'''Basic Trope''': [[MoreDakka Six barrels]] are [[BiggerIsBetter so much better]] than one.
* '''Straight''': Look! A man-portable minigun!
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Look! A man-portable minigun [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank that]] [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} shoots]] [[VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} rockets]]!
** [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Triple]] [[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren gatling gun]] (as in, three ''separate'' Gatling guns combined into one weapon system). [[GunsAkimbo Times two]].
** A gatling gun where each of the six rotating barrels is a gatling gun... [[{{Recursion}} Where each of those rotating barrels is a gatling gun!]]
** Every weapon is some sort of Gatling Gun (Gatling Rockets, Gatling shotgun, Gatling sniper, Gatling Flamethrower, Gatling crossbow, and Gatling blowdart pipe.
* '''Downplayed''': A man-portable minigun that has been designed to actually be easily portable by the average person, sadly reducing its level of hugeness and awesomeness to that of a regular old machine gun.
* '''Justified''':
** The story is about BugWar. [[ZergRush Ludicrous amount of targets]] makes miniguns one of the few viable weapons.
** The minigun is designed with multiple barrels to keep it from overheating easily.
* '''Inverted''': Miniguns are among the weakest weapons in the setting. [[WaveMotionGun Slow-firing-but-powerful weapons]] are infinitely better.
* '''Subverted''': The minigun is experimental and often more dangerous to its users than the targets due to various technical problems like steam leaks. Plus it's accuracy is so terrible that a simple swordsman could kill its user after thousands of rounds were fired.
* '''Double Subverted''': Once its inventor solves those problems it's a terrifying invention that leads to the complete collapse of existing formation based tactics.
* '''Parodied''': Kids terrorize the neighborhood with a [[NerfArm Gatling spud gun]].
* '''Zig Zagged''': The heroes try using one, but it turns out they're too weak to lift it. Then PoweredArmor comes in, but it turns out the bullets are ineffective. Then an A-10 comes in and proceeds to show some GAU-8 goodness.
* '''Averted''': No miniguns are seen, despite heroes could really use one.
* '''Enforced''': [[RuleOfCool Everyone loves Gatling guns]], and the writer is no exception.
* '''Lampshaded''': "Can you even find non-rotary weapons on this planet?"
* '''Invoked''': One regiment in the army is armed exclusively with Gatling guns, supplied with [[StuffBlowingUp explosive rounds]], and [[TheDreaded used mainly for psychological warfare]].
* '''Exploited''': "I know these guys-they think rotary cannons are awesome. Which is why I cut the power, so none of them will work when we attack."
* '''Defied''': The GeniusBruiser refues to take one, since it'll only slow him down and make him an easy target for a ColdSniper.
* '''Discussed''': "Don't you think we may be overdoing it a little?" "[[MoreDakka Shut up and keep firing!]]"
* '''Conversed''': "Isn't it a bit odd how many handheld miniguns movies have?" "Well, it's cool."
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Someone tries to use minigun while on foot - without a tripod or any other support - [[RecoilBoost and knockback]] [[AmusingInjuries sends him flying]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny straight into a nearby wall]].
** He/she runs out of ammo in about 20 seconds of continuous fire.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** So giving miniguns to foot soldiers was a bad idea. Never mind. Let's just stick them on PoweredArmour instead.
** And handwave a BottomlessMagazines.
** Alternatively, give them to {{Super Soldier}}s.
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No, that's not God's chainsaw you're hearing. That's the sound of GatlingGood.
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