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->'''Border Guard:''' Recreational shooting? There's a hundred thousand bullets here!\\
'''Yuri Orlov, arms dealer:''' I'm a little trigger happy.
-->-- ''Film/LordOfWar''

Some people really, ''really'' like guns. Maybe they're CompensatingForSomething. Maybe they see all problems as solvable with MoreDakka. Maybe they just prefer to shoot first and ask questions later.

Mr. (or Ms.) Trigger Happy tends to have some (or all) of the following traits:
* Has a distinctive, preferred WeaponOfChoice.
* Loves CoolGuns, RareGuns, {{Hand Cannon}}s, {{BFG}}s, and MoreDakka [[GunNut in general]].
* Addresses their gun by [[ICallItVera an affectionate name]].
* Fond of stroking or licking the gun barrel in a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything suggestive manner]].
* Greets people via ClickHello.
* Will shoot at the [[DisproportionateRetribution slightest]] [[MurderIsTheBestSolution provocation]]--this is what "trigger happy" ''[[TropeNamer means]]'', colloquially.
* Can often be seen or heard laughing or [[RoarDakka shouting]] while firing.

See also the whole family of people who have a little too much fun murdering people, i.e., AxCrazy, ChainsawGood, GatlingGood, KnifeNut... Of course, even a mellow and sane person can sometimes find himself in a situation where the only thing to do is ShootEverythingThatMoves. But if you're TriggerHappy, you'll enjoy it more.

Compare/Contrast OrgasmicCombat and CombatSadomasochist. Not to be confused with TriggerHappyTV.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is the SociopathicHero version of this trope. When she goes into "[[AxCrazy Whitman Fever]]," though...
* Gauron from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. He actually had to be restrained from shooting a pilot (who was the only one who even knew how to operate the plane everyone was on), all because he just likes [[ForTheEvulz shooting and killing so much]].
** Sousuke is also ''very'' TriggerHappy, but in the more non-lethal way. He just really seems to like shooting and [[MadBomber blowing things up]]. In the ''Full Metal Panic! Overload'' manga, this is [[CharacterExaggeration taken to an extreme]], where [[ComedicSociopathy it might very well have been the lethal way, but is played for laughs]]. In fact, it's so bad that in one of the stories, he's actually shown having ''withdrawal symptoms'' because he hadn't shot a gun that day (due to promising Chidori he wouldn't bring his guns or shoot anyone). He {{Lampshades}} it by thinking that he shouldn't feel this way, since it would make him a GunNut. To put it in his thoughts: "The recoil and muzzle flash when I fire, the lingering smell of gunpowder... experiencing these on the battlefield truly makes me feel alive!" Sousuke is also {{lampshaded}} as "The Trigger-Happiest S.O.B." in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' - so in other words, in canon, yes, he is indeed moreso than everyone ''including'' Gauron. (Though this actually makes a bit more sense when one takes into account that ''[[KnifeNut knives]]'' are Gauron's chosen weapon and specialty, not guns... since he [[AxCrazy enjoys slashing and cutting people up close and personal]].)
** Sousuke meets his match when he encounters the mad policewoman in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', who gets into a shootout with Sousuke in his Bonta-kun costume. In a later episode where she hears the gun-toting Bonta-kun is on the loose again, her fellow police officers have to physically restrain her from going berserk with GunsAkimbo FN-P90's.
* Robert from ''JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu''. He's even shooting it off in the opening.
* Reborn from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', who, as Tsuna notes, looks ''ridiculously happy'' at the thought of being able to shoot people. Of course, the person he ends up shooting is always [[ButtMonkey Tsuna]].
* Train Heartnet from ''Manga/BlackCat'' is this, somewhat. His gun has a name, "Hades", and he's shown to get a bit restless when he hasn't shot anything for a while. Although, being a TechnicalPacifist, he's forced to not kill people with it, that doesn't prevent him from [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands shooting things out of their hands]] or simply wounding them.
** TechnicalPacifist? You sure about that? I'm pretty sure he at least killed the first few people he fought, and probably plenty more.
%%* Leena from ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury''.
* Most notable in Franchise/{{Digimon}}: [[http://animedesmotivado.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/digimon.jpg?w=470&h=397 Gargomon]], a trigger happy Rambo bunny (Dog actually, [[RuleOfFunny but who cares?]]) with ''gatling guns'' for hands.
* Of course, we can't forget Alucard, from ''{{Hellsing}}''. He carries two impossibly heavy guns, Jackel and his Casull Joshua. And the ever popular image of him resting his vampire canines on the barrel of the gun.
* Genkaku from ''DeadmanWonderland''. Wielding a [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon double-machine gun-electric guitar]], he really really loves to use it. He expresses great disappointment when Mouzuri restrains him from shooting Ganta. Not to mention that he even has an affectionate name for it, calling it "Flying V." He generally treats it with a ''lot'' more compassion and love than any human he encounters in the series, and the only time he's shown crying is when it's broken by Shiro. He keeps a grudge towards Shiro because of it, and is shown saying he'll hold a funeral service for it (something he'd never do for a human).
* In ''{{Gantz}}'', a ''lot'' of Gantzers (pretty much all side characters, since none of the protagonists are shown to be that sadistic) are TriggerHappy.
* Maya Jingu from the ''BurnUp'' anime franchise, ''especially'' her ''Warrior/Excess'' incarnation.
* K from ''{{Gravitation}}'', anyone?
* Giroro of ''KeroroGunsou'' is hardly ever seen without his gun. When not firing it, he's either wearing it, polishing it, or messing around with a different weapon.
* Elie from ''RaveMaster''.
* Hiruma from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}''.
* Almost everyone in ''GunsmithCats''.
* Mana and Sayo from ''MahouSenseiNegima''.
** Yuuna, [[BoisterousBruiser oh so much]].
* Attenborough from ''GurrenLagann'' LOVES firing the Dai-Gurren's cannons for the smallest reason. And when [[spoiler:the Chouginga Dai-Gurren is about to hit ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome every point of the universe]] [[BeamSpam simultaneously]] with a [[MoreDakka fuckton of guns]]'']], his facial expression is one of pure bliss.
* Arnage of Hückebein from ''[[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force]]''. In the chapter that introduced her [[GatlingGood Divider]], instead of dodging the [[BeamSpam 25 million energy beams]] headed her way like she was ordered to, she decided to [[ShootTheBullet shoot them all down]] since that was more her style.
* Kaito Wanijima from ''Manga/AirGear'' has a gun as his weapon of choice. He uses it a LOT.
* Hibari Ginza from ''SpeedGrapher'' seems to have a permanently itchy trigger finger. When she's not shooting someone([[{{Catchphrase}} Self Defense!]]) she threatening to shoot someone. Even if that someone is ''a fellow cop.''
* Ladd Russo from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', who gets excited at the sound of gunfire. Mind you, he also likes [[KnifeNut knives]], GoodOldFisticuffs, [[ImprovisedWeapon tire irons, lead pipes, knuckledusters,]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking rubber chickens with a pulley in the middle]], or just about ''anything'' [[AxCrazy that helps in killing people]], but he seems to have a special fondness for guns. As in, 'starts skipping when he hears some people getting shot to death' kind of fond.
* Officer Volvo Saigo in ''{{Kochikame}}'' is very trigger happy with his weapons at the slightest disturbance around him causing threat to Ryotsu and the others.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* Deadeye Duck from ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars''.
* Pig's militaristic Guard Duck from ''PearlsBeforeSwine''. He constantly believes that everyone besides Pig and his friends are the enemy and his first solution to problems is to shoot like crazy.

* ''SinCity'' characters are over this trope. Marv certainly laughs when he kills his enemies and calls his gun Gladys. The CoolGun love is there as well. Dwight and the Old Town girls are also quite fond of mowing down enemies as seen in the climax of ''Big Fat Kill''.

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[[folder: Fan Fiction]]

* Exit Wound in FanFic/DividedRainbow.

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[[folder: Film]]

* [[HairTriggerTemper Tommy DeVito]] from {{Goodfellas}}.
* Emilio Estevez' CowboyCop character in ''LoadedWeapon 1'', named Jack ''Colt''. At one point the Police Psychiatrist claims he's "gun happy." [[IResembleThatRemark He points his gun at her]].
* Eugene Tackleberry from ''PoliceAcademy''.
* Baby Face Nelson in ''PublicEnemies''. TruthInTelevision, because in real life, Baby Face used to work for Al Capone, but was [[EvenEvilHasStandards kicked out for his itchy trigger finger]] and even John Dillinger was nervous about having him around. Paradoxically, he was a [[PetTheDog devoted husband and father who often had his wife and children with him while he was on the run.]]
** In ''OBrotherWhereArtThou'' Nelson is portrayed as manic-depressive, and he's very trigger-happy when he's feeling good.
-->'''Nelson:''' * while hanging out the door of a moving vehicle* Han' me dat choppah!
-->'''Delmar:''' Say, what line o' work ya in, George?
-->'''Nelson:''' * firing the Thompson at the cops* Ha ha ha ha! Come and get me, coppers! You flatfooted, lame-brained, soft-ass sonsabitches!
* Jim West in ''Film/WildWildWest'', as lampshaded by President Grant: "Shoot first, shoot later, shoot some more and then when everybody's dead try to ask a question or two!"
* Ironhide in the Film/{{Transformers}} live-action films is extremely trigger happy. In the first film, he recommends that they kill Sam's parents simply to expedite Sam's search for the MacGuffin. In the first video game, it's implied he blew up a planet, though he insists it would have blown up anyway.
* ''Film/DearWendy'': Happens gradually over the space of the film. The protagonist actually hates guns at first.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Ana-Lucia on ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* Fiona from ''Series/BurnNotice''. (Seriously, the OpeningNarration literally calls her a "trigger-happy ex-girlfriend".) Since ThouShaltNotKill (Except [[BatmanGambit Indirectly]], Or In The First Episode) is in effect, this tends to come across as something of an InformedAbility...[[spoiler:until the second SeasonFinale, where she snipes [[ManipulativeBastard Carla]]. Given how ''hugely'' satisfying this is, perhaps it's understandable that they decided to save it]].
* Jayne on ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. There aren't many scenes where he ''isn't'' carrying some sort of weapon.
** He's shown to be CrazyPrepared as far as weapons go. His whole room is filled to the brim with them and in the Big Damn Movie, the one time he wants to bring grenades but gets overruled by Mal, the team ends up needing them.
--->'''Jayne:''' [''as the crew is being pursued by Reavers''] [[SarcasmMode Boy, sure would be nice if we had some]] ''[[SarcasmMode GRENADES]]'', [[SarcasmMode don't you think?!]]
*** And then later on:
--->'''Mal:''' "Please tell me you brought them this time."
* Detective Hammer from ''Series/SledgeHammer''. He does target practice inside his apartment, he talks to his gun, and his reaction to a sniper on top of a building is to bring the entire building down with a rocket launcher. That's just in the pilot episode.
* Aeryn Sun on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' spends a lot of time shooting people with evident pleasure. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Even while giving birth.]]
** Not to mention [[LivingShip Talyn]], who was quite literally born shooting.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': John Casey loves guns.
* In what might be the only nonlethal variation, Parker on Series/{{Leverage}} is trigger happy with various StunGuns and tasers.
* ''Series/FlashPoint'': A wanna-be SRU member doesn't pass the exam when he's a little to eager to shoot a perp, or possibly a guy who happens to be in the wrong place in the wrong time.
* ''Series/DeadliestCatch'': The Hillstrands mark special occasions with automatic rifle fire (plus fireworks and flare guns).
* Carlton Lassiter on ''{{Psych}}'' is the butt of many wisecracks from everyone in the SBPD for being this (especially when shooting inanimate objects that he mistook for an attacker).
* HowIMetYourMother: Robin calls her self a "gun enthusiast". She took Marshall to the range to blow off a little steam when Lily left him.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's ''Trigger Happy'' is, of course, a song that parodies this trope.
-->''I filled that kitty-cat so full of lead
-->We'll have to use him for a pencil instead''

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The Orks of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} were the {{Trope Namer}}s for MoreDakka. Enuff said.
** Chaos Dreadnoughts have a chance to go completely nuts, firing every single one of their weapons in a single turn.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the Skaven Doomwheel must be fired at someone every turn. If there are enemies within range, all the better.
* ''Dark {{Champions}}'' included a villain called Trigger Happy who certainly lived up to his name. Several other ''Dark Champions'' villains also qualify.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[TheBigGuy Forte Stollen]] of the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' gameverse. Her personal CoolShip is equipped with a pair of starfighter-sized [[GatlingGood gatling guns]] and [[MacrossMissileMassacre enough missiles to]] [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross shame your average UN Spacy pilot]]. Heck, the name of this flying death machine is even ''[[GratuitousEnglish Happy Trigger]]''.
** Forte's [[Anime/GalaxyAngel anime]] counterpart is obsessed with military hardware, practically ''living'' for [[RareGuns rare and antique firearms]] and never hesitating to try them out on people. Fortunately for everyone else, she exhibits ATeamFiring on pretty much anybody who isn't [[TheChewToy Normad]].
* Revolver Ocelot from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. To put it in his words, "[[DoubleEntendre There's nothing like the feeling of slamming a long, silver bullet into a well greased chamber.]]" The man loves his guns.
* One of the Shadow Master's goons from the ''WesternAnimation/DoubleDragon'' animated series is named Trigger Happy. True to his name, he's got [[GatlingGood a big gun]].
** Willy, the BigBad of the original arcade game, is nicknamed "Machine Gun" Willy for his favorite WeaponOfChoice.
* BigBad Mr. X from ''StreetsOfRage'' isn't shy of firing his gun either, even if he hits his own {{Mooks}} most of the time.
* The Heavy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
** ''Any'' of the classes can be trigger happy, depending on the player. The Pyro especially has gained the derisive FanNickname of "[[LeeroyJenkins W+M1]]" (the default commands to run and fire one's primary weapon, respectively).
* Both JakAndDaxter follow this trope, though Jak uses the {{BFG}} more often.
* In ''DeadRising'', Cletus Samson and both Roger Hall and his son Jack have a policy of shoot first ask questions later in dealing with humans that they seem to enjoy. Perhaps somewhat understandable as the zombie outbreak did turn a number of human survivors homicidally insane. Then again, that they take it to an extreme that makes them obviously TriggerHappy is what makes them among those humans themselves.
* Axl of the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, especially compared to TechnicalPacifist X and ShellShockedSenior Zero.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': The typical response of [[ScaryBlackMan Barret Wallace]] to any problem he faces is to let loose with the drill/chainsaw/{{BFG}} he's got hooked up to the end of his arm. It's {{Justified|Trope}} later in the game when you find out just why Barret's so TriggerHappy to begin with.
* In ''JaggedAlliance2'', any mercenary with the "Psycho" trait can and will, when armed with a weapon capable of automatic fire, fire it on automatic. Even if you told them to fire a single shot or a burst.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Trigger Happy]] from ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}''. He's a crazy gremlin [[{{Gunslinger}} goldslinger]] whose main weapons are [[GunsAkimbo a pair of]] [[BlingBlingBang golden guns]] that [[AbnormalAmmo shoot golden coins.]] His personality is described as gunplay being his [[YourAnswerToEverything solution to every problem]] and he "will take down any bad guy... usually without bothering to aim."
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'': John Marston is trying to get over his problem of being one of these, but the time where he shot up three Mexican troublemakers for stealing his hat comes to mind.
* Salvador the [[MoreDakka Gunzerker]] from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* [[MeaningfulName Craze]] from ''{{Building 12}}''.
* Freckle of ''{{Lackadaisy}}'' fame is this, though he generally only becomes so when he has a gun in hand, to the point where he got booted out of the police force for being ''too enthusiastic''.
* Vaarsuvius of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' would be this if s/he had a gun. As it is, s/he just uses spell spam.
* In WebComic/CommanderKitty, the normally goofy and harmless (but [[SmallNameBigEgo egotistical]]) [[HeroicWannabe CK]] can get [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/03/14/sign-me-up-2/ surprisingly trigger-happy]] when the [[SpacePolice Triple-I]] are on his case.
* Mell from ''Webcomic/Narbonic'' is a clear example. Not only did she get kicked out of both heaven and hell quite quickly, she seemed ''very'' happy when she found a recording of herself from the future, stating that she has/was/is going to destroy the universe.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. This comes back to bite him in the ass during ''{{Kickassia}}''; Insano calls out for Santa Christ, Santa Christ's theme starts, Critic panics and [[MoodWhiplash shoots our Lord and Saviour dead.]]
** Also from Kickassia, we have [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]], who shoots the cameraman when a reporter mentions that he has been called "gun-crazy."
*** And in ''SuburbanKnights'' he was quite gleeful that machine guns were fair game to use on the quest.
--> "I didn't know we could use machine guns! [pulls his out] [[PreAssKickingOneLiner My name is]] [[ThePrincessBride Inigo Montoya]], [[PrecisionFStrike motherfucker!]]
*** And in ''ToBoldlyFlee'' when asked if he wanted to shoot something, his response was:
--> "Why yes, Critic. Yes I would."

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Disney, [[DisneyDeath oddly enough]], seems to love this trope.
** Panchito [[FanNickname Pistoles]] from ''TheThreeCaballeros'' is the UrExample Disney-wise.
** Pecos Bill in ''MelodyTime''.
** Scrooge [=McDuck's=] NewOldFlame Glittering Goldie on ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.
** Trigger from Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood''.
*** It doesn't help that Trigger's crossbow "Old Betsy" is notoriously unreliable and goes off at the slightest provocation.
** Madame Medusa in ''TheRescuers'', combined with RecklessGunUsage.
* [=EVE=] in ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'', of course.
* [[MeaningfulName Heinrich "Herr Trigger" Triggermensch]], one of the three assassins sent after Brock Samson during the Season Three Finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', is one of these, complete with licking his gun-barrel in sexual ecstasy during his fight scene.
* Minor Decepticon [[MeaningfulName Triggerhappy]] in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' lives up to his name. Apparently while goofing around at the military academy he accidentally vaporized his entire squad of trainees and his instructor. This earned him an immediate graduation and field promotion. However, some theorize that his crazed affection for heavy automatic weaponry isn't due to pride at this defining moment, but because he happened to bump his head pretty bad in said accident.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'', Hasbro's other popular boy's toy franchise, features Metal-Head, a loud, goofy, talkative moron with dual missile launchers on his back and a tendency to fire them at every opportunity, usually just because he likes bright lights and loud noises. He might as well be Triggerhappy's squishy human cousin. Surprisingly for a series where ATeamFiring was common, he actually turned out to be a pretty good shot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - [[BumblingDad Homer Simpson]] became this [[CompressedVice for one episode]], where he buys a gun to protect the family following a series of riots in Springfield. However, he quickly becomes ludicrously irresponsible with the gun (using it to change the channel and open a beer, among other feats), which drives Marge and the kids away. He goes to the local NRA for support, but they're just as appalled by him as Marge was and kick him out of the organization. The whole episode serves to deliver AnAesop about responsible gun usage.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' - Mom's Friendly Killbots will automatically shoot whenever anyone mentions anything resembling gun terminology, like getting howitzer out of "how it serve". They usually shoot the person or Killbot that says the gun term. This is in addition to shooting anything that moves.
* Stan Smith of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has hundreds of guns behind every wall of his house, including one in his pillow.
-->"200 thread count, 200 dead count."
** Interestingly, despite his gun obsession, it's revealed that he never actually killed anybody in "The 42-Year-Old Virgin".

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