Stud'' has Dean Martin try to impress another guy with his aiming skills, shoots at a windmill. 5 shots, we hear 4 "pings" as they hit the blades. Robert Mitchum is impressed that he got 4 out of 5; Guy 1 says he was aiming between the blades and only got 1.
* From ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960'' movie:
-->(''Britt has just shot a fleeing bandit off his horse'')\\
'''Chico:''' Ah, that was the greatest shot I've ever seen.\\
'''Britt:''' The worst! I was aiming at the horse.
** Most of the time this trope is invoked, they are directly referencing this scene. ''Especially'' if it is a Western movie.
* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', Rick's son Alex is kidnapped, and gets on the bad side of Lock-Nah by asking him repeatedly "are we there yet?" during a long train ride. To shut him up, Lock-Nah pulls out a knife and quickly stabs it into the table between the Alex's fingers. When congratulated for his 'perfect aim' Lock-Nah replies "What are you talking about? ''I missed.''"
* In ''Film/HarlemNights'', Quick (Creator/EddieMurphy) is pinned down in an alley by a trio of gangsters (led by Arsenio Hall). Out of desperation, he fires off three quick shots to try and back the gangsters off. When he doesn't hear any return fire, he looks up from behind his cover and discovers he'd nailed all three men.
* In the final shootout scene of ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopII'', {{Cloudcuckoolander}} cop Rosewood manages to take out a truck that is fleeing the scene with the bad guy's load of illicit armaments by shooting it with a LAW anti-tank rocket that he is holding in his lap and reading the instructions to out loud.
-->'''Rosewood:''' ...Aim through here, push this.\\
(''whooosh... KABOOOM!'')\\
'''Taggart:''' Fuck Rambo.
* Accidental Aiming Skills in completely the wrong direction. In the Creator/AbbottAndCostello film ''Here Come the Co-Eds'', Oliver Quackenbush (Lou Costello) loses a tied basketball game when his shot at goal misses, bounces of the backboard and ''flies the entire length of the court'' to land in the opposition's basket.
* In ''Film/IRobot'', the doctor managed to kill two robots next to the hero with her eyes closed.
* Played with in a famous scene in ''Film/AlienResurrection'' where the director wanted Sigourney Weaver's character to throw a basketball through a hoop while facing the opposite direction to display her new powers. Weaver trained for many days and managed to average one out of six shots, but the distance required for filming was farther than she had practiced. Determined to make the shot rather than insert it with CGI, Weaver made the basket on the very first take prompting a stunned and impressed "Oh my god!" from Creator/RonPerlman breaking out of character (which was edited out during post-production)
* In the 2013 version of ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', he starts off as a CityMouse who DoesntLikeGuns. When facing a couple of armed mooks, he tries to fire a warning shot, and the resulting PinballProjectile lands a heavy beam on their heads, killing them. Their friend runs away, convinced that he's a crack shot.
* In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', some mooks come into a hotel room where Film/JamesBond is meeting with a woman, grab the woman, and toss her out through the glass doors of the balcony of a high-rise hotel. Lampshaded by Bond, who notes that it was a fantastic shot as she falls dead center into the pool about 100 feet below. The astonished head {{mook|s}} says, "I didn't know there was a pool there!"
* This is the entire point of ''The Shakiest Gun in the West'', starring Creator/DonKnotts as the subsequent [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]].
* ''Film/RustlersRhapsody'': Rex O'Herlahan is always BlastingItOutOfTheirHands. But in the climactic showdown:
-->'''Peter:''' "Rex, you shot him in the head! How do you feel about that?"
-->'''Rex:''' "I missed his hand."

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' the main character can't work up the will to actually shoot someone for his Assassin's Guild test and decides to fail with style, by firing away from the victim. The arrow bounces off a nail (and a few other things) before embedding itself in the (dummy) victim. The exam proctor marks down that Teppic was showing off.
** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', Death can hit anything he aims at first try, but uses this ability to ''pretend'' he has Accidental Aiming Skills after he realizes that people resent people who are too good at something. He even ponders the implications of this, he manages some utterly improbably bad shots "by mistake" that would require far more skill than "good" shots, but no one notices.
** Sam Vimes's own brief experience with this trope in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' when he shoots a bandit holding his wife hostage in the head with a small, concealable crossbow. He later reveals that he was aiming for the man's shoulder. Another character mentions that particular crossbow "tends to pull a little to the left." [[OnlyAFleshWound Not that that would have helped.]]
** Vimes and others within the series also have a tendency to make cracks about this trope, often warning the current antagonist about rookies; "You never know where it might hit..."
* The main character of ''Literature/HollowChocolateBunniesOfTheApocalypse'' threatens a cannibalistic farmer by shooting his ear off. He aimed for the man's knee, but the ear's better motivation.
* Literature/CiaphasCain ('''[[FakeUltimateHero HERO OF THE]]''' - [[DrinkingGame/TVTropesWikiDrinkingGame ah, what's the use]]) managed a headshot while aiming for the chest. Well, if you're ''going'' to duck when being shot at...
* Kip in ''[[Literature/TheLightbringerSeries The Black Prism]]'' fires a flintlock at a musketeer at the bow of a ship, only to snipe ''the captain'' off the wheel at the ''stern''. Bonus points as his reply when asked is "Aiming?"
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Ron is praised for beautifully stopping a Quaffle from hitting a Quidditch goal with some kind of airborn barrel roll... except he later reveals that was a complete accident, and Ron himself believes that he's a horrible Keeper. He kicks the Quaffle [[GoldenSnitch (not that Quaffles really matter, but whatever)]] while dangling from his broom. In truth, he'd fallen off and was climbing back onto his broom - the ball happened to fly into his foot.
* In his autobiography ''About Face'', Colonel Hackworth mentions how he accidentally added to his badass reputation by shooting the head off an axe on the downswing. In truth he didn't even know the pistol had a round in the chamber.
* The fantasy novel ''Knights Of Dark Renown'' features a swordsman- formerly the King's Champion, and one of the greatest warriors around- who's lost his right hand, and is having serious trouble training himself to be left-handed. At one point he's facing some charging cavalry, throws an axe and kills a soldier. "I was aiming for the horse."
* Jake Spoon of ''Literature/LonesomeDove'' gets a reputation as a deadly marksman after shooting a bandit in the throat at an extremely long range, but the shot was really just a lucky fluke. This trope also bites him, as he is introduced while on the run from the law after firing a buffalo rifle during a bar fight, which completely failed to hit Spoon's antagonist and instead went through the wall and killed the mayor of the town, who was walking down the opposite side of the street.
* The long and illustrious, and undeserved, reputation of ''{{Literature/Flashman}}'' in the series of novels started when he was trapped into a duel. He arranged for the pistol of his opponent to be loaded without a ball (bullet), while his was. Then he aimed away from his opponent and hit the top off a whiskey bottle. He had only intended to miss his opponent. However, this incident was interpreted as Flashman intending to show that he was a expert marksman by intentionally shooting the whiskey bottle, and missing his opponent.
* Kurik in Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheElenium'' series does this when he hits an enemy officer right between the eyes with his crossbow, only to admit that he was aiming for the chest.
* Done a couple times in ''Literature/{{Wyrm}}''; the other characters compliment Ragnar on his good aim only for him to admit each time that he was aiming at something else entirely.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Katniss threw a knife at a wall and it landed in the seam between two panels making her, in her words, "seem a lot better than she was" at knife throwing.
* In ''Literature/TheReluctantWidow'' by Creator/GeorgetteHeyer, Nicky regrets having missed a housebreaker:
-->I never touched him, but I did shatter his lantern, and that would have been pretty fair shooting, I can tell you, if I had been aiming at it.
* ''Literature/TheWorstShotsInTheWest'' has Tim and Tom using this to kill a hundred men bandit gang. Without noticing.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/JonathanCreek'', Jonathan flicks a playing card into the face of a man holding a gun to Madeline, stunning him.
-->'''Madeline:''' If you'd missed, he would have killed me!\\
'''Jonathan:''' I did miss. I was [[GroinAttack aiming for his balls]].
* When Johnny Carson's version of ''Series/TheTonightShow'' still featured some of the more circus-style variety acts. An old black-and-white clip that was featured in many a "best of Johnny Carson" collection features Ed Ames throwing tomahawks at a wooden plank with a drawn-on outline of a man. One of those axes nails the target right in the crotch, with the handle pointing up. Made even funnier because the intent stated at the beginning of the bit was that Ames was just warming up, and that after he did so Carson would be standing in front of the target.
* In the pilot episode of ''Sons Of Thunder'', it's made clear that the main character is ridiculously skilled in the martial arts... except he can't aim a throwing star worth a damn. So when he's facing off against the VillainOfTheWeek and nails him in the gun hand with a throwing star, both the audience and his partner are suitably impressed (and surprised). However, when he's congratulated on his improved accuracy he states, "I was aiming for his throat".
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Hardison steals an unconscious {{Mook|s}}'s gun and fires a shot into the hood of the bad guys' car, causing smoke to start rolling out. The following exchange occurs:
-->'''Eliot:''' Good thinking, shooting out the engine block.\\
'''Hardison:''' I was aiming for his leg.\\
'''Eliot:''' [[FridgeHorror Give me the gun, Hardison!]]
* In the second episode of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' ("The Train Job"), [[SociopathicHero Jayne Cobb]], having been drugged earlier, shows up in a firefight, still doped out of his mind, and shoots a villain in the leg. After he's complimented on the shot, he promptly slurs, confused, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "I was aiming for his head..."]]
* In a Season 2 episode of ''Series/SledgeHammer'' a drugged-up Sledge is complimented by his captain for disabling the criminal, and says "I was aiming for his head."
* On one episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', while in a hostage crisis, Spencer Reid shoots the crook and mass murderer dead center of the forehead. Not only was he said to have failed his firearms qualification at the start of the episode, he claimed he'd been aiming for the guy's knee. At a distance of about six feet, that's a spectacularly bad shot. Given that it was established in the same scene that if Reid didn't kill him in one shot, they were probably all going to die (the words "Better be a head shot" were uttered) this was probably a joke on the character's part. It still, however, fulfills the trope.
* In one episode of ''Series/BlakesSeven'', Avon saves Blake's life by shooting out TheDragon Travis's [[ArmCannon gun hand]] from a considerable distance. When Blake compliments him on the shot, Avon bitterly replies that "I was aiming for his head". Rumour has it that this was an ad lib by Paul Darrow, who's rather fond of {{Western}}s and couldn't resist the ShoutOut.
* In ''Series/FTroop'', Captain Wilton Parmenter is notorious for his inability to hit a target. Instead, he wins gunfights by accidentally making ludicrously complicated trick shots, followed by his men pretending they were deliberate. [[AccidentalHero "Scourge of the West"]] Parmenter's gained quite the reputation as a sharpshooter.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Rick Castle [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands shoots a gun out of a serial killer's hand]]. When Beckett says that it was a "hell of a shot" Castle replies that he was aiming for his head (a reference to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', above). Subverted in that Castle has shown himself to be a better shot on the firing range than even Beckett. Then again, his aim is probably affected by adrenaline, as well as seeing his partner about to be shot.\\\
Possibly a kind of TruthInTelevision: People have been known to accidentally "focus" on the firearm in an aggressor's hand, causing them to fire at IT, instead of the aggressor they're supposed to be aiming at. It's due to the combination of hand-eye coordination, and the brain's natural tendency to look at the source of danger. It's also something that is supposed to be guarded against when in a genuine defensive situation, because shooting a gun out of someone's hand is at least an order of magnitude more difficult than shooting them center of mass to put them on the floor.
* In ''Series/{{VIP}}'', Vallery Irons took off her headband and threw it. The [[PinballProjectile instant chakram]] knocked out four enemies with head blows despite them wearing helmets. Since she'd just a figure head, she was surprised it worked.
* In ''Series/BoredToDeath'': "I wasn't aiming for the boss." "What?" "Never mind."
* In ''Series/GetSmart'', a villain launches an explosive table tennis ball into a room where the heroes are being kept. Maxwell Smart uses his paddle to hit it into a slot to the next room, whereupon it explodes and presumably kills the villain. Impressed, the chief of Control asks Max how he did it. Max says he was aiming for a window a ways from the slot. [[TheDitz Only afterward does he realize how incompetent he now sounds.]]
* Happened a few times on ''Series/ThirdWatch'' with different cops.
-->(''Jelly shoots the gunman in the head'')\\
'''Sully:''' Nice shot, Jelly.\\
'''Jelly:''' I was aiming for his leg.
* Done in an episode of ''Series/TheMentalist'', where Jane is partnered with Hightower instead of Lisbon (who is injured). Jane is grabbed by the episode's killer and held as a human shield. Hightower comes out of a rock and starts shooting, unloading most of the clip without hitting anything with the last bullet hitting the bad guy in the leg. She finished him off with several shots to the chest, when he tries to shoot her. When Jane commends her aim, she replies that she was aiming for the head.
* In ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' Dr. Rosen shoots an enemy at close range in the head, firing through his cheek. Later Bill tells him that he should have shot at the center mass, especially as an inexperienced shooter, and Rosen admits that he was trying to.
* Decidedly ''not'' played for laughs in an episode of ''[[Series/{{Spartacus}} Spartacus: Vengeance]]''. Mira shoots someone right through the throat, in the rain, through a crowd of people. Her archery teacher congratulates her on the brilliant shot, only for Mira to tearfully admit she was trying to non-fatally wound her target.
* In a sketch from ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'', a firing squad, of which Benny is the commander, is to execute a pretty girl in a bra-like top and short skirt. She wants a blindfold, but Benny's handkerchief is too small. So he takes off her top and ties it around her eyes. The men, looking at the now topless girl let their aims wander to always follow Benny. Then they shoot.
* ''Series/CrossingLines'' Season 1 Episode 7 Animals -- Carl Hickman shoots the gun out of suspect's hand. Tommy says "That was pretty impressive, shot the gun right out of his hand" Hickman replies "Yeah, well I was aiming for his head. I told you I'm not left handed." (Hickman's right hand was injured and he can not use it.)

* In Music/JagaJazzist's "Airborne" music video, the protagonist is completely unaware that he's being pursued by a gun-wielding assassin. Just as the gunman is about the fire at him, he opens a champagne bottle. The cork flies off and hits the assassin's head, knocking him out.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warbears}} Mission 2'', [[spoiler: throwing the rock at the target mook]] will cause Agent Kla to complain "I was trying to hit ''myself'' and play dead!"
* The AI players in the ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' franchise are notorious for making [[ArtificialStupidity astoundingly stupid]] shots, failing to take into account things like intervening obstacles, bouncing of weapons, and the presence of their own teammates in the line of fire. Occasionally these will result in some hilariously spectacular shots, wiping out half the worms in the level or killing their entire team. Human players have been known to pull off some of these as well.
** Unless they decide to use a grenade. Then they can bounce it of more than eight different walls and the fuse burns out just as the 'nade hits the player.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Modern Warfare 2''. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKIOifaCT5A&feature=related this.]] Welcome to war, soldier. Beware of random flying knives.
* In the old TextParser AdventureGame ''Hugo 2: Whuddonit'', one of the items you [[KleptomaniacHero collect]] is a handgun. Whatever you try to use it on, you get the message "Sheesh, you missed." However, during a sequence when you mysteriously teleport into an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'', you're supposed to use it on a Dalek (who are ImmuneToBullets). Doing so results in the message "Sheesh, you missed... no wait, the bullet rebounded off a rock and hit the only vulnerable spot on the robot! It explodes!"
* Gameplay example only. In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', sniper/beam rifle shots will deflect off surfaces, even multiple times, if the angle of incidence is large enough; some videos show that that the angle can even be around 35 degrees and still work. And yes, this has resulted in some players accidentally killing multiple people with a single sniper shot. This mostly comes into play in games from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' onward, where sniper shots will ricochet off pretty much every type of surface, but even ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' have a few surface types that will deflect sniper shots.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has a Sniper achievement for delivering a OneHitKill to a fully invisible Spy, which is almost bound to be complete luck.
** [[HighlyVisibleNinja Unless the spy]] [[WithCatlikeTread happens to be]] [[WhatAnIdiot bragging over alltalk,]] [[CombatPragmatist then just aim below the word balloon.]]
* ''VideoGame/SniperElite'', ''VideoGame/SniperEliteV2'', ''VideoGame/SniperEliteIII'': On higher difficulties when you don't take the wind into account, it's perfectly possible to aim for the man on the right and shoot the man on the left instead.
* In the original ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' games, picking up a "partial invisibility" item had a chance of giving this to your ''[[PowerupLetdown enemies]]''. What it does is add up to 20 degrees to the spread of every enemy's attack, which is good against bullet-firing enemies but very bad against fireball- and rocket-shooting ones; veteran players will find themselves dodging ''into'' the projectile at the worst of times.
* Happens now and then in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', especially champions with a long-range "skillshot" attack such as Ashe or Ziggs.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarships'': A major contributor to Torpedo kills, primarily caused when a ship comes sailing around an island only to discover torpedoes now less than 3 seconds from impact intended for an entirely different target.
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', in the Dwarfhold Boss fight cutscene, the Hero picks up Vath's sword of dragon control and throws it Vath, which hits the Dragon Amulet and shatters it. However, the Hero clarifies that he was actually aiming for Vath and not the amulet.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* This is the only way that Church from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' can hit a target. At one point, he fires a sniper shot, misses badly, sets off a series of ricochets, and only then hits his intended target. To further add insult to injury, that same ricocheted shot only manages to hit the ''ankle'' of the target as he's walking away. Adding ''further'' insult to that, Church is then told that it only counts if you call it.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Invoked in ''WebComic/{{Furmentation}}'' when [[spoiler: Xodin]] goes off the beat up the demons. "Yes, but now I'm a coward with unpredictable disastrous magical discharges".
* In ''WebComic/{{Concerned}}'' (pictured above), at one point Gordon Frohman is pinned down by three Civil Protection officers who believe him to be a rebel. Fed up with being victimized, Gordon lashes out and blindfires three rounds out from cover, and kills all three officers by accident.
* If there is a trope that perfectly describes Vallant from ''WebComic/TehGladiators'', it's this one. Entire Arena matches have been won on the strength of his PinballProjectile. A raid group was defeated because he accidentally hit the tank with Tranquilizing Shot. He is a living example of why you don't hand a gun to a [[TheDitz complete idiot]].
* A RunningGag from ''WebComic/ExterminatusNow'' is Eastwood being a terrible shot except when he's aiming to miss, in which case the laws of physics will bend to make sure he hits something. Eastwood has managed to nearly blow Lothar's head off [[spoiler:though Lothar's cybernetics were possessed by a technology daemon, who blocked the shot]], and accidentally shot a fellow Inquisitor in the arm when aiming for Silas Morth.
* In ''WebComic/{{Bobwhite}}'', [[http://www.bobwhitecomics.com/?webcomic_post=20091223 young Lewis]] has a near-supernatural ability to shoot animals without trying.
* In ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'', while aiming for a [[SpaceFighter skyfly]], [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/04/11/kachow/ CK puts a torpedo right into the exhaust port of a Triple-I space station]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Dale having seen his father hold his wife's hand and remembering the time he kissed her on their wedding day, he throws a knife off screen and emphatically impaling it on a mannequin right next to his dad in what is actually a pretty dramatic and intimidating moment for Dale (Dude, he's ''throwing knives'', it's badass). He then yells something along the lines of, "[[CallingTheOldManOut Watch yourself, old man]], or next time I'll aim for the mannequin and hit YOU!"
* A character like this appeared in one episode of ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke''. He ended accidentally defeating a famous villain. By firing in the ''opposite direction''. His aiming skills were so hilariously poor, at one point, he attempted to commit suicide by putting the gun to his head - and missed.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'': "That was just a warning shot! The next one will be in your chest!" "You idiot, the warning shot ''was'' in his chest!" Hoop is afraid of killing people, so he always aims right over their heads; this didn't work out so well for him when he fought some ninjas and one of them jumped high in the air.
** The titular duo was once forced to drop their guns by a druglord and his wife who had them outgunned. When their guns hit the ground, they went off, killing the drug lord and his wife instantly. Stroker angrily lampshaded that they don't have nearly that kind of accuracy when they actually try.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' cartoon from the '90s (where the panther spoke) had the eponymous panther playing a cowboy for an episode. All throughout the episode, he'd catch something useful with his lasso that allowed him to pull cool tricks that helped him out… only every single time, he'd comment that he was actually aiming for something more conventional, such as the villains.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E3BartTheMother Bart the Mother]]", Bart is given a gun to shoot at a robin and tries to intentionally miss.. only to be congratulated on compensating for the crooked sight and making a perfect kill.
** In an earlier episode, Nelson uses a BB gun to puncture Martin's hot air balloon at a science fair, causing it to collapse on him. It turns out that wasn't his intention though, as he remarks "Dang, I was aiming for his head!".
* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' "Technology", Dan throws a hatchet at [[spoiler:a brainwashed Elise trying to kill him, and he breaks the MindControl headband without hurting her.]] His comment afterwards makes it clear to the audience that he was aiming to kill.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'': In "Hit 'Em Where They Live", Ben (in the form of Rath) takes down Rojo by destroying her flying bike with a well-aimed piece of debris, leading this exchange:
-->'''Gwen:''' Nice shot.
-->'''Rath:''' I was kinda aimin' for her head!
* In Disney's short film ''{{WesternAnimation/Paperman}}'', the male protagonist ("George," name unstated) throws countless paper airplanes at the window of a neighboring skyscraper across the street, attempting to catch a girl's attention. He doesn't succeed, but manages some pretty impressive shots in the process, such as a waste bin in the same room as the girl, and the open window directly below the window he is aiming for.
* A CutawayGag on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has a BlackComedy example. Lee Harvey Oswald sees someone in the grassy knoll about to shoot [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy President Kennedy]]. Drawing a rifle, he takes aim and says "Alright, Lee, time to become an American hero!"
* Butters from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', no matter how hard he tries to aim somewhere else, will always make a perfect shot [[GroinAttack to his opponent's dick]] every time he fires a gun. Shooting a man in the dick is also one of the ''very'' few actions that [[EvenEvilHasStandards Cartman finds morally reprehensible]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This trope is the reason you have to call your shot when hitting the 8 ball in pool.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ABGIJwiGBc This man]] shoots his earmuffs off with a .50 BMG rifle.
* Another one is from Kansas where the basketball coach is set up for a prank where he is blindfolded and asked to shoot. The crowd would then cheer no matter how badly he missed so that they can screw with him when he starts to believe that he actually made the shot. He actually does make the shot. Funny thing is, a reporter making a report on it, for emphasis, tosses the ball behind him without looking and it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nHE-EErdWs goes in the basket.]]
* In Creator/SpikeMilligan's war memoir ''Monty: his Part in my Victory'', Milligan recalls being in an artillery observation point in the front lines when German tanks attack. The imperturbable officer with him in the foxhole radios co-ordinates and calls in an artillery strike. Within ''two shots'', a direct hit has landed right on top of a moving German tank, totally destroying it. Heavy artillery pieces are not designed to be used in an anti-tank role with this sort of pinpoint accuracy - the feat was akin to scoring a bullseye, blindfold, on a moving dartboard. Milligan recalls saying "bloody good shot, sir!" at which the officer shrugged modestly and replied "It wasn't the one I was aiming for." Actually an EnforcedTrope given that the battery would've kept on firing until they disabled or destroyed it.
* One high school kid in Canada was recording himself (using his cellphone) trying to dunk a basketball and failing miserably. Disappointed, he went to retrieve his phone from the stands and threw the basketball backwards over his shoulder in disgust...and saw the ball hit nothing but net on the screen.
* [[https://youtu.be/Lk33_2Xi1sM?t=24s This wannabe brazilian singer]] tosses the shoe he was holding as a microphone. It hits the fabric roll behind him, a thin target. But that's not all: the way the shoe hit was ''perfect'' for making the roll teeter unstably and fall... ''exactly onto the shoe tosser's head''.
* Zig-zagged with Japanese and Vietnamese fighting the Americans. Both forces had a penchant for hitting Headquarters or supply dumps (especially ammo dumps) with suspiciously few rounds and quite regularly.[[note]]The Main Ammunition dump in Khe Sanh received two direct hits on two separate occasions during the siege for example.[[/note]] Zig-zagged because there have been theories that these 'hits' were actually timed explosives hidden in the [=HQs=] or dumps by infiltrating sappers, masked by a few rounds of artillery around the location and time of the planned explosion.