"Snipin's a good job, mate. It's challenging work, out of doors; I guarantee you'll not go 'ungry."
The Friendly Sniper is the polar
opposite of the Cold Sniper
. He's one of the friendliest people you'll meet: personable, cheerful, and likely to be the The Face
of his group.
Of course, his light attitude doesn't mean he isn't good at what he does. In battle, he's a Badass
who's able to snipe and hit anything
courtesy of his Improbable Aiming Skills
Can often (but not always
) overlap with Hitman with a Heart
. The Friendly Sniper is closely related to the Boisterous Bruiser
, except his strength is in his guns and his terrifyingly precise aim rather than his arm.
In Real Life
, there is a distinct difference between a sniper and a sharpshooter. While they employ similar weapons and both are specialized on long-range shooting, their modus operandi
is different. A sharpshooter acts as a member of a platoon or company and fights alongside other men. A sniper, on the other hand, is a solitary killer and employed usually as spotter-shooter pairs. A sharpshooter is very likely to be a Friendly Sniper.
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Anime & Manga
- Pierre from the fanfilm Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy is a quirky, good-natured guy who affectionately teases people and spends his time playing Animal Crossing while waiting for marks.
- Snark from The Life fits the archetype well. Hell, his call sign is Snark in account to the sheer amount of snarkyness that he can pull off. He usually goes into a slightly more professional mode when in combat.
- Aerilynn from Project Ignition, she's a bubbly, cheeryful, klutzy girl. In her NEXT Hrist, she'll shoot you with her Phact Railcannon from outside your possible visual range... yes, you, Magnus Lux, and your >100KM eyesight.
- The Pony POV Series has Private (later Lance-Corporal) Captive Audience, one of Shining Armor's squadmates, whose special ops training makes him one of the best snipers in the business, but also one of the nicest ponies you'll ever meet (he even has moments of Adorkableness for crying out loud).
- Soras Kippler, from the Daredevils is quiet, but has some of the best one-liners and snarking from a team of snarking badasses.
- Jude Law's portrayal of Soviet sniper Vasily Zaitsev in Enemy at the Gates.
- Barry Pepper's Southern-Fried Private Daniel Jackson from Saving Private Ryan. Jackson is like this to his squadmates, but to the Germans he casually picks off while quoting the Bible, he's a lot colder.
- Frank Sinatra played a non-heroic Friendly Sniper in Suddenly.
- Michael McCandles in Big Jake. He won't kill humans or animals, except for food (in the case of the latter) or in self-defense (in the case of the former). He is also polite and respectful to his father, despite the fact that said father walked out on him during his youth.
- Schoolboy from the fourth Rambo film. He's the most honest of the mercenaries, the most idealistic and the most kind-hearted - proving it by being the only one who comes back for Rambo and Sarah. Later on, faced with a bad situation he can't change, he's visibly upset at the slaughter of good guys about to go on. And then, when Rambo shows up and unlocks the situation, Schoolboy makes an "oh well" face, casually looks through the sight and starts blasting bad guys apart.
- Martin Riggs from Lethal Weapon.
- Anthony Swofford, the protagonist (and autobiographical author) of Jarhead.
- An extremely friendly sniper ends up saving the day in the comedy My Fellow Americans.
- In Dawn of the Dead (2004), the survivors befriend a gun shop owner who fits this trope stuck on a roof across the street, despite their only method of communication being messages written on dry erase boards. Check out the DVD, which includes his video log.
- Dane, played by Bill Paxton in Navy Seals. He's an all round nice guy, but his callsign is God for a reason.
- Scarlet from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
- Billy the Kid from The Expendables 2. He gets killed by the Big Bad Jean Vilain.
- Two strangers met on a golf course and the topic came around to occupations. The first man said he was in real estate, pointing out the condominiums he sold and lived in in the distance. The second man said he was a professional assassin. When the first was skeptical, the second took a tube and some other items and assembled a high-powered rifle right there on the spot. The first man asked to see the rifle and was indeed impressed with the high powered scope. "I can see into my apartment from here... there's my wife.. and she's in there with another man!" Furious, he asked the assassin how much he charged for his services. "$1000 a bullet", he said. The first guy said "I'll buy two. Use the first to shoot my wife, and the second to shoot the guy's balls off!" The assassin took a look through the scope and said "If you hang on a minute, I can save you $1000."
- Wes Janson from the X-Wing Series is very friendly. He's very good at playing pranks, acting like a little kid, and hitting anything he aims at. He tends to prefer sidearms to rifles, though. Despite his childlike personality in general, when he is in combat he reverts to a Cold Sniper.
- Julie Sims of 1632 is a cheerful, friendly, outgoing high-school cheerleader. She is also the single most talented sniper in Europe, with an operational range few 'downtimers' are actually able to grasp.
- Satin, the former whore and steward to Lord Commander Jon Snow of the Night's Watch, evolves into this (with a crossbow) during the attack on the King's Tower in A Song of Ice and Fire.
- Anthony Swofford, the protagonist (and autobiographical author) of Jarhead.
- Sally "Eagle" Culpepper, from The Gone-Away World switches from this, to Team Mom to Cold Sniper.
- Lee Scoresby in His Dark Materials is probably one of the most friendly and laidback characters, but can bring down whole teams of men with a rifle when the situation calls for it.
- Corvax and Wulver from the Northland Series are a pair of Friendly Arbalists.
- Some more fun-loving versions of Robin Hood, alternatively Little John or Will Scarlet.
- Dox from Barry Eisler's Hit Man With A Heart John Rain book series. Dox is actually short for "Unorthodox," which the character earns by not fitting the Cold Sniper stereotype.
- The Paradox Trilogy has Rashid, a sniper hired to serve as a member of the Glorious Fool's security team. He has an extremely friendly demeanor when not on the job, but is ruthlessly effective when he fights.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith after her Heel-Face Turn.
- Jack Hudson in Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
- Pretty much every shooter in The Unit.
- John Watson in BBC's Sherlock is a friendly, affable doctor. But he's also a Combat Medic who once shot a guy through two windows, in another building. Basically, piss him off by messing with his friend-you'll wind up lying in a pool of your own blood, and he won't regret putting you there.
- "Fruity" Rudy Reyes from Generation Kill. Also a Real Life example, as he plays himself.
- NUMB3RS: Agent Ian Edgerton oscilates between a mild version of this and Cold Sniper depending on the episode. It might be done purposely, since we know he likes messing with people's minds. Especially Charlie and the team's.
- Hagman in Sharpe. He seems to enjoy the company of his unit and breaks into song at every opportunity. And he can take a man down at eight hundred yards with a flintlock rifle. To a lesser extent, this is true of the entire rifle unit, who are all a pretty fun bunch of guys.
- Tetsuya Sakai in Super Robot Red Baron.
- The female sniper in Flashpoint is played by the actress who played Pink Ranger in the Power Rangers. 'Nuff said.
- Although he can be very cold and calculating when taking the shot Sam is a genuinely nice guy and has stated he did not want to just be the point and shoot guy when he left the military.
- Mick Rawson of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Very good shot, possibly former British Special Forces, and a fairly friendly and well-adjusted guy, albeit with a mild ego.
- Booth in Bones is fairly personable (much more than the titular character, who has No Social Skills), and is a crack shot with a sniper rifle thanks to his Army Ranger days. At one point, he disarmed a fellow sniper (an ex-Ranger who has gone rogue) by shooting the other's rifle from another rooftop.
- Gunnery Sergeant Ray Crockett, in the JAG episode "High Ground, is both a Friendly Sniper and a Cold Sniper at the same time.
- The Stargate SG-1 episode "Orpheus" saw Jack O'Neill, SG-1's resident Mildly Military Deadpan Snarker, using a sniper rifle to great effect against a Goa'uld POW Camp's guards.
- Kono is the go-to girl when the Five-0 team needs to reach out and touch a bad guy with a bullet at long range.
- Doubling as a Real Life example, Shifty Powers in Band of Brothers is the best shot in the company. He's also one of the nicest. Lampshaded in the interview segments, where the actual Shifty Powers says it pained him to think that the people he killed might have been much the same as him.
- Of the The Musketeers, Aramis is the best shot of the group, and a very cheerful sociable person.
- While not strictly a sniper, Hawkeye of Terrahawks fame serves as the gunner and general sharpshooter of the Terrahawks, and is very personable and easy-going.
- En in Legend's Osaka Street Stories module, who ends a note to the Player Characters with the following:
You have proven yourself more than worthy, and for that I thank you. Further, I would meet with you and pay you my respects, if you would do me the honor of accepting. Enclosed is the location where you will find my abode. No harm will befall you: the contract has ended with my death
, and I bear you no ill will. These word ring true. If they do not, may I be banished from this mortal world and thrown beyond the veil, never to return.
P.S. Please? I’ll bake cookies!
- Morgan from The Return is a very friendly sniper, of course she is a succubus so that helps.
- Red vs. Blue: Agent North Dakota, the incredibly skilled sniper of Project Freelancer, is a genuinely Nice Guy, a protective brother to his twin sister, and a proud papa to his childlike AI, Theta.
- Finn from Storm Hawks is the team sniper, and also the team clown.
- Deadpool is this in Hulk Vs.. His introductory scene involves him sniping Wolverine with tranquilizers, and then lightheartedly (though ironically) greeting him as Logan passes out.
"Logan, buddy! It's me, Deadpool! I shot you!"
- Maggie Simpson in The Simpsons. No, really!
- Bluestreak and Moonracer from Transformers are both very friendly and youthful, innocent even; however both are very deadly snipers with perfect aim.
Powerglide: I hope you're still the best sharpshooter in the galaxy, Moonracer.
Moonracer: In the universe, Powerglide!
- One of the best snipers from the United States, Vietnam War veteran Carlos "White Feather" Hathcock. He's credited with almost a hundred kills (as well as a Real Life Scope Snipe on an enemy sniper) before his tour was cut short when a vehicle he was riding was struck by an anti-tank mine. Despite wearing a white feather strapped to his bush hat and having a battalion of Vietnamese snipers sent with orders to find and kill him, they never succeeded—and that includes having a searching Vietnamese soldier nearly step on him without noticing either him or his white feather. He often referred to his targets as "hamburger". You'd expect a guy like this to be a Cold Sniper through and through, but this is what he had to say about himself after the war:
"Hell, anybody would be crazy to like to go out and kill folks. I like shooting, and I love hunting. But I never did enjoy killing anybody. It's my job. If I don't get those bastards, then they're gonna kill a lot of these kids we got dressed up like Marines. That's just the way I see it."
- Simo Häyhä, the greatest sniper in history, was very friendly and humble off the battlefield. Like Hathcock in the entry above, sniping was simply a job that needed to be done.
"I did what I was told to as well as I could."
- Roza Shanina, "the unseen terror of East Prussia", the first female Soviet sniper to be awarded the Order Of Glory, was described by war correspondent Pyotr Molchanov, as "a person of unusual will with a genuine, bright nature."
- Alvin York combined this with Badass Pacifist.
- Although neither one of them is true, for years urban legends have circulated claiming that John Denver and Mr. Rogers were U.S. Army snipers in the Vietnam War.