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Gun Fu is a catch-all term for the fancy moves Hong Kong action movie characters (and Western films inspired by said Hong Kong action movies) perform with their guns. It's essentially [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin martial arts]]...[[AC: WITH GUNS]]!

Essentially, the main point of Gun Fu is the liberal application of RuleOfCool to firearms. Expect lots of GunsAkimbo, PistolWhipping, and a heat-packing version of the OffhandBackhand. While pistols are the most common weapon, it can also be done with anything else you could reasonably consider a firearm - Uzis, the SawnOffShotgun, even rocket launchers, as long as you hold it in your hands and fire it. Occasionally, they mix in a little standard martial arts.

It's become very common in modern action movies. Why? RuleOfCool, that's why!

Creator/JohnWoo pretty much invented it in [[TheNewestOnesInTheBook 1986]] with ''A Better Tomorrow'', which launched the HeroicBloodshed genre in Hong Kong. [[FollowTheLeader Shortly afterwards, these sequences began popping up everywhere]]. Chow Yun-Fat, who became an iconic image with [[GunsAkimbo a gun in each hand]], starred in most of Woo's later films.

Now it must be clear that this is ''not'' GunKata. It's a close relative. That trope is more about strategic dodging and aiming with guns, while this is about acrobatics with guns. Both are graceful and cool to an almost obscene degree, but Gun Fu is probably the more plausible of the two. Although both involve ImprobableAimingSkills. And yes, [[CoolVsAwesome you can use both at the same time]].

Has roots in {{Wuxia}}. Compare ImplausibleFencingPowers, just with swords.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The primary fighting style of adorable little assassin [[BadassAdorable Yuumura]] [[TheWoobie Kirika-chan]] of ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', the HeroicBloodshed homage by Creator/BeeTrain.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' has a character named Jenny who is a master of using guns as if it were a martial art. She acquired such an ability on account being the daughter of a famous gun collector.
** Kenichi's ''father'', of all people, is capable of some of this; he managed to reload a giant shotgun with one hand, something that resident weapons master Shigure said wasn't possible.
* Played straight and subverted with Riza Hawkeye from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', depending on the situation.
* Death The Kid of ''Manga/SoulEater'' is an expert at an ImprobableAge, though being the GrimReaper's son probably didn't hurt.
* Rushuna Tendo of ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}''.
* Valmet and Karen Low of Jormungand, episode 7 especially.
* Sharnid of ''LightNovel/ChromeShelledRegios'' says two kinds of people use Gun Fu. Those who are truly skilled, and idiots. [[SelfDeprecatingHumor He is one of the idiots.]]
* Coyote Starrk, a character in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' shows he has these skills when his [[GunsAkimbo twin automatic]] [[HandCannon pistols]] [[AbnormalAmmo come out]].
* Give [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima Mana Tatsumiya]] a firearm or two and she's a death machine, capable of wiping out a crowd of people all around her ''without turning around''. In one instance, she's able to snipe dozens of people (with rubber bullets, don't worry) from all over her improbably large school campus by ricocheting rifle shots off of various buildings.
* Given that ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is the lovechild of John Woo and Quentin Tarantino, it should come as no surprise that Revy engages in this pretty frequently. In her fight against Ginji she frequently uses her pistols to block his katana.
** And then there's Mr. Chang, who is pretty much as close to Chow Yun Fat's various John Woo film characters as a work of fiction can get without getting sued for copyright infringement. It's implied he's the one who ''taught'' Revy the ways of Gun Fu.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is pretty much made of this: Vash, Wolfwood and the Gung-ho Guns in particular. "Derringer" Meryl has a few moments as well.
* Spike's battles with Vicious in ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' seem to fit in under this as well.
* Tomoe Mami of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' does this with conjured flintlock rifles.
** All over the place in the fight between Mami and Homura in ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]''. The result is nothing short of SPECTACULAR.
* Yoko of Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann does this with her Sniper Rifle using it as a staff to take out the beastmen surrounding her during one episode as well as in the movie.
* Although not quite as flashy as most examples since it's ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the epitome of not really being awesome, Misato's big scene in ''End of Evangelion'' involves her gunning down a whole squad of JSSDF guys while running at a dead sprint before bashing the remaining guy into a wall with her gun and then shooting him point blank. Rather impressive when all other gunfights in the film are either the JSSDF casually strolling through the base picking off helpless NERV people, or Makoto and Shigeru ducking behind their work station while JSSDF pins them down with constant fire and occasionally returning fire.
* In the beginning flashback sequence of ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', Justice duels with Afro's father. Justice's weapons are a pair of six-shooters while Afro's father wields the BFS that Afro wields in the present. Afro's father may be able to [[ParryingBullets deflect Justice's bullets with his sword,]] but Justice uses his guns to parry Afro's father's attacks and manages to do quite well in close combat with him.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': [[spoiler: The Anti-Human Suppression Squad combine wrist-mounted Maneuver Gear with pistols, allowing them to pull off aerial maneuvers and take on soldiers armed with swords]].

* A memorable example appears during a ''{{Deadpool}}'' story arc, in which the titular mercenary and Spider man team up to bring down a hired killer. Said hired killer is revealed to be a ''Hit-monkey''.(who is ''exactly'' what he sounds like) The Hit-Monkey uses a very interesting variation of this trope. Using both his hands, and his ''feet'' to duel wield his guns while using a special form of martial arts that allows him to dogde and weave during a Firefight.
--> Deadpool: ''His name is Hit-Monkey. He's a hitman. Who's a monkey. You don't believe me do you? Look around you dude.'' '''He's real!'''"
* ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' is '' all'' about this trope. The series protagonist Wesley Gibson uses this as his signature style, a trait that he inherited from his father.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' gunfighters tend to have very standard action movie/crime noir moves except for Wallace. He tends to do a lot more hopping around and is probably the most skilled protagonist of the series.

* Just about every HeroicBloodshed movie that Creator/JohnWoo made in Hong Kong, with ''Film/TheKiller'' and ''Film/HardBoiled'' being the most prominent examples.
* Hong Kong fight choreographer Corey Yuen (who was one of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao's best friends during their days in the China Drama Academy Peking Opera School) is distinguished in his ability to mix hand-to-hand combat and gunfighting, two styles of fighting that are not often used together successfully in Hong Kong action films.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'', which used both this and BulletTime.
* ''Film/TheManFromNowhere'' has a lot of Gun Fu.
* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' combines both this and GunKata in the Grammaton Clerics' signature fighting style.
* There are several scenes in ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' where Ash (immortalized by Bruce Campbell) mixes melee combat with rapid fire attacks from his shotgun. Call it Shotgun-jitsu.
* ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' has Agent Zero, who fuses GunsAkimbo, UnorthodoxReload and ImprobableAimingSkills into one Gun Fu Fighting package...shaped curiously like [[Series/MythBusters Grant Imahara]].
* ''Film/ShootEmUp'' is made of this trope.
* A sort of nascent example turns up in some {{Spaghetti Western}}s -- the lead who is not Lee van Cleef in ''The Grand Duel'' flips and [[UnnecessaryCombatRoll rolls]] through gunfights, once shooting a {{Mook}} while falling upside down after propelling himself into the air with the aid of a cart and a falling body.
* ''Film/KickAss'' has Hit Girl who is improbably good with guns. At one point she more or less flies down a narrow hallway, gunning down mooks, reloading from her belt, gunning down mooks, reloading by flinging the clips into the air and catching them with her gun, then gunning down more mooks before running out of bullets. Did we mention that she's dodging so well she's practically flying? Oh, and although she's willing to nonfatally shoot someone, '''everyone''' is finished off with a headshot. [[WaifFu And she's 10 years old.]]
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* Maggie Cheung's character in ''Film/HeroicTrio'' fights with a shotgun and a machine gun in two scenes, wielding them as if they were swords.
* ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight'': One of the earliest western examples before John Woo migrated to America. Noteworthy examples include:
** Leaping out of an exploding building and using an Uzi to shoot up the frozen lake below to soften the impact of landing (having already used a revolver to soften up the window before leaping through it).
** Loosening a cable tied to a burning corpse hanging from the top of a bridge's bannister, making the corpse drop; holding onto the rope and allowing the corpse's weight to pull you up right next to the helicopter 50 feet above you and emptying the mag of the Uzi you just grabbed from the falling corpse as you passed it into [[spoiler:your evil-ex-lover]] at point blank range.
* Film/JohnWick performs a single-gun variant of gun fu, using judo and jujitsu moves in order to take down enemies preparatory for point-blanking them or otherwise shooting them. This is especially pronounced during the club scene, where he kills his way through a lot of guys at close range, point-blanking them so as not to risk hitting the bystanders surrounding him.
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' has a couple of single gun variants involving grapples and gadgets, most notable being Eggsy combing GunFu with CombatParkour during the climax as he grapples, flips, rolls, leaps, and shoots through a winding maze full of mooks.

* [[HeroicComedicSociopath Tasha Godspell]] and [[TheRival Ryu Hwan]] from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter''.

* Music/TheWho's song ''My Wife''.
** "A blackbelt judo expert / With a machine gun!"

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' created a Martial Arts fighting style based on this Trope called Firefight, and noted that it came from the improbable fighting styles of movies (trideo). From [=SR4=] Arsenal, page 157: "In 2068, Ares Macrotechnology unveiled a completely new martial arts form based on the popular image of a gunfighter whirling through a melee with a pistol in each hand, shooting as much as punching and kicking. The product found its market in eager young gunslingers raised on a steady diet of trideo action flicks." The trope is alive and well, even in 2070.
** Notably the martial arts style only grants a reduced penalty to firing guns (from -3 to -1) while in melee range as well as a bonus 1 to Dodge (melee).
** In addition, the Gunslinger Adept in [=SR4=] was designed with Gun Fu in mind, using magic to augment his gunfighting skills.
** Also, with GM approval you can take a martial arts specialization in clubs, in order to use your two pistols in melee combat.
** In a rare attempt from Catalyst Games to add a bit of realism: Your guns will break if you bash them into people to much, of course you could just grab melee hardening as a mod and go to town, there is a unique pleasure in bashing a elf over the head while blowing a hole in the head of an ork
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has the ''Righteous Devil Style.'' It's a martial arts style with a list of Charms (magical abilities) that require the martial artist to be wielding flame pieces or firewands (one-use short-range flamethrowers), that are the setting equivalent of pistols or rifles. Of course, a character could alternatively pick up a plasma tongue repeater or two, which are magic revolver flamethrowers.
** Don't forget Golden Exhalation Style, for when you want to reload your gun with personal life energy, parry bolts of fire, and reload your weapon with the flame-stream of your enemy's gun.
* ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'' gets this in the ''Vade Mecum'' companion book. Your standard pistol styles are all there, along with Rifle-Fu.
* And then there's the Gun Schticks one can get if you create a gun-using character in ''TabletopGame/FengShui'', most of which are meant to simulate the crazy-ass shit that Gun Fu practitioners can pull off in HeroicBloodshed movies.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' just straight up named its supplement on cinematic gunfighting "Gun Fu".
* Every character in ''TabletopGame/HongKongActionTheatre'', in addition to knowing Kung Fu, can also shoot with gusto using his or her default Skill rating.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', while not inherently an example of this trope, is a game where the player characters are half-divine heroes with reality-bending powers and, frequently, celestially-augmented weapons (including handguns). This is a setting where Gun Fu can be ''practical'' as a preferred combat style.
* The Fudge Factor article ''Fudge Firefight II'' introduces a bunch of knacks that are built to allow this. Jumping through windows firing a pair of pistols is standard practice.
* Since Hot Rods and Guns feature strongly in anime, ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'' has "Gun Bunny" as one of its attributes. As the name implies, the attribute covers over-the-top feats that cinematic gunslingers pull off. The third edition lumps everything from the Gun Bunny and Kensei lists into the "Combat Technique" attribute.
* The [[TabletopGame/{{Champions}} Hero System]] martial arts supplement includes "Zen Riflery". (Alternate name: [[Creator/JohnWoo Woo]]jutsu.)
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' {{Sourcebook}} China 2 has the Gun Master O.C.C. They are warriors trained in Tao Jen Qiang, "The Way of the Patient Gun." It is a martial art that lets them become one with guns in ways that would make Chow Yun Fat look like a novice. For instance, at first level they can kill MDC monsters with SDC bullets, which is normally an impossibility in Rifts (see Chunky Salsa Rule above for more details). At higher levels they can shoot ghosts.

* ''Franchise/TombRaider'': You have to appreciate Gun Fu, when you draw an M-16 while flipping backward in the air and successfully target some mook on the balcony below you.
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'''s Dante is a GunFu master, though his various swords are his more prominent weapon.
** In ''Devil May Cry 2'', it's even possible to hover in midair by firing both pistols downwards.
** ''VideoGame/Devil May Cry 3'' takes it to the next level. On a double jump, you can flip upside down, spin and shoot, flip back up, flip upside down AGAIN, spin and shoot, and flip back up in time to land on your feet.
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts: From The New World'' one of the available characters is a towering Native American who uses Gun Fu with six-shooters in GunsAkimbo. His Special Power is actually CALLED 'GUN-FU' - and his basic attacks are actually Kung-Fu katas with gunshots.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Yuna]] goes from shy WhiteMagicianGirl to brave Gun Fu expert [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 in two years]].
* The videogame ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' takes this trope to its illogical extreme: GunsAkimbo for both hands and feet, which is the fighting style of the Umbra Witches. How can they fire the guns on their feet, you may ask? They're witches -- and this is just the ''simplest'' use of their magic.
* This is Noel's fighting style in the FightingGame ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. Ironically, her long-ranged combat is almost nonexistent.
* York, the hero of ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', thought that 'regular' martial arts were boring, so he learned how to fight with guns instead.
* Rubi's primary fighting style in ''VideoGame/{{Wet}}'' is a combination of Gun Fu and close-up work with the katana.
* [[Franchise/JakAndDaxter Jak]] is a black belt in Gun Fu, with a favorite technique being a combination of his jumping spin kick with [[MoreDakka the Blaster or the Vulcan Fury]].
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' has shades of this as well, with the game's generous autoaim and [[CombatParkour "sideflip-to-dodge"]] mechanic.
* All three characters in ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'' practice this with varying firearms ''while'' running/jumping often in BulletTime presentation.
* ''VideoGame/{{Stranglehold}}'' is a video game sequel to John Woo's ''Film/HardBoiled'' (interestingly enough there are talks of making a live action movie for the game) and does an excellent job of replicating the Gun Fu of the movie in a videogame.
* Big Boss and the Boss of Franchise/MetalGear series developed a form of CQC that integrates a knife into a gun-holding stance, where the practitioner will hold a combat knife in the last two fingers of their off-hand, with the thumb and other two fingers still on the gun as normal (this produces some off grips on some rifles where just adding the knife with the off-hand where it normally goes would result in it stabbing the magazine; in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4, we can see Snake using a sort-of claw grip to prevent this problem with his M4 and AK-102.) In cutscenes, this is taken much further, with melee spectacles involving the snatching of full-sized rifles out of someone's hands and having it ready to fire in under a second, throwing to the ground ''with'' a rifle since both hands are tied up holding it, and breaking down someone else's gun before they can fire it.
* Vincent Valentine of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has been established as utilising this in the spin-offs, in the original game he was more of a straight up [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]].
* Lightning in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' regularly shoots enemies while doing backflips.
* ''VideoGame/TotalOverdose'', a Creator/RobertRodriguez homage, becomes progressively more Gun Fu oriented as [[BulletTime maximum adrenaline]] increases. The whole acrobat range of stunts are unlocked from the beginning, and the majority of sidequests are intended to introduce and exercise the skills.
* VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline's Rangers, of both the Gunner and Female Gunner variety, are all about this trope. The males focus more on combining their kicking attacks with gunplay, while the females are more about combining gunplay with their ArmedLegs and [[MixAndMatchWeapon Gun Blades.]]
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' has a chapter that's a parody of ''TheMatrix'', allowing Conker to do some awesome mid-air flips and somersaults while gunning down enemies in slow-motion.
* When you get guns in ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' you can do nearly everything that you see in the movies.
* In ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline,'' when you combine Munitions attacks with the Acrobatics travel power you get this. This is partly because it's an easy power to leave on all the time, so you tend to enter battle with it still activated.
** In a Meta manner, while it doesn't influence your visuals, 'Dexterity' is an extremely useful stat to have with any range powers.
* The GameMod ''Double Action: Boogaloo'' is a send up of 90' s Gun Fu films and involves a ton dodges, rolls, stylish kills, and back flips off everything including ''your enemies' faces.''
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes,'' this was to be embodied by the Martial Combat powerset, due to be released with Issue 24. Unfortunately, due to the method chosen for the handling of the closure of City of Heroes by Creator/NCSoft, only Beta Server players (and those who watched Zwillinger's Community Coffee Talks) were ever able to see the time slowing, ki pushing, bullet timing power set in action. However, it was present in the Duel Pistols powers, which featured the ability to shoot in all kinds of interesting ways and still hit enemies, with a final attack straight out of Equilibrium. And while toxic and incendiary ammo aren't entirely unrealistic, ice elemental ammo is a bit unconventional.
* Of the handful of party members that wield guns in ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', Buckets takes it to the next level with skills like "Bullet Tap", "Bullet Dance", and "Bullet ''Ballet''", which see him dancing in rhythm with his gunfire.
* In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', one of the abilities the protagonist can unlock is "Down Shot", which allows him to knock down an enemy by unloading his entire clip into it while flipping all over the place like an acrobat.
* Lex from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is a Flank champion who slides around the battlefield and mows down foes with his two large magnums. Thanks to the low cooldown on his mobility and rapid fire on his guns, he can do John Woo style shootouts that other champions can't replicate.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In Creator/MontyOum's ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Yuna]] does this all the time, true to form.
* His "True to John Woo" entry, ''Icarus'', features two guys who blast it out with mooks in classic HeroicBloodshed style in a church.
* He later brought that spectacle to ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. Particularly in Season 9, which shows that the Freelancer agents were [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ3OZfPsP2E#t=1m0s experts at this sort of combat]].

* ''Webcomic/{{MAG ISA}}'' -- [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119720 Eman vs Kyle]] Round 1... FIGHT!

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Ballistic, a superhero from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is said to be the best shot in the world with a handgun, and is a master of Gun Fu.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The martial arts discipline [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOIV4p0gA5E Krav Maga]] as taught to Israeli special forces can integrate a rifle or pistol into your attacks. This can make the name of the martial art somewhat of a NonIndicativeName, as it literally means ‘touch combat’.