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->''"You know, when you twirl your gun like that, you kinda look like a dick."''
-->-- ''Forum Roleplay, '''IC'''.''

A character spins a gun around their finger by the trigger guard. [[ArtisticLicenseGunSafety Breaks pretty much every rule of gun safety at once]], but at least it [[RuleOfCool looks cool]]. A frequent comedy variation is for a gunslinger to do this successfully, and then have some hapless sap try it, only for something to go wrong.

This trope, like several other GunsAndGunplayTropes, originated in Westerns. It was possible to do this ''relatively'' safely with the gun commonly used in the period, the single-action revolver, because it takes ''two'' actions to fire it: first cock the hammer, then pull the trigger. Even so, accidentally dropping the gun while twirling it could result in it landing on the hammer.

With double-action revolvers, pulling the trigger first cocks the hammer and then releases it, so twirling a revolver around by the trigger is a great way to fire it in some random direction, such as at yourself, or [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace the person standing next to you]]. Even if you get lucky and don't hit anything important, [[{{Fingore}} the recoil will probably break your finger]].

With the earliest revolvers this actually had a practical purpose: primitive cartridges tended to leave "fouling" (powder residue, pieces of the casing etc.) in the barrel and firing chamber. Spinning helped shake them loose so they wouldn't accumulate and jam the weapon; but with any gun made after the mid-1800s this is completely unnecessary.

Subtrope of WeaponTwirling. See also RecklessGunUsage.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Braham of ''Manga/OnePiece'' seemed fond of doing this whenever he had an excuse to do so.
* Justice from ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' does this before holstering one of his revolvers, which apparently results in a DiagonalCut OffWithHisHead for Afro's father. [[spoiler: He used a sword wielded by his hidden third arm, but we don't learn that till later.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'': Yusei does this with a revolver-shaped duel disk. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It happened during a western-themed filler arc.]]
* It's a favorite skill of Vash the Stampede in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', despite the monumental size (and possibly weight) of [[HandCannon the gun in question]].
* Mami Tomoe of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=youesDVXKgQ&feature=player_detailpage#t=21s does this in episode 3 of the anime.]]
* Spike Spiegel does this at times in ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.
* Sumire does this once in an early episode of ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus''. [[TheKlutz Naturally, she drops the gun.]]
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** Death the Kid does this in the anime's third ending. He also holds AND fires his [[GunsAkimbo twin guns]] ''[[GangstaStyle upside-down]]''... [[RuleOfCool with his PINKIES]].
** In the spinoff/prequel ''Manga/SoulEaterNOT'' we see Liz gun-twirling as well. Like the Kid's tonfa grip, it's probably safe enough when the gun is a sentient being that won't fire when you don't want it to (and whose shots can be "pulled").
* ''BakuretsuTenshi'' has a HumongousMecha doing this with pistol-shaped cannons.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'':
** In one album, one guy tries this -- and shoots himself in the hand.
** In the album ''The Klondike'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soapy_Smith Soapy Smith]] had the habit of doing this. One gag involved Smith trying to shoot a Mountie only for Luke to shoot his gun, causing it to start twirling.
** In the same album, Luke and Waldo like to make an enemy do this at gunpoint. Especially Smith, whose finger eventually swells up to the point of making him unable to shoot.
* ''Vengeance'' features rookie hero and YoungGun the Ultimate Nullifier, who wields dual hip-holstered pistols that temporarily depower anyone hit by their bullets. He likes to spin them when he's bored, when he's trying to make a point, or when he just wants to look cool.
* ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'':
** Scrooge twirls ''two guns'' at once, before aiming and shooting on the spot.
** When Scrooge happens upon Wyatt Earp in Alaska, the famous gunslinger introduces himself by twirling his gun. Scrooge responds by doing the same thing with his NumberOneDime, causing Earp to lose his cool as he realizes just ''[[LivingLegend who]]'' [[LivingLegend he tried to impress]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' fanfiction [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6006036/1/The-Sword-of-Damocles The Sword Of Damocles]] ComicBook/TheJoker does this after shooting a mob boss for no other reason than to look cool.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': EVE twirls her ArmCannon before "holstering" it the first time she fires at poor WALL•E (and never does it again for the rest of the movie).
* [[spoiler:Helga]] actually does this in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' just right before the submarine gets attacked by [[KrakenandLeviathan the Leviathan.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTailFievelGoesWest'': Tiger twirls his [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms slingshot]] during the TrainingMontage.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Bret Maverick demonstrates this ability in the ''Film/{{Maverick}}'' movie.
** Zane Cooper also does this after taking down the bad guys during the climactic card game. [[spoiler:The fact that he does it the exact same way as Bret is a clue they're actually father and son]].
* ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'':
** Taken to a logical extreme in the scene where Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo have a competition to see who can do the most elaborate GunSpin. After Ringo does a flawless and incredibly elaborate session of twirling, Doc parodies him by using a tin cup to mirror all of Johnny's tricks, causing everyone around ([[ActuallyPrettyFunny even Ringo's friends]]) to laugh and applaud at the display.
** Later in the film there's a scene on the street where a confrontation is brewing between the Cowboys and the Earps. Wyatt Earp is in the middle of arresting the leader of the Cowboys and is in a stand off with Ike Clanton when Ike's younger brother Billy tries to stop Wyatt. While this is going on Doc comes out to back up Wyatt, and Billy mocks Doc, saying he's just ThePianoPlayer and that [[SingleMaltVision Doc's probably seeing double because of how much he's had to drink]]. To add onto things, as Clanton says this he menacingly draws a large knife. Doc responds by pulling a second pistol and spinning them in opposite directions at the same time, (a very difficult trick) accompanied by the awesome one liner "[[PreAssKickingOneLiner I have two guns, one for each of ya]]." Young Billy Clanton decides not to try his luck with the drunken piano player after all. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co5xVHsMRV0 Watch the scene here]].
* This is a CharacterTic of Alex Murphy in ''Film/RoboCop1987''. Murphy does this as he copies a move from his son's favorite TV show. He explains to his partner Anne Lewis that he does this so he can be a role model. After Murphy is killed by Clarence Boddicker and his gang, Bob Morton and his development team at OCP seize his body and transform Murphy into [=RoboCop=]. As part of the process, Murphy's memory is erased. However, certain elements of Murphy's past remain in [=RoboCop=]. When his sharpshooting skills are demonstrated by Morton at the police firing range, the other officers including Lewis all eagerly watch him. After he finishes shooting, we see [=RoboCop=] twirl his custom gun on his right finger before putting it on a leg holster. Lewis later uses it to identify [=RoboCop=] as the late Murphy.[[note]]The gun safety issue is somewhat ameliorated by the fact that Murphy only does that trick after unloading the weapon. When he's doing it with Lewis prior to chasing down Boddicker, he reloads his pistol afterward. When he does it for the first time as [=RoboCop=], he has just emptied his pistol at the firing range.[[/note]] Also applied later as a TearJerker when [=RoboCop=]/Murphy goes to his old house, and has a flashback of his son asking him to perform said trick.
* The eponymous hero of the ''Film/{{Trinity}}'' SpaghettiWestern movies absolutely loves doing this.
* An almost-ThrowItIn moment in ''Film/TheMexican'' has Creator/BradPitt's character drop his gun when he tries to do it. (He actually ''did'' do it by accident on set, but that wasn't the take they used in the film--just the inspiration.)
* Most famously in the Rooster Cogburn movies, Creator/JohnWayne used a Winchester lever-action rifle with an enlarged cocking lever, allowing him to recock by spinning the gun one-handed.
* In an {{homage}} to the above, [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger the Terminator]] used a shotgun with an identical action in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. The armorer provided a regular Winchester 1887 and a modified one; when Arnold grabbed the wrong one to do some flip-cocking for a scene, he nearly broke three fingers.
* Subverted in ''Man Without A Star'' (1955). Dempsey Rae shows off his fancy pistol twirling and shooting skills for young Jeff Jimson.
-->'''Jeff Jimson:''' Aw, Demps, when do I learn THAT?!
-->'''Dempsey Rae:''' You don't! That's all a lotta hogwash, kid. Look, know this: [[AwesomeButImpractical twirlin' a gun never saved a man's life]]. There's only one thing you gotta learn. ''(Pulls his gun and fires)'' [[QuickDraw Get it out fast!]] And then...put it...away...slow. Get what I mean, kid?
* Jango Fett does this before holstering his blaster in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.
** He even mimes blowing smoke away from the barrel. Given that he was wearing a (face-obscuring) helmet at the time, he probably did just to look [[RuleOfCool cool]].
* Creator/ClintEastwood:
** [[Film/DollarsTrilogy The Man With No Name]] does this every time he holsters his weapon.
** Done similarly at the end of the ''Dirty Harry'' film ''Film/TheDeadPool'' as an ActorAllusion.
** In ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales'', Eastwood's character uses a trick called the "Road Agent's Spin" or "Border Roll" to gun down two men who have him cornered. He holds out his revolvers butt-first, slipping his index fingers into the trigger guards, then flips/twirls them to get into position and fires.
* In ''Film/PlanetTerror'', El Wray demonstrates his skills by twirling a pair of revolvers in various ways. Considering that the film is a throwback to 80s Grindhouse action films, it's pretty much [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
* Buford "[[BerserkButton Mad Dog]]" Tannen from ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' enjoys this little bit of showboating before his climatic [[ShowdownAtHighNoon Showdown At ]] [[strike:[[ShowdownAtHighNoon High Noon]]]] [[ShowdownAtHighNoon Eight O'Clock]] with [[SueDonym Clint Eastwood]], twirling his revolver forward, then twirling it back to smoothly replace it in its holster.
* Whenever Film/TheThreeStooges find themselves in the old West, expect them to have... issues with handling their guns this way.
* Used in ''Film/{{Silverado}}'' to establish characters as being skilled with guns.
* Used as a gag in ''Film/{{House}}'', when a bat-winged skeletal monster seizes Roger's shotgun and flies off with it. Rather than claw his face off as expected for such a bestial-looking critter, the creature performs a Gun Twirl with it and then [[ShootTheRope Shoots The Rope]] from which Roger is suspended.
* In ''Film/TheBlackHole'', Captain S.T.A.R. twirls his [[GunsAkimbo twin laser guns]] after beating Old B.O.B. at target shooting. However the android has to cheat to win, so it's a sign of boastful bravado rather than competence. V.I.N.CENT. challenges Captain S.T.A.R. moments later and wins, [[DefeatEqualsExplosion causing it to blow a fuse.]]
* Most of the characters in ''Film/{{Versus}}'' doing this at least once after pulling a gun or before holstering it, just because it adds to the RuleOfCool.
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' features an entire cast of gunfighters who twirl their guns in varying degrees of fanciness.
* Kid Blue in ''Film/{{Looper}}'' twirls his (very heavy in real-life) gun in an attempt to intimidate Joe... and nearly drops it.
-->"Did you shoot your other foot off?"
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' has the titular character do it a couple of times when he holsters his gun during practice. He never does it while actually drawing it, but since he only fires off one shot at a time (he's practising his quick draw,) the gun should still be loaded, making it a pretty bad idea. However, [[JustifiedTrope Django is described in-universe as having "a flair for the dramatic"]], and since the film uses, deconstructs or parodies so many classic Western tropes, this one could hardly ''not'' be used at some point.
* ComicBook/LuckyLuke does it in the Terence Hill LiveActionAdaptation, faster than his own shadow.
* In ''Film/TheMask'', Stanley Ipkiss twirls ''several'' handful of weapons [[GunsAkimbo in each of his hands]].
* ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNightPart2''. Ricky does this while [[EvilLaugh cackling maniacally]] after the "[[MemeticMutation Garbage Day!]]" killing.
* Chang-yi does this at several points in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadTheWeird''; most notably before holstering his gun after killing one of his mooks who suggested that Tae-goo might have bested him a duel.
* Starting with ''Film/EvilDead2'', Ashley Williams adopts a habit of spinning his [[SawedOffShotgun sawed-off double-barreled shotgun]] on his finger before holstering it on his back.
* In the police comedy ''Film/{{Kopps}}'', Benny the Cop does this in his [[ImagineSpot daydreams]], combined with JugglingLoadedGuns, GunsAkimbo, BulletCatch etc., because his everyday life as a rural Swedish officer is [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere not ''that'' exciting]].
* Hector, one of Reno Smith's thugs, does this in attempt to intimidate Macreedy in ''Film/BadDayAtBlackRock''.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'', Agent Tequila spin-cocks a lever-action rifle to hold Eggsy and Merlin at bay in the Statesman rackhouse.
* In ''Film/{{Sunset}}'', Tom Mix is seen doing this in the FilmWithinAFilm. However, when he gets in a real gunfight at the ranch, he just draws and fires.

* In an effort to subvert this trope, Western writer Creator/LouisLAmour had one of his characters twirling his gun and [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace accidentally killing a man]]. When he's hanged, the townspeople put a sign around his neck saying "[[AnAesop This was no accident]]".
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Parodied in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', as the head of the Assassins' Guild does this trick with a short blowpipe after firing off a poisoned dart.
* In ''The Survivalist'' series by Jerry Ahern, John Rourke does the Road Agent spin with his twin Detonics Combat Masters when he's arrested and about to be executed by some self-styled vigilantes.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Sylar does this in an episode of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' ... for bonus points, it's after he's just stolen Bob's ability and he turns the gun to gold while he spins it.
* Chuck Connors in ''Series/TheRifleman'' was another example of the 'twirl a lever-action gun to cock it' variety.
* Ronon Dex of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' is quite fond of this. Given that his pistol is a DeathRay, this is even more of a bad idea than usual.
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' had one of the villains entertain a kid by teaching how to properly twirl a pistol.
* A ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode has Frank Burns attempting this in a very clumsy fashion; he then hands the gun to Radar, who does it expertly.
* ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger's'' HumongousMecha, the Dekaranger Robo, does this with its Signal Cannon after its finishing move, followed by holstering it.
* Daiki Kaitou loves doing this, in an especially strange example since his gun is the TransformationTrinket that lets him become [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Kamen Rider Diend]].
* ''Series/SquareOneTV'' had one segment of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Mathnet]]'' set in an abandoned Southwest town--one episode began with George Frankly twirling ''his calculator''.
* The one episode on ''Series/RedDwarf'' where the crew get trapped in a Western virtual reality game, the Cat does this - with a gun in each hand.
* The (first) Doctor does this in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Gunfighters''. Steven attempts to copy him and drops the gun.
* Like everything else to do with guns, Brisco from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'' is an expert at this.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': When Dwight is told that he can't wear a gun in a holster in the office, he twirls the gun and it discharges putting a hole in the floor and deafening Andy in one ear.
* Sammy Davis Jr. could spin two guns while singing. Danny John-Jules references this as an inspiration for the ''Red Dwarf'' example above.
* ''Series/SledgeHammer'' has the title character do this a lot, including once after giving a kid a lecture on playing with guns.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'': In "We Killed Yamamoto", after some time at the shooting range Simon Donovan (Mark Harmon)twirls his pistol, a .357 magnum, and sticks it down the front of his pants ... and promptly pulls it out again when he feels what the barrel of a pistol feels like after its just been fired.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' features [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's]] GunTwirling in the episode "A Fistful of Datas": A gunfighter in a Holodeck western is seen twirling his gun several times. Later, just after the accident that leads to a HolodeckMalfunction, Data (who has also been corrupted) picks up a tricorder and imitates the same move with it.
* Dean Winchester does this with a SawedOffShotgun, of all things, in a Season 5 episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. He also does it while [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielding]] flare guns (despite having been hung up by his wrists for some time -- [[CuffsOffRubWrists his fingers should be rather cramped]]) in the second episode of the series, "Wendigo."
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': The owner of a dude ranch demonstrates his skill at this for Rick and Kate in the CowboyEpisode "Once Upon a Time in the West".
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': Both Jim Phelps and TheDragon do this in the CowboyEpisode "Gunslinger".
* This is how Scott, David's best friend in the first two seasons of ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', died; he was showing off by twirling his father's gun at his birthday party when he [[RealityEnsues shot himself in the stomach.]] [[HarmfulToMinors All in front of David,]] who was pleading with him to stop. Is it any wonder the poor guy had so many problems in the years following?
* ''Series/{{Godless}}'' has this in the first episode with a nameless extra and in the second with Whitey, who does it in front of a full-length mirror talking to an imaginary opponent [[Film/TaxiDriver Travis Bickle-style]], then quick-draws [[GunsAkimbo both his revolvers at once]], obviously impressed by how cool he looks. (His employer is far less impressed when he comes through the door and [[RecklessGunUsage Whitey points the guns at him]].)

* Frank Gallop's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2A9f9nK7bM The Ballad of Irving]]'' has the eponymous character meeting his end this way.
-->''Well, finally Irving got three slugs in the belly\\
It was right outside the Frontier Deli\\
He was sitting there twirling his gun around\\
[[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace And butterfingers Irving gunned himself down!]]
* Brian Johnson of Music/{{ACDC}} fame does this with his microphone.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The [[GoddamnBats Malta Group]] [[TheGunslinger Gunslingers]] in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' twirl their guns as they prepare to shoot.
** The [[GunsAkimbo Dual Pistols]] powerset does this too. Usually when drawing them or [[AbnormalAmmo switching ammo]].
* The Gunslinger class in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' did this when entering battle pose and each time he/she scores a hit.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', the Protagonist and Mitsuru spin their Evokers when they draw them. Seeing as how they are [[ItMakesSenseInContext planning to shoot themselves in the head with them]], gun safety isn't that big an issue.
** It also isn't a real gun, so it isn't so dangerous.
* Balthier from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' does this, with a predictably suave and gentlemanly manner.
* Cater of ''FinalFantasyType0'' spins her [[RayGun Magicite Pistol]] between shots of her [[FireIceLightning Elementillery]] attack. It seems to be a way to stop the weapon from overheating, as she only does it between Flame and Voltaic shots.
%%* In the ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' FanRemake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'', Gordon does this as the IdleAnimation for the Glock.
* This is how [[PlayerCharacter The Kid]] reloads the Dueling Pistols in ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}''. Somehow.
* Revolver Ocelot of ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' does this, seeing as how his weapon of choice is a single action revolver. He does it during his ''entire'' introductory speech in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', and in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' he's seen twirling his original service pistol, and a ''crossbow'' at one point, and then with three pistols at the same time in some crazy UpToEleven variant of Russian roulette. Before his boss battle he does a complicated series of tricks with a revolver in each hand.
** In ''The Twin Snakes'' remake, Ocelot twirls his weapon with his off hand [[spoiler:after his other hand gets sliced off by the Ninja.]] However, he ends up dropping the gun -- then picking it up quickly and pointing it at Snake.
** Solidus Snake gets in on this in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' where he twirls his P90 by the thumb stock.
** In ''[=MGS3=]'', Ocelot uses his twirling guns for a practical purpose: to protect himself from a swarm of hornets. He spins them as they fly at him and they fall down dead.
** Snake can do it also, but only with the Single Action Army revolver, and not to the same impressive extent as Ocelot.
*** If you do that in first person view while fighting Ocelot, depending on how well you did it, he will either mock you you, or be impressed. Either way, he'll start doing it, leaving him open to attack.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Spyro}} 3''. Certain cowboy-themed enemies spin and flip their weapons... which serves no purpose but to give the player an opportunity to attack.
* One very common enemy (a cowboy themed semi-EliteMook) in ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' does this, as does recurring Miniboss the Joker.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', and the sequel, pressing the x key (PC default) or Y button (X-Box) outside of combat with a pistol causes the character to do this. Equipped [[GunsAkimbo akimbo]] too, but with a different animation.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Vincent's VictoryPose contains this.
** Vincent's attack animation with pistol's also contains this. Justified, in that he needs to spin the gun to re-arm the hammer mechanism since his claw like left hand is too bulky. It works fine for handling the pump action on his shotguns however.
** There's also the final flourish in the synchronized marching mini game, where Cloud's sword twirl is recreated with a {{Mook}} rifle.
* Rebecca's idle animation in ''VideoGame/WildArms''.
* Rubi Malone in ''VideoGame/{{Wet}}'' does this all the time, often when going into an arena battle.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/ShogoMobileArmorDivision'' does this every time he draws his dual pistols, as well as after reloading them.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** The Heavy Weapons Guy does it with ''a shotgun''... although to him a shotgun is practically the size of a handgun. There's also a [[GoodBadBugs popular glitch]] that allows him to twirl his ''Gatling gun''. Makes you wonder what they put in that sandvich ...
** The Scout does this in reverse when reloading his pistol, pointing the barrel downwards before removing the magazine and then twirling it the rest of the way after he's replaced it.
** The Engineer does this in his taunt for the Pistol and the Wrangler, complete with blowing the smoking barrel out. The above mentioned glitch lets him twirl his own shotgun in the same way... only Engie ISN'T so big his shotgun looks like a handgun in his hands!
* In both of the ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' games, leaving Beyond the Grave idle for a bit and he'll twirl his dual-handguns as an idle animation. He also does it at the start of each level ("KICK THEIR ASS!") as he draws them.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' features Dante twirling his dual pistols Ebony & Ivory prior to some rapid-fire action with a move called "Honeycomb." Nero is also shown twirling his [[HandCannon massive Blue Rose revolver]] when putting it away after firing in cutscenes.
** Dante also does this as his IdleAnimation in the first game.
* The two main characters that use pistols as their default weapons in the western themed third person shooter ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver'' twirl their guns dramatically during the loading screens.
** One of these characters is a professional shootist and sharpshooter in a circus and the other is a well-written version of ''the'' classic western hero archetype. The characters actually perform complicated gun-twirling routines (the hero with a single, large colt and the shootist with two smaller revolvers) during these loading "screens", and the routines change as you progress through the game. Red Dead Revolver, as a result, had arguably the single best and most entertaining load screens in the history of video games.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' also features John Marston doing it whenever he shoots up an opponent in a duel. Granted, by that point he has usually fired off every bullet in his gun anyway, so at least he doesn't need to worry about shooting anyone.
* For the sawed-off shotguns in the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series, this is the standard method of reloading. How exactly does that work? [[HandWave "Your primitive mind could never grasp its complex nature."]]
* Fox [=McCloud=] does this when finishing up his B special in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Melee]]'', whether after one or more shots. Don't most blasters lack even a trigger guard (which might be useful)?
* One of Franchise/SlyCooper's ancestors, Tennessee "Kid" Cooper, does this in one of the game series' {{Cutscene}}s.
* In ''VideoGame/AdventRising'', this is how the character reloads his guns. All his guns. Yes, even the ''rocket launchers''.
* Tanya Adam's IdleAnimation in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' has her spinning and juggling her .45 Colt pistols.
* Asagi can occasionally be seen spinning ''both'' her guns before holstering them in ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''.
* Model 1887 shotguns used [[GunsAkimbo akimbo]] in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' are flip-cocked after each shot.
** In an homage to the motorcycle ride in ''Terminator 2'', [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Alex Mason]] flip-cocks an 1887 Winchester during the escape from Vorkuta. He manages to fire two shots from the single-shot weapon before he has to reload.
* Twirling is an idle animation for the protagonist of ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'', and how he reloads akimbo firearms.
* Done in the first two ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games whenever a character holsters a handgun--or an ''[=SMG=]'', in some cases.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', you meet Joshua Graham (the "Burned Man") in the ''Honest Hearts'' expansion with him doing this while preparing some Colt M1911s. Oddly, his twirling of the guns is done in a very safe way - even if it's ignored that the 1911 has a grip safety which requires constant pressure from the firing hand holding onto the grip in a proper manner to actually fire, he ejects the magazine and locks the slide before giving the gun a half-twirl to check the barrel, then twirls it back and reloads the gun once he's satisfied. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41OghI3p6fM Have a look.]]
* Manosuke Naitou (Horace Knightley in the fan translation) of ''VisualNovel/{{Ace Attorney Investigations|MilesEdgeworth}} 2'' is a master of this. If you call him on a lie he catches himself mid-twirl and [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace fires a round near his face]]. [[spoiler:During his breakdown he tries to twirl his pistol increasingly fast before throwing it and everything in his pockets in the air and it all comes crashing down on his head]].
* Princess Eruca can be seen doing this in combat in ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria''.
* The Florian sisters of ''Videogame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'' does this with their pair of [[MorphWeapon Variant Zappers]] during one of their special moves. Amita also does it in one of her victory poses and during her [[LimitBreak Full Drive Burst]] as she switches them from their [[GunsAkimbo gun form]] to [[DualWielding sword form]] and back.
* Used in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' on two weapons. The first is the Gnasher shotgun where after a non-active reload animation they spin it by the lever. In the active reload however they forgo the flair entirely to get back to shooting faster. The second one is the Boltok revolver in ''Gears 2'' and onward with the weapon-specific execution. The character grabs the gun by the barrel, whacks the victim across the back of the skull, then spins it on their finger to return it to shooting position. More forgivable since executions are intended to be AwesomeButImpractical.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', Patty Fleur does this before using her Variable Trigger arte. You can delay the attack by making her twirl her pistol longer, which also makes it stronger.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', characters wielding pistols will twirl them as they switch to a different weapon. Marshal Friedman spins his own revolver a few times after using it to execute a murderer.
* Despite being perfectly able to wield two revolvers with the precision and effectiveness as [[Film/{{Equilibrium}} John Preston]], VideoGame/MaxPayne does not twirl his weapons.
* The Kusagari Kid from the Wii exclusive ''VideoGame/RedSteel2'' twirls his revolver (his first and main firearm) when drawing and holstering it. Considering he's a wide-brimmed hat, duster coat wearing samurai/outlaw/cowboy, this is hardly surprising.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', idle characters wielding a pistol in the main hand will do this.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Original Generation]]'', this is justified with the Weiss Ritter and it's Oxtongue Launcher[[note]]later upgraded into the Rein Weiss Ritter and the Howling Launcher[[/note]], which must perform this in order to switch firing modes. Of course, Excellen (it's pilot and an ''[[ManicPixieDreamGirl extremely]]'' [[FriendlySniper cheerful sniper]]) likes to put a lot more flair into it.
* [[SoldierOfFortune John Mullins]] randomly twirls his [[AKA47 Silver Talon]] .44 semiauto. Mullins being an actual soldier before going merc, you'd think he'd know better.
* Your player character in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}: Call of Pripyat'' does this when pulling out any pistol equipped in the weapon slot. This includes even the HandCannon ''Desert Eagle''. Although it is uncommon, [=NPCs=] ''can'' be seen twirling their pistols when idle and provided they do not have a rifle/shotgun/machine gun equipped (often when they get wounded severely in a fight with other [=NPCs=] and/or mutants and their main gun is taken away either by you or another [=NPC=], as well as offering to revive them with a medkit).
* ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'' has gun twirling as an IdleAnimation for most pistols. The Marelok lever-action pistol is [[OneHandedShotgunPump pumped by twirling the entire pistol about the lever]], like the [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator's]] Winchester. The Akstilleto [[GunsAkimbo dual pistols]] are twirled once about the trigger before the guns are slapped down onto new magazines on the user's hips.
* Ryōbi and Ryōna from ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'' have a habit of doing this in some of their fighting animations.
* Erron Black in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', being TheGunslinger, is basically required to have some twirling animations.
* Before Erron, Stryker's Victory Pose in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' involved him [[FiringInTheAirALot firing his gun in the air]], then twirling it on his finger before putting it back in his holster and crossing his arms. How this guy became a cop in the first place is anyone's guess.
* Jagi in ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'' will twirl his SawnOffShotgun on a finger as part of his victory/idle animation. As those things are heavy and poorly balanced for spinning, it's anyone's guess how he manages without removing a finger or two.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' has the player fight [[BigBad Albert Wesker]] on a couple of occasions. He'll sometimes pull out his Samurai Edge handgun to shoot at Chris or Sheva, after which he'll put it away while twirling it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has Tracer who does this when she reloads her Pulse Pistols.
** One of [=McCree's=] emotes is a showy display of Gun Twirling. He'll also give his revolver a quick twirl when activating his Ultimate.
* All over the place in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', entirely done for RuleOfCool. Mainly done by SpaceWestern-influenced [[TheGunslinger Smugglers]] in some of their ability animations, but the other pistol-wielding class, {{Bounty Hunter}}s, get in on the fun occasionally too. And like many other sci-fi examples on this page, many of the blasters lack a trigger guard.
* ''Videogame/BattlefieldHardline'' has gun twirling as part of one of its EasterEgg UnorthodoxReload animations with a ~0.01% chance of occurring. The .410 Jury revolver's easter egg has the user eject the spent casings, then start twirling the gun about their index finger while flicking shells into empty chambers with their other hand, including one shell which is flicked the wrong way [[WrapAround and wraps around the screen]] to enter a chamber backwards.
* In ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'', Blaster Force is basically a gigantic pistol that twirls itself around.
* The trailer for the Butcher's Western DLC Pack in ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' depicts the [[DemonicSpider Cloaker]] engaging one of the main characters in a ShowdownAtHighNoon, with the main character handily losing. The Cloaker then begins twirling his revolvers in a [[https://youtu.be/e1KqE6p5N74?t=1m10s tauntingly absurd manner.]]
* Arytom in ''{{VideoGame/Metro 2033}}'' twirls his revolvers as an IdleAnimation. Seeing how he's willing to toss around a fully loaded and very shoddily built submachinegun high enough to daze him when it ''lands on his head'', this hardly comes as a surprise.
* ''VideoGame/GoldeneyeRogueAgent'' uses this to reload guns, most prominently the Jackal .357 and the Mamba 12g. He only does it when he's [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielding]].
* [[LittleMissBadass Tetra]] does this as part of her VictoryPose in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', twirling her flintlock gun a la Revolver Ocelot.
* MadArtist gunslinger Jhin from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' [[RealityEnsues demonstrates the danger of this trope]] in his joke animation: He twirls his gun, but slips up and drops the gun, which proceeds to fire everywhere as Jhin cowers in fear, taking back the gun only once he's sure it has stopped firing.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'', Hunter [[http://suicideforhire.comicgenesis.com/d/20060329.html does this]]. When Arcturus tells him to stop, he says he has it under control; and nearly shoots Codename Rudolph in the head just seconds after.
* In ''Webcomic/CassiopeiaQuinn'', Zeke-the-Cyborg-Space-Cowboy (most of time played completely straight, including the accent) spins Laser!Revolvers around his fingers while commenting on how ridiculous it is ("Won't help ya shoot").

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Harold Fisher tries this before killing [[{{Jerkass}} Maxwell Lombardi]]. [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace Naturally]], he drops the gun, which Maxwell puts to much better use.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': As usual for GunTropes in this series, this is treated seriously: one of the first things [[DrillSergeantNasty Gunny Bardue]] sees when he is on campus the first time is a JROTC cadet pulling off stunts like this, in front of a bathroom mirror. He proceeds to rip the student a new one over it:
-->'''Gunny Bardue:''' Cadet Captain Rogers, what is your malfunction that you are disgracing the uniform of my beloved Marine Corps? Did your mother drop you on that pointed head of yours? Did you not eat enough Ho-hoes before you decided to embarrass the uniform of my Marine Corps by playing with your weapon in, of all places, the head? What excuses do you have for this outrage, knuckle dragger?!
* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': The first thing Scanlan does when he gets his hands on Dr. Ripley's gun is to twirl it, which promptly results in the rest of the group deciding it's a bad idea to allow him to handle a firearm.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Little_Duckaroo "My Little Duckaroo,"]] WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck twirls his gun and ends up shooting himself in the head, showing why this is a bad idea.
* Being a cowboy-themed superhero, Vigilante of the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' naturally does this.
* WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw has done this a few times.
* Hank in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' twirls a stapler in this fashion while helping Brock put up Christmas decorations.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Soldier of Misfortune" Dale talks about a phony story about how he supposedly performed a hit on a man to his gun club. Upon finishing his story he twirls the pistol he had used to tell the story; he ends up dropping the gun and it discharges, hitting a cash register.
* Kevin from ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' does this frequently. Which is odd, because the Zapper doesn't have a trigger guard.
* Captain Rex from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', as well as Sabine Wren, and Fenn Rau from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' are characters that have done this at least once. Maybe it's a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Mandalorian]] thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the episode "The Cartridge Family", Homer acquires a revolver to protect the family, despite Marge's protests. In one scene, he enters the Kwik-E-Mart twirling it and whistling casually, and accidentally scares Apu in the process.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Unless you are a professional and a performer, do not do this. Ever. You may well end your life or someone else's. Endangering someone to try this silly move is negligent and reprehensible.
** That said, there are a small number of performers who do this as a trick both for shows and for movies. For example, here is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPx6cw-lrKM Joey Dillon]] showing some Hollywood moves.
** Similarly, there are military rifle teams who do similar tricks with their rifles.
* A little known fact is that Revolver Ocelot's famous gun-twirling tendencies were actually based on or even outright motion captured by "Tornado Yoshida" and when he actually decides to to redo some of the scenes Ocelot had in MGS3 it's almost in perfect sync. Here's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Bv9y1rnrY side-by-side comparison]].