Multiple Gunshot Death

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The gory result of properly-aimed More Dakka.

When someone or something needs to be killed Deader Than Dead, and their death needs to be particularly brutal (or in some cases, well-deserved), sometimes this problem will be solved by a handful of attackers emptying their guns into the target- in some cases involving larger guns, they may even be shot to pieces.

This trope is usually about quantity, not quality, so in the event that only one person is around to do the job, expect to see them wielding handguns or a machine gun. However, shotguns and the like are often used for dramatic effect.

Expect the victim to flail and twitch dramatically (or hilariously) with each new wound. The amount of blood shown is directly dependent on the work's rating or amount of Narm needed.

Sister Trope to Double Tap and No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, and a Sub-Trope of There Is No Kill Like Overkill. Compare and contrast with Rasputinian Death, which often involves multiple fatal factors, Double Tap, when a more measured (and well-aimed) version of this is performed (or recommended), and Shooting Superman, which is when this is a No-Sell.

A character who is Made of Iron who ends up dying has high odds of it being a particularly prolonged case of this, and probably earning a Dying Moment of Awesome as they keep fighting with a growing number of holes.

Can be the result of a Gangland Drive-By.

Alpha Strike is when a military unit does this to a single target as opposed to a person.

This is a Death Trope, so expect unmarked spoilers!


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comedy 

    Comic Strips 
  • The mobster villains in Dick Tracy often ended up riddled (with neat round bloodless holes) by tommy gun fire. Although tame by modern standards, it was sometimes criticized as overly violent for a comic strip.

    Comic Books 
  • Often attempted by criminals on Superman.
  • Happened to Lobo, he and a rival bounty hunter traded shots from their oversized machine guns. By the end of the fight, Lobo was reduced to almost a skeleton with more shells in him than flesh, before keeling over.
  • Sin City: In "The Big Fat Kill", the kill of the title is the climactic showdown when Dwight and the Old Town girls take out the Wallenquist gang members by raining down a hail of bullets on them from every hooker with a gun until even a Made of Iron monster such as Manute has to succumb.

    Films — Animated 
  • The "Den" segment of the animated film Heavy Metal has the muscular hero overpower Aard's bodyguards and seize an automatic rifle. Den then demands Aard return Katherine to him: "Bring me the girl, or die." Aard blithely chooses death, so Den fires a burst of six shots into him. Aard merely giggles, and completely heals the bullet holes in his chest in seconds.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: Carface tries to kill Charlie with a drive-by shooting and using a laser machine gun. Unfortunately for Carface, recently-resurrected Charlie can only die (again) if the clock that showcases his life stops... which is something Charlie didn't knew either, until he got back up from being shot.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • After Major Mitchell from Independence Day realizes that the glass separating his group from the alien psychically attacking the President is not bulletproof, all available personnel with a sidearm line up to fire on the alien, followed by Mitchell delivering a Double Tap Coup de Grāce.
  • Beverly Hills Cop uses this trope in the Storming the Castle scene; after Jenny frees herself from Maitland and dives for cover, Axel and Bogomil take the opportunity to very loudly fire every bullet they have into him.
  • Training Day: Alonzo meets his end thanks to the Russian mob this way.
  • The Godfather, Sonny Corleone, after being Lured into a Trap by means of his Berserk Button, is viciously tommygunned to death by Barzini's soldiers in a tollbooth.
  • In the opening scene of Tropic Thunder, Tugg Speedman (playing Sgt. Four-Leaf Tayback) gets shot over and over again while he runs for the helicopter.
  • Iron Man has an offscreen example with Yinsen, who runs through the caves firing wildly to buy Tony time to get his suit booted up, only to run into about twenty Ten Rings soldiers pointing machine guns at him. The next time we see him, he's gravely injured.
  • Subverted in The Mask. Tyrell, wearing the Mask, is shot repeatedly, only to calmly suck in his gut and fire the bullets out of his mouth.
  • Happens to Mad Dog Coll at the end of Mobsters, with two tommy guns wielded akimbo at point-blank range by Charlie Luciano.
  • The Wild Bunch: At Agua Verde, after Mapache executes their friend Angel right in front of them, Pike's gang responds by gunning down the general on the spot, alongside with his German military advisors. A bloody gunfight ensues between Pike's gang and the Agua Verde garrison, made even more destructive by the Gatling gun emplacement inside the compound that the outlaws use to cut down Mapache's men. They are eventually overwhelmed by sheer numbers and gunned dead by the soldiers.
  • This is how Officer Alex J. Murphy meets his end at the hands of the Boddicker gang before being rebuilt as RoboCop.
    • A Red Shirt executive gets thoroughly annihilated in this fashion by the three onboard auto-cannons of the ED-209 in the same film.
  • Double Subverted at the end of V for Vendetta, when V stands and takes a salvo from Creedy and his men to prove that You Cannot Kill An Idea before slaughtering them all. Once they are dead he is revealed to have worn a metal plate that is riddled with bullet holes and shortly thereafter dies.
  • The brutal execution scene in The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), here.
  • The same execution was also depicted in the beginning of Some Like It Hot.
  • In Back to the Future, the terrorists shoot Doc dozens of times (probably because they were using machine guns.)
  • A point-blank use of this trope is how Adolf Hitler dies in Inglorious Basterds.
  • A Dirty Cop ends up machine-gunned to pieces (alongside his patrol car) by other dirty cops on the Clint Eastwood film The Gauntlet. It's not the only example of liberal application of More Dakka on the film.
  • About two dozen Chitauri do this to the Hulk near the end of The Avengers, nailing him with countless lasers. It makes him mad, but it's the first thing in the film aside from Thor that actually slows him down.
  • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, this fate befalls Quicksilver, who dies protecting Hawkeye and a little kid from bullets from the Quinjet that Ultron controlled.
  • On Last Man Standing, a group of soldiers of the Doyle gang is double-crossed by their hired Mexican police goons and machine-gunned without mercy within their car for a whole minute. John Smith finds the massacre gruesome to watch.
    John Smith: It was a massacre. Couldn't say I was real sorry... but it was a rough way to check out.
    • Also how the Doyle shooters kill any members of the Strozzi gang that didn't burned to death when Slim's Roadhouse was set on fire—Giorgio getting the worst on-screen example.
    • The first gangster Smith kills is shot seven to nine times with his Guns Akimbo and Blown Across the Room onto the street outside.
  • On Collateral, we see the beginning of Vincent's Villainous Breakdown during the club attack scene, where he empties about half a pistol clip into his target before reloading and giving him a Coup de Grāce with the Mozambique Drill (which he had been using with efficiency throughout the film so far).
  • Public Enemies: The deaths of many of the gangsters, more true to the textbook definition of this Trope being the one of Pretty Boy Floyd (who is shot by Purvis until he falls and stops shooting-most tellingly, in Real Life he was shot repeatedly by two agents and he managed to injure them fatally with his own dying gunfire) and in a slightly more subdued example, the death of Dillinger himself.
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Although we don't get to see it on-screen, the original Bolivian Army Ending implies that Butch and Sundance were gunned down by three or four squads of Bolivian Army riflemen.
  • In Key Largo, Frank has to shoot Rocco, who is attempting all the while with his last strength to raise his gun and shoot Frank, three times before he finally stays down.
  • The Naked Gun: Subverted for laughs in the opening of the first film. All the gangsters on the boat unload their guns on Nordberg, but not only does he fail to die from it, he subsequently suffers a torrent of abuse so prolongued that even the gangsters look a bit stunned at it.
  • The Party: The first scene of the film is the filming of an In-Universe remake of Gunga Din, and Hrundi V. Bakshi (as Din) is supposed to die this way. He completely ruins the shot when, even after every single extra with a gun is shooting at him and knocking him down out of sheer annoyance, he still refuses to stay down and stop playing.
  • Bonnie and Clyde: The titular Outlaw Couple buys it this way at the hands of a police ambush.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Firefly episode "War Stories." Jayne, Wash, and Zoë watch Mal struggle with his torturer, but after he assures them that this is not something he has to do himself, the three respond by, as the script puts it, "filling the Torturer with as many holes as standards and practices will allow."
  • CSI Crime Scene Investigation featured a Victim of the Week on the episode "Take My Life, Please" that had been shot so many times and with so many different calibers that it was actually possible to see through him. Turned out that he had in life bombed an abortion clinic (with plenty of collateral damage to both objects and people) and had gone off the grid to avoid retaliation, and who had sneaked into an outdoors shooting range unknowingly to sleep for the night. Although the shooters were guilty of trying to hide the evidence, nobody was really sorry for the man.
  • One parody of this trope can be found in an early fifth-season episode of The Big Bang Theory, when Sheldon "sacrifices" himself for his friends in a game of paintball, with the result being a ludicrously slowed-down shot of multiple paintballs striking him in the chest, each impact echoing.
  • Also parodied in the second season finale of Community. During the paintball war against City College, Troy runs down a hallway, turns a corner, pauses, and says "I had a dream it would end this way." We then see an entire unit of City College stormtroopers who splatter Troy with paintballs.
  • A Saturday Night Live sketch on the episode where Jeremy Renner guest-hosted (involving a three-way Mexican Standoff that went on for way too long (as in several days)) one of the stand-offers calls it quits at the ending of the sketch, only to get shot repeatedly by the other two. And a few more times as they leave, for good measure.
    • Also Played for Laughs in their popular "Dear Sister" digital short that spoofed the second season finale of The O.C.. In the short, the eponymous (and unnamed) sister played by Kristen Wiig ends up being shot seventeen times by characters played by Andy Samberg, Bill Hader (who plays her brother, Keith) and Shia LaBeouf, all set to Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek".
  • In the Supernatural season 2 finale, Sam kills Jake by shooting him...a lot.
  • Blake's 7: The Bolivian Army Ending of the series has many characters shot repeatedly, the most graphic of them all being that of Roj Blake himself. Gareth Edwards wanted Blake to end up Deader Than Dead in order to get out of playing him again (after a long while of him being Put on a Bus), and the special effects crew coordinated with him to deliver the most blood-splatteringly brutal reactions to Amon shooting Blake that the censors would let them get away with.
  • Westworld: During one of the iterations of the Sweetwater tavern robbery by Hector's gang, his associate Armistice dies of multiple gunshot wounds when the Constabularies corner her. She still takes out one of them right before out of spite.
  • At the end of Season 13 of NCIS, Trent Kort meets his end this way, courtesy of the entirety of Team Gibbs, for his role in the death of Ziva.

    Pinball 
  • In Capcom's unreleased Kingpin, the Kingpin is killed by being shot full of holes while his face rots away to the skull.

    Video Games 
  • This is a given in Shoot 'em Up games.
  • Mass Effect 2: When Shepard encounters Elnora during Samara's recruitment mission, if you take the interrupt, she tries to pull a gun, at which point the entire party guns her down, repeatedly.
  • John Marston, the protagonist of Red Dead Redemption dies this way. After ushering his family to safety, he slowly opens the doors of the barn he's hiding in to face no less than twenty U.S. Marshals. John, fully aware of his fate, has the option of dragging a few of them to hell with him. Regardless, John is riddled with bullets, and it's about as pretty as you'd expect.
  • Played for laughs in the Bounty Hunter class chain in Star Wars: The Old Republic. On Tattooine, the hunter's target is a conman named Tyresius Lokai who, at the end of the chain, reveals that he has an Expendable Clone body so he can fake his own dead. The hunter can "execute" the clone body with a single shot to the head, or, if they're feeling particularly cheesed off at the long chase Tyresius put them through, they can just empty their blaster(s) into the clone at point-blank range. If nothing, it shows Tyresius that you are not putting up with his crap any longer.
    Hunter: We'll tell everyone that Tyresius Lokai went out in a blaze of glory!
    [BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!]
    Tyresius: Oh my stars…
  • Mortal Kombat X: Erron Black's Six-Shooter Fatality fires an entire magazine into his opponent, leaving gaping wounds in their torso and head.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Firing squads invoked this.
  • The summary execution of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker by law enforcement agents; their bullet-riddled car is still on display in Las Vegas. The reason why the trap was done was because the couple was such a clear example of The Dreaded that the police didn't want them to have a chance of doing a Last Stand.
  • Dr. Carl Weiss, the assassin of Huey Long, was shot 62 times by Long's bodyguards.
  • After killing a Florida deputy and a police dog and wounding another deputy, fugitive Angilo Freeland was killed by 68 shots from police officers. When questioned why the suspect had been shot 68 times, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd reportedly replied "That's all the bullets we had."
  • Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, a notorious gangster, was shot full of holes with a Thompson submachine gun while he was making a call from a phone booth in a drug store.
  • Al Brady (considered at the time Public Enemy Number One) and accomplice Carl Schaeffer were killed during an FBI ambush while they were trying to acquire black market weapons for their crimes on Oct. 12, 1937 in Bangor, Maine. The event was classified as the most violent gun battle in the history of Maine and ended with both criminals receiving concentrated machine gun fire.
  • The so-called Mozambique Drill (two shots to the chest, one to the head) was actually developed by accident by Rhodesian mercenary Mike Rousseau during the War of Independence in Mozambique when two pistol shots to the torso failed to bring down an enemy guerrilla. He finished the job with a headshot. His friend Jeff Cooper refined it into an actual technique.
  • Marshal Guillaume Brune was killed like this (possibly because the first shooter missed him at point-blank range), along with lots of stabbing, to the point that his remains were unrecognisable when he was fished out of the Rhone. The (Royalist) authorities initially filed it away as a suicide.
  • Many police forces have a doctrine that says that if shooting a suspect is necessary, don't stop firing until the target drops to the ground. Depending on the circumstances behind a shootout, this trope can end up happening as a result.

Alternative Title(s): Riddled With Bullets

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