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->'''Red Mage''': [The GreenArrow] can shoot several arrows at once with the utmost precision.\\
'''Black Mage''': Even in [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny the context of this conversation]], that's patently absur--\\
'''Ranger's arrows''': *''FWIT! FWIT! FWIT! FWIT!''*\\
'''Black Mage''': Oh.
-->-- ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''

How do you show an archer to have ImprobableAimingSkills UpToEleven? Have him fire ''multiple'' arrows at once from the same bow! Who needs AutomaticCrossbows when your archer can kill five people at the same time? Perhaps surprisingly this is TruthInTelevision, as although in RealLife it is very difficult to aim and firing two arrows would cut the force behind each arrow in half, ruining the range and impact, sometimes Archers shooting on mass would opt for volume of fire over accuracy. Shooting three arrows only appears in fiction as three arrows means a third of the force. Four arrows means one quarter the force. And so on.

Compare with the AutomaticCrossbow.

One of the variants of the SpreadShot.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Irvine from ''{{Berserk}}'' does this whenever he shows up.
* Usopp of ''OnePiece'', although not an archer, does this from time to time with his slingshot. The move that comes to mind is his Triple Gunpowder Star, which, considering their explosive capabilities, is well-worth the loss in accuracy.
* An interesting case with Uryuu Ishida in {{Manga/Bleach}}. His bow doesn't actually fire regular arrows, but projectiles made of spiritual particles that he produces himself. As a result, the trope is not only justified, but taken up to eleven, since he can liberate an absurb amount of arrows in a matter of ''seconds''.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s titular character does this once in the backflash episode.
* Tigre, the main character of ''LightNovel/MadanNoOuToVanadis'', can do this when trying to kill multiple enemies and without losing much force behind each arrow.
* One character from ''VampireHunterD'' does this; loading half a quiver into his [[ArmCannon forearm-mounted crossbow]] at a time. Usually results in a RainOfArrows, although on rare occasions, he loads one..
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Shows up regularly in ''GreenArrow'' and ''{{Hawkeye}}'' comics.
** And GreenArrow's apprentice, Speedy, as well as other associated characters.
** The second Hawkeye, [[YoungAvengers Kate Bishop]], [[SurpassedTheTeacher shot five arrows at once in the third issue of the new volume of ''Hawkeye''.]]
* Strongbow in ''ElfQuest'' does this a couple of times after acquiring ImprobableAimingSkills from proximity to the Palace.
* {{Thorgal}} can do this. The most triumphant example is when he's up against a crossbowman and fires two arrows simultaneously: one to ''deflect the crossbow bolt'' and the other to mortally wound the man who fired it.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Done by Ashitaka in ''PrincessMononoke''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Legolas is sometimes seen firing two or three arrows at once in Peter Jackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** At VERY short range, though. Hard to miss a mūmak head from 3 feet away...
* RobinHood does this in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''. With his ImprobableAimingSkills, he uses the arrows to pin a soldier to a tree without injuring him. This is the image on the posters and DVD. (And this page).
* The ''Robin Hood: Men in Tights'' example parodies (of course) ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', where Kevin Costner's [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent American]] Robin Hood shoots two at once in one scene near the end.
** However, the film makes [[LampshadeHanging a small nod to the trope]]. Right before putting the arrows in the bow's string, Robin bites one of the arrow's feathers off to, supposedly, improve their shared accuracy.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: In the ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'', Rama does this all the time. So do some of the rakshas he fights. During one early battle, Rama and Maricha are both shooting a thousand arrows in a single draw, and reloading so fast that there was no space between the shafts.
** At the beginning of the story, he launches a ''shield'' of arrows to repel a rain of stones that a demon throws at him. Seriously. That's the point where the MST3KMantra comes in handy.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Upon acquiring his [[SuperMode Rising forms]], ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' gains the ability to shoot three arrows from his bow-gun.
* Done on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', while Ollie is drugged and not sure to hit his target, who just said that he didn't think Arrow could aim a single arrow, he just decides to shoot three.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Manyshot feat from ''[[DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' lets an archer do just this, though the -4 penalty for firing two arrows at once and an additional -2 per extra arrow makes the feat's usefulness debatable.
** Several powers in the fourth edition allow the Seeker and Ranger to do this. Like the aptly titled ''"Hail of Arrows"''.
* Multishot from ''{{GURPS}}: Imbuments'' does this pseudo-mystically: You can attempt to fire ''any'' number of arrows at once, but it is very hard to go above five.
* This is how archers use the Both Guns Blazing gun schtick from ''TabletopGame/FengShui'', since one cannot very well use two bows at once (since bows require both hands to use).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''RagnarokOnline'' Archers can use the skill Double Strafe which, well, [[CaptainObvious shoots two arrows]] for [[ForMassiveDamage additional damage]] - ''each'' of those two deals almost double damage, resulting in QuadDamage.
** One of their advanced classes, the Clown/Gypsy can fling [[RainOfArrows tens of arrows]] using either the strings of their instruments or their whips, easily leading to a OneHitKill against average characters.
* The Arcane Archer has this in ''BaldursGateDarkAlliance''. The arrows fire in a semi-circle. If fired point-blank, all the arrows will hit the same guy ForMassiveDamage.
* The Multishot and Strafe skills for the Amazon in ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} 2'' achieve this, in addition to her already improbable firing rate.
** Both avert the obstacle posed by physics: Multishot magically splits one arrow into many after firing, while a Strafing Amazon is actually firing multiple single shots in rapid succession.
** ''VideoGame/DiabloIII's'' Demon Hunter has a skill that's actually ''called'' Multishot. It shoots a large burst of multiple arrows in a conical spray in front of him/her, damaging any enemies in it.
* Some bow-wielding characters, such as Ina, in the [[DynastyWarriors various]] ''[[SamuraiWarriors Warriors]]'' [[WarriorsOrochi games]] by Koei can use this as attacks, combos, and Musou attacks. The action's so fast though that it's hard to notice.
** Starting with ''DynastyWarriors 4'', archer characters Xiahou Yuan and Huang Zhong (and later [[GameBreaker Sun Shang Xiang]])) fired a perfect horizontal line of arrows as part of some of their charged attacks, and in ''WarriorsOrochi'' some of their special attacks border on arrow apam--Xiahou Yuan is notable in particular for firing a left-to-right fan of five-arrow spreads in rapid succession as his special attack, understandably a spectacular crowd-clearing attack.
* Some ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' games have the [[AutomaticCrossbow Triple Crossbow]], which fires a spread of three quarrels. Might not be a perfect fit as this is a device ''designed'' for the purpose, not a fancy shooting trick.
* Hunters in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' learn an ability of that name which fires three projectiles for the cost of one as far as ammunition goes, and works no matter whether you use a gun, a bow or a crossbow.
** This was changed for the Cataclysm expansion, allowing the ability to fire an arrow at every enemy within a certain range of your target. Firing a few dozen arrows at once is entirely possible during some encounters.
*** This used to [[AWizardDidIt cost mana]], implying it involved magic. Now that hunters use "focus" as a resource, it's purely that they're Just That Good.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' has the Barrage ability, which allows a siege engine to fire up to three rockets simultaneously at different air units.
* The Archery power set in ''CityOfHeroes'' and ''CityOfVillains'' has two multi-arrow attacks. "Fistful of Arrows" can affect up to 10 targets in a cone radius, and "Rain of Arrows" can up to 16 in a long-ranged circular radius.
* In [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesRingOfFates the handheld]] ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesEchoesOfTime FFCC games]]'', Selkies can gain the ability to shoot up to five arrows at once.
* The Barrage ability in ''GuildWars''.
** The [[GuildWars2 sequel]] keeps that, and also gives us a few abilities that fire a conical spread of 3-7 ingnited/icy/poisoned arrows, as well as the Warrior's Longbow auto-attack, firing two arrows at the same target for no real reason.
* Strangely enough, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' does not have such a skill for archer. However, the top-level Archer ability called Scattershot does something similar: if the arrow hits the target, it then splits into 10 and hits the 10 nearest enemies. That is some vicious splintering.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' the Hail of Arrows ability is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. The archer fires a bundle of arrows into the air for an area of effect attack that makes the page images look downright realistic.
* Talina in ''VideoGame/NeoQuest II'' can do this, with up to four arrows.
* The Archer class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has an ability called "X-Fight" that presumably is this for them, but can be used by other classes as well.
* Splitting Arrow in ''VideoGame/DivinityIITheDragonKnightSaga'' mimics the effect by having one arrow divide itself into multiple arrows mid-flight.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}''. {{Multishot}} {{Roboteching}} arrows, no less.
* Buckfire (and subsequently, the A-Trans you get) from ''{{Mega Man ZX}} Advent'' fires out flaming arrows in a SpreadShot of three.
* In ''{{Commando 2}}'', one of the weapons you get fires out three ''exploding'' arrows.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures Four Swords Adventures]]'', one of the weapons available to the Links is a slingshot that shoots seeds in three directions. This weapon originated in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Seasons]]''.
** This weapon is again featured in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]''. The standard slingshot can be upgraded to the Scattershot, which fires 9 seeds in a matrix formation (which seems more than slightly implausible).
** The bow in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' can be upgraded to fire three arrows at once.
* The Archer from ''DragonNest'' loves doing this.
* The Ranger/Survivalist class from VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey has the Double Shot/Multihit ability. Upgraded to its maximum level, this ability lets go of 3 arrows at once, all of which deal noticably more damage than a regular shot, making rangers better damage dealers than any of the attack specialist classes. The ability got [[{{Nerf}} nerfed]] beyond recognition (along with a major upgrade for the typical attackers) in the second game, making it feel more like the realistic version of this trope.
* In KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning scattershot is a tier 5 finesse ability which allows you to shoot up to 7 charged arrows at once at the cost of one arrow. Combined with certain passive abilities and wearing critical boosting armor this is [[GameBreaker ridiculously overpowered]].
* Lina's pre-battle pose in ''RivieraThePromisedLand'' holds three arrows at once.
* All archer classes in ''VideoGame/{{Maplestory}}' love this trope. All archers in the game can (and should) be firing two arrows minimum from the time they can wield a bow/crossbow/dual bowgun. By the time they hit endgame status, they fire either 8-16 arrows per second or a volley of 8-10.
* The Tsunami bow from ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' allows the player to fire out ''five'' powerful shots parallel to one another for the cost of one arrow. Needless to say, it's an [[InfinityPlusOneSword end-game weapon]] for bow rangers.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' parodies this when Ranger first nocks three arrows on the same bow, then dual-wields his bows, then dual-wields his dual-wield to make it '''12''' arrows loaded on four bows. [[spoiler:He missed.]]
** Well, [[spoiler: he was aiming at an all powerful RealityWarper wizard. Who took all those arrows, stuck them in a box, and delivered them to Ranger's wife. While the arrows were still in mid-flight. Cue Ranger's wife opening a box full of RainOfArrows. But the implication, then, is that his tactics WOULD HAVE WORKED on a weaker target.]]
* Haley has this feat in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', but uses it sparingly since it lowers her accuracy. The main time it came in handy was against Sabine where, unsure of whether Sabine was a demon (weak to iron) or a devil (weak to silver), she fired one arrow of each type.
** It was crucial to a later CrowningMomentOfAwesome. The latest villain, [[spoiler:Tarquin]], is hanging on to the side of an airship. One of Haley's arms was broken moments before, so she braces the bow ''with her foot'' to shoot two arrow at once, forcing her target to catch them, thus letting go of the airship.
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': Callista is the captain of [[AllGirlSchool Artemis Academy's]] Archery Club, so naturally, she's the best shot at the school. Which she proves in her first appearance, [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/black_cat by firing three arrows at once]] (from the rafters) and striking all three of the Hellrunes' belt buckles [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/deadeye with prefect precision.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''Disney's [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Hercules: The Animated Series]]'', when Hercules meets Orion, Orion shows Hercules his signature hunting move: the Orion Cluster. Orion takes as many arrows as he can grab from his quiver and shoots them all in one tight blast. He uses this to hunt ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill small woodland animals]]''.
* A [[EliteMooks Yu-Yan Archer]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is shown simultaneously hitting bullseyes on four separate targets.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* While it is incredibly dangerous to do so, it is actually possible to fire more than one arrow from a bow in RealLife. The problem is that with every additional arrow, less and less force is imparted to each projectile, making them fly with less force. Also, each arrow beyond the first is placed at a less than ideal location on the string in terms of creating a smooth (and predictable) trajectory.
** Double stringing was most common when medieval archers were firing indirectly into massed troops. Under those circumstances the number of arrows lofted was more important than individual accuracy.
* Before cartridges with self-contained propellant became the norm, firearms were sometimes loaded with two balls at once. This reduced muzzle speed and thus range, but was useful at close range for increasing effective fire rate.
** This is one of the things that makes shotguns so powerful at close ranges. Instead of a single shot, it's a cloud of small projectiles.
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