Well, at least it's not a concealed weapon.
"My cause is just... my will is strong... and my gun is very, very large."
A BFG is a piece of personal artillery used by an individual and chiefly defined by its, well, its incredible bigness
A BFG might have
a mounting or bipod, but the main use in-story is for our warrior to sling it around as a personal weapon. With gritted teeth. While standing knee-deep in a pile of spent brass
, shouting "Get Some!"
The BFG is a visual metaphor
for power, and therefore has a lot of uses as a trope. If The Hero
, particularly the Action Hero
, gets hold of one, it's likely because the writers intend to escalate the action
, most likely with a Storming the Castle
scene where he takes on a whole army.
A BFG chiefly differs from a Hand Cannon
in that the Hand Cannon
is large for a pistol
, while the BFG is large for ... well, it's just plain large
. A BFG, possibly after Sucking-In Lines
, may cause people to be Blown Across the Room
from the mere recoil of firing it.
See also: Beam Spam
, Splash Damage
, Macross Missile Massacre
, Sphere of Destruction
, Wave Motion Gun
, Lightning Gun
, Freeze Ray
, Death Ray
, Disintegrator Ray
, Frickin' Laser Beams
and Recursive Ammo
. A BFG will almost certainly yield Stuff Blowing Up
, and will likely possess additional dakka
. A Swiss Army Gun
tends to also be a BFG, as does a Bigger Stick
. Might cause the user to be Trigger Happy
. When in the possession of a little girl it probably over laps with Small Girl, Big Gun
. If its grips are placed along the top of the barrel and at the back of the weapon, you have a Chainsaw-Grip BFG
of Impossibly Cool Weapon
. See also Big Bulky Bomb
Not to be confused with Roald Dahl
's book and character The BFG
(Big Friendly Giant), TNA Wrestling's show Bound for Glory, Big Friendly Dog
, BANG Flag Gun
, or another type of gun
Although the BFG
could be thought of as compensating for the aversion of the latter
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- During the Dark Age, it was remarkably common for a hero's superpower to simply be "uses a big gun." This was particularly true of Rob Liefeld and those inspired by him. This is especially true the way he drew Cable; see the image for item #23 in this hilarious article:
"I think Cable should be holding a BIG gun on this cover."
"Well yeah, he usually is."
"Pffffft, no, I mean a REALLY big gun."
- In the Transmetropolitan series, Yelena Rossini briefly picks up one of these at a gun shop. She is acutely disappointed when she is not allowed to take it home, and asks whether it's because of her sex, but it turns out that the weapon is "designed for people with two backup spines."
- The GAU Avengers used by the trolls (and Shiro) in Samurai Cat in the Real World.
- In the Superman Elseworlds comic At Earth's End, Superman uses a comically oversized gun (it's twice his size!) to kill twin clones of Hitler.
- In the first arc of Wildstorm's Gen 13, the newly gen-active Fairchild picks up a massive laser/rifle type weapon she obtained from one of the fallen I/O ops to brandish in her fight to save her new comrades....though it seemed to be more of just a chance to see a hot spandex wearing redhead brandish a gun considering she was now about 6'5 and superhumanly strong regardless.
- Gene in Kingdom gets his hands on one when he falls in with the Wild Bunch. In his own words:
Gene likes the new kill-toy.
- In Gold Digger Brianna is VERY fond of this trope.
"Don't worry, it's got a stun setting!
"A fifty millimeter gatling cannon with a STUN setting?!"
- In The Incredible Hulk, a soldier in a battle mans a high-tech cannon about ten feet long. When a blast knocks the weapon off its legs, pinning the soldier beneath, the Hulk (the really smart version) picks up the cannon, wields it in one hand, and to the enemy says "...let us reason together"
- Sabretooth's shortlived partner Birdy was quite fond of guns which her tiny frame would normally find impossible to lift.
- The main guns on the H.A.T.E. Aeromarine in Nextwave:
- Blue Beetle: The third Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) has a scarab that specializes in these. We never get to see him use most of them, because they're all lethal and for Jaime, killing's a big no-no. But seriously. One has theological implications. Just think about that.
- In Daredevil, drugged-up Super Soldier Nuke wields a freaking beast of a firearm affectionately called Betsy after his beloved childhood babysitter. Betsy is titanic in size and power, and even sports a kill counter so Nuke's handlers can monitor his results.
- Gabriel sports one, and it looks remarkably similar to a Bolter.
- Empowered has ThugBoy's 50-cal Sniper Rifle, although it gets destroyed during a fight. And the B.F.Gunnaz who are named after this trope.
- Played for laughs in the Sturmtruppen: the Lieutenant's attempt to make a new, powerful rifle for the army ends up in the same rifle as before, but now howitzer-sized, and gets him fired.
- In The Death of Superman, we were introduced to the "Toastmasters", powerful military-grade weapons being sold on the black market and being used by the gangs in Metropolis to "take back" the city after Superman was gone. It's also a massive Old Shame to its creator John Henry Irons, as he never wanted them out in the first place and their appearance in Metropolis is what convinces him to fight back.
- Howard the Duck recently used a gun actually named the BFG when going zombie-hunting across the multiverse.
- The comic adaptation shipped in at least one special edition of Doom had the Space Marine call the BFG 9000 "the Holy Grail of Firepower" and had it found on top of a plinth like a relic.
- Predator: The M134 Minigun carried by Jesse "The Body" Ventura's character in the movie, lovingly nicknamed "Old Painless." Ventura commented the weapon was like trying to fire a chainsaw.
- Predators also gets a minigun, which Stans actually calls a "big fucking gun" when he was ranting about how everyone else (except for Edwin) has guns while he only has a shiv.
- The Terminator smiles over the same minigun in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, with the grip arrangement the only thing altered; John Connor notes, "Oh, yeah. It's definitely you." On set, Schwarzenegger was the only person who could physically carry the minigun by himself.
- First subverted, and later used straight, in Men In Black, when Agent J (Will Smith) asks for a really powerful gun, and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) gives him the Noisy Cricket — a tiny, fragile-looking gun which turns out to be incredibly powerful and has enough recoil to knock J across the room. Towards the end, however, they both get some really big guns. In the Animated Series, J eventually acquires a suppressor for the Noisy Cricket that reduces the recoil to where he can fire it without bowling himself over each time. This is also indicative of Agent J's status as perpetual rookie. The official supplemental information indicates the weapon has adjustable power settings that Agent J never found out about in the animated series.
- Bandied about with wanton abandon in Raising Arizona, by the evil biker Leonard Smalls and an assorted rogue's gallery of convenience-store clerks.
- The Hitman film of the game series has this when Udre Belicoff goes Guns Akimbo with two RPDs.
- Played completely straight in The Matrix: Mouse, the wimpiest member of the team, similarly attempts to go Guns Akimbo with two drum-fed fully automatic shotguns. Sadly his attempt to provide More Dakka does not result in any deaths at all except his own. Although the film has "lots of guns", they're mostly the type that can be concealed under a Badass Longcoat. Except for when Neo fires on the Agents holding Morpheus with a helicopter-mounted Minigun. (How Neo avoided cutting Morpheus to shreds when one of the Agents was standing behind him was not mentioned.)
- Early on in Kindergarten Cop, Arnold Schwarzenegger wields a shotgun of unearthly power, able to blow (among other things) an entire sofa clean in half.
- Nearly all the Prawn weapons in District 9 count as BFG's. One of their weapons is a Lightning Gun that kills people by making them explode. Another one can blow people through walls, yet another one is a machine gun which can blow your head off. The most impressive one, though, is seen in the intro. It fires a grenade, which explodes in a big, black mushroom cloud that's surrounded by lightning bolts. All of these guns can be carried by a man. Koobus' men employ the man-made Mechem NTW-20 (a South-African anti-tank rifle), which is capable of taking down the Prawns' mini-mech.
- Ditto for most of the weapons in Elysium. Neill Blomkamp seems to love this trope.
- One of the weapons for the Civil Cooperation Bureau, who supplies the weaponry for the Elysium Defense Forces, is known as the Cousar Crowe Rifle. It's classified as an anti-material rifle, weights 40kg, and fires a .22 non-explosive round at extremely high-velocity. In order to utilize it, the operator has to wear an Exosuit, for not only recoil management reasons, but to provide the damn thing with additional power.
- Then we have its upgraded version, the Sky Sweeper, which gives the rifle the ability to serve as a man-portable air defense system and adds 15kg to the base rifle. It uses a smart surface-to-air grenade round with megaton+ explosive yields with a 400,000 km range — enough to hit Earth while standing on the moon.
- Then there's the ChemRail, which is a man-portable railgun system. It doesn't get nerfed by the movie, and gives the middle finger to concealment, cover, the laws of physics, and the (presumably reinforced for security reasons) walls of the armory before disintegrating a Mook.
- Importantly, the Chem Rail is a very real concept design. It very much does exactly what it is shown doing. At 50+% of the speed of light, things like Concealment, Cover, Steel walls, and the Coriolis Effect (which would make most firearms on Elysium fire in peculiar arcs, like a nosedive into the firer's foot) simply cease to apply. Think .30 caliber nailgun with Electromagnetic assist.
- Kruger uses man-portable quad AA missile launcher, whose missiles are capable of intercepting (from behind, no less) spaceships traveling at 1.7 times escape velocity. The missile itself is going about 45 times escape velocity, or 518 kilometers per second
- One of the most plausible instances of this trope appears in the sci-fi film Aliens.
- In order to save colony survivor Newt, Ellen Ripley straps an automatic pulse rifle/grenade launcher combo to a flamethrower with duct tape, along with a belt of extra grenades, making her a one-woman army. In the extra material on the DVD, Sigourney Weaver actually carried the weapon around the set while shooting scenes, although it was ridiculously heavy, and had to be taken off at regular intervals.
- An even better example are the Smart Guns carried by Vasquez and her partner (which even had matching sets of Nose Art: "Adios" and "Bitch"). The gunner wears a load-bearing harness with the gun mounted on a power-assisted arm, allowing them to easily sling the heavy weapon around like it weighed nothing. Think of it as a just the gun from a set of Powered Armor.
- Hellboy's latest weapon, "Big Baby" from Hellboy II: The Golden Army, is a modified shotgun with an insanely large six-shooter attachment. Deleted scenes reveal that the gun's gigantic cartridges have bottles drawn on the sides, with the message, "Suck on this" written on the shells.
Hellboy: You woke up "the baby!"
- Rambo is big on this one. The fourth movie has a fifty-cal Browning M2 machine gun, typically used as an anti-aircraft weapon, used against infantry. Due to the movie's very Ludicrous Gibs nature, the results are pretty much what you'd expect - heads blow up like overripe melons, torsos are split in the middle, limbs are torn off, and blood rains everywhere. The big gun allows the good guys to win the fight - Rambo uses it to kill more baddies than the whole rebel army does with ordinary small arms.
- General Jack D. Ripper in Doctor Strangelove kept an M1919A4 machine gun in his golf bag!
- Guy Ritchie likes to turn BFGs against their owners:
- In Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, one of Dog's bandits brings a Bren light machine gun to hold up the pot growers. The gun is so loud that Dog threatens to kill him if he fires it again. Ultimately a girl grabs the gun and unloads the thing on Dog's crew. In slow-motion, the shells hitting the ground sound like oil drums.
- In Snatch, Vinnie brings a giant semi-auto shotgun to hold up a bookie. Sol remarks, "It's a fucking anti-aircraft gun!" Vinnie uses it to blow a hole in the wall and force the girl at the counter to lower the protective shield, but she ultimately snatches it and fires on the thieves before making her exit.
- The Doom movie, where it's lampshaded by being called the "Bio-Force Gun." Of course, when The Rock's character gazes in awe at it before acquiring it, he says to himself, "Big... Fucking... Gun..."
- Split Second: "We need to get bigger guns. BIG Fucking GUNS!" These were the "Combat Shotguns" they checked out from the police armory- in actuality a pair of miniguns that used shotgun shells instead of bullets.
- The Annihilator 2000 in Beverly Hills Cop III, which is not only a highly powerful machine gun/grenade launcher combo, but includes such additional features as — and none of these are exaggerations — a cell phone, radio, CD player, and microwave oven.
- In Tremors, the "Elephant Gun" used in the Rec Room. In reality, an 8 gauge side-by-side shotgun. Probably fired roughly a 2 ounce slug of hardened lead, if it was loaded for elephant. (Why wouldn't it be? You never know when you will face a war elephant.) In the sequel, there's the Grizzly Big Boar, a single shot .50 caliber rifle. Unfortunately, it was a bit too big.
- Tremors 4 goes that extra mile, featuring an 8-foot 4-inch, 94-pound punt gun with a two-inch ("A" Gauge) barrel (see Real Life below). It was actually a prop built for the film using a triple-loaded 12-gauge inside to produce a muzzle flash; the barrel's inside was sprayed with WD40 prior to shooting to add more smoke. This is because apparently there are very few functional punt guns left in America today.
- In the western Appaloosa, Viggo Mortensen's character carries a mammoth 8-gauge shotgun around with him at all times. The gun weighed 11 lbs and was 50 inches long. In the behind the scenes footage, the filmmakers described it as a punt gun, mounted to the sides of riverbarges and fired into large flocks of birds. In reality, 8-gauge shotguns would be considered too small to be a punt gun.
- In Eraser, Arnold (who else?) wields two railguns which can see through walls and fire bullets at near-lightspeed; he mostly fires them from the hip like machine guns. An enemy Cold Sniper also uses one for most of the movie.
- Transformers: Megatron forms an enormous Fusion Cannon by slamming his hands together.
- In RoboCop (1987) the bad guys get hold of some "Cobra assault cannons" in order to take down the otherwise bulletproof cyborg hero. One of them test-fires one of the guns, blows up a car with one shot, and declares "I like it!"
- In Superman Returns, one of the early Mooks that Superman faces is a bank robber with a tripod-mounted minigun with which he holds off the cops most spectacularly. Needless to say, his attempts to use it on Superman result in hilarity.
- In the 1997 film, The Jackal, Bruce Willis's character (The Jackal, who else?), has a custom-built BFG that he has to keep in the back of a car, controlling it remotely via a laptop. To test it, he blows off Jack Black's hand with a single shot.
- Four Rooms: "The Wrong Man" segment... someone with a large caliber hand gun receives a phone call from another room in the hotel.
Sigfried: "No needles here, kid. Just a big fucking gun."
- Near the end of Black Hawk Down some militia show up with an SPG-9 recoilless rifle, which they menace some US soldiers with; a group duly take control of it, use it and then disable it.
- From The Living Daylights: After Bond empties his magazine at the Big Bad, who was hiding behind armored glass, the bad guy brings out a machine gun, and says "You've had your eight! Now for my EIGHTY!"
- The Zorg ZF-1 in The Fifth Element is a rather large "pod weapon system" with a laundry list of handy functions including seeking bullets, a flamethrower and a rocket launcher. Just don't forget to ask about the little red button.
- At the end of Scarface (1983), Tony Montana famously pulls out an M16 fitted with an M203. A common misunderstanding is that this gun was his "little friend;" actually, he was talking about the 40mm grenade he was firing. There was nothing little about the weapon.
- As the poster◊ makes clear, the real star of The Dogs of War is a giant 18 round grenade launcher; the supporting cast includes some guy named Christopher Walken. It really exists, though it fires shotgun shells rather than grenades.
- At the climax of The Spirit, both Mortgenstern and The Octopus wield huge guns.
- Judge Dredd. For part of the second half of the film, Dredd ends up using Fargo's really huge shotgun.
- In Jumanji, Van Pelt emerges armed with a huge elephant gun powerful enough to decimate a police cruiser all by itself. When he finds he can't get any more ammo at the local gun store he is faced with a waiting period and forms to fill out for a replacement weapon. Undeterred, he offers a handful of gold coins to the owner and gets a super-advanced silent killer even bigger than the elephant gun seconds later.
- In The Avengers, Coulson grabs a very large and untested gun made from the remains of the Destroyer. Then he shoots Loki with it.
Coulson: So that's what it does.
- Dirty Harry had Harry sniping at the Scorpio killer with a Winchester Model 70 chambered in .458 Winchester Magnum.
- In Star Trek: First Contact, Worf takes a REALLY BIG gun, shouts "Assimilate this!", and blasts a group of Borg into oblivion.
- In Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Hansel's Gun and several other toys.
- In G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock is seen firing an 84 pound M2 .50cal machinegun, from the hip.
- In Star Trek Into Darkness John Harrison wields a huge Gatling phaser in one hand against the Klingons, with a normal-sized phaser rifle in the other. Not only does he take out two birds of prey with it, he also uses it as a melee weapon. Justified: He's really Khan Noonien Singh, a genetically enhanced human with a greatly upgraded physique and hand-eye coordination.
- The Lone Ranger: Red's ivory leg gun.
- In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bishop wields one which he charges with his powers. On closer inspection, it appears to be connected to his circulatory system.
- Duumvirate is loaded with BFGs. Fusion-powered microwave lasers, atomic slugs, and there's a subplot involving "room eraser" spread weapons.
- Neal Stephenson's novel Snow Crash features "Reason,", a gatling gun firing depleted-uranium slivers at incredibly high velocities. It's a little hard to move around because its nuclear power supply, utilizing radiothermal isotopes, uses an outboard heat-disperser that drops into the ocean. "See, I told you they'd listen to Reason."
- Neal Stephenson also features a Vickers machine gun in the World War II timeline of Cryptonomicon, which is less futuristic than Reason because of the lower-tech setting, but noteworthy because of the (characteristic) pages-long description of its badassery.
- Piling up plasma cannons and other big guns in Iain M. Banks's Use of Weapons, Cheradinine Zakalwe says he'll need "FYT" weapons for a mission. His Culture handler says she doesn't recognise the term; it stands for "Fuck You Too".
- Another Banks novel, Against a Dark Background has as a MacGuffin the "lazy gun". Among other peculiarities is the fact that it weigh three times as much when it's upside down as when it's right side up. Its effect on its tend to be ... humorous ..., such as materialising a free-falling ship's anchor directly overhead, or a spear, piece of tsunami, small nuke, or asteroid. When researchers attempted to disassemble one its self-destruction took out a fifth of the city and killed half a million people.
- One of the Executioner novels has Mack Bolan fighting the giant Igor Baibakov, a big and psychopathic ex-Spetsnaz terrorist who uses a Barrett Light Fifty as his weapon of choice. Not only does he use this .50 BMG monster in its primary role as a sniper weapon, but he's so big and powerful that he can use the thing at close range like an assault rifle, which is more justified by his impressive size and strength and the Rule of Scary than anything else.
- Happens in the Star Wars novel Wraith Squadron, as part of a ludicrously complex plan to capture one of Zsinj's corvettes: Gamorrean (think the guys guarding Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi, but smarter) pilot Piggy uses an X-wing laser cannon as a personal weapon. It blows clean through a floor/ceiling (and the officer above it) with one shot. Wedge even points out how implausible the weapon ought to be.
: "A laser cannon is nine meters long, Five
: "Not the essential components and housing, sir. Strip out all the computerized aiming and synchronization equipment, the diagnostics, the flashback suppressor, I think we could chop it down to a meter and a half, two meters."
- In Phule's Company, one of the sluglike Sinthians tries to shoot a full-auto shotgun... but since said trooper is half the body mass of a human and riding a Hover Board at the time, the resulting blast sends him into a rapid spin— fortunately Phule had the foresight to disable the "full auto" feature beforehand, so no further shots are fired and the surrounding soldiers remain unpunctured.
- John Ringo is in love with this trope, with nearly every story of his involving infantry/marines.
- The Prince Roger series, co-written with David Weber, features a lot of BFGs, but the giant four-armed Mardukans really take the cake. They can "off-hand" wield cannons meant to serve Humans as crewed support weapons and capable of blowing large concrete buildings and stone walls to dust. When some madman decides to equip a squad of them with a species-appropriate version of Powered Armor, the standard issue weapon that goes with it is more typically the main gun of a tank.
Taken to the extreme by Erkum Pol, The Big Guy even by the standard of the nine-feet-tall-on-average Mardukans. He likes BFG's, and can carry the aforementioned tank gun without Powered Armor. On the other hand (one of them, anyway), his aiming skills aren't even up to Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy standards. When he takes the tank gun along on a hostage rescue mission (supposedly just for intimidation purposes* ), Hilarity Ensues (for "hilarity" read "an entire city block being set on fire").
- The M-300 grav rifles from the Legacy of the Aldenata qualify. They use gravity drivers to fling antimatter-loaded pellets (or, later, when supplies are low, regular uranium pellets) around at just below the speed of light.
- In the Into the Looking Glass series, the initial invasion by the aliens later called the Dreen were countered in part by a bunch of Florida rednecks with a rather diverse collection of weapons, including a rifle used for hunting big game that fires the .577 Tyrannosaur round. Later books in the series include Space Marines who regularly carry around some pretty serious armament, in their Powered Armor, including one who dual wields two cut-down .50 caliber sniper rifles.
- In John Barnes' Timeline War series, The Alliance issues its soldiers the SHAKK. It's only rifle sized... But the ammo is self propelled over a six mile range, seeks its target so aggressively it can even be fired from behind full cover using a remote camera, delivers enough kinetic energy with each round to liquify a human being, and comes in a 6000 round magazine that can be emptied in a few seconds on full-auto. Exploits include shooting down barely-visible planes and ripping modern-era tanks to scrap. The weapon can also manufacture more rounds from random trash. At least in spirit, it is one very, very, very B.F.G.
- The later Dale Brown books give users of the Tin Man Powered Armor - and later still the CIDs - the ability to wield railguns.
- A more realistic depiction appears in Harry Turtledove's Hitler's War. A Czech expat fighting for the French scavenges an anti-tank rifle and spends the rest of the book wrecking light armor and blowing people in half.
- "Starworld" by Harry Harrison. One of the Israeli commandos is firing a handheld .50 calibre recoilless machine gun during the attack on Spaceconcert.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is not very specific about its size, but the Kill-O-Zap gun is definitely not a gun to be trifled with: "The designer of the gun had clearly not been instructed to beat about the bush. "Make it evil," he'd been told. "Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sort of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand, it is a gun for going out and making people miserable with."
- Monster Hunter International features Abomination, a fully automatic shotgun with attached grenade launcher, which gets a more detailed description than most of the human (or otherwise) characters.
- Desmond Bagley's thriller The Tightrope Men features a punt gun: an extremely large shotgun generally 4 gauge and bigger, which were mounted to the sides of riverbarges and used to fire into large flocks of water fowl to harvest many birds with a single discharge. One of the protagonists recognises it for what it is, and they actually use it in the appropriate way, blasting a mook with birdshot. One character remarks, "What weapon did you have on that punt? A bloody flamethrower?"
- Ferik Jurgen, aide of Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM) normally carries a melta, a squad support anti-tank weapon, as his personal weapon. And frequently uses it against unarmored infantry.
- In Malevil, Vilmain has a bazooka. Hardly the most massive weapon on this page, it is by the far the heaviest weapon in post-World War III rural France, were the only other weapons are hunting rifles and shotguns. While not powerful enough to really damage the protagonist's castle, feet-thick stone being greater then a few inches of steel, it's more then enough to destroy the gates and kill the defenders behind their fortifications.
- Adam Anders of Domina has a 6-gauge "Saint George" (as in the dragon slayer) shotgun as one of his main weapons. Although that's pretty small compared to everything else on this page, that's basically the biggest shotguns get in real life.
- In Daemon, nothing less than a 50-cal rifle will damage the Immune to Bullets Razorbacks or first AutoM8.
- Guns in The Dresden Files tend to be pretty reasonable in size, in fact Murphy prominently carries a P90, a weapon specifically designed to be small and portable (to fit with her tiny hands). However, in the short story "The Warrior", a former military sniper uses a Barret M 82 A 2 rifle, possibly one of the largest caliber sniper rifles available (.50BMG, which is only legal for civilian use through a technicality related to how caliber is measured). It's so powerful that it blows through two layers of Harry's magical defenses, and is only stopped by a third layer and Divine Intervention.
- In Destroyermen: Distant Thunders, Silva MacGyvers a "super lizard gun" he affectionately nicknames the "Doom Whomper" out of a salvaged anti-aircraft gun from HIJMS Amagi. It's a flintlock rifle that shoots a quarter-pound slug, which he built to hunt the allosaur variant that is Borneo's top predator in the book series' alternate Earth. The recoil from it is enough to knock him over the first and only time he fires it from any posture other than prone. While hunting, he makes a game of seeing how many "rhino-pigs" he can kill with one shot.
- The Doom novels make use of the trope, little surprise given it's an adaptation of the Trope Namer. Fly has no idea what kind of gun it is and calls it "the big freaking gun".
- Harry Turtledove's The War That Came Early features Czech sniper Vaclav Jezek and his 13mm French antitank rifle. No longer useful against the heavier German tanks, Vaclav converts his antitank weapon into a sniper rifle, and uses it to pick off Germans, and later Nationalist Spanish officers from more than two kilometers away. He becomes effective enough with it that multiple German snipers are dispatched to get "the SOB with the elephant gun."
- In Stephen Hunt's Steam Punk Kingdom of Jackals series, various Steammen use large steam-powered cannons in battle. One character, an outcast former Steamman Knight in Secrets of the Fire Sea, uses his BFG to hunt dinosaur-like monsters.
- In J. R. R. Tolkien's Farmer Giles of Ham, the title character has a blunderbuss. JRRT quotes the Oxford English Dictionary that it has been displaced in all 'civilized' countries, but that as Farmer Giles' country hadn't been civilized yet, it was the only gun around, and rare at that.
- ''Damsels Of Distress": Clementine utilizes a huge machine gun known as the Dragon's Breath that was designed to be used by infantrymen with the air of a tripod. Being a centaur, Clementine constructed an apparatus to secure the gun on back of the equine part of her body. Having four legs helps to brace herself and absorb the recoil.
Live Action TV
- Sons Of Guns: The Red Jacket crew converts a tripod-mounted Browning M1919 into a shoulder fired weapon. It's still quite hefty.
- Stargate SG-1:
- The Jaffa staff weapons are pretty big on their own, but at one point Teal'c wields a dismounted anti-ship version taken from a Death Glider. And one-shots an Al'kesh with it. In the windshield.
- In the SG-1 episode "Allegiance" O'Neill used a huge machine gun.
- In Stargate Continuum, Vala has to be dissuaded from bringing this◊ (the X-699) to Ba'al's extraction ceremony.
- In The Prisoner's spy spoof episode "The Girl Who Was Death", the title character Sonia, having failed to kill Number 6 with various elaborate death traps, finally decides on the direct approach, escalating from a machine gun to hand grenades and mortars before finally drawing a bazooka on him.
- Chuck has an excellent example of this trope in action during the first episode of the third season, when Casey gets to use his minigun. Gunship battles, explosions and gunfights with terrorists ensue.
- Kamen Rider Ryuki: Kamen Rider Zolda (Kitaoka Shuuichi) wields a gun twice as long as he is tall and two pretty big guns mounted on his shoulders, too. And that's nothing compared to his Macross Missile Massacre Finishing Move...
- Kamen Rider Faiz's Faiz Blaster. That thing was HUGE. Sad its gun form was rarely used.
- Faiz's Final Form Ride in Kamen Rider Decade is the Faiz Blaster. Of course, this time it's human sized due to being the transformation of a person. Dunno if this makes it bigger or smaller than the original, though.
- Then there's Kamen Rider Kabuto's Perfect Zecter which was both a BFG and a BFS.
- Super Sentai, and by extension Power Rangers, loves this trope. In some seasons, the Rangers combine their individual weapons into a BFG, while others use the "Team Bazooka", a separate weapon to which each Ranger contributes a power cell or ammunition.
- Doctor Who:
- BFGs are the weapon of choice against Daleks in "The Stolen Earth". The one Rose carries looks like it weighs half as much as she does, and Mickey and Jackie wield equally impressive versions. They were first used against the Cybermen in Series 2, though, by the Preachers.
- Jack Harkness, of both Doctor Who and Torchwood, has always been fond of them. He used a modified defabricator the size of a minigun in Doctor Who's "Bad Wolf" and "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End". He also constructs an equally beefy weapon in the Torchwood episode "Something Borrowed".
- The Special Weapons Dalek in the old-Who episode Remembrance of the Daleks was basically a self-propelled BFG that first blew down a large metal gate before taking out an entire rival Dalek squad. And they say its gun is fifty times more powerful than the normal Dalek gun. There's a reason the other Daleks called it "the Abomination".
- Though he doesn't actually fire it, Adric uses a cannon that's not only taller than him but is meant to be mounted on a spaceship to scare slave traders away from the Doctor and Romana in Warriors' Gate. Yes. You read that right. Adric.
- Harper in the Sharpe series of novels and television dramas carries a Nock Volley Gun.
- Where would this article be without Jayne of Firefly, who never left Serenity without enough firepower to take out a ship? Hey! She has a name, you know. Vera also probably qualifies on a metafictional level. Out of universe, Vera was created by modifying a Saiga-12 combat shotgun (already close to a BFG) and, based on a good look at the magazine, loaded with slugs rather than shells.
- One episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is based around the crew's attempts to catch a murderer armed with a special sniper rifle that teleports its own bullets.
- In one episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the crew is taken to the Q continuum where they fight in the Q Civil War. The weapons look like American Civil War era guns (due to A Form You Are Comfortable With, the Continuum looks like a Civil War setting to Janeway.) but in normal space they cause supernovas.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- In the episode "Innocence", the gang has to defeat an enemy called the Judge who "no weapon forged" could kill. However, that declaration was made before Christ, and humanity has much bigger weapons. Buffy decimates him with an AT-4 rocket launcher.
- Adam's right arm can turn into a gatling gun and a bazooka.
- Although the Cylon Centurions in the new Battlestar Galactica have built-in automatic weapons, Cylon boarding parties can be seen hand-carrying heavy machine guns in "Razor" and "Daybreak".
- The Young Ones: "Vyvyan, where did you get that Howitzer?!" "Found it!"
- A flash-forward in the Babylon 5 episode "Babylon Squared" showed Garibaldi using what appeared to be a Gatling-style variation on a PPG.
- Williams Electronics' Big Guns is based on this trope, with two gigantic cannons on the playfield that fire pinballs through the air and into facing habitrail rails.
- The Rocket-Propelled Grenade launcher from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, represented in-game by the player-controlled ball launcher in the backbox.
- The pivoting Cannon in AC/DC, used to shoot at various playfield targets.
- Many of the heavy weapons in Warhammer 40,000 are BFGs. It is worth noting that normal humans have to mount them on mobile platforms and use them in teams of two — it's only the superhuman Space Marines who can use them like traditional BFGs, and even then most of them have to stay still and brace themselves before firing. Of course, there are some Badass Normal humans who can lift said weapons by themselves, and those are realistically seen as abnormal. It is worth elaborating that the standard Space Marine weapon is a full-auto-capable gun that fires rocket-propelled explosive-tipped "bolt" rounds, each of which is capable of punching through most infantry armor to detonate within the target, or with a blast of sustained fire blast apart lightly-armored vehicles. The bolter's exact recoil is under debate, since it's built with a short barrel and a huge bore; but bolts are shot with a kick charge, and utilize a two-stage launch system for actual delivery.
- Even the smaller bolt pistol that can be wielded by normal humans are quite massive.
- Also of note within the Space Marines are Terminators, who use rather heavy armor that permits them to fire normally vehicle-mounted weapons with unhindered accuracy while moving with one hand.
- The Ork Kaptin Badrukk has a particularly awesome example - it was taken from an Ogryn (basically an Ogre IN SPACE!) and is loaded with highly unstable plasma cylinders. Standing near it is a death sentence. Though this is less due to its firepower, and more because it's hotter than Chernobyl. (Badrukk himself wears lead under his kaptin's uniform, making him marginally less likely to die.)
- The Orks also have Shokk Attack Guns, which teleport a small Goblin through hell into an enemy's insides. Yes, really.
- The Eldar get around the normal problems with this by tacking anti-gravity devices onto their guns, allowing Dark Reapers and Eldar Corsairs to carry some pretty large missile launchers.
- The Orks really are the best example of this, given their almost religious reverence for More Dakka. The Holy Grail of their Mek-Boys would be a gun big enough to shoot enough dakka to kill everything in the universe at once.
- Paranoia has a couple of 'em:
- Cone rifles, basically bazookas. Ammo ranges from solid slug to high explosive to hallucinogenic gas to tacnuke (information on the blast radius is not available at your security clearance), and is always clearly labeled.
- Plasma generators, only slightly below tacnukes in sheer destructive capacity. They also malfunction relatively often, and some of those malfunctions would cause the entire thing to explode; naturally, it being Paranoia, you couldn't tell which malfunction was which, and neither could the rest of the party. And you had to strap the thing on to use it; taking it off suddenly (say, to get away from the now-it's-a-bomb strapped to your back) was not easy. Fixing it wasn't easy, either; you have to make one repair roll just to turn off the alarm, another to stop it from exploding, and a third to actually get it to fire again (good luck with that). Oh, and as usual, you have to pay a fine if you let it get damaged.
- Rifts has a number of heavy weapons, from railguns to missile launchers, with a perennial favorite being Plasma Cannons. One of the most infamous is the "Boom Gun", the railgun used by the Glitter Boy Powered Armor, which is so powerful the armor has to anchor itself to the ground before firing. A different style of Glitter Boy has a gun that can only be used by it because, without its unique stabilization system, any other mecha or vehicle would eventually shake itself apart with the recoil. Another weapon of note is the ATL-1 laser cannon, which is so powerful it drains an entire energy charge for a single shot. In Russia, the troops of the warlords there are so enamored with BFGs that they actually designed and used a servo-harness to allow normal humans to carry them around.
- The Proteus expansion set to the now mostly forgotten Netrunner trading card game paid homage to the concept with the 'Big Frackin' Gun' icebreaker card — a powerful 'gun' for the Runner player to use in cyberspace to blow away the Corps's virtual sentries, cheap to install but with a hefty activation cost per 'shot'.
- Traveller has the PGMP (Plasma Gun, Man-Portable) and the even more OTT FGMP (Fusion Gun, Man-Portable) for when there's No Kill Like Overkill. Some models can only be used if you're wearing Powered Armour.
- The Grav Railgun from GURPS: Ultra-Tech can be carried by people in a good suit of Powered Armor and fires with enough force to punch straight through a a tank from five miles away... with more accuracy than a sniper rifle... twenty times a second... completely without recoil.
- As below in Real Life, Call of Cthulhu has the Elephant Gun. It's used a lot, I hear.
- Warhammer Fantasy Battles has ogre leadbelchers that wield cannons in a blunderbuss like fashion. Dwarfs and Empire also has their fair ammount of big guns but none rivals the leadbelchers of the ogres. The Hellcannon too. When it was first released, it was able to obliterate not only enemy war engine crews, but also the war engine. A small template dealing as much damage as a cannonball to everything underneath, followed by a larger template of everyone screaming "OMG WE'RE GONNA FRAKKING DIE" and running away. The gun itself could also beat on entire squads without too much aggravation.
All of this pales in comparisson, of course, to the Hellhammer cannon. Only one of these ever appeared in the Fantasy game, and that was Queen Bess (which used the small blast marker of the Chaos Hellcannon mentioned above), and that was a stripped down version. The full version is a monster. One of them is mounted in a tower on Middenhiem Castle, requiring dozens of barrels of gunpowder to prime its shot, which has to be lifted into the gun by an enslaved giant. In Man O'War, a naval spin-off game of Warhammer Fantasy where the Hellhammer first appeared, it was mounted on a specially designed Wargalley. The recoil caused the firing ship to be flung backward two ship lengths. This thing makes the Jaivana cannon look like a children's toy!
- Exalted has some of the larger First Age alchemical fire weapons, which were designed to level the field between humans and warstriders. The bigger one in Wonders of the Lost Age is basically a fire bazooka.
- Shards of the Exalted Dream, has the three-dot Godcannon artifact, which is a bipod rifle with a four-foot barrel and a divinely powered firing chamber the size of a man's torso. What's most awesome is that despite being two-handed it only requires Strength 2 to use, so a character with a strength of 6 or higher (such as a Solar with Increasing Strength Exercise, an Alchemical with Fourth Strength Augmentation, or a Lunar in Deadly Beastman Transformation) can dual-wield them. Other overgrown firearms include the shellcaster and its friend, the warstorm shellcaster.
- Drool at the Thunderstruck Gauss Rifle. Then weep at its prohibitive availability rating.
- And then there's the rest of his family, the assault cannon class. All of them would be considered anti-materiel weapons in Real Life. It's just that there are so many tough targets in Shadowrun (like trolls, drones, cyborgs, dragons, etc.) that you need this kind of firepower at the higher levels.
- Then again, some sniper rifles can do as much (or even more) damage if they are equipped with EX-explosive ammo (which is cheaper than assault cannon rounds), and have a higher rate of fire and a longer range, which puts them squarely in this class.
- Eclipse Phase has the plasma rifle. It's big, bulky, and needs to cool off for one round every other shot. But deals 3d12+12 damage per shot. More than a thermobaric grenade or minimissile.
- Feng Shui has a few of these:
- The Helix Ripper, one of the signature arcanowave weapons, which is able to rip apart flesh at the cellular level and passing through inorganic matter without losing coherency, with wounds caused by the thing not being able to be healed normally. The thing weighs close to 20 kg (that's 44-45 pounds) when not plugged into an AI/O port, but when it's plugged in, it weighs a more manageable 6 kg (13 pounds).
- The Buro Hellharrower. This thing is so damned large that it takes a Strength of 11 (either a Big Bruiser, a high-Body Supernatural Creature or somebody with a Robot Arm or other cybernetic or arcanowave enhancement) to be able to use the thing without a vehicle mount, and for this reason, it's primarily issued to abominations, the cyber-demonic Super Soldiers that the Buro fields against its most dangerous foes.
- The Minigun, Flame Thrower and Missile Launcher hardware schticks, all of which do not have a concealment rating — they're so effin' huge that trying to hide them is all but impossible, especially given the fact that they're usually mounted on an equally bulky cybernetic body.
- Hc Svnt Dracones has "large" weapons, such as heavy machine guns, that require herculean strength (or the 'taur morphism) to use without a tripod, and then there's LAN (Lift Assist Required) weapons, which you're simply not going to be able to use without Powered Armor or two consecutive Muscular Enhancements. Most notably the V-801 Mag Lance (depicted here with Omni-Frame lift assist), which costs more than a small spaceship and does 1,000 damage with each shot, and the shell keeps going until its done that much.
- Super Soaker's CPS and Monster lines were the toy water gun version of this trope with its biggest one, The monster XL, being about the size of a mini gun, had two barrels and came with a mounding stand. Though what it lacked in the power department compared to some of the smaller CPS guns, it made up for in size, twin-barreledness, staying power, ability to take abuse and raw Intimation power The CPS 2000 was not quite as large but packed a big punch, generally estimated to output a liter every second and require repumping every second. The smallestCPS The 1000 was quite large as well.
- Nerf's Centurion,◊ an almost 41" long blaster that fires Mega Darts, styled as an Anti Material Rifle.
- Joyce Brown's shoulder-fired Hammer Space cannon in It's Walky!, which is even called a BFG and is over a foot wide at the muzzle. Somewhat justified by her superhuman strength. It still has some serious recoil though. At least once she's told to get a smaller, more practical weapon.
- Girl Genius:
- One of Ren's Attack Animals from Tower of God has big damn energy cannon with a firing end and a very point end as well as a petal shield.
- Kore the dwarf paladin from Goblins wields a pair of eight-shaft repeating crossbows. They are quite devastating.
- In this A Miracle of Science comic: "And if I say no?" "Gun." "You make a convincing argument."
- Afterlife Blues, by the same authors, features a railgun that at full power is only usable with Powered Armor (unless you're a full cyborg).
- In The Munchkin Man, "Ted" (which isn't actually his name) has this thing.◊
- Frequently shows up in Narbonic (usually in the hands of Mell, the evil intern). One reader posts comments keeping up with "Big Freakin' (tm) Gun Count".
- Parodied in MegaTokyo with a BFWii control. Also in MegaTokyo is an actual big gun, the Sony P4216A Killtrunk.
- Plasma cannons in S.S.D.D are illegal because they have a tendency to blow up their owners and anyone around them, but that doesn't stop Tessa from owning one (guess how sane she is).
- Schlock from Schlock Mercenary uses a BFG-209 Plasma Weapon complete with Ommmmminous hummmmmmm and intimidating barrel glow. Schlock also gives us a new euphemism for these: "Wristbreaker."
- The Way of the Metagamer gives us the aptly-named Rod of Za-Boom.
- Axe Cop has Wexter, a tyrannosaurus rex with BFGs for arms.
- Captain Martello, from Mushroom Go, carries a Bullet Bill cannon. Yes, carries it.
- Subverted in Sequential Art : Pip "borrows" a few really, really big guns from the denizens living in their basement - only to discover that they have a range of about four centimeters. He even lampshades it.
Pip: Quit looking at me like that! I just grabbed the biggest, most-lethal looking guns I saw! Admit it! They don't look like short, short range weapons, do they?!
- In MS Paint Adventures: Homestuck, there is a BFG called Ahab's Crosshairs wielded by the pirate Orphaner Dualscar, and later his descendant/ancestor (it's complicated) Eridan Ampora.
- Jade Harley gains Iron Man's Proton Cannon from Marvel vs. Capcom by combining a rifle, her Iron Lass suit, and a proton accelerator.
- Grandpa Harley has the Blunderbuss, which makes a dramatic entry of sorts before releasing fire along with a big BLAM on its target.
- The Whiteboard:
- Paintball guns! Most would be illegal in the sport, especially the railgun and rocket-launcher.
- This◊ beauty, from the real 2005 April Fools' Day strip, is almost as long as the vixen wielding it is tall, but still being carried around like it's just a scaled up rifle. note
- FPS Russia is devoted entirely to BFG's.
- Tech Infantry features a wide variety of plasma and other weaponry designed to be carried by heavy-weapons troopers in Powered Armor. It greatly helps that many of those soldiers inside the armor are Werewolves.
- Big Fucking Steam Punk Guns!
- Linkara shows off his third favorite weapon in the Silent Hill Dying Inside review: a minigun he wears on his hand. It shows up in his Doom review and 90's Kid picks it up in the Might Morphin Power Rangers review. HE also has another BFG he got off Cable that was used in the above mentioned Power Rangers review.
- This video is titled 'Huge Guns'. Frankly, it's a bit of an understatement.
- Used by a multitude of characters in Marvels RPG, availability never being an issue given the Death Ray weapon available from the shop. Rocket Raccoon got an Item of Power simply named BFG.
- Darwin's Soldiers features two notable ones. Gustave Chiumbo, a massive Nile crocodile, wields a double barreled 4-gauge shotgun. Clyco's prototype weapon from the second RP counts too.
- The XM78 in Noka. An anti-materiel rifle designed to annihilate armor plated targets such as tanks, most likely stolen by the heroes, and for what purpose? Noka has no skills with firearms so they let him use it on a panda. Yeah. It's that kind of story.
- Lenny and Shinko's Disney-See as shown in the I,SHINKO short, Mickey's Christmas Carol review, and in the Questions and Answers video, Lenny has a large steampunk blunderbuss, that seems to have quite a kickback when being fired.
- In The Salvation War, the demons are given modified 30mm RARDEN autocannons as assault rifles, since they are about 20 feet tall.
- Itchy and Scratchy from The Simpsons have a duel where they come up with bigger and bigger guns; eventually Itchy has the good sense to actually shoot instead of getting yet another larger gun from hammerspace(his gun is already the size of planet Earth), and sends scratchy flying into the sun - improbable targeting skills at work, too!
- Roadblock (and his Suspiciously Similar Substitute, Heavy Duty) from G.I. Joe. Roadblock's gun is identified in the original comics as carrying a M2 Browning machine gun, a gun that is usually operated by a squad or vehicle mounted, and weighs up to 120 lbs.
- Sometimes it's depicted as more like the smaller (but still large and normally crew-served) M1919 Browning machine gun. Especially the action figure of him, since it wouldn't be able to stand up while carrying a properly-scaled M2.
- While not completely fitting with this trope (it's more of a Wave Motion Gun), the Justice League watchtower has a large laser that is quite literally called the Binary Fusion Generator. This was not unintended by the writers.
- A lot of Transformers have these.
- The Requiem Blaster from Armada, which changes hands a couple times over the course of the series. Three Mini-cons transform into a rifle capable of blasting a hole through the guts of any 'bot with zero resistance.
- In Robots In Disguise, Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Hightower, Mega-Octane, and Rollbar had weapons which would qualify as BFGs. Optimus' was shoulder-mounted, though, and Mega-Octane had both a hand held one and a back-mounted pair of cannons.
- The guns in this series can get pretty gargantuan. Guns can combine into bigger guns for the likes of Ruination, and any part of a robot's vehicle mode not used in their main body can turn into an arsenal. In G1, everyone asked where Optimus Prime's trailer went. In RID, there's no question: it turns into a buttload of extra guns and missile racks. Ditto Ultra Magnus (car carrier) and Evil Counterpart Scourge (gas tanker.)
- Bumblebee was seen with a gun (more like a Big Fucking Cannon) that was twice as long as he was tall in Dreamwave's "War Within" issue 5, while one of IDW's "Infiltration" issue 4 cover homages that with a really large caliber gun◊.
- Both Generation 1 and Animated Swindle have a giant gun that can mount on top of their vehicle mode.
- Megatron's fusion cannon from Generation One (and Megatron himself in at least one scene◊). Once he was upgraded to Galvatron, it became even more powerful - in a couple of the post-Movie episodes, it was used to destroy planets.
- Cliffjumper is famous for pulling guns larger than he is.
- This◊ may be Megatron's Best F'G moment he's ever had. It's also just plain awesome.
- The Animated Megatron also has a fusion cannon which is almost identical (if not a little bit bigger!) than the original and even uses the same sound effect (Although slightly modified to sound like a weapon firing). Most impressively, he uses it while Dual Wielding. Is it any wonder that this guy is considered to be a Bad Ass?
- Meanwhile the Armada version of Megatron had a waist-mounted cannon which is so powerful it blows him backwards along the ground◊. Of course, most of the other Armada characters have similarly ludicrously powered weapons when they power up with Mini-Cons — Starscream's first test of his Null-Laser cannons leaves a huge crater.
- The Logical Conclusion to this trope, the Ark, a BFG made from 4 absolutely huge spaceships being stuck together with the power of creation here it is◊. For comparison, the guy holding it is Primus who transforms into a PLANET.
- Rampage's Hellbelcher from Beast Wars.
- Another one is Rhinox's "Chaingun(s) of Doom".
- And the ones on the base in this exchange:
Megatron: (walking up to the Maximal Base, when half a dozen turrets come from out of nowhere) Ah! I come in peace!!
Rhinox, through megaphone: (turrets fold away. twice as many turrets, three times as big unfold and point at Megatron) You'll leave in pieces.
- Remember the quad-guns the Millenium Falcon had? The ones that Han and Luke used to shoot down TIE Fighters in the first Star Wars film? In Star Wars: Clone Wars, a ARC Trooper carries one of those guns mounted on his chest.
- Almost subverted, but not quite, in the CGI-animated Action Man, when Coach gives Alex Mann a device called the BSU 10000. Alex thinks that this stands for something more sophisticated than the bazooka-like gun that it looks like at first glance, but Coach fires the gun at a pile of scrap metal (blowing it sky-high) and reveals that it really stands for "Blow Stuff Up". (Possibly a G-rated version of "Blow Shit Up", considering the show's audience.)
- C.O.P.S. featured Mace, who carried a laser bazooka, and uses it in the opening to slice a hole in a reinforced concrete walkway. Also featured Buttons McBoomBoom who, along with having THE GREATEST NAME IN ALL OF FICTION, kept a pair of BFGs in his chest.
- Dot's gun in Reboot's season 2 finale "Web World Wars." It's bigger than she is.
Dot: What do you think? Does it make me look too butch'?
Mouse: Hmm, nah.... listen, while I'm working on the codes with Megabyte, well, you'll watch my back won't'cha?
Dot: What do you think this is for? <Cocks gun>
- The unofficial ReBoot Episode Zero (a compilation of every cutscene from the PlayStation videogame) plays this a bit more straight. After Hexadecimal reveals that Dot is trapped inside one of her mirrors, Bob goes berserk. He brutally kicks Megabyte's ascii, then stares right at the mirror-slash-vidwindow above the Tor looking into Hex's lair. His next line, with progressive camera zoon-in on each letter: "Glitch: B.F.G.!". His already big gun turns into the poster child of More Dakka, then he points it straight up at the mirror, says his Catch Phrase ("Stay Frosty."), and blasts the crap out of it. (Watch the epic scene here, starting at 3:14.) Also lampshaded by Bob, his first request for glitch to form a BFG was actually a big, freaking guitar.
- The King in Sym-Bionic Titan, while fighting with the army on the front lines and already shooting a BFG, runs out of bullets and pulls out an even bigger one.
- On My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pinkie Pie shows off her Party Cannon, which can blast decorations all over a room in one shot to instantly set up a party—or blow changelings to Kingdom Come. She never leaves home without it and has hauled it from Ponyville to Canterlot and the Crystal Empire.
- ThunderCats (2011)
- The Dragon Grune has a huge kanabo Morph Weapon that transforms into an equally huge Lightning Gun.
- Mercenary slaver the Conquedor has a huge machine gun that fires adhesive goo and an absurdly long laser rifle he likes to use when tormenting Cute Machine villagers the Ro-Bear Berbils.
- Played for Laughs in "Between Brothers" when young Wilykat invokes it by appropriating an enemy's BFG. He staggers under its weight, attempting to aim it at a Walking Tank while enemy troops sneak up behind him. Its recoil is so tremendous he sails backward into them, knocking them out, while his errant shot manages to hit the tank's feet.
- Generator Rex: one of Rex's forms produces a ridiculously large gun, known as the Slam Cannon. It's about three times as large as its teenage wielder, and on one occasion used bowling balls for bullets - and they were small compared to its usual mass-of-rubble rounds.
- As with the Avengers example above, Coulson Dual Wields a pair of BFGs that double as rocket launchers in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Run Pig Run".
- Capri Chilton from Motorcity has one.
- The High Impulse Weapon System developed by Lacroix Defense & Security was an attempt to create a shoulder-fired 76mm mortar. It operated at the very limit of what can be considered man-wieldable, if not beyond. A video can be seen Here.
- Truth in Television: in 1943, when the war turned and Japanese equipment started to be captured in significant quantities, an error in translation led to one item being called "the knee mortar". This was a light one-man mortar of perhaps 37mm bore. Its integral baseplate was curved, allowing the weapon to be braced against any suitable rock or fallen tree bole while it was aimed and steadied by hand, Unfortunately an error in translating the Japanese designation led British and Australian troops to confidently suppose it was braced against the knee or thigh of the soldier operating the weapon. Allied field hospitals were, for a time, faced with a steady trickle of men whose kneecaps and femurs had been shattered by recoil energies, when seeking to use captured Japanese weapons against their former owners. Revised instructions and warnings were sent out as a matter of urgency. The "knee mortar" in Allied service eventually proved to be a handy and potent short-range weapon in jungle fighting.
- The KS-23 is a Russian shotgun made from recycled 23mm AA gun barrels(equivalent to 4 gauge!). Nowadays they are issued to the OMON special police unit & available for local civilians.