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->''"I've never fired a gun before, but I can't miss at point-blank range."''
-->-- '''Takashi Komuro,''' ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead''

Guns are inherently awesome in their ability to make things significantly less alive from a distance. But every once in a while, firing from a distance just doesn't cut it. Maybe your opponent is really good at [[DodgeTheBullet dodging bullets,]] or keeps putting up some kind of barrier, or your knowledge of guns is [[ATeamFiring a bit... challenged.]] Never fret, for there is always one range that you can be sure will be effective against any opponent: two inches from their face.

This can obviously apply to things other than guns. While "point blank" has specific meanings in ballistics [[note]][[NoArcInArchery The distance at which a target can be hit by lining it up exactly with the sights]] (naturally this varies depending on the weapon in question and the size of the target, and can sometimes involve a minimum distance)[[/note]] and in forensics [[note]]Firing closer than 3 feet without actually pressing the weapon against the target: if the barrel is pressing, it's
"contact range".[[/note]] anything sufficiently close qualifies for this trope.

May not apply to graduates of the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.

The phrase "point blank" originates as an artillery term for when the target is so close the gun isn't elevated to compensate for distance. (It comes from the French "blanc", meaning white, referring to the white point in the center of the target and was typically found experimentally, by test-firing a given weapon and adjusting the sights so the user has a reliable midpoint to aim with.)

[[UsefulNotes/GunSafety Also take note]] that firing blank rounds can still be harmful or even lethal at close ranges - they may not have proper projectiles but the pressure from the gunpowder detonation is sufficient to harm at very short ranges.

Compare ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon for when you're not supposed to use guns at close range, but do anyway. Contrast ArbitraryMinimumRange. See ShortRangeShotgun for a class of guns that people expect to be this trope.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Mikan from ''Manga/RisingXRydeen'' can fire powerful lightning blasts from her hands. The blasts have a lot range but instead of firing them from afar she uses her SuperSpeed to teleports right behind her opponents and electrocute them at point bank range. Most of her enemies don't have time to react and go down in one hit.
* In ''Anime/SpeedGrapher,'' Saiga encounters an opponent whose sonic abilities block his explosive photographs. [[spoiler:So he does what any good war photographer does to get a better picture; he moves closer.]]
* In the first story arc of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic,'' Kurz finds Gauron's unusual Arm Slave too agile and elusive to get a clear shot at, so he fakes being out of ammo in order to lure Gauron into close-range combat so that he can hit him in the face with a round from his giant mech's rifle. [[spoiler:Damn Lambda Driver...]]
* ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim'': In episode 12, a mecha is equiped with a deflector shield that stops L-Gaim's rifle beams, so [[TheHero Daba]] picks a bazooka and shoots its head at blank point range. It works.
* In ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead,'' Takashi is just an ordinary high school student who knows next to nothing about handling a firearm. So when he does get a gun, he uses this strategy more often than not.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In his battle against [[{{Robeast}} Debira X1]], the flying Mechanical Beast was too quick for Kouji hitting, so Kouji waited as the Mechanical Beast lunged at him until the robot was at point-blank range to blast it with Mazinger's [[ChestBlaster Breast Fire]]. Kouji used this tactic sometimes when an enemy was too fast or too sturdy.
* In ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt,'' Panty, who uses a gun, often finishes off foes this way or fights foes who use melee attacks this way.
* In ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'', the main weapon of the 901st Anti-Tank Troopers was a [[HandCannon 13mm handgun]] that can penetrate the weakest parts of a tank's armor, killing the operator(s). The catch is is that the only way to make effective use of the gun is to basically walk right up to the tank and blast away at point-blank-range. For obvious reasons, the weapon was considered too impractical (not to mention suicidal) for a normal human to use; but the 901st [[SuperSoldier weren't normal humans anymore]].
** Incidentally, said handcannon is called the ''"[[MeaningfulName Door-Knocker]]"''; as in "Knocking on the door to Hell".
* This happens in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' during the dark tournament saga when Yusuke is facing Jin. Jin is using wind to deflect Yusuke's spirit gun blasts, so Yusuke blasts him point blank into a tornado swirling around Jin's arm.
** This almost ends up killing them both which Jin then quickly lampshades by yelling, "You don't make bombs go boom in your face!" HilarityEnsues.
** Yusuke tries it again, though, this time using the Spirit Wave for the first time; somehow, he correctly figured that he couldn't use the technique at a distance (it would hit, but it would lack the force he needed), so he instead waited to uncork until right as he connected with a gut punch for maximum impact. It works, KO'ing Jin.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Mana pulls [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v30/c275/14.html this]] right out of the blue, complete with a PreAssKickingOneLiner.
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise has a few examples of this trope:
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''[='s=] backstory ([[AllThereInTheManual as detailed by]] the MSV design line), there's a [[TheEmpire Zeon]] AcePilot named [[AFatherToHisMen Brenev Auggs]], "[[TheRedBaron The One-Shot Killer]]"; he accomplishes this feat by using this trope, pressing his gun's muzzle against the enemy machines' fuselages.
** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Stardust Memory]]'' Kou swings the Dendrobium Orchis' anti-ship cannon towards the the approaching Gerbera Tetra, [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impales it]], AND blasts a big hole into it, breaking the latter mech in half.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' season 2, Lockon operates by the following: even though I'm underwater, if I stay close enough, I can't miss!
*** Repeats this during the final battle, with a heavily-damaged Cherudim against Revive Revival. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome With just a second of Trans-Am left]]. Straight through the cockpit.
** ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' has a non-gun example with Argo's Gaia Crusher; normally it's a DishingOutDirt attack that creates giant spires of rock, but he can also use it directly on enemy machines; ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' even dubs this variation "Point-Blank Gaia Crusher".
** In ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'', Garrod gets around the fact that beam weapons don't really work underwater (due to the water dissipating the heat and energy very quickly) by pressing his beam rifle's barrel right up against his opponent's mobile suit.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Kid delivers a double dose to Crona during their battle. In the face. ''In mid-air.''
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Gut's ArmCannon is usually used point-blank, often as a fallback when he can't use his sword.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Bee does this twice in the series. The first is when he fires his Bijuudama at Suigetsu who's protecting Team Taka. [[spoiler: He's lucky there was plenty amount of water in the surrounding area and that his jutsu allows him to become intangible. Otherwise, there would've been nothing left of him afterwards]]. The second time he uses it is against the [[spoiler: Juubi]]. He fires his own Bijuudama against its charged up Bijuudama [[spoiler:right down its throat]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** After failing to make much headway against Perfect Cell, Goku flies into the sky and starts charging a Kamehameha, which would destroy the Earth if fired from there. Cell assumes he's bluffing, then starts to actually consider it - and then Goku teleports right in front of him and fires, vaporizing Cell's entire upper torso. It ''would'' have worked if only Cell had needed his head to regenerate.
** Subverted in the first Broly movie, in which a point-blank Kamehameha becomes TheWorfBarrage.
** Played straight in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', where [[spoiler:Goku knocks Kefla (the [[FusionDance fused Kale and Caulifla]]) out of the Tournament of Power with a Kamehameha fired from about three feet away.]]
* In ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' 2.0 / 2.22, [[ActionGirl Mari]] [[MsFanservice Makinami]], using Eva Unit 02, launches a diving attack against Zeruel with a handheld PileBunker, which doesn't manage anything, except bringing Unit 02 to within spitting distance of the Angel. So, she uses a spike launcher hidden in the right shoulder fin! And in the English dub, she even accompanies this with the words: "Point blank, shit-head!!!", but alas, it still doesn't break the AT Field.
* Similarly in the original series, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', when Armisael attacks Rei's Unit 00, she grabs it and presses the muzzle of her sniper rifle against it and fires repeatedly. As with the Rebuild example above, [[GunsAreWorthless it does nothing]].
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', [[BloodKnight Luciano Bradley]] tries to fire a slash haken at Kallen's [[MidSeasonUpgrade new Guren SEITEN]] at extremely close range. Unfortunately for him, catching slash harkens with her fork knife is something she's done before.
* During her battle against [[spoiler: The Book of Darkness]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', Nanoha charges her opponent using [[BladeOnAStick Strike Flame]], pierces their barrier, and fires a WaveMotionGun directly at their face. [[spoiler: [[NoSell It doesn't even leave a scratch]].]]
* In ''Manga/KamenRiderSpirits'', [[Series/KamenRiderV3 Riderman]] circumvents his arch-nemesis Marshall Armor's...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, armor]] by drilling a hole in it with his [[ThisIsADrill Drill Arm]], then swapping over to his [[MoreDakka Machine Gun Arm]] and firing into it. Even worse for him, the armor keeps the bullets from actually ''leaving'' his body, making them ricochet around and turn his internal organs into salsa.
* Defied in ''Anime/{{Trigun}}''. Dominique the Cyclops tried this on Vash the Stampede not once but ''three'' times by using her [[HypnoticEyes Demon's Eye]] to dazzle him. However, each time Vash's superhuman reflexes allowed him to avoid getting killed, only getting grazed the third time. She would've tried again if Vash hadn't figured out her secret and turned the trope against her, shooting out her eye shutter to prove it doesn't affect him anymore.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' comic series,[[note]]not the 2006 revival,[[/note]] Elisa uses this against a ninja, knocking him to the floor and sticking her gun in his face. While she doesn't fire, she tells him that she bets his 'fancy footwork' won't let him dodge a shot ''this'' close.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': During her [[OldSchoolDogFight aerial duel]] against [[LoveInterest Shinji]], [[AcePilot Asuka]] got extremely close to him to shoot him down. This is because [[AcePilot he]] was ''tremendously'' slippery and she did not want to miss.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': When [[HeroKiller Zeruel]] struck, [[BrokenAce Asuka]] was armed with a gun, but rather shooting him she sprinted towards [[{{Robeast}} Zeruel]] to fight at close quarters because [[PeggySue she knew that shooting from far would do nothing.]]
* ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'': As he was fighting [[{{Robeast}} Samshel]], [[TakeALevelInBadass Shinji]] picked a rocket launcher and shot it point blank to make sure he would not miss.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': When Asuka fought [[EldritchAbomination Zeruel]], shooting at the Angel from a distance was doing nothing due to his force-field, so that she rushed at him, shoved a [[{{BFG}} melta]] up against its core and fired at point blank range.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridgeHumanitysStand'': [[KidHeroAllGrownUp Godzilla Junior]] finally kills Demon King Gabara by chomping down on the oni's throat and firing his BreathWeapon directly into the bite until the beam shot out the other side of the now thoroughly dead Gabara's neck.

* ''Film/TheMatrix'':
** Trinity's famous "[[VerbThis Dodge this]]." scene. [[http://corfiot.elementality.org/images/scifi/TheMatrix/Matrix-DodgeThis.jpg Even an Agent can't dodge a bullet]] fired 2 inches from his ear. Well, technically he can, but [[BodySurf only in a very roundabout way]]. Doesn't fare well to the poor person that the Agent had overridden. Though the bullet hole [[PrettyLittleHeadshots right between the eyes]] would say he certainly tried...
** Subverted later when Neo and Agent Smith fight in the subway. They dive at each other, blasting away and missing until they are locked with their empty pistols at each other's heads. But they are both empty.
* ''Film/{{Pandorum}}'' features a non-lethal riot gun capable of blowing a person across a room. Now, the whole "non-lethal" aspect assumes that you're firing it from a safe distance away. If you're not, [[YourHeadAsplode well...]]
* ''Film/{{Aliens}}'':
** Corporal Hicks jams a shotgun right into a xenomorph's mouth. Of course, the creature's acidic blood spatters everywhere, burning him and several other marines.
--->[[VerbThis "Eat this!"]]
** Vasquez manages to pin a Xenomorph's head against the wall and kill it with point blank pistol rounds, but the acid burns her ankle and incapacitates her.
* The climax of ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'', when [[spoiler: Walter shoots Phyllis in the abdomen at point-blank range.]]
* In ''Film/ANewHope'', Greedo and Han Solo just happen to be conversing at a close enough distance for Han to shoot the bug-eyed green guy square in the abdomen to save his own skin. Amusingly, the infamous [[TheDogShotFirst "Greedo shoots first"]] alteration to the GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion has Greedo [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shoot at Han first]] and ''miss'' at this distance. Things then go UpToEleven in the 2011 Blu-Ray re-release, where Han manages to somehow ''[[DodgeTheBullet dodge]]'' Greedo's shot, still at point-blank.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'': subverts this trope when Jules and Vincent are surprised by someone hiding in the bathroom when retrieving Wallace's briefcase - he bursts out of the bathroom, fires his .44 Magnum six times and then keeps dry-firing - and then the camera shows Jules and Vincent, unharmed, looking behind him at the bulletholes in the wall. Jules thinks that what happened was so unlikely that he takes it as a sign from God. After, of course, both Jules and Vincent raise their guns and demonstrate to Mr. Hand Cannon what "''hitting'' your target at point blank" looks like.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' has a scene where two men have guns pointed directly at each other's testicles.
--> At this range, I'm a real [[TheAce Frederick Zoller]].
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', as requested by Erik, Charles holds the gun a couple of inches from his friend's forehead, but he can't bring himself to pull the trigger. Erik then grabs the barrel and places it right on the surface of his own skin, but Charles objects to the exercise and moves the firearm away.
* Godzilla does this in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' to the female MUTO. By forcing her jaws open and launching a Atomic Breath attack straight down her throat.
* Presumably the logic behind the Jaegers in ''Film/PacificRim''. They're built to physically wrestle {{Kaiju}}, but frequently use ranged weapons at point blank as a FinishingMove. Presumably the weapons have huge damage falloff, and the Jaegers exist to get them to effective range.
* In ''Film/{{Battleship}}'', although the 16 inch guns of the ''Missouri'' can easily engage at over 20 miles away, the battleship is practically spitting distance from the alien craft when they actually attack. Having only a small handful of shells, however, plus an undersized crew they could hardly afford to waste shots getting the range for a longer ranged engagement.
* In ''Film/KillBill'', The Bride and Karen Kim have this exchange with their guns pointed at each other.
-->'''The Bride''': You any good with that shotgun?
-->'''Karen Kim''': Not that I have to be at this range, but I'm a fucking surgeon with this shotgun.
-->'''The Bride''': Well, guess what, bitch? I'm better than Annie Oakley and I've got you right in my sights, so let's talk.
* Much like the ''Series/BurnNotice'' example below, ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' demonstrates how flawed this can be. When menaced by a man sticking a gun into his back, Perry points out that professionals keep at least five feet away, to avoid them having their gun taken away... then proceeds to do exactly that to his would-be kidnapper.

* In ''Literature/{{Inkheart}}'', many of Capricorn's mooks carry [[WeaponForIntimidation shotguns or pistols]], but in all the times someone has one pointed at them, it's never from more than about a foot away since hardly anyone knows how to handle them properly. Most memorably is [[{{Bookworm}} Elinor]] shakily jabbing [[TheDragon Basta]] in the ribs with his own shotgun, "I may have never held a gun before, but I'm sure I can manage to pull the trigger."
* ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'' advises keeping a pistol as a back-up weapon, to be used only in short-range encounters; it takes a professional pistol marksman to headshot a zombie at most ranges, but even a novice can put a pistol to a zombie's head at point-blank and pull the trigger. It also mentions getting closer to them can break the nerve of ''anyone'', causing you to miss the critical headshot, get bitten, and be doomed to undeath. Of course, then [[MercyKill you still have another option with them.]]
* When ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' Jerin [[ChekhovsGun finally]] uses that derringer he's been mentioned to have at intervals throughout the book, it's at such a range. Then [[BleedEmAndWeep he freezes in horror]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BurnNotice''
** One episode advises against this, noting that pressing a gun against your target's head negates the single greatest advantage that a gun gives you: distance from retaliation. Michael demonstrates by slapping his enemy's gun off target and then disarming him.
** In another episode, he deliberately does this to a hostage in order to allow the hostage to disarm him and appear to be the hostage-taker when the SWAT team bursts in. He notes in his voice-over that spies are trained in specific measures to take to avoid having their guns stolen by their enemy, unless they're deliberately letting them take them without being too obvious.
* Season One of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
--> '''Thompson''': What am I thinking now, Parkman?
-->'''HRG''': (''[[ClickHello cocks pistol]]'') Your last thought. (''Pulls trigger'')
* A thug from ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' attempted to use this on the Flash, but was stopped by Clark before he could.
* In an episode of ''Series/HumanTarget'', Winston shoots an enemy at close range to save Chance.
* The FinalBattle of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' is decided by the heroes quite literally shoving their {{BFG}} into the {{Big Bad}}'s gut and pulling the trigger. This was because Akudos Gills had already [[RasputinianDeath taken enough damage to kill most villains several dozen times over]] and wouldn't stay down.
* The final battle of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' ends with Leo using his SuperMode armor's claw to grab Trakeena and hold her in place for a point-blank blast. The other Rangers aren't sure he survived until he climbs out of the rubble with a BrokenFaceplate.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu shooting from point blank range doubles your skill for that roll (with d100), making it somehow impossible to fail in system designed for it.
* In ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'', firing point-blank is a +30 to your to-hit chance (in a system where most characters try to roll less than 35-40 on a dice ranging from 1-100). It is also the [[ShortRangeShotgun default way of using shotguns]], who only get their signature 'scatter' damage point-blank.
* D20-style games allow a ranged weapon to deliver a 'coup de grace' attack (instant critical, can kill instantly) when up close and personal. The 'Point Blank Shot' feat (or similar) usually gives a bonus to attacks within 10m or so.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the ratfolk have a unique version of the gunslinger class developed for fighting in close warrens. They get bonus damage at contact range and the flash is used to throw off the opponents attacks a bit. Now, when you fire a ranged weapon at contact range, the target normally gets a free swing at you, and this doesn't negate that on its own, so it's a bit of asking for trouble.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One of the new moves of ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' involves Samus blowing the hell out of some enemies by standing on them and blasting them thusly.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series, units with guns will eventually be able to learn the "Proximal Shot" ability, which allows them to fire at point blank range (i.e. in the next square, like most melee weapons) and blast themselves back to a safe distance with the recoil.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[ProfessionalKiller Thane Krios]] prefers to kill his targets up close (though he is [[ColdSniper pretty handy with a rifle too]]). Taken to extremes when he drops from the ceiling, kills some {{Mooks}} in hand to hand, then shoots a CorruptCorporateExecutive in the stomach from point-blank range. He puts off firing just long enough that she can realize what is about to happen.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Kai Leng proves so adept at dodging bullets that Thane is forced to try to use this technique. [[spoiler: It doesn't end well for him, but he was already actively dying at the time and thinks Leng should be ashamed it worked as well as it did]].
** A discussed aversion in ''3'' when Garrus and Tali at one point discuss what the most difficult mission they've been on was. Garrus says it was the dead [[spoiler:Reaper]] ship, and when Tali protests that ship was full of Husks which run right up to you to attack he points out the differences in their WeaponOfChoice: while she uses a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]] he uses a sniper rifle, not well suited for close-quarters combat.
* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', approaching an enemy from the front with a gun out often shows Marson shoving his pistol straight into the chest or head of the enemy and killing them in one hit.
* Guilder from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' will occasionally use his guns on an enemy right next to him. He also fires it GangstaStyle.
* Getting shot at point-blank range in ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune: Payback'' results in the player taking quadruple damage. This can be rather frustrating, as the enemy will sometimes banzai charge you just to melee you before remembering what their guns are for.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', a mech that normally specializes in long-range BeamSpam and WaveMotionGun attacks will have a short-range Super Attack that involves latching on to the enemy and unloading from point-blank range. It's usually called something like "Point Blank (name of weapon)".
* Melee-switched {{Commissar}}s in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' do this as their [[FinishingMove sync-kill]]. The enemy folds in a PoseOfSupplication, at which point the commissar gives him a bullet between the eyes at point-blank range.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'': Occasionlly comes up in discussions of Rangers (especially in PvP). Arrows, being projectiles, can often be dodged, so rangers will sometimes try to get close to a target to prevent this occuring.
* Painfully, ''painfully'' subverted in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII''. Even if you are literally ''breathing'' on each other, there's still a chance that your target'll hit the deck and avoid all, or at least most, of the damage you just threw at their face. Particularly painful during certain missions that turn a normal WakeupCallBoss into ThatOneBoss.
* "Nearsighted" Jeego from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' is a hitman who can always hits his target... as long as they are at point blank range.
* One of the many finisher moves in ''VideoGame/TheGodfather'' video game. ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'' lets you do it, too, if you get close enough with most firearms.
* Forced aversion and double aversion in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. Marle (crossbow) and Lucca (gun) will use melee attacks (buttstroke, hammer) if too close, unless it's a critical hit; in those cases, they do the normal two-round shot.
* Using "The Shot" as a finishing move in ''VideoGame/RedSteel2'' turns it into this, with point blank shots from either the {{revolver|sAreJustBetter}}, {{shotgun|sAreJustBetter}}, [[AKA47 Johnnygun]], or the rifle, depending on which is equipped.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** [[ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon Most weapons do more considerably more damage the closer you are to the target.]] Scout's in particular focuses on HitAndRunTactics where he uses his maneuverability for point-blank ambushes, because all but one of his primary weapons are shotguns that [[ShortRangeShotgun get even more damage than usual from getting close]] and spray pellets which you want to all hit the target.
** The taunt kill for the [[FlareGun Scorch Shot]] has the Pyro adopting the same firing stance as [[TheMatrix Trinity's]] "Dodge this" scene (see above), then shooting a flare. At point blank the flare deals [[OneHitKill 500 damage]] (at longer ranges the flare deals the normal 15 damage, as if you were firing normally instead of using the taunt attack).
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3'' Max caps off his PistolWhipping against enemies by pulling his gun on them. You can pull the trigger immediately or savour the look on the victim's face before firing. Only on standing enemies, though; if they're already on the ground, he just [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown kicks them]].
* From ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' on, your FinishingMove animations include these.
* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' one of the lategame upgrades for the melee skill branch lets you complete a melee combo by pulling a gun and shooting the target up close.
* In ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'', one of Dante's signature moves is the "Stinger," a charging stab with his broadsword. ''Devil May Cry 3'' introduced the "Gunstinger," the same move performed with a [[ChargedAttack charged]] shotgun blast.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' has Braig, [[TheGunslinger Xigbar]]'s Somebody, firing his crossbows repeatedly at Xehanort's head. All [[AutomaticCrossbows twenty shots]] are deflected at a range about half the length of his crossbow barrel; so he ''positions the bolt between Xehanort's eyes''. In a subversion, he doesn't get the chance to fire before Xehanort levels his [[AnAxeToGrind Keyblade]] at Braig's neck.
* In ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'', players tend to get real close to their target and unleash the [[AlphaStrike full barrage]] of their battlemech.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'', heavily armored but inaccurate tanks can make up for the inaccuracy by getting right up in the opponent's face and making it almost impossible to miss weakpoints, which is often termed as "facehugging" once you start making contact. Also a favorite tactic of the ELC AMX (and occasionally the E 25), which is small enough that getting point blank often means the opponent ''cannot aim low enough to return fire''. That and the gun's about as accurate as the aforementioned heavy tanks to begin with.
** It is possible for the artillery tanks to fire directly in this game but they're at a big disadvantage in terms of mobility, aim time and reload time and are often positioned somewhere alone, thus entirely unsupported. They do have massive damage and large aoe on their shots, often killing themselves when shooting at a tank at cuddle distance.
* ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' franchise has the Flak Cannon, which can dispatch unarmoured target into gibs with one point blank hit.
* In ''Videogame/EYEDivineCybermancy'', point-blank range attacks are only possible with single-handed pistols, as long-barreled weapons are, well, too ''long'' to use at point blank, and will result in the user lowering the gun and then blasting the target with a concussive HandBlast from their free hand.
* In ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' the Highwayman class and the Brigand Chieftain monster both have the Point Blank Shot skill, which can only be used when in the first rank on the enemy in their first rank. It deals extremely high damage and can knock the target back a rank, but when used by the Highwayman knocks him back too (which prevents you from spamming the ability, though it also puts him in a position to use skills with more flexible targeting). Many other people who focus on ranged attacks are severely disadvantaged by being brought to the front rank though.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', one of the powerful attacks available to the player characters is [[BoisterousBruiser Reyn's]] Sword Drive, a single point-blank shot fired from [[MixAndMatchWeapon his gunlance]].

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* On ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Church manages to subvert this trope hilariously in one episode of ''Reconstruction''. Church normally uses the SniperRifle with [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy comical inefficiency]], but surely he couldn't miss using a pistol from a foot away, right? WRONG! Not only does he fail to kill the target, he manages to empty an entire clip of ammo without even grazing his target (who is ''standing still'') once.
* Nerf War rules according to ''WebComic/PennyArcade'': When the opponent is cornered and out of ammo, it is acceptable to finish them off [[MundaneMadeAwesome 'execution-style']].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* {{Invoked}} and {{subverted}} in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' during Optimus Prime and Megatron's duel in "[[Recap/TransformersPrimeS1E23OneShallFall One Shall Fall]]", as both combatants repeatedly attempt to shoot each other at point-blank range with their {{BFG}}s in the midst of close combat, but they either outright dodge the shots or knock the other's aim off. The only time they succeed in shooting each other is when they ''[[CrossCounter aim their guns right down the barrel of the other gun and shoot at the same time]]''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision. A gun's effective range begins at the muzzle, or "contact range." Guns become more lethal at close range thanks to increased accuracy, penetration, and bullet velocity. Additionally, the ability to get past a weapon's muzzle or control it is grossly overstated. Combine this with the crippling effect of fear and adrenaline on precision shooting, and modern firearms kill mostly at close range. Despite the accuracy of modern firearms giving them effective ranges in the hundreds of meters, most kills in modern combat occur within about 25 meters.
** Especially true in encounters between police and criminals. The average range of a firefight between the two is about 3 yards.
* TruthInTelevision example: During the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Normandy landings]], the Navy ships found they were unable to give effective fire support because smoke from the heavy gunfire on the beaches was obscuring their view of the battlefield. A commander of a Destroyer decided to break through the smoke by sailing his ship dangerously close to the shore, delivering broadsides from his five inch guns at what most naval commanders of the day would consider distance more appropriate for a knife fight. In terms of naval combat, a destroyer's five inch gun wasn't all that big, but compared to many of the guns the German defenders had to fight back with, it was more than enough.
* in the Burma campaign in 1945, attacking British forces were presented with a problem. Defending Japanese forces and their allies had entrenched themselves in a walled city with mediaeval fortifications more suited to an earlier age in warfare. Normal field weapons, including heavy tanks, were absolutely ineffective in breaching the defences. The British general decided he had to fight a battle more suited to Napoleonic siege, and brought forward some of the heaviest artillery weapons at his disposal - guns designed to fire from several ''miles'' away. These were advanced as near as he could get to the Japanese-held walls, and each gun was flanked closely by two tanks for close-in protection. The super-heavy artillery pieces then broke down the wall from two or three hundred yards away, firing over open sights, opening a breach for tanks and infantry to storm in a manner more suited to 1812.