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[[caption-width-right:350:[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold Where's the fun]] [[VillainSong in that?]]]]

-> '''One-Armed Man''': I've been looking for you for 8 months. Whenever I should have had a gun in my right hand, I thought of you. Now I find you in exactly the position that suits me. I had lots of time to learn to shoot with my left.\\
''(Tuco kills him with the gun he has hidden in the foam of his bubble bath)''\\
'''Tuco''': When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
-->-- ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''

Villains frequently find themselves in conundrums that could easily be solved by [[MundaneSolution finding the right person and shooting them]], but for whatever reason, refrain from doing so.

There may or may not be some in-story justification for this failure to take the direct approach. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist The Doylist explanation]] will always boil down to "because if he ''did'' just shoot him, the story would be much shorter, and [[TheBadGuyWins the bad guys would win]]."

{{Sub Trope}}s include:
* BondVillainStupidity: The villain has the opportunity to kill the good guy, but leaves them alive anyway, sometimes for no adequately explained reason.
* ComplexityAddiction: The villain ''does'' try to kill the hero, but employs some ridiculously elaborate (and thus easily-foiled) method, rather than just shooting them.
* EvilGloating: Even when the villain intends to kill the hero in a straightforward fashion, they still feel the need to gloat about it immediately beforehand, thus giving the hero time to escape or fight back.
* JustHitHim: When a physically imposing villain does try to kill the hero in a hands-on fashion, he opts to pick the hero up menacingly and throw them across the room a bunch, even though he could crush him or kill him with a few punches.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Someone in the story [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that the above options are stupid and that a simpler, more direct solution exists - namely, by just shooting him. The villain may or may not take their advice.

Compare ThirdActStupidity, ContractualGenreBlindness and KillHimAlready (when the good guys are urging a quick kill). Contrast CombatPragmatist and NoNonsenseNemesis. Not to be confused with JustEatGilligan, although there can be overlap.

If you, the viewer, are wondering why someone won't just shoot someone else, {{Headscratchers/Headscratchers}} is the place to ask.