Doctor, they've got guns. The Doctor:
And I don't. And that makes me the better person, don't you think? They can shoot me dead, but the moral high ground is mine.
There are lots of reasons that some people hate guns, but in the real world, these are most often linked to hating the thing that people with guns can easily do
, which is turning living people into non-living people.
But in fiction, the gun-hater's reasons are often different. He just specifically dislikes guns
. He has no problem whatsoever with other, less efficient means of turning living people into non-living people.
Sometimes there's a specific reason that their distaste is limited to the gun, such as a particular incident from his past or a sense that guns are "unsportsmanlike" or "cowardly". Some characters will even take a Heroic Vow
against the use of guns. But most of the time, there's just a Writer on Board
who wants to show that a character is moral enough to hate overt tools of violence like guns while glossing over the fact that they're in a show where a lot of violence has to be unloaded on people. Pressure to reduce violence with firearms
in media in general, or the desire of an anti-gun author to teach us all An Aesop
may also play a part.
While other forms of lethal violence will still be lethal, they translate less literally to real life, since it's less probable anyone in the audience could successfully dish out pain the way the hero does. Not everyone is a master martial artist who can kill with their bare hands, but anyone with a functioning couple of fingers could conceivably pull a trigger and get lucky. This also allows the story to be more action-oriented and dramatic when guns could end the tension much quicker. (BANG! — "ooh, ya got me!").
Most superpowered beings don't use guns, because frankly they don't need them. Why use a gun when you have energy blasts or the ability to wield melee weapons at hypersonic speeds?
This can also be an excuse for the hero to MacGyver
up some Bamboo Technology
rather than just shooting the bad guy
. Remember, MacGyver
himself may normally refuse to use guns, but even he's not above firing a steering wheel knob out of a cannon, as long as he converted the cannon out of a car muffler with his own hands.
Common in the Blood Knight
, who will often think guns make things end too quickly. See Technical Pacifist
as well, where, even if a Technical Pacifist still beats the crap out of people on a heartbeat, he will generally not use a gun. Related to Heroes Fight Barehanded
Sometimes brought on by Executive Meddling
or by the Media Watchdogs
stooping over the cartoons
, and may forgo replacing guns
by removing them altogether
A Super Trope
to Con Men Hate Guns
Contrast Gun Nut
, Superhero Packing Heat
, Batman Grabs a Gun
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- Roger Smith from The Big O, though its not much of a surprise since he's anime Batman. Though his reason is because it's not "gentleman"-like. He will use it if pressured, but won't directly attack people. And he's just fine with using the guns on his mecha. Again, just like Batman has no problem arming his vehicles with enough guns and explosives to take out a small country.
- Yajiro Kojima from Grenadier uses a sword instead of guns because he thinks a person who kills with a gun doesn't feel the weight of the life he or she takes. Traveling with Rushuna makes him rethink that point, though.
- The Takamachi family in Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever despise guns and only use swords. Which puts Kyoya Takamachi at odds with Ellis McGaren, who despises swords and only uses guns.
- Black Lagoon:
- This may be why Shenhua doesn't use guns. She's far too fond of the knives.
- Also Rock — he'd rather use words. In the yakuza arc, he refuses the pistol Balalaika offers him as a souvenir (after killing several former allies with it on his more or less indirect suggestion) but says he "won't forget that he pulled the trigger". Of course, if there's any shooting to be done, Revy's happy to do it for him.
- Death Note:
- Aiber hates guns, and violence in general. But then, he is a con man. Interestingly, he is very skilled with a firearm, as he demonstrates when he reluctantly picks one up chasing Higuchi. We're only told that he dislikes guns for personal reasons, and those reasons are never elaborated on.
- Some areas of Fanon have it that Light also falls under this Trope, given his... less than pleasant experiences with them in the series. Canonically, he never uses one, but then the Death Note is a far more effective weapon. The one time he is offered a gun, he refuses simply because it is illegal for Japanese civilians to carry firearms.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- In the manga, Ed says that he doesn't like guns and freaks out when he has to use one; this is consistent with his refusal to kill anyone throughout the series.
- Inverted with Riza Hawkeye, who says she prefers guns to swords and knives because with guns, "The sense of death doesn't linger on the hands." But as Roy says, she isn't being truthful. Snipers kill in a very personal way, even if they aren't physically close to their victims.
- In End of Evangelion, after Shigeru Aoba hands Maya Ibuki a gun, she expresses dislike of using guns and killing human beings even as NERV is being invaded by SDF.
Shigeru Aoba: (hands Ibuki a gun) Release the safety.
Maya Ibuki: I can't! I just can't shoot this thing, Aoba!
Shigeru Aoba: Of course you can! You've had basic training!
Maya Ibuki: But I shot at targets, not at other human beings!
Shigeru Aoba: Idiot! You kill or you die!
- In Cat's Eye, policeman Utsumi never uses a gun. The reason, as revealed later, is that he's actually a crack shot, but that caused him to become overconfident and do gun tricks at the shooting range; one of those tricks went awry, and he shot himself in the leg, causing him to start disliking firearms.
- On a related note, Prince Philionel and his daughters Naga and Amelia, who Don't Like Swords, and as such are mostly Technical Pacifist martial artists.
- Then there's the otherwise boisterous Naga, who's so Afraid of Blood she faints at the sight of it owing to the trauma of witnessing her mother's assassination but is perfectly happy to freeze people solid and crush them with golems.
- Master Asia from Mobile Fighter G Gundam is a mecha example of this trope, always insisting to fight bare-handed and considers all guns as for cheaters in a fight. The backstory for the anime also revealed that most martial artists were quite pissed off at the inclusion of guns because Gentle Chapman of Neo-England won three straight Gundam Fights just by sniping them. It was Master Asia's win that saved the fights.
- Kimba from Kimba the White Lion due to the deaths (including his father) guns cause in his animal kingdom.
- Several characters in Rurouni Kenshin. At one point, Yahiko snatches a gun away from a mook. The mook panics, but Yahiko throws it away and says, "Like I would really shoot. I'm a swordsman, guns are for sissies!"
- Played around with in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt — while Panty is rather trigger-happy, that's with her magic panties * that turn into a Heaven gun. On the one occasion she's forced to use normal guns, she complains about how bad the used gunpowder smells.
- Strike Witches: Upon joining the 501st JFW, Yoshika is quick to return the handgun she is issued, insisting that she won't need it.
- Justified in Puella Magi Kazumi Magica with Niko Kanna due to her Dark and Troubled Past: as a child, while playing with a gun she had somehow gotten her hands on, she accidentally shot and killed two friends. When forced to use a gun to defend herself, she remarks "Can't run away from guns, can I?"
- Batman's hatred of the gun is well known, so much that he, as Bruce Wayne, bars his company from producing military contracts (uh...huh...) and will refuse to use a firearm even if it seems to be the only way out of a deadly situation. This is carried over into The DCAU as well, possibly best shown in Batman Beyond when what finally pushed Batman to retire is that he was forced to use a gun to threaten a kidnapper who was about to bash in his skull after he had been crippled by a bad heart attack during the fight.
Technically the military contracts thing isn't true, as we've seen various examples of military-grade hardware produced by WayneTech, from night vision goggles to attack helicopters. Presumably Bruce is fine with it as long as his company isn't manufacturing any weapon systems (those can be sourced from other contractors). Bruce tends to outsource a lot of WayneTech's R&D to other DCU corporations; he tends to use external tech more in the comics than, in, say, the Nolanverse.
- One Nightwing comic book features a scene with Batman and Robin on the firing range in the Batcave. Robin is confused as to why they're doing this, since they never use guns. Batman says that they need to understand guns in order to better understand their opponents; and that they need to not be afraid of them.
- Robin, likewise, gives this same explanation after a special ops member mentions while he beat her in a sparring match, she'd have an edge on the firing range. He also adds that part of the reason they don't use guns is, unlike police, they can't appear in court to defend the use of lethal force, so they don't use tools (like guns) that would result in deaths. After Dick became a Bludhaven police officer, Bruce made it clear that he didn't like him wearing his service revolver around the cave.
- Assuming that you ignore the fact that Batman's been shot numerous times, and at one point wore a costume with a prominent target on his chest so that he'd be shot in the place where he had the most protection.
- Final Crisis takes this to a symbolical level as Batman makes an "once in a lifetime" exception and
shoots "poisons" Darkseid with an anti-New God gun only to be "killed" by the villain's eye beams a mere second after pulling the trigger. Much to the chagrin of fans, though it should be noted that Batman was going for a what could be a suicide run (as this was the "Day That Evil Won" and was most likely the last thing he could have done being trapped in Command-D) and of all places, Batman shot Darkseid in the shoulder. With a bullet that was, as he himself pointed out, like Kryptonite to Darkseid's kind. All that means is that instead of dying instantly Darkseid's body took a few moments to savour the poisonous effects.
- In another Batman story by Grant Morrison, Joe Chill in Hell, a young Batman confronts his parents' killer, Joe Chill, and torments the man, depriving him of sleep, sneaking up on him in disguise, and generally just scaring the crap out of him for a month, all building up to the point where Batman drives Chill to commit suicide.
- It's amazing how strict some Batman adaptations are about this, even when you'd think they'd ditch it. In The Dark Knight Returns, Batman hospitalizes countless mooks, snaps the Joker's spine (paralyzing but not killing him), and even has machine guns on his car. When he uses the guns, he internal monologues to the reader, "Rubber Bullets. Honest."
- The reasons vary from writer to writer. Originally, the idea that Batman hates guns was linked to his parents' murder when he was a child. There are practical and legal reasons, too — self-awareness that he's a vigilante and the knowledge that in being so he has no business killing, while guns make it much too easy to kill and much too hard to be nonlethal. On a historical note, in his original Detective Comic appearances, he frequently used firearms and lethal force against villains. The creators only removed his use of firearms when they worried that it would make him resemble the Shadow too closely. Today, most depictions have Batman bending enough to arm his vehicles, for disabling vehicles and removing obstacles of course.
- In a particularly amusing inversion, in an early Detective Comics appearance Bats comments that he hates taking human life — immediately before machine-gunning a car full of baddies from his biplane. This blog has a good rundown on instances where he used a gun.
- In fact, in the The Golden Age of Comic Books, he didn't even have the "dislikes guns" angle, and had a handgun that he wasn't afraid to use.
- While Batman's aversion to guns has generally grown over time, there are some situations in the older comics where Batman refuses to use a gun. In Detective 453 (the same series in which Batman fires a machine gun into a car full of bad guys), Batman is told to shoot a single bullet into the ground to prove he isn't really Batman, or be shot to death by a room full of criminals. He doesn't do it. This is probably due more to the inconsistency of older comics and a lazy writer, but it's probably the most extreme example of this rule.
- In one issue of the Justice League, shortly after Wonder Woman had been blinded in battle in her own comic, the League was testing to see if she was still up to membership standards. As she was cheerfully thrashing the Flash, Green Lantern, and several others, Batman is seen off to the side talking with Superman. A few panels later, Wonder Woman has to use her bracelets to block a bullet...fired by Superman. As incongruous as it is to see Superman holding a gun, he has no actual problem with them (and was probably trained to use them on the Kent farm), while Batman couldn't bring himself to fire one even as a deliberately non-lethal test.
- While Batman does not use guns, Alfred does. Alfred Pennyworth has threatened or actually shot numerous people throughout comics history with pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Most notably, it is Alfred who kills the Penguin in Batman Earth 1. The apparent justification is twofold. First is that Alfred, in his mid-sixties, is unable to fight on a competitive level. Second is that Batman trusts Alfred's judgement implicitly, which he does not for the Robins, and certainly does not trust himself.
- Batman's distaste for guns gets lampshaded in Grant Morrison's JLA/WildCATS crossover, in which the League hooks up with the premiere heroes of Jim Lee's Wildstorm line. At one point when both teams go up against Epoch the Time Lord, Batman asks the raygun-toting Grifter just how good he is. When Grifter brags that in his universe Batman would have been his kid sidekick, Batman then adds, "Then you won't mind doing this without the guns." Grifter pauses for a Beat, then quips, "Aw, why not? I'll try anything once!" The beginning of the crossover features an encounter with Epoch and Wally West while he was still Kid Flash, who sizes up his new foe's huge high-tech rifle by commenting, "One of the first things I've learned in the superhero game. 'Gun' equals 'bad guy'."
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold used this as a plot point in the final episode. Bat-Mite is trying to get the series cancelled and Ambush Bug attempts to stop him, but Batman refuses to listen when Bug tells him that the world has been changed. That is, until Batman uses a pair of handguns to fight crime, which Bug points out is an insanely Out-of-Character Moment; at this point Batman finally realizes that Bug is right and starts fighting back against Bat-Mite.
- Jason Todd was taught how to use guns by Batman, while at the same time acknowledging Bruce's own aversion to guns. And even used a live gun, at least once, in order to escape, by forcing their assailants to take cover. In Batman: The Cult, Batman and Jason use rifles and machine-guns that fire tranquilizer darts that otherwise function nearly identically to normal firearms.
- At another point, Jason Todd uses a shotgun to destroy a Commissioner Gordon Manhunter impersonator (no, really) and save Batman. He doesn't have much of a reaction to this besides "good work, Robin".
- In Mike Mignola's "The Doom that came to Gotham", the Waynes are killed by knife, and Batman freely uses guns, though he never actually shoots anyone. He does have an aversion to knives, though.
- One Batman related character, the Huntress, is willing to kill uses a crossbow and throwing knives to get the job down. Unlike most other examples, she doesn't avoid guns because she looks down on them, she's stated that she's just not very good with them.
- In Watchmen, Nite Owl says that Rorschach didn't shoot Moloch because that way of killing someone is too ordinary. Presumably this is why Rorschach chose to improvise when he is cornered by the police instead of picking up the gun. The gun was also empty, and Rorschach only kills criminals; crazy as he is, he doesn't bear ill will against police officers, and only fights them at all in order to escape.
- Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter disdained the use of guns and rarely even used a bow and arrows during most of his career, preferring to hunt his prey, whether it's wild animals or costumed heroes like Spidey, on equal terms. Ironically, after succumbing to insanity, he used a firearm on himself to take his own life.
- Zugzagged with Tombstone, another Spider-Man villain. While he has used a gun from time to time, he much prefers to kill his victims, who are usually much weaker than he is, with his bare hands, most often by strangulation.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles notice on several occasions in the comics that they hate guns. At one point where they use some as a part of disguise Leonardo points out that he do not want any shooting and another of the turtles have already unloaded his gun. And in the Archie comic they think that lasers may be cool but also boring and too effective.
- Raphael is the only one to break the rule twice in fact, the first time being in the Image series in which during the Bodycount series he guns down many gangsters and in a story in the Archie comics he used a laser gun to shoot a villain he survived though.
- Actually, they do use guns on several occasions in the first volume of the Mirage comics, either laser guns or regular lead spewing ones. They don't intentionally bring guns to a fight, but they're perfectly willing to pick one up if the situation demands it.
- Or it could just be that they can't use guns. Have you seen their hands? Two big fat fingers and one big fat thumb.
- Nny from Johnny the Homicidal Maniac never kills with a gun (with only one exception, though that was for a murder-suicide). His stance on it is that they should only be used on oneself.
- Bullseye doesn't like guns because they're boring. He'd much rather kill someone with a playing card, or a shuriken, or his own poop. Which isn't to say he'll never use them. During the "Guardian Devil" Daredevil arc, Bullseye admitted that Daredevil was "almost" his better, so he decided to subvert his principles and shot Daredevil. He also tried to kill Deadpool with a rocket launcher. It didn't work because...it's Deadpool.
- Modesty Blaise's sidekick Willie Garvin. He's more likely to throw the gun, with deadly accuracy and force. His weapons of choice have also included short pieces of pipe, boomerangs, and large coins. He believes guns make people too sure of themselves.
- Apparently that only applies to handguns - he frequently uses rifles and similar weapons, with as much skill as Modesty.
- He also admits that he's a terrible shot with a handgun.
- Detective-Judge Armitage, a Judge Dredd spin-off character. His general attitude is deconstruction of the Technical Pacifist: he absolutely refuses to carry or use a gun, but has no qualms about, for instance, broken bottles. However, it is stated that Detective-Judges don't carry firearms generally. There was a more recent story where Armitage did carry a gun on a raid.
- This trope holds true for several of the heroes in Squadron Supreme, and leads them to ban and destroy all guns as part of their Utopia Project. The trope later causes a Heroic BSOD for one character when, in a panic, he grabs an automatic weapon and opens fire on a team of villains.
- In the Italian comic book Diabolik, the eponymous Villain Protagonist never uses a gun. Not from having issues with killing (he'll immediately kill you if he thinks it's useful), but because their noise tend to give away the stealth element he always counts on and he's way better with knives.
- Steve Rogers as Captain America averts this considering he originally did not have a problem carrying a pistol along with his original triangular shield. He drops the side arm later because he finds that his newer circular shield is so useful as a weapon that he decides that is typically the only one he needs most of the time.
- Mr. X, formerly of the Thunderbolts, is an... interesting case. He doesn't like guns because he thinks they aren't personal enough; he's a peerless killer who forms an empathic bond with his victims, relishing the moment of their deaths, so up-close killing is extremely important to him.
- Tintin frequently uses guns, but admits at one point that he's never entirely comfortable with the idea of handling one.
- An early issue of the Buffy Season Eight comic book had this to say:
No Slayer carries a gun, ever. End of talk, good talk.
- In the Doctor Strange mini-serial "The Oath," Doc tracks down a man who shot him (with a silver bullet, fired from the Walther P-38 that was Hitler's personal weapon) and later uses the gun himself. Once. And promptly dissolves it into fireflies.
Doctor Strange: Ghastly. Last time I touch one of these things..
- Barbara Gordon doesn't like guns, which makes sense since she was shot by The Joker and was left paralyzed from the waist down in The Killing Joke. This event remains in her backstory post-Flashpoint, and it's left its mark on her, as seen in her current series. One of her first attempts to get back into the swing of things as Batgirl (her paralysis was treated with surgery overseas) goes poorly when Mirror pulls a gun on her (aiming at the exact same spot where the Joker shot her) and she freezes in fear.
- There is a point in Batman: No Man's Land where she prepares to kill Black Mask with a sniper rifle to prevent him from attacking her clock tower, but Barbara's sometimes portrayed as more pragmatic than other members of the bat family.
- In Gotham Adventures, a tie-in comic to the animated series, Barbara has no aversion to guns, given her police training and the lack of any event analogous to The Killing Joke; she simply doesn't use them as Batgirl to respect Batman's wishes. However, when the time comes to infiltrate the home base of the Sensei, one of the world's most lethal martial artists and the leader of the League of Assassins, she makes a point of holding onto a pistol. Batman isn't happy with this decision, but ultimately does nothing to stop her besides arguing.
- Will Eisner's two-fisted creation The Spirit is known for never using a gun.
- Rapunzel's Revenge:
Rapunzel: I was noticing how without guns in their hands, most folk around here turned pale. Made me realize I'd never seen Jack touch a gun except to throw it away.
- Most Mobians, especially those under King Acorn, are seen with a dislike of guns in Sonic the Hedgehog, mostly due to a royal decree after one king's son was shot in an accident. This was a major sticking point with the Echidnas, as the Brotherhood of Guardians refused to help against the returned Dr. Robotnik because the Mobians refused to take up weapons of that sort.
- Trailcutter has serious views on guns, and has somehow managed to go through a several million year long war without using them very often. But then, he's got his Magnawheels and his trusty forcefield. Later on he gets guns installed in his legs, like all the cool 'bots.
- Loki admits he doesn't use guns. He prefers his own methods.
- In Matt Wagner's Grendel, the first Grendel, Hunter Rose is a Bad Ass Normal who frequently slaughters dozens of gun-wielding opponents armed with only his trademark fork-sword-spear-naginata-thing. Even when deprived of this weapon temporarily during his crossover with The Shadow, he instead opts to wield a hunting knife rather than a firearm. As the aforementioned co-star notes, this seems to come from "a romantic attachment to bladed weapons", rather than particular issues with firearms.
Films — Live-Action
- Quiller, from the Spy Fiction novels by Adam Hall, doesn't like guns for several reasons. They give him away as a spy, they cause overconfidence, and they're noisy. He prefers to rely on his martial arts skills.
- He's occasionally referred contemptuously to gun-carrying adversaries as "gun-dependent," indicating that if you get the gun away from them they're psychologically paralyzed and helpless against you.
- Odd Thomas hates guns, mainly because his mother frequently threatens suicide with one and also threatened to shoot him because he wouldn't stop crying while he was sick.
- In The Destroyer books, assassins Remo Williams, and Chiun don't like guns. They consider them toys for amateurs. Compared to them, they are right.
- However, Chiun has used a gun at least once. When a Big Bad was escaping by helicopter, he used a pistol to shoot the pilot from very, very far away. He also sank a submarine with one, by throwing it very hard.
- Before he was trained in the basics of Sinanju, Remo would occasionally fall back on his old skills and grab a gun when the opportunity presented itself. Chiun would then punish him severely for it.
- Doc Savage doesn't normally carry a gun (his reasoning is that anyone who carries a gun comes to depend on it and is thus less effective when disarmed). That doesn't stop him from using one when necessary (with the obligatory Improbable Aiming Skills).
- Doc and his men do, however, utilize special "handguns" of Doc's own design which fire "mercy bullets" — special anesthetic capsules which conveniently put the bad guys to sleep without killing them.
- Jay (Popinjay) Ackroyd of Wildcards hates guns. Of course when you can teleport people anywhere just by pointing at them that's not really an issue.
- In The Saga of Darren Shan, the honor code of vampires and vampanezes forbids them to use guns (as well as pretty much any other projectile weapon, like bows); they feel that guns are for cowards. The problem is circumvented by hiring regular humans as soldiers.
- The aversion is lampshaded in The Dresden Files, when Kincaid congratulates Harry for his unusual foresight in carrying a gun. In fact, this pragmatism is one of Dresden's advantages over his supernatural enemies, who will show (entirely warranted) caution where his magic is concerned, but neglect to protect themselves from things like bullets.
- Alex Rider averts this, despite the publisher's best efforts. Anthony Horrowitz has said that the reason MI-5 never give Alex a gun is because the publishers got very nervous when he said that of course Alex was going to shoot people if he had one. However, Alex always moans about not being allowed one, and when he occasionally manages to find one somewhere he doesn't seem to have much issue with taking it.
- Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird used to be called "Ol' One Shot" and used to be the "deadest shot in Maycomb County in his time"...but his children don't even realize he knows how to fire one until he has to shoot and kill a rabid dog.
- The dinosaurs from Anonymous Rex are like this, notably Ernie. They prefer to do their fighting hand-to-hand, since they're well equipped for that, and consider firearms unnatural.
- Wayne from The Alloy of Law doesn't use guns due to a traumatic incident in his Back Story.
- Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon.
- In the Carl Hiaasen novel Stormy Weather, Ira Jackson, a mafia thug, doesn't carry guns, partly because it's a condition of his parole, but mostly he feels anyone who carries a gun gets shot with one sooner or later. Besides, he prefers the more personal touch of crucifying his victims.
- The Wheel of Time plays with this trope when it comes to the Aiel; for a start, it gets transposed into a mediaeval fantasy setting, so it's swords they object to, not guns (which naturally don't exist). It's also played with insofar as they don't really know why they're not allowed to use swords any more, it's just their tradition. As their Chiefs find out during the Trials of Rhuidean, it's actually because they used to be dedicated to peace and forbidden to use any of weapons or violence at all; however, during the Breaking of the World, some of them realized they couldn't survive that way in such a world, but in an effort to retain some of the spirit of their old vows, restricted themselves only to weapons that could be used for purposes other than killing - hence spears can be used as a sort of fork, bows can be used for hunting, etc., but swords, which have no use other than killing, are no go. Needless to say, a lot of Aiel Go Mad from the Revelation when they find out the truth about their origins.
- R.A Salvatore plays with this in many of his characters. Of them, Drizzt Do'Urden is probably the most opposed, as seen when he goes up against pirates armed with a smokepowder cannon in Passage to Dawn. The reasons stated were actual reasons for the opposition to firearms in the Middle Ages by Feudal Nobles. Of course, the fact that they can be mass-produced, require less training and can make it possible to field a massive army in a matter of months is beside the point. Paradoxically, he probably realizes this.
It's worth noting here that in the Forgotten Realms, gunpowder literally doesn't work by decree of Gond, god of craftsmen, again because it makes gaining great power too easy. "Smokepowder" is a quasi-magical substance produced in sharply limited amounts by the Gondian church, and is less safe.
- John Taylor from Nightside doesn't use guns, because they make it very hard to resolve situations by saying "Sorry".
- Also, he generally takes opponents down through trickery, dirty tricks or his special power. In his own word "I have never felt the need."
- In Men at Arms, when the Gonne is invented, it's given to the Assassins' Guild for safekeeping because they would think it was too dangerous and inelegant a weapon to use. Though the Gonne is destroyed in the events of Men at Arms, later Discworld books continue the theme, as the Assassins don't like the "spring-gonnes" (heavily modified crossbows, though nothing as powerful as The Gonne) either. Anyone using it within the city limits would find its capacity to be concealed on the human body severely tested.
- Repairman Jack is very competent with guns, and rarely is without one. However, in the book Hosts he stops a mass shooting (with his own gun) and later laments that he wishes he lived in a world without guns. He quickly admits that if there were only one gun in the world, he'd want to be the one to own it, and since guns are so common, he has no problem equipping himself with plenty of the best.
- "Saturday Night Special" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
- Ayria's "The Gun Song".
- 311's "Guns (Are For Pussies)"
- XTC's "Melt The Guns"
- In Warhammer, Bretonnian knights live by an all-encompassing code of chivalry that disdains missile weapons of all kinds as base, cowardly and ignoble. None of them would dream of using a bow, crossbow or handgun himself, but most are tactically savvy enough to let their peasant retainers bring longbows and trebuchets to battle for support. Some, however, take the knightly disdain for such weapons to extreme heights of religious hatred for enemy missile troops, which is represented in the game by allowing Bretonnian knightly characters to buy this as a virtue. It does however transfer to all ranged weapons and not only guns. The basic code of conduct for Bretonnian knights in Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay includes a ban on gunpowder weapons. In fact, none of the knight careers grant proficiency in them. The knightly virtue in question only adds a ban on all ranged weapons on top of it.
- Zigzagged in Warhammer 40K: While taking out servants of the False Emperor from a nice safe distance by aiming for the biggest hat is sure to work, it won't get you points from the Dark Gods since there's no risk involved (except maybe Tzeentch, and as the god of sorcerers, cowards and backstabbers he's even mpore likely to screw you over). Servants of Khorne, the most kill-happy of the lot, can carry guns, but if they're going to gather skulls for the skull throne they'd better get closer.
- Orks charge into melee as soon as they get the chance despite having guns, as it gives them something to do while running and yelling.
- In In Nomine, the Archangel David hates all ranged weapons (including guns) because he feels they separate a person from the reality of what they're doing. His angels use melee attacks only.
- Ace Attorney:
- Detective Gumshoe briefly mentions that he doesn't like guns, and only uses his in emergencies, because he finds them dangerous.
- Although it's never said outright, or really shown outright, Edgeworth himself always acts rather causally around guns, often commenting on how easy it is to take someone's life with just a pull of a trigger. This is completely justified given that for 15 years he thought he had accidentally shot and killed his own father while he was only 9.
- Much like the Die Hard example above, the reason why Ed from Policenauts can't use a gun anymore is because long ago, he shot and killed a Narc user named Ridley, who was revealed to be Tony's brother, right in front of Marc. However, in the climax, Ed saves Jonathan from being shot by Gates by shooting Gates in the head.
- A narrator in one of the exposition pages for Finders Keepers says most magic folk prefer not to use guns specifically because it's actually safer that way. Magical creatures on the other side of the void are more likely to attack a gun-wielder on sight simply because of how dangerous the weapon is, as compared to, say, a sword.
- During the Nanobots arc of Sluggy Freelance, Dr. Schlock ran out at a critical moment in a rescue mission. Bun-bun dispatched Sam the Vampire (the Sampire!) to retrieve him, and gave him a gun. Sam's response: "Sam doesn't do guns." Bun-Bun made him take it anyway, which was fortunate, as Schlock had decked himself out in crosses and holy water. Sam proceeded to shoot Schlock in the leg, forcing him to give Sam permission to enter.
- Knightblade from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe not only dislikes guns, he goes out of his way to hunt down gun-traffickers, and tends to permanently cripple criminals who use guns in the commission of a crime. Stone hates them as well, which is ironic because he's a Flying Brick and just bulletproof as that implies.
- Pegs from We're Alive refused to use a gun through most of season 1.
- In The Venture Bros.. Brock Samson doesn't seem to be a huge fan of 'em, going so far as to outright refuse to even touch one during his OSI exam. He likes knives better because they're more personal and gory.
- After a Very Special Episode of Gargoyles where Broadway almost kills Elisa by accidentally shooting her with her own gun, he can't stand guns and will destroy any he gets his hands on. In an interesting case, his hatred of them stems from his own guilt rather than the weapon itself; Goliath obliquely mentions in the first episode that the gargs obviously don't have problems killing invaders (like the Vikings) if they can't avoid it. Broadway will, however, leave guns be in the hands of responsible people like Elisa — he only destroys those their enemies (usually petty criminals) are using because they use them to hurt people. The moral of the episode wasn't "guns are bad", it was "guns need to be handled responsibly", something both Broadway and Elisa agree upon at episode's end, and Elisa always locks her gun away from that point on, to emphasise not leaving it around where someone who is irresponsible or ill-intentioned can reach it.
- An amusing scene in the American Street Fighter animated series had Guile given a license to acquire weapons. Being a manly man, he crushes it in his fist and declares "Guns are for wimps!" Just a reminder, Guile is in the U.S. Army. Other depictions of him never show him hating guns, though since the series is all about hand-to-hand combat, it's more of a Hand Wave than anything else. Then again, per the rules for the Street Fighter RPG (and mentioned in the infamous Murphy's Rules column), Guile doesn't know HOW to use the things.
- As mentioned above, Batman (from Batman: The Animated Series) hates guns, and goes into retirement after being forced to use one as a last resort. Bruce Wayne, though, is seen in one episode participating in target shooting. Well, he does have to keep those Grapple-Gun skills sharp.
- Bruce Wayne invokes the trope by name in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "The World's Finest", which Lex Luthor tries to persuade Bruce to allow him use the robots they were developing together for military purposes. Bruce tells him "I don't like guns".
- There's a very interesting Justice League episode, "Dead Reckoning", in which Deadman possesses Batman and kills Devil Ray with a gun (in a split second reaction to save Wonder Woman's life). Batman is visibly disgusted afterwards at having any part in killing someone with a gun, even to save a friend.
- It's subverted in an episode taking place in an altered timeline — a resistance fighter Batman grabs a gun and points it at the League, thoroughly convincing them that something has changed the timeline.
- Subverted on Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures. Johnny and Jessie have cornered a bad guy who drops his gun. The villain worries for a moment that Jonny will pick up the gun and use it, but Jonny tells him that he doesn't like guns. The villain smirks...for a second, until Jessie points the gun at his head, saying "I, on the other hand, don't have a problem with them."
- Virgil in Static Shock; His mother was shot and killed while on her job as a paramedic during a city wide riot. And to make things worse, his best friend Richie was once shot in the leg by accident.
- In Babar, none of the animals like or use guns (for obvious reasons), including the rhinos.
- Actor Christopher Walken has an intense hatred of handguns, so much that he doesn't even like holding them.
- This is part of why it was hard to get Sigourney Weaver back for Alien³. After finishing Aliens, she'd joined Handgun Control, and was not thrilled with the emphasis on weaponry in the third film script. In the final script, there are no firearms (albeit coincidentally).
- Legendary Hawaiian police officer Chang Apana never carried a gun, but managed to be quite the Badass anyway.
- Roger Moore doesn't like handling firearms. When he was 14, his brother accidentally shot him in the leg. In his James Bond films, he used a stunt double most of the time Bond used a gun.
- Heavy Metal lyrics tend to glorify battle that doesn't use guns, but criticize the state of modern war.
- Edward G. Robinson also hated guns. That was a problem early in his career, since he was often typecast as a gangster. During production of Little Caesar, Robinson's eyelids had to be taped open so he wouldn't flinch when he fired his weapon.
- Britain in general seems to dislike guns - for instance, it has one of the strictest regimes of gun control in the world, with handguns being illegal for private citizens and shotguns and rifles regulated to almost the same degree. Similarly, it is a point of great pride for many British people that Britain is the only industrial country of its size which does not regularly arm its police force, and, even when members of the police are killed by armed crooks (something which is noticeably rare) both police and public are overwhelmingly against equipping bobbies on the beat with guns. Even criminals seem to prefer knives.
- Like Britain, Japan is an extremely anti-gun country. By law, the only people that can carry handguns are the police, JSDF members on base, and bodyguards for state officials. Rifles can be obtained for hunting, but the red tape one has to go through in order to do so is a mile long, and most Japanese don't hunt anyway. The Yakuza are known for also possessing guns, but gun-related deaths in Japan are among the lowest in the world (even when including police firing on criminals). However, this can be attributed less to the lack of guns (there's still knife attacks after all), but more on the fact that Japanese society puts extreme pressure on people to preserve social order.
- Japanese aversion to firearms goes back several centuries, owing largely to the laws and cultural norms established and enforced during the Tokugawa Shogunate. (Roughly 1600-1860) that not only severely restricted possession of firearms, but also culturally denigrated guns as dishonorable weapons unworthy of the Samurai. The real reason probably had more to do with managing potential threats against the state and the social order, though, as the introduction of the musketry revolutionized Japanese warfare in the Senkoku period, by allowing mere peasants to cut down noble warriors.
- Strict gun control laws in People's Republic of China was one of clues that alerted those who knew about China that something was amiss with Mike Daisey's story on This American Life about factories manufacturing Apple products in Chinese cities. The story referred to private security guards with guns, something that would never be allowed in a country where only agents of government on duty may carry guns. The story was eventually retracted with a public apology.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar, based on her husband's father committing suicide with one. This trait makes it into many of her roles such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Ringer (the good Bridgett has a problem with them, the evil Sibohen doesn't.)
- This is one side of America's gun control debate. Although sometimes, a person in support of gun control may like guns but not support private ownership, or even dislike them personally, yet support private ownership on individual liberty grounds. Needless to say it's a complex issue, so need to go into any further detail here.