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Disarm, Disassemble, Destroy
Alice is up against someone who has a gun. Before the gunman can shoot her, Alice snatches the firearm and quickly disables it right in front of the gunman. Asskicking typically ensues.
Usually used to demonstrate the badassery of a given character as well as their knowledge of firearms, (unless they use brute force), and may involve Willing Suspension of Disbelief
to enforce the Rule of Cool
. It also makes an impressive show for the viewer. Like most Rule of Cool
stuff, this is largely not Truth in Television
, as many cocked-and-locked firearms (especially handguns) cannot be taken apart without discharging or clearing the weapon first, and most of the ones that can still have plenty of little parts that need to be pulled out before the slide or barrel will come off, so Don't Try This at Home
Not to be confused with Gun Stripping
, where the character has plenty of time to take apart the firearm.
See also: Guns Are Worthless
, Blasting It out of Their Hands
, and Quick Draw
. Might involve Not with the Safety on, You Won't
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- In GI Joe: A Real American Hero #26, the Soft Master disassembles the handgun of a young hoodlum trying to hold up his store, ejecting the ammunition cartridge and the round in the chamber.
- In Feet of Clay, Dorfl does this when he goes to the slaughterhouse for payback after being given free will and someone attacks him with a hammer.
- In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, when Hagrid is banging on the door of the shack in which the Dursleys are trying to hide from the Hogwarts letters, Vernon comes downstairs with a shotgun. After Hagrid breaks down the door, Vernon threatens him with it, and Hagrid yanks the gun out of his hands, ties the barrel in a knot, and tosses it in the corner.
- Artemis Fowl: Julia removes an important part of a mook's gun as he brandishes it, making it only possibly useful as a hammer.
- On The Adventures of Superman after the villain got done Shooting Superman, Superman would often grab the barrel and twist it into a curve so it's unusable.
- Eliot Spencer from Leverage can do this and does it on a regular basis. Justified because he's one of the world's best fighters and he Doesn't Like Guns.
- In LOST, Kate does it with instruction from Sayid in the second episode, right after Sawyer shoots the polar bear. Later we learn she didn't necessarily need it.
- In Star Trek: The Original Series, Khan grabs Kirk's phaser out of his hands and bends it in half.
- In the Vengeance Unlimited episode against a rogue IRS agent, during the final confrontation Mr. Chapel snatches his gun and empties it.
- In Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman can learn the Disarm and Destroy special combo move, which allows him to destroy weapons during combat. When he uses it against henchmen armed with firearms, he pulls the weapon apart before dropping the pieces. Henchmen can pick up and reassemble their guns, so keep your ears open for the Dramatic Gun Cock.
- In Batman: Arkham City they can pick up but not reassemble. (If the gun was dropped when Batman knocked someone down or out, a henchman can pick it up, but Disarm and Destroy prevents them from doing so.)
- In Metal Gear Solid 3, The Boss does this to Snake at least twice in cutscenes, destroying his sidearms in the process. She does it to Ocelot once, but then gives him back the parts she removed rather than throwing them away. She also uses it as a tactic in the final fight if she manages to knock you onto the ground while you're holding a weapon. For gameplay reasons, this just means The Boss will scatter your intact weapon and its ammo around the battlefield, forcing you to scramble and retrieve them; it's also an incentive to use CQC on her rather than trying to shoot her.
- Metal Gear Awesome has Snake take Meryl's gun, turn it into a balloon animal, and then eat it in front of her. Doesn't turn out to be the smartest solution when they then get surrounded by guards.
- In Gargoyles, Goliath does this to Elisa in the pilot episode, snatching her gun from behind and crushing it to scrap.
- BIONICLE: In "Island of Doom", Reidak snatches one of Lewa Nuva's Air Katanas and breaks it in half.