A sufficiently large gun (larger BFG to Wave Motion Gun
) robs its user of being able to look cool by actually wielding it. Solution: Provide a device for aiming and firing the thing by remote control that actually looks like a human-scale gun itself.
Truth in Television
: laser designator systems for aerial bombs and missiles often fit this. The laser emitter is carried by a person or mounted on a vehicle and is used to guide the actual missile (which is usually launched from a ship or plane) to its target. Related to Helmet Mounted Sight
and Laser Sight
. Both are real life uses of a similar principle. See a photo of an actual military grade laser designator◊
which is not quite so "gun-like" as some fictional depictions.
Often fills the "special" slot of Standard FPS Guns
, and may or may not be equipped with a Laser Sight
to aid the user.
Not to be confused with a gun that fires puppets
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Anime & Manga
- Gundam00: Lockon Stratos uses a device that looks like a blocky sort of gun (Our Weapons Will Be Boxy in the Future) to aim and fire the GN Sniper Rifle.
- Space Battleship Yamato: While the original Wave Motion Gun wasn't really like this, the Wave Motion Gun type weapons used by Leader Desler certainly were.
- S Cry Ed: One of the villains had an Alter in the shape of a huge, floating gun, which he aimed and fired using a more normal-sized Hand Cannon.
- To fire the big gun the titular Girl Who Leapt Through Space has to aim a smaller gun.
- Heroic Age: When using the Argonaut's ultimate weapon, in which the ship itself transforms into an enormous energy cannon, the ship's resident AI turns into a handgun which the captain must use to aim and fire.
- Not quite the same thing, but in Space Pirate Mito, an entire spaceship can be used as a lightsaber by handling a model-sized version of said spaceship.
- Sword-based variant in Bleach. Captain Sajin Komamura's Bankai summons a colossal samurai golem, wielding an appropriately sized sword. The giant matches Komamura's movements, so a single swipe on Komamura's scale translates into a crushing blow from the giant that can easily demolish buildings. His Shikai state does something similar, but with only one body part at a time.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!'s Chachamaru's Artifact is a cute little Hello-Kitty-looking handheld thingie that designates a target for a gigantic, also cat-themed Kill Sat.
- In Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko, the Wave Motion Gun mounted on the titular character's space fighter is fired from a virtual light gun game "gun". This is appropriate considering said character is a Gamer Girl to the core and initiates her craft's ignition by inserting a 100 Yen coin.
- In The Punisher arc "Countdown", rogue SHIELD agent Stone Cold uses one to aim and launch a series of missiles at his target.
- In Clear and Present Danger, commandoes on the ground frame a Colombian drug lord for a terrorist attack by targeting his pickup so the bomb falls into it before exploding. Taken from the book of the same name, where John Clark personally lases the pickup truck.
- In Vantage Point, the terrorists use a rifle on a remote-controlled mount to assassinate the president's body double.
Live Action TV
- The Ion Painter and Target Painter in Unreal Tournament 2004 act as spotting devices for an orbital satellite and an airborne bombing run, respectively.
- The Hammer of Dawn from Gears of War falls into this category. It's a Kill Sat that's controlled by a more pistol-like object.
- The Satellite Laser from Shadow the Hedgehog is similar.
- In Gunbound, the A-Sate shoots small tracer- lasers that mark the spot where it's minuature Kill Sats are going to fire. Other vehicles can do similar things with lighting and Thor, the resident Kill Sat, which all the other vehicles can ocassionally use but only one is specialized in it.
- By the same token, the Harbinger/Supernova designator of Ratchet: Deadlocked.
- In StarCraft, Ghosts send laser-guided nuclear strikes.
- Armed Assault II checked its facts first.
- While it's not entirely gun-like, Team Fortress 2 has the Engineer's Wrangler. It is basically an Atari joystick duct-taped to a gun, and lets you aim your Sentry at wherever you are looking.
- The Apollo Lens in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, which must be aimed using a giant statue that amplifies your Psyenergy. A miniaturized version of the controls is located inside said statue.
- Halo: Reach features a fairly realistic laser designator for artillery strikes in some missions.
- Euclid's C-Finder in Fallout: New Vegas looks like a cartoony ray-gun, but it's linked to a solar-powered Kill Sat called ARCHIMEDES II. It's in the possession of a young child when the game starts Thankfully, ARCHIMEDES II is unpowered when the game starts, considering the young child thinks Euclid's C-Finder is what it looks like (a toy) and so has pulled the trigger while playing with his friends. The player can also come into possession of it before knowing what it is, and it will seem entirely useless until the satellite is brought online.
- Resident Evil 5 gives the player a pointlessly huge laser designator to use against it's largest boss. It's about the size of a rocket launcher. Chris then re-uses it in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as one of his Hyper Combos.
- Combine gunships and striders in Half-Life 2 are decidedly not Point Defenseless and can use their chin-mounted machine gun to shoot down rockets fired directly at them. The solution La Résistance came up with is a laser-guided missile launcher with which they can steer the missile past the target, then turn it to hit from behind or above.
- In Saints Row: The Third, you eventually obtain a "gun" that paints a laser designator to rain down missiles from the sky. That being said, the "gun" looks more like a modified police speed radar than anything else...
- Mass Effect 3 features a boss battle where Shepard, on foot, uses a designator to call down the firepower of an entire battle fleet on a Reaper Destroyer.
- A related concept is the spotting rifle, a special rifle or machine gun that is usually directly attached to a cannon or rocket launcher and calibrated so that if you hit your target with the little gun, you'll hit it with the big one. Sometimes pulls double duty as a coaxial anti-infantry weapon.
- Before the advent of laser-guided weapons, the usual method of marking targets for friendly aircraft and sometimes artillery was with coloured smoke, preferably with shells from a mortar but often thrown by hand.
- The British Army Air Corps issues its Apache helicopter crews carbines with magazines of 100% red tracer for this purpose; if they're brought down, their wingmates will concentrate their fire on whatever that stream of tracers is aimed at. The same tactic is occasionally used by regular infantry with a machine gun, but only if they've lost radio contact.