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Friendly Sniper
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"Snipin's a good job, mate. It's challenging work, out of doors; I guarantee you'll not go 'ungry."
The Sniper, Team Fortress 2

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.


Examples:

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     Anime & Manga  
  • In Attack on Titan, Sasha serves as the sniper for the new Squad Levi. Her archery skills were previously shown when she fought a Titan with only a bow, and lived to tell the tale.
  • Kurz Weber from Full Metal Panic! is a former fashion model, Lovable Sex Maniac, and generally a sociable and talkative guy who, when temporarily assigned to cover bodyguarding Kaname in Sousuke's place, introduced himself directly to her and her friend, playing Funny Foreigner and getting the girls to take him out for karaoke. True to the trope, he's also an expert sniper who once managed to take out a Humongous Mecha's machine gun by firing into its barrel... from the bed of a speeding pickup truck. The Light Novels eventually reveal that Kurz made a conscious choice to avoid becoming a Cold Sniper following his training with one of them.
    Kurz: This is Uruz 6, I'm in firing position. It's time to party!! *snipe, snipe, snipe*
  • Quite a few Fanon portrayals of Finland peg him as one of these. Considering he's a mix of Badass Adorable and Boisterous Bruiser as well as how Badass Cold Sniper Simo Häyhä hailed from his land, it's not hard to put two and two together...
  • Nadie in El Cazador de la Bruja is a rather nice and personable girl, who is very very skilled with her pistol and will not hesitate to kill you.
  • As a Captain Ersatz of Kurz, Gundam 00's Lockon Stratos also qualifies - both of them, but especially the original.
  • Jemmy Jay "JJ" Adams in FAKE is a Crazy Jealous Guy and the precinct's resident Keet. He's also the best shot in the precinct and, with Ryo, serves as the department's sniper whenever one is called for. Ryo is a pretty pleasant guy himself, but a bit too reserved and not outgoing enough to meet the trope description.
  • Awesomely, Watari from Death Note turns out to be one of these.
  • The eponymous lead of Madlax is a formidable sniper and very friendly.
  • Sharnid from Chrome Shelled Regios, who might be another Captain Ersatz of Kurz Weber.
  • Yoko from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • Vice of Lyrical Nanoha. Cheerful, personable, laid-back, and can snipe the head of a running target from a moving helicopter even though there's an ally obscuring his line of sight.
  • Usopp from One Piece is a wacky Gadgeteer Genius more inclined to cower in terror of a fight than to pick one. He's still fully capable of drilling a man between the eyes at using only a slingshot.
    • He's commonly one of the trio of most energetic characters on the ship. One of the quartet once Brook joins up.
  • Gain Bijou from Overman King Gainer is a laid-back The Casanova who can shoot down any Overman the Siberian Railroad tries to stop the Exodus with. And he does so in an obsolete Silhouette Machine (at least, until he upgrades to the Emperanza), so he also counts as a Badass Normal.
  • Lynette Bishop of the Strike Witches.
  • Keroro Gunsou has Garuru, who very amiable and friendly, especially towards his baby brother Giroro... in the manga, at least. The anime, however, flanderized him into more of a Cold Sniper and Aloof Big Brother. This partly has to do with timing: the manga introduces him while he's helping the platoon escape when a medical exam causes their mission to almost be canceled, while the anime waited until the Wham Arc of his platoon being sent to replace them.
  • Suou in the second season of Darker Than Black becomes a Cold Sniper when her powers initially kick in, but after that, goes back to her normal friendly personality.
  • Gunslinger Girl. The perpetually-cheerful and friendly cyborg girl Rico, though that's partially due to her conditioning which means that killing people doesn't affect her in the slightest.
  • Macross Frontier has Mikhail Blanc (and apparently his older sister Jessica was the same way).
    • Another Century's Episode R somewhat lampshades the concept: when Mikhail introduces himself as Skull Squadron's sniper, Kurz says "I guess that means we're going to be rivals, then" and Mikhail responds "I suppose it does", both of them with smiles on their faces the whole time.
  • Uchuu Senkan Yamato has Susumu Kodai: very friendly, and snipes with the original Wave Motion Gun.
  • Fairy Tail's own Bisca Connell. Despite her In-Universe Hyperspace Arsenal, her signature weapon is a Magitek sniper rifle.
  • Ryo Saeba from City Hunter is usually The Gunslinger, but may double as Friendly Sniper thanks to him being a very friendly Lovable Pervert and the ability to shoot the barrel of a rifle, a belt and the buttons of a shirt AT ONE KM (according to the target, a crooked police sniper, all of these shots were impossible).
  • In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Panty Anarchy may be far from friendly, but she's really talkative and snarky. There's no denying her skill as an occasional sniper, with her ability to Shoot the Bullet.
  • Marcel Jansen in Gunka No Balzer.
  • Ikalgo in Hunter × Hunter is armed with a sniper rifle that shoots fleas, which have anti-coagulants and are thus designed to bleed his opponents to death. He is one of the few characters able to land a first hit on Killua, who is normally very agile and hyper-alert. Unlike most of his fellow Chimera Ants, he is very friendly to his comrades, believes strongly in repaying kindness, and even later defects from the Chimera Ants to join the heroes—upon which he keeps finding opponents in close quarters leaving him unable to use his sniping skills.
  • There are a number of snipers in World Trigger, but the friendliest of them all is Chika Amatori. She is an elementary-school girl and behaves like one outside of combat. When put into the battlefield, however, she can telepathically detect anyone within a rather wide range and is powerful enough to create big explosions wherever her bullets make contact with things. She is still rather inexperienced and cannot aim reliably though.

     Comic Books  

     Fan Works 
  • 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.

     Film  
  • 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.

     Jokes  
  • 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."

     Literature  
  • 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.

     Puppet Shows 
  • 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.

     Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
    —En
    P.S. Please? I’ll bake cookies!

     Video Games  
  • Though not the only character in Mass Effect with skills as a sniper, Garrus Vakarian is the one best-remembered for being a crack shot and also the most friendly and personable, especially in the first game. Legion also deserves a mention for being - although not what you'd call outgoing or prone to displays of emotion - surprisingly nice to the point of being Moe.
    • Paragon Shepard definitely counts when playing as an Infiltrator or Soldier, or taking sniper rifles as a bonus talent.
  • Grit from Advance Wars falls into this category, being the more friendly and laid back foil to his superior Olaf. Of course he never actually shoots anybody, being a CO and all, but his specialty (long range weaponry) gives him the proper qualifications for this trope.
  • Excellen Browning of Super Robot Wars. Cool Big Sis, Hard-Drinking Party Girl, and rather goofy person all around. She also can shoot down a nuke without blowing it up.
  • Irvine Kinneas in Final Fantasy VIII initially talks a pretty good game about "the loneliness of the sharpshooter"... when he's not hitting on all of the girls one right after the other. Once he's integrated himself properly into the party, he proves to be The Heart of the team.
  • Any of the snipers from the Freedom faction from S.T.A.L.K.E.R.. Freedom has a much larger amount of snipers than their rival faction; Duty (who don't have any at all, preferring to wade into combat headfirst with an Exoskeleton and light machine gun), as they prefer to attack guerrilla-style, but when they aren't fighting for free access to the Zone they're the most easygoing and cheerful guys in the entire game series.
  • The Team Fortress 2 Sniper is an odd case; on your team, he's this. On the other team, he's the Cold Sniper, in much the same way that the Heavy is The Big Guy while on your team but The Brute while on the other team. This is exemplified by the fact that he once had the Cold Sniper's page quote.
    • Though this also depends on how the player deals with him; get the "high five" taunt and he gets really friendly.
    • It also depends if he is scoped in or not. Almost all of his voice responses have two recorded versions, the loud boisterous version he uses when not scoped in, and the quieter menacing version he uses when he is.
    • Even towards his enemies, he's not always the Cold Sniper he likes to think of himself as; he can't quite help tossing out bitingly sarcastic zingers like "Thanks for standin' still, wanker!" and "I'm runnin' out of places to put holes in ya!"
  • Cathari from Suikoden V.
  • Buxom Irish sniper Cynthia Rivele from Operation Darkness.
  • Kardel Sharpeye, the Dwarven Sniper from Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars is pretty chipper in his soundbites.
  • Clive in Wild ARMs 3 is quite a friendly, good-natured guy. He even has a lovely wife and cute little daughter back at home.
  • Sheila "Scope" Sterling from Jagged Alliance 2. One of the highest marksmanship stats in the game, and she's easily one of the most upbeat and cheerful of all the mercenaries.
  • Catherine O'Hara (no, not that one) in Valkyria Chronicles. The Bielert brothers, Emile and Oscar, also qualify.
  • Xigbar from Kingdom Hearts II would probably count. He's not friendly, per se, but he is much more relaxed and outgoing than most of his associates. And when you engage him in battle, he makes Xaldin look like a freaking pansy.
    "You clever little sneak!"
  • Mordecai from Borderlands is hardly unfriendly. Unless you're a target, that is.
  • Although he's got a bit of an attitude, your squad's sniper in Halo 3: ODST, Kojo Agu, is nicknamed Romeo for, evidently, being quite a ladies' man outside of battle.
    • In Halo: Reach, though all the SPARTAN-IIIs are at least a little unhinged so your call on whether or not he's "friendly", Jun is the most talkative member of Noble Team who isn't totally Ax-Crazy.
  • Though she obsesses over her targets and will only think about them until she's taken them out, Sniper Wolf is by far the nicest member of FOXHOUND, making friends with Otacon before the Shadow Moses Revolt and adoring wolves and dogs.
  • Rho from Ground Control 2 is this. He's the protagonist's best friend and a pretty sociable guy with a habit of collecting battlefield souvenirs and playing cards. Doesn't change the fact that he's a pretty good sniper at the same time.
  • Cpt. McMillan from Modern Warfare comes across as a very friendly, even easy-going guy and proves himself as a very deadly sniper.
  • Wil from Elibe Fire Emblem who can promote to a sniper, is a very social and cheery young man. Sain thinks he is a miser though, because he will not lend him any gold. Likewise, Rebecca, another possible sniper, is a friendly and bright youth.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Leliana in Dragon Age: Origins, since it's much easier to develop her as an archer than a back-stabber (and one of her best weapons is her former mentor's bow).
    • Dragon Age II has Varric Tethras, whose friendliness more often than not sends him into Team Mom territory, as many in-game dialogues imply that he becomes responsible for the other team-mates well being, even at his own expense. Sebastian Vael also falls into this, for generally being unrelentingly nice unless you refuse to kill Anders in Act III, then he becomes decidedly less nice and more 'I WILL KILL YOU ALL'.
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition has Sera, whose main motives are partying and helping the small people.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas most members of 1st Recon tend towards this, being generally approachable people at the least. Boone, Betsy and Bitter-Root however are an exception, though you can't exactly blame them.
    • You could play that way. High enough Charisma, speech and guns/Energy Weapon skill, and grabbing effective long ranged weapons make you a friendly sniper.
    • Lovingly called the diplosniper, one of the game's standard builds.
  • Gabriel Monsigny from The 3rd Birthday, to the point she became Aya's big sister figure.
  • Iris from the Japanese flash game Material Sniper.
  • Samurai Warriors has Saiga Magoichi. While he has a burning hatred towards his target, Oda Nobunaga, he cracks smart remarks, helps innocents and defeated allies escape battlefields, fights with the underdogs and makes friends with fellow wandering warrior Keiji Maeda. That's when he's not chasing kimonos, of course.
  • Kazu of Danball Senki stands out in a series where most LBX (functioning gunpla) players prefer melee models. He's nice and generally less of a trouble seeker than his friends but given what LBX can do in this series, it's unwise to underestimate him.
  • Chitose Karasuma from Galaxy Angel: Moonlit Lovers, a friendly sniper... in space!
  • Xenoblade has Sharla, the local Team Mom and Combat Medic, and her huge ether rifle. It really helps that she tends to use it more to cure wounds than to inflict them.
  • Argilla in Digital Devil Saga, after her somewhat traumatic Character Development.

     Webcomics  

     Web Original  
  • 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.

     Western Animation  
  • 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!

     Real Life  
  • 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.


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