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"Sitting in a Humvee while the machine gun on top is tearing a seam into hell is an experience - hot brass and links raining down into the passenger compartment like a Skittles commercial for infantrymen."
— Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq
One way to emphasize More Dakka
, or at least how powerful a weapon, is showing all the bullet casings being ejected out of that gun. Expect this to be noisy
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Anime and Manga
- Rebuild of Evangelion: Unit 01 fires an Eva-sized gatling gun at Shamshel, raining spent cartridges on the street below, one of which flattens a car.
- In Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, there's a scene in which a civilian, caught in a battle between two mechs, is killed when a mecha-sized empty casing (coming with several others from a mecha-sized machine gun) falls on her head.
- Also happens in Gundam F91 Movie during the colony takeover part when a woman is also struck in the head by such a shell from one of the colony defense force units while trying to evacuate with her child.
- In "Gundam: The Origin," Amuro gets too close to a Zaku while trying to evacuate the colony, and has to run from a shower of 140mm shells.
- The intro to Gun Grave features this in a couple of places.
- Shows up in Hellsing at times.
- Shows up in the first episode of Elfen Lied.
- In the first episode of Gunslinger Girl, the audience is treated / subjected to a small shower of golden 5.7x28mm shells seemingly originating from the female protagonist's groin.
- Which would be because the P90 ejects its shell casings straight down. Making this screen an example of Shown Their Work.
- The Area 88 OVA opens with a shot of 20mm shells falling from Shin's F-8E Crusader as he tears up a column of enemy tanks.
- Deliberately averted in the original Appleseed manga. Shiro's notes indicate that he thought it would look cool if the E-SWAT members weapons sent spent casings flying everywhere, but he felt that would conflict with the professional nature of their missions, and thus their weapons would have attached pouches to catch spent casings and keep their operation neat.
- In Space Runaway Ideon, someone on the street gets clobbered by a giant shell casing from a Humongous Mecha-wielded gun.
- The Black★Rock Shooter TV anime absolutely relishes on this.
- Mariya Renevskaya of Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force has the ability to fire live bullets without the use of a gun, so this was inevitable when she started wrapping her arms with thick ammo belts and started firing them like a machine gun.
- Gorsky and Butch recreate the Matrix helicopter scene. Then it shows a street sweeper on the street below, cussing at the sight of the raining shells.
- Hot Shots! Part Deux had that scene where the hero became nearly buried in his spent shells. Played for Laughs, of course.
- The Matrix franchise:
- Black Hawk Down: when a helo's minigun is being fired above a soldier on the ground. One (hot) shell actually falls down the soldier's shirt, burning him a bit. Which makes it a Deconstruction.
- Also Truth in Television. A fresh hot shell casing down your collar burns pretty much like you'd expect a hot piece of metal falling down your shirt would. Many modern military uniforms include a velcro tab on the underside of the collar so that you can turn it into a mandarin collar to protect yourself from this occupational hazard.
- Also done to a lesser degree throughout the movie, with slow-motion shots of shell-casings being ejected from rifles, particularly towards the end of the movie when ammo is dangerously low and they have been told to make every shot count.
- Wanted: during Bullet Time at the end.
- The Gods Must Be Crazy: when a group of African guerrillas are shooting at a helicopter, one is annoyed by the man next to him, whose submachine gun is throwing its shells into the first's head.
- Watchmen: Nite Owl's ship has a minigun, and a compartment in the floor for catching spent shells.
- In True Lies, Salim Abu Aziz rakes a public restroom's stalls with dakka from a sub-machine gun, littering the floor with spent casings.
- In Restrepo, one soldier operating a mounted machine gun had the misfortune of a spent shell (which are really damn hot) falling into his shoe.
- In Waterworld, a Smoker operating a Maxon Mount four-machine gun chassis in the atoll assault scene showers the boat it is mounted on and his crew with hundreds of .50 calibre brass shells.
- A gorgeous artsy example in Avalon, from a tank.
- The behind the scenes for Peter Jackson's King Kong show a scene where the actors are practicing the use of their Tommy Guns; one actor is positioned to the right of the other and catches the spent casings in his mouth.
- Used realistically in Dredd 3D, in the scene where Dredd and Anderson have to outrun minigun fire- several members of Ma-Ma's gang are shown shovelling spent cases.
Live Action TV
- MythBusters: after blowing a fish barrel to hell with a minigun, there's a huge pile of spent shells.
Adam: "I'm no, like, crime scene investigator, but I strongly suspect that someone's been firing a gun in the vicinity of this car."
- And that time they were trying to shoot an escape hole through a piece of flooring.
- And the time Kari cut down a tree with a minigun.
- Sons Of Guns does this from time to time.
- This makes an appearance in the Stargate SG-1 movie The Ark of Truth. During the course of the movie Replicators get unleashed on the Odyssey. A group of airmen guard the entrance to the Asgard Computer Core so Carter and Marks can find the command to shut the Replicators down. By the time they do, the hall way is covered in spent shells and Replicator blocks.
- Also showed up in the show proper during the episode "Allegiance". In an attempt to kill the cloaked Goa'uld assassin, O'Neill lays down heavy fire with a squad support machine gun. At one point the action slows down so you can see the action working on the machine gun and the casings ejecting.
- This trope is why the show switched the team's weapons from MP5s to P90s. When a scene called for the team to stand side to side while firing, the production team realized the side ejecting MP5s would send spent shells into the faces of the actors. So they switched to the P90 which ejects spent casings downward.
- Disturbed's video for "Indestructible" features footage of this, presumably from a Gatling gun.
- The minigun on the Warthog in Halo.
- The developer even pointed out that the shells would not stick to the surface but actualy bounce around based on the terrian. They showed this off by placing a Warthog on a hill and fired the gun with the shells realisticly rolling down the hill.
- The Heavy's minigun(s) in Team Fortress 2 notably ejects shells out of a solid plane of the model.
- Ghost Hunter the Glock can be fired fast enough to cause an obvious fountain of shiny brass shells. Shows off the graphics, but the Glock is the emergency weapon, so it's not a display of More Dakka.
- The Vulcan cannon in the obscure freeware game SUAVE.
- Used as an attack by the fifth boss in the Shoot 'em Up game 19XX. After firing out its rapid machine cannon weapon, it ejects out the shells forward, at your character! You will die if you get hit by them, but thankfully, they are destructible. (Starts at 4:13 here)
- Starcraft II: When Valerian Mengsk invades Char General Warfield is desperately holding a position against the Zerg and this trope is used to show exactly how many different kinds of fucked he and his men are, since with all the dakka they are generating it isn't doing a damn thing against the Zerg.
- Also inverted when Raynor guns down a certain hydralisk. You only see one shell drop, and it's that one shot that brings the hydra down. The shell is big enough that it embeds itself in the ground with a thunk, like nothing so much as the Ring in the Lord of the Rings films when Bilbo finally lets go and drops it to the floor.
- Max Payne: The Ingrams empty their 50 round magazines in about 1.5 seconds, at most, pouring brass onto the ground. And you can fire two at a time.
- Cortex Command has some weapons that eject lots of casings, some weapons that eject very large casings, and some weapons that eject lots of very large casings. If a character stays in the same position and shoots for long enough, it's entirely possible to make quite large piles of empty shell casings - that you can then walk on.
- Streets of Rage final boss is Mr. X, apparently the only guy in the city to have a firearm, and an impressive Tommy gun at that. Killing him sends his corpse to the ground in a hail of casings.
- In Mass Effect 2, the limiting factor on the guns' ammunition isn't the ammunition itself but the heat sinks that allow them to keep firing without melting. Whenever Shepard reloads he ejects a spent heat sink that looks remarkably like a red-hot shell casing.
- Deconstructed in Zaeed's loyalty mission where a spent heat sink ignites a fuel trail and causes an explosion.
- Also played straight in the case of the machine guns on some vehicle/vehicle sized enemies - the Viper gunship, YMIR mech and geth Prime all have spent casings. These are apparently lots of heatsinks being rapidly ejected, as heavy weapons load multiple sinks with each reload.
- Battle Garegga has a playable ship whose special weapon is More Dakka, accompanied by spent shell casings that also cause massive damage to enemies.
- In Mech Warrior 4, your 'Mech will eject spent autocannon casing after every salvo. If you're using multiple autocannons or the Rotary models in particular, expect a cascade of brass behind your 'Mech with every pull of the trigger.
- League of Legends champion Jinx, in her promotional video, literally bathes in spent minigun shells while more continue to shower down onto her. In a less literal fashion, her custom-made, hot-pink minigun Pow-Pow! spits spent casings by the bucketload.
- Beast Wars: Rhinox makes a pretty epic pile of spent shells at his feet while trying to cover Rattrap and Dinobot (who are, of course, fighting) to get in the base.
- Samurai Jack: in "Robo-Samurai vs Mondo Bot", Mondo Bot fires its Machine Guns at Robo-Samurai.
- Sym-Bionic Titan: when the H.M.E.R. uses its arm gatling guns.
- Batman: The Animated Series: In "Robin's Reckoning", a paranoid gangster empties his Thompson into the ceiling of his hideout when he hears a noise, covering the floor and his feet in spent casings.
- The book Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq provides the page quote.
- The AC-130U "Spooky II" has a 25x137mm Equalizer Gatling gun with a top firing rate of over four thousand rounds per minute. The spent shells are longer than the width of your hand. There have been many stories of crew members shoveling those shells.
- Averted with modern jet aircraft that use a double-ended feed system, returning spent casings/jammed rounds back into the magazine, maintaining the aircraft's center of gravity, and preventing the engines from sucking in spent brass.
- Naval cannons would count, since some videos of them show shells after shells piled on the deck while firing salvos, except these are large cannons that fire more or less, around 100mm shells, some examples include this and this.
- This can be considered a liability if a gun ejects shells too energetically. For one thing, the flying brass can catch sunlight and give away your position to the enemy if you were firing from concealment. For this reason, many sniper rifles are bolt-action, so that the shell casings can be carefully collected after each shot.
- There are many cases during daylight bombing raids in World War II that a bomber machine gun turrets ejected cartridges rained down upon the windscreens of bombers below and behind it. In a tightly packed formation, this would occasionally present a problem when the impact of the 50 caliber cartridges would start to shatter the windscreens due to the speed and sheer number of which were falling.
- Many female firearms instructors and sport-shooters mention that getting shell-casings down one's cleavage is very unpleasant (imagine dropping a fresh-from-the-frier french fry down your shirt), and suggest wearing high-collared shirts, buttoned most of the way.
- For both genders, this is also one argument against bullpup weapons - since the action is ejecting cases behind the trigger from within what is functioning as the buttstock, unless the rifle in question has a reversible ejection port, trying to fire it lefty will typically result in that shower of brass all hitting the shooter right in their face.
- Many bullpup weapons are quite reconfigurable, so a leftie can change the side of the gun from which shells eject. The Steyr Aug has this feature, for example.
- This is also why the current US Army uniform includes a velcro tab to let the soldier flip the collar up and seal it.