->''"By some unimaginable level of control, the blinding shaft of energy split in two."''
-->-- '''Jack [=McKinney=]''', ''novelization of Anime/{{Robotech}}'s Macross Saga''

Missiles or beam weapons that fire along trajectories that are at an unlikely angle off of their target, streak along for a fair distance, and then make sudden synchronized turns in order to actually bring themselves to bear and hit it. The individual missiles of a MacrossMissileMassacre almost always Robotech on their way to a target. Often, it seems the best (or only) way to avoid this or a MacrossMissileMassacre is to perform a HighSpeedMissileDodge.

Named for the "[[CutAndPasteTranslation adaptation]]" of several {{anime}} known as ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'', in which the behavior was first seen in the West. [[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] [[{{Macekre}} the method in which said series was created]].

{{Subtrope}} of HomingProjectile. When lasers do this, it's HomingLasers. See also MagicMissileStorm, which is likely to involve this trope.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Being the source show for ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''[='=]s Macross Saga, ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' is perhaps the "true" codifier of this trope.
* Used in ''Anime/ProjectAKo'' -- though, oddly, a freeze-frame reveals the missiles to be cans of Coca-Cola. This is a parody of several missiles fired in ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'', where some of the missiles were drawn as cans of beer.
* In ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'', [[CombiningMecha Wing Optimus's]] "Meteor Attack Mode" fires a BeamSpam along with a small ChestBlaster, which then absorbs the individual streams of energy to form an insanely powerful WaveMotionGun.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ,'' Piccolo becomes irritated at Android 17's ability to dodge his attacks, and develops the Hellzone Grenade, which fires a swarm of small energy blasts at seemingly random angles. They hover in a rough sphere around the target, at which point Piccolo exclaims "Try dodging ''this,''" and it goes boom.
** Predictably enough, in the various ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokaiTenkaichi'' games the attack is perfectly dodgeable as long as you time it right.
*** Not in the ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai'' games (entirely different set of games, believe it or not). In those, you can only dodge the initial combo that triggers the cutscene-based attack. The only way Piccolo can screw it up then is if he fails the quicktime event, and even then, it only results in fewer grenades, not a dodge.
** Another example with Piccolo occurred much earlier when he was still an antagonist in the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budokai, when he fires a powerful [[KiAttacks ki attack]] at Goku, leaving him to run and fly around the arena. Goku, however runs towards him, and {{Flash Step}}s out of the way, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard severely injuring Piccolo]]. Though, this is the first time Goku learned that [[GoodThingYouCanHeal it wasn't much of an inconvenience for Piccolo]]...
** Goku was once able to control where his [[KamehameHadoken Kamehameha]] was going against Raditz.
*** He did it much earlier against Piccolo (the original one) in the first part of the series.
** Yamcha's So Ki Dan (Spirit Ball in the English dub) which he could continuously redirect at its target.
* In ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon,'' the missiles Ideon fires act like this. When they are powered by the god-like Ide, they then fire off as beams of light, with 90-degree angles.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' :
** In her ''Pactio'' powered-up form, Chachamaru from the anime is seen using a roboteching BeamSpam attack that emerges from her back.
** Most of Negi's magic missiles act this way too.
* Done in ''{{Vandread}}'' with any kind of missile spam. The ''Nirvana'' does this with energy shots that can ''dodge friendly vehicles'' when properly targeted on the way to the enemy. An extreme example of gravitational lensing perhaps, although given the abilities of the shows Applied Phlebotinum, the Pixis, it could easily not have even a dubious scientific explanation. Then again, the standard guns of the Dread fighters display a more limited, but similar, principle.
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'', the Psyco Gundam Mark II is supposed to do something similar with its beam weapons. It releases "mirrors" which are used to redirect the beam weapons around obstacles and from angles which regular pilots wouldn't expect.
** Perhaps the first straight forward example of this for beam weapons goes to the Forbidden Gundam from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'' which featured the deadly ability to curve it's beam cannon shots using its Mirage Colloid technology to bend the particles around the attack. On the flip side, it did the same thing to incoming beam attacks, bending them away from it so they couldn't hit.
** The same system appears again in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', as part of the Shamblo. Here, as well as using it to confuse the opponent, it was also used to reflect incoming beam attacks back at the attacker.
** This was touched on again in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', where [[spoiler:[[TheWoobie Louise Halevy]]'s]] [[LightningBruiser Regnant]] is shown to be extremely dangerous due to the fact that that the shots from its main beam cannon were able to change their paths multiple times.
*** From the same series, the Fangs: basically funnels with beam sabers built into them, designed to slice their target to pieces in close combat. It takes [[SuperSoldier Soma Peries]] and a BiggerStick mobile suit's inhuman reaction speed to even ''hit'' them.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' continues it with SID's beam weapons, which robotech all over the place. {{Justified|Trope}} in that SID is using LostTechnology that is far more advanced than what anyone else has.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'''s Nirvash type theEND has a barrage of homing lasers. They ''all'' robotech. Sometimes they gather together and ''re''-robotech. Pick ''any'' fight between theEND and ''anyone'' else. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GM4Gkr1qvg&t=44s See for yourself.]]
** They show up again in ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO'', where Elena at least has the decency to complain that [[LampshadeHanging lasers should not do that]].
* The Divine Shooter/[[MidSeasonUpgrade Axel Shooter]] spell of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''--magic missiles whose individual flight paths Nanoha can control to streak towards different targets. Teana's Cross Fire Shoot can also do this, but she doesn't have the same level of finesse that Nanoha demonstrates.
* The beam fired by the [[ArmCannon Psychogun]] in ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'' can swerve around obstacles to strike unerringly its target. Justified by it being a completely mind-controlled weapon, projecting his Qi life force as deadly beams.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn,'' Gokudera's Rocket Bomb attack does this with hand-thrown dynamite by having secondary and tertiary charges explode to allow him to control the trajectory. At least some mention is made of how difficult a technique this is.
* [=TenRyuJin=]'s 'Hikari to Yami no Mai' in ''Anime/GaoGaiGar FINAL'' does this -- she fires off chaff missiles, then bounces maser shots off the chaff (based on an attack the first Bigbad of the series used). And yes, she does comment on how hard the calculations are. When EI-01 used it originally, he was using every computer in Tokyo as a distributed computing network to handle them.
* Many of the ships in ''Anime/GallForce'' do this too, as lasers will be shot out at right angles to their ship, and once clearing the hull profile, make a 90-degree turn forward to bombard their target.
* In ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' the neuroi attack using ''beams'' that robotech, even when the targets are very close.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', the Elite Four all have special powers from out of freaking nowhere, and Lance's is that his {{mon}}s' Hyper Beams can robotech.
** Even when they're not controlled by the computer, [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard the Elite Four are cheating bastards]]!
** And then in Best Wishes, we have the recent two part special wherein Landorus' Therian Forme uses Stone Edge, and the rocks fly all over the place seeking out Iris' Dragonite. Especially bizarre given ''no other Stone Edge has been shown to have this...effect.''
* [[PlayingWithFire Hikaru's]] [[KillItWithFire Flame Arrows]] in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. Much more egregious in the {{OAV}} continuity where, even though they're shot straight at an enemy, the fire bursts robotech ''around and past'' the target and then strike it in the back.
* In ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'', Gamilus uses mirror satellites to direct their reflex cannon at the Yamato even when it is on the other side of a planet from their base. FridgeLogic asks, if they have something that FrickinLaserBeams just bounce right off of, why not use it for shields? [[spoiler: Eventually the good guys do exactly this to defend against the Desler Cannon. It's a pretty awesome DeusExMachina, but it doesn't explain why the Gamilusians didn't think of it first.]]
** Of course, any surface that can reflect combat lasers is scientifically wrong. Only partially focused beams would be reflected easily (which is how mirror sattelites would work); fully focused beams used to cause actual damage would roast any mirror in microseconds.
** In Yamato 2199, the Reflex Satellites are a force field based satellites - same effect, but no mirror.
* The recent ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion remake]] features a bunch of missiles fired at Ramiel that behave this way--fired straight up into the sky and suddenly execute a 90-degree turn to aim at the target.
** [[spoiler:And the third film follows right up with an Angel-like entity that behaves not unlike a [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam funnel]], repeatedly pulling off downright insane high-speed turns as it charges at Unit-02.]]
* Similarly, some robot-controlled planes in ''Anime/RahXephon'' are launched straight upwards and suddenly turn downwards to attack their target from above.
* Beams fired by Nobles' ships in ''Anime/WolfsRain'' will maneuver quite extensively to track their target, if they don't hit it straight. At one point, a single beam splits in two to hit different targets.
* The missile attacks in the third episode of ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' are intentionally choreographed to the point of outright parody as part of the show's affectionate tweaking of classic super robot anime tropes.
* In ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', Shigure managed to pull this off with [[RuleOfCool shuriken]]!
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'', the "cowboy" [[CasanovaWannabe Hol Horse]] has the Emperor , a [[BlingBlingBang stylish]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] that let's Hol robotech his bullets mid-flight. It helps that Emperor is a [[FightingSpirit Stand]], rather than an actual revolver.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A deliberate ability of {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}'s Omega blast, from ''Franchise/TheDCU''. He targets exactly where he wants it to go, and it will avoid obstacles in the way.
* Also seen in the Ultimate Nullifer in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
* In the earlier issues of Creator/ImageComics' ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'', Flashpoint (one of the members of Stormwatch Prime) also had the ability to control the direction and intensity of his eye blasts. It was ''very'' cool. Too bad the character was a prime {{Jerkass}} and TheMole (actually, all three members of Stormwatch Prime were moles, but he was the only one who enjoyed it and stayed evil. He [[KarmicDeath got his in the end]], too.)

* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' has a ''{{BFG}}'' that, among other functions, does this with bullets.
** Notably though, one has to make the first shot connect. After that, aiming becomes irrelevant.
* In the film adaptation of the comic book ''Film/{{Wanted}}'', this is [[ImprobableAimingSkills the power]] of all the main characters. They do it with ''bullets.'' Fired from ''regular guns.''
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'' does this in the climactic battle involving with MNU against the PoweredArmor--the missiles it fires Robotech around the buildings hitting near the mercenaries.
* The film ''Film/{{Runaway}}'' includes a handgun that fires target-seeking minimissiles.
* There looks to be some of this in the upcoming ''Film/BattleLosAngeles''

* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels portray the anti-ship missiles as having to make various last-second maneuvering to counter their targets' attempt at a HighSpeedMissileDodge (usually involving a ship either pitching or rolling to interpose their impenetrable wedge), though the descriptions of this gradually disappear from the narrative over the course of the series. Later books introduce multi-stage missiles and off-bore firing capacity, allowing both broadsides to be delivered to a target without fancy maneuvers to bring them directly to bear. Later Apollo Technology is designed with very long range control allowing the missiles to go ballistic before engaging the third drive allowing Roboteching over several light minutes. However, there is no "vertical" launch system for missiles because there is not enough clearance to activate the missile drive before it crashes into the ship's own wedge.
* The ''Literature/{{Sten}}'' novels feature a ''sniper rifle'' capable of curving the trajectory of its bullet. It's used to shoot people who are hiding behind corners.
* In Creator/VernorVinge's ''Literature/ThePeaceWar'', the [[LaResistance Tinkers]] have come up with smart bullets that can be fired from a ''machine pistol''. Lock in your targets, blind-fire one burst in their general direction - ''and twenty Technology Gestapo hit the ground minus their heads!''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': The episode ''Polymorph'' features bazookoid weapons that fire ''heat-seeking laser bolts'', which are eventually trapped going round and round in a circle on a deserted deck [[spoiler:and eventually pop up as a ChekhovsGun to kill the enemy]]. Unusually, the novelization still calls them laser bolts and does not substitute something more scientifically accurate, which it does for several other technologies from the series.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' had a missile fired in '''very''' approximately the direction of the enemy ground troops. They laughed when they saw the missile's flight path wouldn't bring it near enough to hurt them. Then the gunner activated the terminal-guidance laser....
* ''UltramanMax'': DASH's missiles curve and follow their targets, or randomly fly before hitting them. And it's awesome.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'''s Luna Trigger form fires Roboteching [[EnergyWeapons energy bullets]]; its [[FinishingMove Maximum Drive]], Trigger Full Burst, fires a barrage of them.
* In the StargateVerse, Ancient Drone weapons are mentally controlled by the one who fires them, and are ''extremely'' maneuverable, resulting in some seriously impressive {{Roboteching}} at times. They've been known to loop around friendlies, blast through enemies, then turn around to hit them ''again''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Tau Smart Missile Systems in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are said to work like this. Units with a Markerlight can designate a target, allowing a nearby Skyray to shoot it even without line of sight.
** Several other factions have their own analogues, like the Imperial Hunter-Seeker missiles or Ork Grot [[FunetikAksent Bomms]]. That latter is particularly notable since it is actually piloted by a [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Grot]], each one is a volunteer that the Ork meks conveniently forget to tell, or just won't bother informing, that it's a one way trip.
* Rare fantasy example: The Egyptian-themed undead Tomb Kings in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' field archers equipped with magic arrows that, in the fluff, do exactly this- at some points they even soar past the target entirely, only to change direction in mid-air and hit enemies in the back. In the actual game, this is represented by their having no positive or negative modifiers to hit, ever.
* One of the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' rulebooks has statistics for an energy beam that follows the target until it hits. The rules were complex enough to defy even ''Champions'' attack powers, so the designers wrote it up as a summoned creature instead.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a (fairly high-level) effect that modifies a normal ranged spell to ''keep trying if it misses the target''. Under the right set of circumstances, you can have ''Disintegrate rays'' doing loops around a target until the duration expires or the target is hit.
** This is also often an explanation given by GM's and some source materials as to why the spell Magic Missile (and, in certain versions, some higher level versions) ALWAYS hits its target.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' supports three different feats for this. Indirect lets you explicitly avoid obstacles between you and the target. Ricochet allows one bounce per level. Homing makes the attack continue trying to hit after you fire it off.
* While standard ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' missiles are generally not depicted as doing this, ''capital'' missiles (used by large spacecraft) of the tele-operated kind maneuver more like fighters and can execute course corrections for as long as their fuel lasts. ''Strategic Operations'' adds more options such as bearing-only launches (where a capital missile flies to a predetermined waypoint and only then goes live and locks onto the nearest eligible target).
* ''TabletopGame/StarFleetBattles'' either averts this or plays it straight, depending both on how many drones (missiles) are used, and how clever you are at utilizing the rules. (The rules require that drones always move towards their target at every opportunity, which limits Roboteching. However, if there are a lot of drones, there's a number of tactics involving small, transporter-layed mines that can really spoil your day that Roboteching can seriously blunt.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'', the chaser weapon homes in on enemies. Combined with lightning, you have a laser that makes constant 90 degree turns.
* In ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'', the main gimmick of the boomerang bird is to do this.
* ''VideoGame/ProjectSylpheed'', in this game there was a dumb fire rocket with no visible exhaust that after a couple of seconds would explode into 4 smaller homing missiles with huge streaking contrails. You could truly robotech by firing dozens of the dumb fire rockets at a time with missiles targeted to home on multiple different enemy fighters.
* The Annihilator Beam in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'' is capable of this.
** Also occurs with missiles and the wave beam in the first.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragons: The VideoGame/TempleOfElementalEvil'' had the Magic Missile spell animated like this. Considered [[RuleOfCool a very cool effect]] for the spell by even table-top D&D players. The effect is similar to the spell's depiction in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', and ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights''.
** And ''[[DungeonsAndDragonsShadowOverMystara Shadow Over Mystara]]''.
* Similar to the Magic Missiles, one of the Ghost elemental mage spells, Soul Strike, in the MMORPG ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' summons a varying number of white glowing orbs which then streak towards the target.
* The swarm-firing missiles in [[SimulationGame space sim]] ''[[VideoGame/{{Freespace}} Descent: Freespace]]'' and its sequels. More advanced versions even ''corkscrew'' all the way to their targets. Later games in the ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' series also included this trope.
** The GameMod ''VideoGame/WingsOfDawn'', which was already in love with roboteching {{Macross Missile Massacre}}s, also had homing lasers attached to one capital ship class.
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' and its sequel had Jehuty, the player's HumongousMecha, equipped with a laser weapon whose beams Roboteched out of thin air to home in on locked targets, in a bright-blue rendition of a MacrossMissileMassacre.
* A weapon type in the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' games known as a "laser phalanx" is a {{Roboteching}} [[FrickinLaserBeams beam shot]]. [[CoolBigSis Forte Stollen's]] LimitBreak is a whole MacrossMissileMassacre of them.
* Several warships in the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' series fire beams at angles away from the ship, which then make a sharp angled turn straight ahead.
** This also occurs in the anime ''Anime/GallForce'', although the "lasers" may actually be cheaply-animated missiles.
*** No, their missiles Roboteched the traditional way. Those were definitely beams. You could even see them tearing through the ships they hit.
* Taito's Ray Series (''RayForce'', ''RayStorm'', and ''RayCrisis'') and several other shmups by them have Roboteching lasers sometimes fired by enemies.
** ''VideoGame/CrimzonClover'' took heavy inspiration from this, but with ''more lasers'' - an adept player can fire about 30 homing lasers in one second.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Red Alert 2'' had the Russian Dreadnoughts do this when they were facing away from their target. It would make more sense if they tracked...
** MLRS units can also do this in some games of the series, as well as in other games. ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'', for example.
** This is a default behavior for games using the ''Red Alert 2 / Tiberian Sun'' engine. If an ordinary missile (ie. one that does not have a model like V3s) has its target destroyed before impact, it will Robotech vertically upwards and explode harmlessly.
* ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'' has a modification to the nailgun that allows doing this with nails, and a laser dot guidance system a la ''Half-Life'' for the rocket launcher. One of the recurring enemies, that looks like a SpiderMech, does a two-rocket version of this to you. What said barrage does in quality-per-missile makes up for its quantity.
* In the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Divine Wars'' (yes, [[WordSaladTitle that's the title]]) [[BlowYouAway Cybuster's]] Cosmo Nova special attack is depicted as a Roboteched BeamSpam.
* You can Robotech the shots of the [=RPG=] in both ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' and ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' by waving the laser targeting. It's actually necessary in the second generation, as gunships will try to shoot your missiles down, and they ''will'' succeed if you aim them in a straight line.
* Shows up in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' with the "Hysteric" cluster micro missiles of Kalina Ann and the missile platform mode of Pandora's Box.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}'' features a cluster of lasers fired from the ''back'' of the ship, which arc around towards its targets.
* The Homing Laser in ''VideoGame/LostPlanet'' does this, but with four lasers at once.
* In ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' (through the [[ExpansionPack ECE Bonus Pack]]) and ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII'', the Cicada's rockets robotech somewhat madly, but, if given enough time, usually end up at the spot crosshair.
** Likewise in both games, the [=AVRiL=] anti-vehicle missiles only home in to a vehicle while you're aiming at it, allowing you to turn them at the last minute, making them harder to dodge or shoot down. Further, the target only receives a "Missile Lock" warning when you are tracking them, making it a viable strategy to dumb-fire a rocket to near the target and only lock on when it is close by.
* A late weapon in the ''[[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense X-COM]]'' games was a guided rocket launcher which sets waypoints for the rocket to pass through before striking its target. The missiles didn't corner especially well, meaning that you couldn't just spam it indoors. More specifically, the first game had the Blaster Launcher while the [[VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep second]] had the similar "Disruptor Pulse Torpedo".
** Waypoints are actually be the most effective way to use it. Many players will give it a waypoint twenty feet above the target's head, then another waypoint right on the target, causing the missile to arc over them and then slam down, so that even if it misses by a few squares, it still hits the ground and explodes.
** ''X-Com Interceptor'' had a missile with vector thrusters. It was designed to be capable of extremely sharp 180° turns thus outmaneuvering it is impossible.
** For that matter, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' had a missile that, once fired, the player would control in first person view. One puzzle required the player to guide said missile through a maze of ventilation ducts.
*** It actually showed up in the [[OlderThanTheyThink original]] ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', as well as the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''.
*** The same in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros Brawl]]''.
*** The concept of player-guided missile is [[Main/OlderThanTheyThink older than that]], though. It was used at least in the 1986 Commodore Amiga classic ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starglider Starglider]]''.
*** And earlier, in the 1984 classic ''Archon II: Adept'', for the titular game piece.
* Shows up to an extent in the early ''VideoGame/HarryPotter'' games, where spells will curve toward the nearest available target.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld 2}}'''s Vaygrs love to use missiles. Their missiles often overshoot their targets. What does the missile do? Robotech their way to the original target. Original target died before the missiles reach? Robotech ''again'' to the nearest enemy craft.
** Eh, not really. The missiles of the Hiigaran Torpedo Frigate are the only ones which find a new target if the original is gone. Vaygr fusion missiles are not that advanced. On the other hand, missiles in the first two games also did this, though the Missile Destroyer's SecondaryFire greatly decreased their Roboteching capabilities in favor of a [[MacrossMissileMassacre higher output rate]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'', the arrows generated by the "multi-shot" spell do this on their way to the target.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'''s Dragon has a lock-on attack that fires several fireballs that robotech. The Chaos Evolution of the Dragon has fireballs that robotech in straighter lines with more angular turns.
* ''VideoGame/{{Worms}} 2'' and ''Armageddon'' have a homing missile which does this -- the best method is to fire it straight up in the air at maximum power, then watch it lock on and abruptly change direction half a second later.
** ''Armageddon'' also has the Magic Bullet that is Roboteching set to ''eleven''. It's basically impossible to get it to hit a wall, no matter how much it has to weave and bob around the place. Best seen when aimed at a mid-air spot, where it'll start literally flipping out, doing 180 degree turns in a space of a few inches.
* The Drunken Missile launcher in ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad'' fires a salvo of missiles which fly in random directions until they sense a target, at which point they converge on the target from all angles making it difficult to avoid all of them.
* Missiles in ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' are one of the few weapons that don't need a direct line of sight to the target and robotech to their target after clearing the firing ship. Beware that they don't crash into other ships before they can start turning if your formation's too tight, though. Planetary defense missiles take it further: they not only robotech after launching from the poles of the planet, but if their target is destroyed, they glide for a bit, criss-crossing where the last target was if they were close enough, and robotech to the next target. Against a fleet of weak destroyers, a planetary defense missile may do this several times before hitting something.
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' the Javelin missile launcher does this, quickly popping up after being fired and then slamming down on the targeted tank from almost directly above; see Truth in Television examples.
* ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Higurashi Daybreak]]'' has this, in the form of Rika's charged ranged attack. She fires a bunch of purple missiles that robotech to the person you're currently locked on to.
* Every single ranged attack in the MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame ''VideoGame/CityofHeroes'', without fail, will do this if the mob moves. Then again, this is less deliberate than the result of locked-on targeting -- even if the damage of the attack misses the animation usually won't.
** Especially obvious if the target teleports while the attack is in flight; partnering a [[MightyGlacier sniping power]] with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Teleport Foe]] often resulted in the over powered attack making u-turn.
** The Bullet Rain power in the Dual Pistols set does this whether or not the target moves; your character fires a spray of bullets in a cone, which then all arch back toward your target, hitting them and the targets around them.
* Used by the Galbadian cruise missiles in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', which perform an exaggerated popup attack. Which gives their target time to get away! [[spoiler:Justified, since Selphie and two other party members you send with her went to the launch base specifically with the intent to sabotage the missile launch, including setting them to be as inaccurate as possible and doing what they can to delay the missile's launch. While Squall and the others went back to warn Balamb Garden about the impending attack.]]
* The Wind Laser in ''VideoGame/{{Axelay}}'' shoots four beams from the aft of the ship, then they curve forward to hit what's in front.
* Hit detection for non-ballistic long-range attacks in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is done upon firing. If the target moves, the projectile will track the target until it hits, even ignoring obstacles. In earlier patches, this also applied to beam-type spells like the warlock's Drain Life or the mage's Arcane Missiles. As long as the magic-user could start casting the spell, it would continue to hit the target, no matter how far the target moved.
** Fun fact: a player on an upgraded flying mount (which allows one to travel at about 4x normal speed and... well, fly) is ''faster'' than most spell "missiles". It's possible to actually string missiles along behind you if you fly far enough. You'll take damage from the spell pretty soon even if it doesn't catch you, but the visual effect will keep following.
* ''Videogame/MechWarrior 2'' and 3 do this with Long Range Missile pods and guided (Streak) Short Range Missiles. 2's expansion pack especially - the player can tag the target with a NARC Missile Beacon, turn 180 degrees away, switch to LRMs, and the missiles will immediately do a "Fifth Element" impression. In ''[=MechWarrior=] Living Legends'', one can easily make missiles Robotech by turning on a TAG TargetSpotter laser once the missiles are already airborne - which will cause the missiles to abruptly swerve to hit the TAG beam. Or you can simply toss a [[http://i.imgur.com/o8Co3.gif NARC missile beacon on yourself and fire your missiles]] for maximum MacrossMissileMassacre.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat'':
** This is the key ability of the Quick Maneuver Air-to-Air Missiles, given how wimpy the standard missiles are at tracking and staying with targets. Some anti-ground missiles also make sharp turns to hit their targets from above. You also sometimes have cruise missiles leading you on a rather spinny chase.
** A better example would be the CFA-44's All Direction Multi-Purpose Missiles from ''VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberationV'', which launch at unlikely angles at the target.
* The early UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh game ''Airborne!'' (lone anti-aircraft gunner in the corner vs. the world) gave you the option of guided or unguided shells. With the former, the mouse controlled all friendly bullets on the screen as a unit, turning them into an undulating wave.
* This trope is practically [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka's]] entire moveset in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''.
** Also, if [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Jecht's]] LimitBreak is successfully pulled off, rather than simply kicking a meteor into an opponent it splits into several fireballs which all robotech into the opponent for massive damage.
* ''VideoGame/RType'':
** Your "lasers" sure do make some fancy designs when they're fired. For example, red lasers fires twin, interlocking sine waves of red and blue energy, blue lasers [[ReflectingLaser bounce around the environment]], and yellow lasers WallCrawl the floor and cieling. Later installment include powerups that include green lasers which change direction 45 degrees to hit enemy ships, and grey lasers that act like shotgun shells.
** By ''R-Type Final'', every one of 101 ships have some physics-defying effect that comes from a so-called "laser", although this may have something to do with filtering the light through a colored crystal and a baby EldritchAbomination. One of the ships in ''R-Type Final'' has a slow-moving charge shot that can be steered with the right analog stick. [[AwesomeButImpractical You have to reconfigure your entire control setup to be able to use this without losing all self-defense by taking your thumbs away from the face buttons.]] Other ships have wave cannons that chase the closest enemy ship.
* Infantry anti-tank missiles in ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2]]'' and ''2142'' can be guided in-flight by the player. While their turning ability is limited, it is quite possible to jink them around corners and low walls to hit a target behind it. The helicopter-mounted TV-guided missiles in the hands of a skilled player is capable of some pretty impressive roboteching, such as turning around and hitting targets behind the helicopter, and maneuvering around buildings to hit a hiding tank.
** In ''[[VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany Battlefield: Bad Company 2]]'', players can unlock a dart gun that allows friendly engineers to lock their missile launchers on to enemy vehicles... Or other enemy players. Because the dart gun is so accurate, it makes it an effective way of dealing with snipers.
*** The fact that the Tracer Dart would appear as a giant flashing light in the Sniper's screen would also make him well aware of his [[OhCrap inevitable]] [[YouCantFightFate fate]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefront}} 2'' plays this trope straight and averts it. Interceptor fighters' and Imperial and CIS shuttles have small guided missiles that can sometimes dodge around things to catch their targets (though their targets are more maneuverable), while normal anti-tank rockets mostly just travel in a straight line. Though, both of them can curve automatically with a lock-on, so its not wholly unjustified.
* The Bullseye of VideoGame/{{Resistance}} does this with bullets much like The Fifth Element. You shoot a tag onto an enemy and all bullets head directly to said target regardless of trajectory.
** A particularly amusing trick is as follows: tag a wall. Fire off a clip or so and watch as the bullets swarm around the tag. Tag an enemy and see ''all'' the bullets head to their new target en masse.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tyrian}}'' calls these 'semi-seeking missiles'. They fly vertically down the screen, in the scrolling direction, then when they're level with the player, they turn through 90 degrees and fly towards him.
* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', thanks to a [[GoodBadBugs Good Bad Bug]] that involves the lead character's BulletTime, you can induce this behavior in thrown projectiles and explosives, making them perfect anti-air and anti-ground weapons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Genetos}}'', as a {{homage}} to ''Ikaruga'', features the same style of weapon, simply called ''Laser'', and unlocked in stage 3.
* ''VideoGame/{{Otomedius}}'' features Roboteching in the form of Anoa Aoba's [[SuperMovePortraitAttack Dynamic Burst]], which combines roboteching lasers with StuffBlowingUp.
* In the Website/FunOrb game "Arcanists," several arcane spells fire homing energy attacks that can turn on a dime to hit enemies around a corner.
* In the ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' series, certain weapons (both player and enemy) are capable of this, such as those from Morden's gunship, jetpack bombs (MS3), and BIG Enemy Chasers.
* In the ''VideoGame/PanzerDragoon'' series, the player characters and the forth game's final boss do this with their [[FrickinLaserBeams "homing lasers"]] (telekinetically-guided blasts of plasma).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Conduit 2}}'', Shrieker shots can be steered by the player after firing.
** Also, the [[BeeBeeGun Hive Cannon]] allows targets to be tagged with sticky bait; subsequent shots will veer around obstacles as needed.
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned'', The Teether's final upgrade, The Dentist does this.
* Rare non-missile example: the ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}}'' series has a roboteching ''laser'', which is able to twist and turn in all sorts of improbable shapes to hit targets once they've been locked on.
* Another non-missile example is shown in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Mega Man Network Transmission]]''. Both Brightman and Bass use lasers that adjust angle mid-flight; Bright's lasers adjust themselves once by 45-degree angles, and Bass's twice by 90-degree angles.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'' you can robotech your sniper rifle bullet, in BulletTime.
* All ranged and magic attacks in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' follow this trope when attacking a moving player or monster.
* Guided missiles in the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games fire from ventrally-mounted, forward-facing tubes (or flank-mounted tubes, in the case of missile frigates) and immediately curve off after the target. Leads to some [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome spectacular visuals]] when you're dealing with [[RecursiveAmmo swarm missiles]], which tend to fly in a spiral pattern and close in on their target from all directions.
* Missiles in ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'' likewise fire forward, then curve off after their target.
** Averted in the open-source ''EV'' clone ''VideoGame/{{Naev}}''. Missiles require a lock, and a lock requires a ship to be pointing in the target's general direction. Due to the difficulties [[MightyGlacier capital ships]] have with this, if they carry missiles they're usually mounted on turrets.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' (2012) the gauss gun's rounds can do this, although too radical turns are impossible.
* Missiles and other homing projectiles in ''VideoGame/{{PN 03}}'' usually behave like this.
* The Missile weapon in ''VideoGame/FestersQuest''.
* The scram cannon in ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}'' does this. The small [[MacrossMissileMassacre macross missiles]] fire out lazily in an unfocused ring, then after about half a second the warheads arm and the missiles lock on to [[KillEmAll anyone nearby]].
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'', the Thunderaffe dream eater's Refract Beam attack does this constantly, pausing each time it moves to readjust its trajectory so it's heading straight for the target.
* Minogame's "[[SignatureMove Reality Hedge]]" from ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' [[UpToEleven cranks this trope up a notch]]. Not only dont the lasers fly straight, they home in on targets and when they reach one they stick to it and tears its health down until the target dies. After that the lasers disslodge themselves and then moves over to other targets and repeats the cycle.
* The [[KillSat Bradley-Hercules satellite]] in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}: Broken Steel'' fires missiles in this manner, as seen when it destroys Liberty Prime and when you use it on the Enclave's BaseOnWheels at the end.
* ''Videogame/{{Rollcage}}'' has the Leader missile, which will home in on the first car in the race. It has perfect guidance and follows the track exactly, cannot be diverted or shot down, and when it reaches the leading car it'll overtake, pull an instant 180° and slam into its target. If you hear the telltale warning sound and you're first, you can either allow someone to pass you or try to get as much distance between you and the second as you can so you can recover in time. Needless to say, firing the Leader missile when you're the leader is... counter-productive.
* In ''VideoGame/GateOfThunder'', the Stage 2 boss fires FrickinLaserBeams which move straight left and then turn towards your ship at a 90° angle.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dogyuun}}'' has red HomingLasers that move along straight horizontal and vertical lines and can make multiple 90° turns to follow their target.
* ''VideoGame/{{Infamous}}'' and its [[VideoGame/{{Infamous2}} sequel]] allow Cole [=MacGrath=] to fire electric rockets that, with the proper upgrades, will change direction and fly towards a target that Cole specifies with his regular shock attack.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Lancer has the ability to do this with his ''lance''! To be more specific, his Noble Phantasm, Gae Bolg, reverses cause and effect: the opponent's heart is pierced, and ''then'' the lance strikes. Reality literally rewrites itself so that no matter what, the lance will hit. It is impossible to dodge, although having an insane amount of luck may mean that it "only" impales you and misses your heart, rather than piercing the heart directly.

* We see a Medieval BambooTechnology version of this in ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor,'' [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00550.html here.]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' touches on this behavior at some points, with a possible [[JustifiedTrope justification]]. Missiles can be fired in "random walk" mode, presumably involving repeated and sudden changes in velocity as they close with their targets, in order to make it harder for point defense to shoot them down.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. A humongous mecha tries to perform a MacrossMissileMassacre, but all of the missiles just fly straight past its target, or in some cases, curve wildly and hit anything else.
* Occurs pretty frequently in the Franchise/{{DCAU}}.
%%** In one episode, they were lasers [[RuleOfCool fired out of a disco ball]].
** In both ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Darkseid shows off his zig-zagging Omega Beams mentioned in the comics section.
** In the ''Superman'' series, he uses this to pull quite a PlayerPunch moment, as before Darkseid is forced to leave he lets out a final blast that heads towards Superman (who we had seen it would merely hurt, not kill), then it zig-zags ''right around'' him, keeps going, and [[NotEnoughToBury disintegrates]] [[TheCommissionerGordon "Terrible" Turpin]].
** Of course, Batman being [[MemeticMutation the goddamn Batman]] that he is, he manages to ''dodge'' them. Darkseid is really impressed.
*** To drive home that point, Batman has to do a lot of evasive maneuvering and a blind jump to evade it. And then he still needs to let a Mook take the hit. And he's so close to the impact that he's blown into a pile of rubble. Still Darkseid gives Batman props.
* Following the precedent established in earlier D&D video games, Raistlin's Magic Missile spell does this in the animated version of the first ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novel.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the best tactic when facing Combustion Man's [[HavingABlast explosive beams]] is to take cover outside his line of sight. In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', however, combustion bender [[ColdSniper P'Li]] can actually ''curve'' her beams, putting even solid cover in the danger zone.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Despite public perception to the contrary, certain missiles actually behave ''almost'' like this. While they are not fired in massive salvos, as in ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'', often a missile will waver back and forth in flight a moment as its guidance system makes gross corrections.
** More directly analogous, many missiles launched out of vertical tubes on warships will robotech almost exactly: the missile goes straight up (to clear the ship), then abruptly change direction. On their final approach to a ship, they will "pop-up and dive" onto the top of the vessel. Some anti-tank missiles will do the same thing, flying over the tank then dropping straight down.
** The AIM-54 Phoenix long-range air-to-air missile was designed to climb to high altitude immediately after launch, in order to take advantage of the thinner, less draggy upper atmosphere. When approaching the enemy it would perform a diving attack from high altitude, striking the unfortunate target before it knew what was coming.
** American cruise missiles became famous for traveling to Baghdad, flying down a street, then almost stopping at a cross street while slowly turning to face another direction before streaking to the target.
*** The BBC's Foreign Affairs Chief John Simpson reported seeing a cruise missile in Baghdad fly "down the street and turn left at the traffic lights."
*** A Bloom County comic strip even depicted a missile stopping to ask for directions, "Excuse, please, which way to Saddam Hussein?"
*** This is pretty much the entire point of cruise missiles.
** The AIM-9 Sidewinder missile series reputedly got its official designation from the side-to-side wavering performed by early models, similar to that of the Sidewinder snake. "Top attack" missiles designed to fly straight to a target, climb to a high altitude nearby, and "drop" on top of enemies are a standard of NATO military forces, under the rationale "people don't armour the top sections of tanks as much as the front or sides."
*** The top of the tank is almost always the weakest point, and tanks have not been redesigned since these missiles have begun to be deployed en mass. However, it is likely that newer tank designs will sport significantly stronger armor on the top because of this trend.
** The latest variant of the Sidewinder, the AIM-9X, can be aimed via a HelmetMountedSight and obtain lock-ons from almost 90 degrees off the direction of the firing fighter's nose. Furthermore, it can robotech a full 180 degrees off its rail to pursue a target. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g4_jzqBJnA Check it out here.]]
** The Russian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vympel_R-73 Vympel R-73/AA-11 Archer]] is also aimed by a HelmetMountedSight, can "see" targets up to 60° off the missile's centerline - and entered service 18 years earlier. After NATO learned about the capabilities of this missile, development of the AIM-9X, the IRIS-T and others was started.
*** The Archer doesn't quite have the same ability to dog a target from hilariously unlikely angles as the -9X, that said. But again--18 years earlier! That said, the current version in active service is capable of 75° off centerline, with plans for new models to match or exceed the 180° of the AIM-9X.
** Any of the swarm rocket launchers or calliopes from WWII did this -- though not on purpose, because of technical limitations on the rockets themselves (designed to be cheap, easily-produced area denial weapons). This is lampshaded in the histories by saying that the weapons "were not terribly accurate". Examples being the Katyusha rocket launchers from Russia, the Nebelwerfer rocket mortar from Germany, and the Calliope tank-mounted rocket launcher of the Allies.
** Pretty much the point of guided weapons, ''period.'' Thrust vectoring and hover/loiter capabilities on newer missile designs will most certainly take future ordnance in this direction.
** One of the most impressive examples hitherto documented on video: the [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles IDF]] Iron Dome countermissile system, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e9UhLt_J0g shown here intercepting a multitude of unguided rockets at once.]]
* Modern torpedoes behave like this. The United States Navy's ASROC weapon system fires a rocket off a destroyer/cruiser on a ballistic path that drops a torpedo into the water miles away. The torpedo will then go around in one of several search patterns so the torpedo's sonar system can lock on to the target sub before finally closing to attack.
* The AGM-114 Hellfire antitank missile can be launched without a target lock. In LOAL (Lock-On After Launch) attack mode it will shoot high (up to 2300 feet/700 meters) and after the aircrew or a land-based crew designates its target it will robotech downwards to attack the target from above. Very handy if the helicopter pilot wants to hide behind a mountain to avoid enemy AntiAir defenses.
* The CBU-07 Sensor Fuzed Weapon. It dispenses 10 submunitions, each containing 4 individually auto-targetting, self-guiding skeets. They have a VERY complicated way of maneuvering themselves at each stage so that they can effectively saturate an armored force over a substantial area.
* The M982 Excalibur is a GPS-guided artillery shell that can robotech mid flight to curve around obstacles. In one of the tests the shell was deliberately fired 4 miles off target and was still able to strike within a few feet of the bullseye.
* The Russian P-700 Granit takes the missile swarm thing one step further. While it's possible to fire just one, they are meant to be fired together in packs: One will take the lead and pop up now and then to acquire targets; the others stay as low as possible. When they get close, they get assigned different targets and veer off to hit theirs.
* Any missile with a top attack mode, like the FGM-148 Javelin does this to a certain degree. When firing in top-attack mode, missile go up a long way, then shoot back down to hit the lightly-armoured top of the target. The turning is nowhere near as violent as commonly depicted in media.
* The latest in HomingProjectile technology is [[http://io9.com/5880884/this-self+guided-bullet-can-chase-you-down-from-over-a-mile-away a self-guiding bullet]] equipped with a targeting laser, an eight-bit CPU, and movable fins.
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EXACTO EXACTO]] project funded by DARPA is this for ''bullets'', and they've even tested [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX8Z2MDYX3g working prototypes.]]
** In the meantime, the Italians already field it for their [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OTO_Melara_76_mm#DART Super Rapid 76mm]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otobreda_127/64 127/64 Lightweight]] multi-purpose naval guns (the guided munitions are for long-range point defence).
** And to continue the long Italian tradition of CombatPragmatism in an era where some of the earlier tricks are done by everyone or would be war crimes, Iveco (maker of the Centauro tank destroyer) and OTO Melara gave us the [[http://www.military-today.com/artillery/porcupine.htm Porcupine]]: a prototype consisting of a Centauro chassis mated with a 155/39mm howitzer capable of firing homing shells to targets up to 60 km away. And the ability to hit the poor target with four of them ''at the same time''. Let's face it: when they go at war, the Italians are assholes.
* A [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity_turn gravity turn]] is visually similar even if the intended outcome is a bit different.
* The [[UsefulNotes/IndiansWithIglas Indian]]/Russian anti-ship cruise missile, the [=BrahMos=] block 2, is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMkr_3_CZO4&t=40s launched vertical and then performs an extremely sharp 90-degree turn via a nose-mounted rocket]], before kicking in its main thruster and flying straight along the horizon.
* The page image is a test of a [[RussiansWithRustingRockets Russian]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-300P_Bastion-P Bastion coastal defence battery]] armed with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-800_Oniks P-800 Oniks]], a missile on which the aforementioned [=BrahMos=] is based, and thus displaying virtually the same launch behavior.