The Gunslinger

If I were a coward, I wouldn't be spinning these guns around my finger and risking blowing a hole in someone's head.

I do not aim with my hand. He who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye.
I do not shoot with my hand. He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind.

The hero that Guns and Gunplay Tropes are for.

It should be noted that for a while, guns and bullets were considered vulgar. Point, fire, they drop dead. This is so mundane that monsters and heroes who were cool enough became Immune to Bullets. After all, if it were that easy, the police would be able to deal with it.

However, certain genres have put the "cool" back into guns. It's all about style, so expect a lot of flourishes that wouldn't work in real life, such as using Guns Akimbo.

The Gunslinger is this hero. They might be from The Western, Film Noir, Heroic Bloodshed or just plain scenery destroying action flicks. A wandering gunslinger is often The Drifter, one specifically out to do good is also the Knight Errant. But overall for some reason, alongside the Cowboy, gunslingers have also become a cultural image of American people and American warrior culture abroad.[1]

The Gunslinger comes in a few styles:

The Young Gun is a Gunslinger in infancy. You get double bonus points if your gunslinger is a girl. Also expect Marked Bullets to be used. Particularly skilled gunslingers may name their weaponswhatever that implies. Gunslingers who obsess over their weapons or tend to collect them are probably Gun Nuts.

For the eponymous Stephen King hero who epitomizes the trope, see The Gunslinger. For the Beverly Garland/Roger Corman film (and MST3K episode), see Gunslinger. Also has nothing to do with mechanical arms.

Compare Superhero Packing Heat, Samurai Cowboy. For a character with similar traits who uses longer ranged weapons, see the Cold Sniper and Friendly Sniper.

Their Sword Counterpart would be Master Swordsman. A Smoking Barrel Blowout usually finishes off a successful shot.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Train Heartnet from Black Cat combines elements from several types. He also practices Gun Kata.
  • Genjyo Sanzo from Saiyuki is definitely The Trick Shot, being able to shoot a seed implanted next to Gojyo's heart by Chin Yiso without hitting the heart. In Reload, he also managed to hit Ukoku with a pistol 3 times the size of his weapon of choice...which he had never fired before, not even once...while suffering from multiple broken bones.
    • Said pistol had belonged to another Gunslinger in the series, Gatto Nenehawk, who was a The Vaporizer and used HUGE twin pistols.
  • Cowboy Bebop: Spike Spiegel borrows elements from The Woo and The Quick Draw. Mad Pierrot is The Vaporizer.
  • Noir; Kirika has a near-mystical gift for firearms, accurately shooting without looking or while performing leaps, rarely if ever missing; she is explicitly The Trick Shot. As one fan review put it, "Kirika isn't a ninja, she's a witch."
  • The title character of Madlax also fits under The Trick Shot, though she ventures into Gun Kata territory (and thus The Quick Draw) during the final episodes.
  • Hellsing:
  • Samurai Gun, naturally, makes heavy use of this trope in its Steam Punk Historical Japan setting. The main character, Ichimatsu, and by extent the other Samurai Guns, are a combination of The Trick Shot and The Woo. Vaporizers show up in several episodes of the anime, including a minigun-toting Implacable Man who is only fighting because it's the only way to keep up the supply of medicine he needs to keep his sick mother alive. The main member of the Anti-Samurai Gun Unit (in the anime, at least) is actually a blend of several types; his primary weapon is a Steam Punk Uzi, but he has the same bullet-dodging training as a Samurai Gun and once proves accurate enough to shoot his opponent's bullet out of the air.
  • Vash from Trigun embodies Trick Shot, The Woo, and The Quick Draw, as he tries to avoid gunplay whenever he can, but when he gets into it, nothing can beat him. His traveling partner Nicolas Wolfwood completes the set as the embodiment of The Vaporizer (with some Woo thrown in), complete with a combination rocket launcher/machine gun/shotgun/pistol rack in the shape of a cross.
    • The Bernardelli girls: Meryl Stryfe, despite packing 50 derringers under her cape, is shown to be a Trick Shot artist, able to aim accurately on the run. Milly Thompson (who normally carries her huge Stungun under her cape) would be a Vaporizer if not for the fact her weapon is less-lethal.
  • Black Lagoon is an anime with two Gun Fu experts who use two pistols at close quarters as well as a huge number of gunmen (and women). One of those totes around a minigun...
    • More specifically, Balalaika is The Trick Shot, Roberta and Gretel are Vaporizers, and Revy is The Woo.
      • Eda, who we haven't seen fight much, appears to be a Quick Draw artist. For evidence, in the episode Calm Down, Two men, she's a faster draw than Revy, though not by much. That itself should be noteworthy, considering Revy's considerable skill.
      • And everyone leaves out poor Mr. Chang, who is a surgeon with the more precise types.
  • Rally Vincent from Gunsmith Cats is most definitely a Trick Shot. More bizarre tricks with a pistol than you can shake a stick at.
  • Rushuna Tendo from Grenadier also combines Trick Shot and The Woo into a uniquely anime gun-style, and at one point engages in a full-scale Gun Kata duel with a rival in the final episode.
    • Rushuna also covers The Quick Draw. While wielding one six-shooter, she has outshot a multi-barreled machine gun by not only shooting the bullets out of the air but hitting them so precisely they then blocked entire chains of other bullets.
  • All of the main characters from Gunslinger Girl. The girl are made to be so, as they're girls who have been converted into cyborgs and given paramilitary training to become assassins. Their handlers are from a variety of police and military organizations.
  • While her guns are very small, Natsuki from Mai-HiME is definitely a Vaporizer (since her CHILD can fire missiles and incredibly powerful beams of ice.) Her Mai-Otome counterpart gets a personal BFG.
  • Depending on the weapon he's using, Gene Starwind of Outlaw Star alternates between Trick Shot (pistols), or The Vaporizer (machine guns or rocket launchers)
  • Usopp in One Piece somehow manages to be a Trick Shot without ever actually using a firearm (at least not one using traditional chemical propulsion). Apparently, he inherits it from his father, who, while we never see being engaged in any particularly amazing examples, brags about being a Trick Shot all of the time.
  • A villanious example can be found in Hol Horse from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure; a Trick Shot, thanks to the fact that his Stand, the Emperor, is a revolver that lets him control the trajectory of its bullets.
    • From part 5 we have Guido Mista whose stand Sex Pistols manifest as 6 imps who guide his bullets.
    • Another example from the JoJoVerse is Ringo Roadagain, a semi-villainous example. He's a very solid Quick Draw. He has some Trick Shot in him, but that's a subtle subversion. He knows the most accurate distance for just about any revolver out there and he never fires one step outside of that range, which is why he never misses.
  • In the anime Trinity Blood, most of the heroes gunsling quite a bit, particuarly the Guns Akimbo, M13 Jericho wielding android Tres Iqus who has all three styles pretty much nailed (given that Gunslinger is actually his callsign this isn't at all suprising).
  • In several displays of skill, Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist combines ALL FOUR of the above types. Trick Shot is shown in her incredible long-distance sniping skill, while Vaporizer and The Woo are shown in her battles with the homunculi. Finally, Quick Draw is shown in Roy's fight with Scar.
  • Mana Tatsumiya and Yuna Akashi of Mahou Sensei Negima!. Mana is a combination of Trick Shot and The Woo: she dual wields Desert Eagles, which is perhaps only marginally made believable by her size and is so skillful with a sniper rifle that she can also use ricocheting to work around the fact that her targets are behind a wall, but in close-range combat she falls into Gun Fu mode. Yuna is an obvious Quick Draw who uses twin pistols.
  • Teana Lanster of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS is a Magical Girl gunslinger who uses The Woo style. Striker S Sound Stage X shows her adding some Vaporizer to her fighting style in the form of Starlight Breaker. Force's Arnage is a solid Vaporizer - Quad Gatlings, ho!
  • Ryoma from Peacemaker Kurogane.
  • Brandon Heat/Death Beyond the Grave from Gungrave: while during his human life Brandon preferred Trick Shot, The Woo, and Quick Draw, super-human strength of his undead state allowed him to carry big enough guns (the Cerberus handguns and the coffin) to add The Vaporizer to the list.
  • Daisuke Jigen from Lupin III is an expert shot who uses a custom .357 Magnum revolver to be the Trick Shot, The Woo, and the Quick Draw (0.3 seconds). Because of his strength in an array of guns, including rocket launchers and sniper rifles (which he shoots from the waist in The Castle of Cagliostro), he also qualifies as The Vaporizer. He actually dislikes More Dakka, saying that shooting more shots isn't better, especially when one will do the trick. He proves it in Lupin III Stolen Lupin, where he has a broken gun, and one bullet. This, against an enemy with automatic weapons in each hand.
    • Lupin, Fujiko, and Zenigata are also good with their guns, but Lupin's the clear number two. His use of misdirection and disguise make him a better trick shot than Jigen, although many movies have Lupin's gun wrecked before he can fire.
  • Bleach:
    • Primera Espada Coyote Starrk's released form is that of a traditional wild-west outlaw equipped with a pair of guns. For the most part, he has exhibited Vaporizer and The Woo, albeit in a x100 fashion.
    • Suifeng's Bankai is a shoulder-mounted missile-launcher. Pure Vaporizer.
    • Ururu beat Starrk as the first gunslinger by hundreds of chapters. She's a Vaporizer.
    • The Stern Ritter "N" Robert Accutrone manifests his cross as a relatively ordinary looking pistol. This being Bleach, everything is but ordinary and the guy actually shoots out Shunsui's eye. Something even Starrk couldn't do.
    • Stern Ritter "X" Lille Barro wields a powerful sniper rifle in combat. He's a mix of Vaporizer and Quick Draw, able to blow a hole through the head of a Zero Squad member faster than she can react and whose special power, 'The X-Axis', allows him to pierce anything in a straight line between the muzzle and the target, making defense absolutely useless.
  • Soul Eater: Death the Kid is a combination. His usual style of a (literally) inhuman turn of speed, close-combat and Gun Fu falls under C, whereas Death Cannon and his other soul resonance attacks are B.
    • The Thompson Sisters themselves also fit the trope. While they're technically the weapons of Death the Kid, they've both shown the ability to fight using each other quite proficiently. Even more so now that Patty's become Liz's meister and Kid's possibly gone through a Face-Heel Turn.
  • General Cross Marian of D.Gray-Man uses Innocence in the form of a revolver. He's a combination of Vaporizer and The Woo, and definitely qualifies as one of the most Bad Ass characters in the series.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has Austin O'Brien, who pulls this off by firing trading cards from his duel disk, which doubles as gun. Said trading cards explode upon impact for some unexplained reason.
  • C.T. Smith from Zombie Powder; he had Trick Shot and The Woo in spades, with a splash of Quick Draw due to his super speed.
  • Synthetic Human Zoichi Kanoe, of Biomega, exhibits all types in virtually every fight he's involved in.
  • Child Soldier Jonah from Jormungand is both The Trick Shot and The Quick Draw, which is quite unnerving to his mercenary teammates due to his young age. He also is not afraid to do a bit of Vaporizing when the situation requires it.
  • In Kinos Journey Kino is a formidable quick draw, often seen practicing it and later putting it to use with very effective results.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica has two Magical Girl Gunslingers, both Vaporizers. Mami Tomoe, prefers Gun Fu with a supply of single-shot muskets, but finishes with a BFG. And Homura Akemi, who combines her gunslinging composed of many military-grade weapons (including machine guns and RPGs) with lots of explosives and stopping time.
    • In Rebellion Mami and Homura end up having a gun fight. It was technically a draw.
  • Ryo Saeba from City Hunter, a mercenary/bodyguard who has Improbable Aiming Skills with his handgun, making him a Trick Shot.
  • Yoko from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has elements of Trick Shot and Vaporizer. She carries an over-sized, high-energy sniper rifle with her wherever she goes..
  • Akane from Kämpfer is normally a nice, quiet girl. Upon her transformation into a Kampfer however, her Bad Ass side appears along with a gun, and then starts firing at pretty much everything in sight she decides she doesn't like.
  • Bisca from Fairy Tail is the female half of a gunslinging Battle Couple with Alzack. Neither of them seems able to admit their feelings for one another.
  • Maya from Burn Up! W/Excess. Being a Gun Nut, she's so crazy for her weapons that she gives them names. Vaporizer, given that most of her arsenal qualifies as "big guns" and she has an itchy trigger finger.
    • Her Burn Up! Scramble incarnation leans more towards a Trick Shot, showcasing more shooting skill and less desire to just shoot.
  • Medabots: KBT-type Medabots, including Metabee, are designed for shooting techniques. Metabee is both a Trick Shot, with his precision-firing revolver on his right arm; and a Vaporizer, with a quick-firing submachine gun on his left arm.
  • In Date A Live, Kurumi Tokisaki wields a musket and a flintlock pistol that resemble the minute and hour hands of a clock. They not only fire regular bullets but also serve as the catalyst for her Time Master powers.
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn! has several, but overall less than you'd expect from a series about the Mafia.
    • The eponymous hitman himself, Reborn, is the most notable example, and is an undisputed master of the Trick Shot. In one instance, he appears to misfire at the ground, only to have the bullets emerge from the earth several seconds later to strike his target with perfect accuracy.
    • Xanxus, leader of the Varia, dual-wields Dying Will Guns that shoot out a beam of his highly destructive Flames of Wrath. Xanxus follows the path of the Vaporizer, as his named techniques largely involve him unloading a constant barrage on his opponent without any finesse whatsoever.
    • Fabio, also known as Vongola VII, was the inventor of the original Dying Will Gun. It's unknown what type of style he used, but he only used a single gun compared to Xanxus's two, and he also possessed a much weaker Dying Will Flame to use for his bullets.
  • Attack on Titan: The Military Police's Anti-Human Suppression Squad turn out to be this, using special maneuver gear and dual pistols. They especially dispatch three veteran Survey Corpsmen in an instant, establishing themselves as a serious threat.
  • Panty Anarchy of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has traits of all four types. To be clear, she has the Improbable Aiming Skills of the Trick Shot, the explosive firepower of the Vaporizer, the preference of pistols and Super Speed of the Woo, and the quick reaction time and ability to Shoot the Bullet of the Quick Draw.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman foe Deadshot is a villainous example of Trick Shot. In Secret Six, he's a combination of Trick Shot and Quick Draw, though he occasionally becomes a Vaporizer when facing someone with Contractual Immortality and Dodge the Bullet skills.
  • Deadpool combines all four styles to go along with his own insane brand of Confusion Fu He is frequently depicted firing two guns while performing all sorts of insane acrobatic feats. He has been shown to pull off shots that should be statistically impossible. He can pop a cap in someone before they even know they're dead. And being an Ax-Crazy gun for hire he isn't afraid to pump someone with enough bullets and explosives to hold back an entire army.
  • The series East of West is filed with all types of gunslingers, which is to be expected from a comic book series that draws a heavy amount of inspiration from the Western genre. Just about every major character is expected to be some sort of master gunmen, but the two most notable ones are The Ranger and The Horseman of Death. Both of whom posses superhuman levels of marksmanship, making Trick Shot experts.
  • Grifter of the WildCATS is always depicted wielding two guns at once in just about every appearance he's made.
  • Judge Dredd is a solid Trick Shot thanks to his years of practice. And as a nod to his Space Western motif he also shows skill as a Quick Draw expert.
  • Agent Graves and The Minutemen from One Hundred Bullets. Special mention goes to Minuteman Willie Tymes, whose skills as the Trick shot earned him the nickname "My first shot is my last"
  • Kidd Twist from Joss Whedon's run of the Runaways is a villainous example of a Trick Shot. He wields a pair of Magical Revolvers that allow him to hit any target he lays his eyes on and will never miss. This includes being able to fire and have his bullet curve through obstacles and hit his target with a clean shot.
  • The Saint of Killers from Preacher is a Trick Shot (no matter how he shots, he will kill), Vaporizer (infinite bullets) and Quick Draw (apparently he doesn't even draw, he is instantly pointing at the poor guy who encounters him).
    FBI Agent: So he drew on you and started shooting.
    Sheriff Root: Ain't what I said. I said there was a blur and then shooting. I didn't see no draw.
    • Tulip O'Hare has also shown considerable skill as a Trick Shot in the few occasions we've have seen her wield a gun.
  • Described as equal parts scarecrow and zombie gunslinger, the Gunwitch is a silent undead golem with unerring marksmanship from Nocturnals. A Trick Shot with strong elements of The Woo and Quick Draw.
  • Being a Vietnam War veteran, The Punisher mainly uses Trick Shot (rifles) or Vaporizer (machine guns and explosive launchers), but occasionally utilizes The Woo (twin pistols) and even Quick Draw (quickdraw with one pistol).
  • Tommy Monaghan the titular protagonist from Hitman is a combination of the Woo, Trick Shot and has shown shades of the Quick Draw.
  • The protagonists in Sin City all use guns. Hartigan is a Quick Draw since he usually draws and fires a single shot without having to move too much (he is pushing sixty with a bum-ticker, afterall). Dwight is The Woo. He usually has Guns Akimbo and does a lot of fancy footwork to avoid getting shot. Wallace is a Trick Shot, as evidenced by the fact that most of his shots are impossible to perform. At the end of his story, he shoots an entire warehouse filled with assassins before any of them manage to fire off a single round. Marv rarely uses a gun even though his is the most famous due to its name. From what we see, he's more of a quickdraw.
  • Being an amalgamation of every western gunslinger in fiction, Jonah Hex is naturally a professional in the Trick Shot and the Woo. And is the undisputed king of the Quick Draw. For example he is the only person in the DC Universe who has been able to outdraw Batman in a duel.
  • Jules from Bazooka Jules is an extremely good shot with any type of gun, big or small, despite not having any combat experience. It's all thanks to a micro-robotic weapon that fused with her body called The Symbiote. It can provide her with any type of gun she needs when she's in danger and it also assists with her aim.
  • Lucky Luke is a Affectionate Parody of the classic western cowboy who takes the Trick Shot and the Quick Draw to illogical extremes. The phrase "faster than his own shadow", should give you an idea of the kind of gunplay antics he usually gets up to.
  • Spawn is the quintessential example of a Vaporizer. It makes sense seeing as how he is the poster child for the era in which it was commonplace for superheroes to be drawn wielding comically oversized weapons.
  • Wesley Gibson from Wanted is the undisputed god of all four styles. He demonstrates his Trick Shot skills by shooting the wings off a fly and always landing perfect headshots without even looking at his victim. Aswell as always being depicted firing away with a gun in each hand while performing all sorts of acrobatics. And he later displays his Vaporizer skills by laying waste to his enemies with a Gatling gun. Justified in that his marksmanship abilities are actually a genetic ability that he inherited from his father, who was known as the greatest supervillain who ever lived.
  • Plenty of characters from the The Walking Dead use guns but its Andrea's skills as the Trick Shoot that stand out. As she is always seen landing perfect headshots. Made even more impressive by the fact that she never even handled a gun before the zombie apocalypse
  • Dc Comics Golden Age character Vigilante is one if the earliest examples of this trope in comics. True to his roots as a classic gunslinger, he is naturally a professional Trick Shot and Quick Draw expert.
  • The X-Men have several of these among there ranks.
    • Cable and Bishop are both perfect examples of the Vaporizer. Not only that but they are routinely depicted firing guns that are even larger than they are! And considering the large stature of both men, that is saying something
    • Longshot and Domino both use their mutant power to subconsciously alter probability in their favor, so if there's a trillion-to-one chance of them landing a perfect shot, you can bet that they will make that shot.
    • And lastly we have Fantomex who specializes in the Woo

  • In The Fastest Gun Alive Glenn Ford plays a store clerk who gets tired of the overblown stories of the townspeople and shows them how fast he is, shooting two silver dollars in the air. Unfortunately, this draws the attention of an outlaw who will start killing people if Ford does not face him. The truth is that Ford is the son of a famous sheriff who taught him to shoot, but he never worked up the courage to face anyone. He changed his name and hid from his past. In the end Ford has to prove himself.
  • Roycephus Pulsipher of the R.I.P.D. is able to shoot a two headed foe with both hands while both are jumping through the air.
  • Agent Zero from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Pistols, rifles, anything!
  • Gold Rush era Australia had its own gunfighters, known as Bushrangers, with names like Captain Starlight, Bold Jack Donahue, Captain Moonlight, Black John Caesar, and Captain Thunderbolt. As Ned Kelly, Mick Jagger dual wields Colt revolvers, The Outlaw Michael Howe favors flintlock pistols, and as Mad Dog Morgan, Dennis Hopper uses a pair of shotguns. Williamson, the badass longcoat of Kiwi film Utu also fits this trope, and carries a four barreled shotgun.
  • Both Doc Holiday and Johnny Ringo of the Film Tombstone are quick draws with a bit of woo thrown in. Of course, "There can be only one."
  • Parodied through exaggeration with the Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles, who, at one point, blasts the guns out of like seven people's hands in three seconds.

    Fan Works 

  • Charlotte "Charlie" Duncan of Sapphire Eleanor Rose Suzette De Mont Vs Canon is never seen without her Big Fucking Gun.
  • In Fallout: Equestria, most of Little Pip's party counts.
    • Calamity is a solid Trick Shot, pulling off kill shots while performing complex aerial maneuvers, being the team's dedicated sniper with the BFG Spitfire's Thunder, and being skilled in magical energy weapons.
    • Steelhooves is The Vaporizer taken Up to Eleven! His go-to weapons are a missile launcher and GRENADE MACHINEGUN! While his raw firepower is a great asset to his friends, it's also frequently an inconvenience as he leaves little to scavenge from.
    • Little Pip herself is something of a Woo. Her telekinesis allows her to wield multiple weapons at once (not always guns even), makes frequent use of S.A.T.S to invoke Bullet Time, and her weapon of choice is a scoped revolver.
  • In Poké Wars, Dawn is mostly a Trick Shot but has some Woo tendencies. Her supernatural accuracy places her in the Trick Shot category but her penchant for using dual pistols at close range places her in The Woo category.
  • In Child of the Storm the Winter Soldier falls into Trick Shot and Quick Draw with a touch of The Woo - he's capable of moving fast enough to turn and shoot a master assassin who has snuck up behind him and is holding a gun to his head before the other man can even shoot. The Trick Shot is also sort of inevitable since his grandson is Clint Barton.
  • Bad Future Crusaders: Apple Bloom is mostly a Quick Draw. Having grown up in a country more technologically advanced than Equestria (and fought in a civil war), she is very proficient with her hoofgun.

  • A Brother's Price: The Whistler family. All of them. It is mentioned at one point, that their children are given toy guns as toddlers, and real guns at eight years. Jerin's twelve year old sister shoots some bandits, which doesn't surprise him much when he hears about it.
  • Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger of Stephen King's magnum opus, The Dark Tower series. As it is fairly realistic in terms of gunplay, Roland only exhibits types Trick Shot and Quick Draw. He seldom has enough ammunition to be a Vaporizer type (and would probably consider it to be obscenely wasteful), and is only The Woo insofar as dual wielding (albeit briefly). Considering he's using single action revolvers, and can only dual wield by thumbing the hammers, doing it at all is quite impressive. Not to mention the only reason he stops Dual Wielding is because he loses two fingers off his right hand, and is rendered unable to hold a gun in that hand. Later, more gunslingers are added to Roland's ka-tet:
  • The Last of the Mohicans. Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) is America's first Gunslinger in literature, with Improbable Aiming Skills. On film, he's capable of Dual Wieldingfrontier long rifles! And reloading a musket on the run. He can also pick off a running man at 200 yards with a muzzle-loader, and in The Leatherstocking Tales he does frontier William Tell tricks, including firing a musket-ball into another musket-ball which his compatriots had used to drive a nail into a post at 50 yards.
  • The Executioner. Mack Bolan has shown Trick Shot, Vaporizer, and even The Woo tendencies at time, although not to a superhuman extent, as have his homages like The Punisher.
  • Matthew Stark in Cloud of Sparrows is a somewhat more historically accurate version than usual. He's a dirty, coarse, violent man who nevertheless is good at heart. He's also able to out-reflex ninjas.
  • Shane of course.
  • From David Gemmell's Stones of Power series, Jon Shannow, the Jerusalem Man.
  • In War of the Dreaming, Pendrake (an expy/homage of The Shadow) is a Trick Shot and The Woo.
  • In Count to the Eschaton, Menelaus is a Trick Shot and Vaporizer, who uses a smartgun which he has programmed to deliver its payload more efficiently. Somewhat hilariously, Menelaus' gunslinging skills make him a valued "junior partner" for his law firmemployers...
  • Lewis Wetzel from Zane Grey's Betty Zane is similar to the Last of the Mohicans example: a trick shot who can drive nails with bullets.
  • Holly Short and Vinyaya in Artemis Fowl. The latter requested for elecftric runs during a goblin rebellion despite not having to fight due to her desk job position but the same desk job position gives her a lot of power. She didn't miss.
  • Trigger of the Seekers of Truth. She carries a rifle that can fire any ammunition grenade-sized or smaller.
  • Medea Bentacore in the Eisenhorn novels keeps her father's Glavian needle pistol on hand.
  • Back in the early days of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Han Solo had several run-ins with a professional gunman named Gallandro, a mercenary renowned for being the fastest gun in the galaxy. Exploits attributed to him include hunting down a crime family, single handedly hijacking a star-liner and forcing the Assassin's Guild to default on a contract (by hunting down and killing half of their Elite Guard).
  • In Chasm City, it was said of the protagonist that he could take out specific brain functions with a shot, making him a Trick Shot. He laments to another character that he was never actually that good, but says he did come close.
  • Lt. Karrin Murphy of the Dresden Files is possibly this trope's Patron Saint. (Given the series, that could be literal — especially since she's almost certainly at the top of the very short list of candidates to become a new Knight of the Cross.) She wades into battlefields and underground lairs of the things that go bump in the dark, armed with only a gun, a badge, and five feet of Badass Adorable. Despite that, she's covered Harry's back with surprising success, doubly so for a muggle. She even gets her own chance at narrating in Aftermath.
    • Supernaturals (e.g. Thomas and Lara Raith. Harry complains that he doesn't even practice, yet nails a target from over a hundred feet away with a pistol. On a boat. In Lake Michigan. At night) play this trope awfully straight, hitting Trick Shot, The Woo, and Quick Draw. Justified - they do have supernatural powers and are capable of absurd feats like grazing skin layers off with a shot, ignoring recoil, and blurring speed. Fortunately, magic is faster that bullets.
    • The more forward-thinking (younger) among the Wardens and Knights of the Cross are known to carry heavy pistols and assault rifles, and use them proficiently.
      • To the point where Harry draws his revolver in Dead Beat and suggests shooting Cowl in the back. Ramirez, young Warden poster boy and owner of a Desert Eagle and multiple grenades says this is why the young wizards like the way he thinks.
  • Chess Pargeter of Gemma Files's Hexslinger Series hits Trick Shot and Quick Draw above, both killing a man with an over-the-shoulder shot without even looking and later shooting a would-be avenger twice (while sitting down) before the young challenger can even draw his pistol. (He does, however, have an advantage: unknown to him, he's a latent and partially-manifested "hex", a ridiculously powerful natural magician, and has been unconsciously channelling his powers into his gunplay.)
  • The Exile's Violin: Jacquie is a terrific shot but Jean de Roix is so good he has this as a nickname.
  • The Worst Shots In The West has Tim and Tom, two old, near blind gunslingers, with really high Accidental Aiming Skills.
  • Agents of the Gun in The Half-Made World are a darker take on the trope; their superhuman gunslinging skills are provided as part of their Deal with the Devil with the demonic guns they carry, and they're compelled to carry out the will of their weapons until their inevitable violent death. On the plus side, they're basically the celebrities of the half-made West, and their exploits are remembered in the form of ballads and folk tales.
  • Matt Hollis from the Valducan series Urban Fantasy published by Ragnarok Publications is one of these. This is, in part, due to his Impossibly Cool Weapon, the revolver Damoren.

    Live Action TV 
  • Criminal Minds has Aaron Hotchner, Elle Greenaway, Emily Prentiss, and Jennifer "JJ" Jareau, all of whom are incidentally very good shots (Emily is probably the worst shot out of all of them, but that's not really saying much, since the only time she's ever really *missed* was about thirty seconds after getting a concussion in a car crash). Hotchner is notable for wearing not only a pistol on the belt, but in his boot while in the field. JJ once even killed an UnSub with a perfect headshot through a glass-paned FBI door. Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia has only held a gun once.
  • Wesley's forte in Angel, though it takes a few seasons (and Character Development) for it to kick in. While he is primarily Guns Akimbo, he also has insane Improbable Aiming Skills. Gunn and Fred occasionally use guns as well, but without Wesley's showy movies.
    • Lampshaded in "Lineage". We cut from slo-mo Wesley firing two pistols in mid-air to Fred, in real time, sighing, "Yes, thank you, Wesley, I'd love a gun."
  • Firefly:
    • Mal is a shining example of Quick Draw, the stuff of legends. The fact that he hits anything at all is amazing, but at one point he shoots the Operative's gun out of his hand. From a quick draw. And the Operative's gun was already drawn. It might as well be a Charles Atlas Superpower.
    • And in the episode "War Stories", River pulls off a Crowning Moment of Awesome of the Trick Shot variety.
    • Zoe might be the character known for accuracy, but Jayne seems to be even better at it than she is when he's trying. Most notably, he's the only member of the crew to ever use a sniper rifle: in the first episode, where he shoots the hat off his target.
  • MacGyver's arch-nemesis Murdoc appears a stereotypical black clad gunslinger (seemingly a Quick Draw) in the All Just a Dream Cowboy Episode "Serenity".
  • Red Dwarf: Thees ees a chob for the Riviera Kid!(funny dance)
  • Farscape's Aeryn Sun. Especially impressive when compared to the male lead, who attempts to fire a gun only to have to throw it away as it explodes. Even after taking a few levels in badass, said male lead is nowhere near Aeryn's level when it comes to gunplay (Aeryn wouldn't trust him around her BFG until things got really desperate—to his credit, during that instance, he finally handled the thing competently).
  • Mossad liaison Ziva David from NCIS. Always lethally skilled with firearms (and everything else up to and including Kleenex and rubber bands), in an episode she exhibited the ability to dual wield a semiautomatic pistol and a revolver (at 90-degree angles to each other, no less) in a shootout to protect a Federal witness in their hideout hotel. Result: two dead Mooks, dead via simultanious Pretty Little Headshots, and Ziva, not so much as scratched, calmly reholstering as McGee and the terrified witness crawl out of the hotel bathroom.
  • Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue almost always resort to using their guns. In fact, they have more gunplay than the other teams. Justified due to the fact that it was a military operation, not some wizard, granting the rangers these powers.
  • Kid Curry from Alias Smith and Jones shot the gun from another gunfighter's holster before the man could draw; in the pilot, he tossed a bullet into the air and then hit it by firing another. Therefore, both Trick Shot and Quick Draw apply to him.
  • The Lone Ranger tended to shoot guns out of bandits' hands with either hand.
  • Wrangler Jane of F Troop, known to be the best shot at Fort Courage, which makes her closest to Trick Shot.
  • Kara "Starbuck" Thrace of Battlestar Galactica is a pilot who is described in canon as the best shot in the Fleet, in or out of a Viper cockpit. She gets to show off plenty of both skills.
  • The only thing sexier than Samantha Carter on Stargate SG-1? Samantha Carter with a P90. Vala's pretty cool too, though she prefers zats and pistols.
  • Doctor Who has River Song, who likes energy handguns, and once used them to threaten the Roman Army into helping her. Liz 10 also carries two Steampunk laser pistols.
    • The Doctor's full-time companions generally avoid guns, but some of them end up here anyway. Sarah-Jane demonstrates surprisingly good marksmanship for a reporter in Pyramids of Mars, Ace takes out a Dalek with a rocket launcher (she aims for the eyepiece), and both Rose and Martha get in on this in the revival.
    • Then Eleven faces a character in Series 7 literally called the Gunslinger. Except he's a cyborg.
  • CSI: Miami's Calleigh Duquesne, resident ballistics expert.
    Horatio: What do you get when you mix a six foot man with a three foot gun?
    Calleigh: Hot flashes. But that's just me.
  • Justified has both Raylan and Tim.
  • On Mythbusters, have you ever noticed that when the build team is testing a gun myth, Kari Byron tends to bring the biggest weapon to the party? Kari said in a behind-the-scenes interview once that, being a good Californian, she was very anti-gun before working with Mythbusters, and after their second or third gun myths special, she found that she had turned into a gun nerd along the way. She now privately owns several firearms of her own and never seems to be far away when they're testing gun myths on the show.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Kira Nerys joined the Bajoran Resistance at twelve. For the love of God, if you hope to survive an encounter with her, do not let the woman get her hands on a phaser!!! Otherwise you'll be even more screwed than you already are.
  • The Big Bad's henchgirl from Der Clown ? Payday seems to always carry a machine gun with her. And yes, she can shoot it better than any SWAT member.
    • Subverted by the heroine who tries and first fails to shoot the same type of gun. She even asks for a manual after she picked it up.
  • Ashley of Sanctuary. Her entire job is pretty much shooting things.
  • Lucas McCain, the title character of The Rifleman, is a crack shot with a lever-action rifle.

  • A man actually named The Gunslinger was a member of The Protomen.

  • Heavily featured in Cactus Canyon, with multiple game modes — "Quick Draw", "Gun Fight", and "Showdown Multiball" — devoted to this trope.



    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Quite popular in the Necromunda setting. Among the House gangs, if you're not a Gunslinger, you're probably a Young Gun. You have rifle-wielding snipers for Trick Shot, heavies who carry one of a variety of BFGS, or a melee fighter who dual-wields pistols or a pistol and close combat weapon.
    • The notorius Cypher is well-known for wielding a pair of exquisitely crafted pistols (not similar; one is a bolt pistol, the other is plasma). Not to mention outdrawing and killing one of Abaddon's Terminator bodyguards so fast that even Abaddon nearly missed it. It's reflected on the tabletop too - he was the only character in the game that could fire both pistols twice in one turn. In his current rules, he has the highest Ballistic Skill in the game.
    • Sisters of Battle (Witch Hunters) give us the Seraphim, power armoured ladies with jetpacks who dual-wield automatic microgrenade launcher pistols. Or, alternately, dual wield flamer pistols, or, if you really want to splash out, microwave pistols that can turn a super-heavy tank into slag. Their gun fu is so awesome that everyone around them feels just a little bit braver for having them there.
    • Most armies have got some characters specializing in gunfire. Being the Trope Namer for More Dakka, many qualify as The Vaporizer:
      • Marneus Calgar, possibly, with submachinegun microgrenade launches strapped to his forearms. Definitely a Vaporizer.
      • Maugan Ra is a Vaporizer, carrying by himself a heavy machine gun that normal Eldar have to strap to an anti-gravity platform to lug around and is easily twice as effective as Shadowsun or Calgar when facing enemy infantry.
      • Commander Shadowsun also qualifies as a Vaporizer, assisted by power armor, what with carrying two anti-tank weapons.
      • Dark Eldar tend towards the choppy end of the scale, but their Haemonculi can carry a device called a Hexrifle: a sniper rifle that turns the target into a statue.
      • The Imperial Guard have more than most due to their shooty nature, but special mention must go to Quick Draw Guardsman Marbo and his sniper pistol, and Vaporizer Gunnery Sergeant Harker, who carries a heavy bolter (a weapon normally carried by two men and fired from a tripod) around.
      • The Vindicare Assassin is a classic Trick Shot, as he is at the moment the only model on the table that can single out a specific model in an enemy unit with a gun and blast a hole in his head, and carries special ammunition that lets him do things like make tanks explode with a sniper rifle. In Dawn of War, an infiltrated Vindicare Assassin is possibly the best secondary commander unit in the game.
  • It would be remiss not to mention 'Slick' Devlan of Inquisitor.
    • Don't forget the characters spiritual successors from Dark Heresy, the class of Scum hailing from Gunmetal City on Scintilla.
  • Anyone with Gun Schticks and/or a high enough Guns skill in Feng Shui is a Gunslinger in terms of this trope. Maverick Cops, Killers, and Ex-Special Forces guys are especially exemplary of the trope, but Spies, Gamblers, Magic Cops, Masked Avengers, Monster Hunters, Cyborgs and even Medics can qualify as well, along with any other archetype who spends XP on Gun Schticks and the Guns skill. What type your gunslinger character generally is depends on what Gun Schticks you give your character. Trick Shots prefer Eagle Eye, Shoot Weapon, Sabotage Shot and other schticks that allow them to perform crazy feats of accuracy. Vaporizers generally go for Carnival of Carnage and 10,000 Bullets to maximize the mook slaughter, along with Cover Fire, Bullet Storm, Lightning Reload, Who Wants Some, and a good automatic weapon capable of More Dakka. Woos can use pretty much any schtick out of the books, though Both Guns Blazing, Carnival of Carnage, Slow Mo Vengeance and others are primarily used by them. Quick Draws, as per the name, generally buy up lots of Fast Draw in order to act ahead of everyone else in a given sequence.
  • One of the more common character types in Deadlands. Some hucksters (called 'hexslingers') combine magic with gunplay to give them an extra edge.
  • The aptly named advantage "Gunslinger" in GURPS makes you into a type Trick Shot, The Woo, or Quick Draw.
  • There's a Gunslinger O.C.C., in the Rifts megaverse. Specifically, they can be any combination of Trick Shot, The Woo, or Quick Draw. In-game fluff describes them as assassins, hitmen, and mercenaries who specialize in close combat and dual-wielding pisols. They also have a psychic equivalent, the Psi-Slinger.
  • Exalted has entire martial arts styles centered around dual-wielding badassery. Well, okay, you're really wielding pocket flamethrowers, but still...
    • Shards of the Exalted Dream gives us the Solar Firearms tree, which has stuff for all four types (as does its Abyssal mirror). What's especially hilarious is that with sufficient strength, you can use the Guns Akimbo Charms, Sun-Dog Gunslinger Stance (Solar) and Murder of Crows Posture (Abyssal), while dual-wielding godcannons, which are guns the size of men.
  • Pathfinder has the Gunslinger class, which uses flintlock pistols and muskets (in the default setting; there are rules for more advanced firearms like revolvers and shotguns). Gunslinger characters have a resource called Grit which is used for pulling off crazy gunslinging stunts and is replenished with daring deeds, as the Gunslinger is not just a class about shooting things but a class about being really ballsy while you shoot things. There is also the Amateur Gunslinger feat, which gives access to a small Grit pool replenished as for a true Gunslinger, and a single basic Gunslinger stunt (most class variants that add in some gunslinger flavour tends to give it as a bonus feat).
  • Heroscape has several according to their bios, but only Deadeye Dan has actual effects that make him this. He's a Trick Shot who has two abilities: one which gives him a half chance to deal one damage (which is deadly to characters with one life and high defence) and the other which gives him a one tenth change of instant killing anyone.
  • The Greyhawk portion of Dungeons & Dragons gives us Murlynd, demigod of Magical Technology, and his White Paladins. Murlynd himself is styled after a Wild West sheriff, and he and his clerics and paladins are the only ones who can wield firearms in the setting.
  • In d20 Modern, there is an actual advanced class called Gunslinger. Unlike most fiction gunslingers, his abilities are mostly Boring but Practical: Getting untyped bonuses to attack rolls (Trick Shot), increased benefits from cover. He can also shoot more often than other characters (Vaporizer), and is such a good shot that he reduces cover bonuses his enemies gain against him (Trick Shot).
  • The Iron Kingdoms gun mage is a gunslinger with magic; a sorcerer who uses his or her specially made rune-engraved firearm (typically pistol/s, but a few can use rifles) as a focus for spellcasting. They can imbue their bullets with spells, allowing them to pull off all sorts of trick shots and effects, from shooting through walls (Trick Shot) to creating a localised lightning storm where the shot hits (Vaporizer). They exist as Cygnaran and Mercenary models in the wargame and as a playable class in the RPG. The most famous signature character gun mage, Allister Caine, is also adept at teleportation magic, making him a capable Woo and Quick Draw as well.
  • The term "Swordsman School" is used rather loosely in 7th Sea and includes many schools based around weapons other than swords. Most relevant to this trope are the Montaigne Rois et Reines school that specializes in the use of a musket with a fixed bayonet, and the Vendel Rasmussen school, focused on pistols. Rasmussen even has a swordsman knack called "Trick Shot." These being 17th century firearms, both schools emphasize training far beyond the norm, allowing unusual aim, effective range, and reload speed. A master of Rasmussen can reload a pistol in a single action, while a character without the Reload Swordsman Knack would take several entire turns (with 2-5 actions per turn) to do the same.

    Video Games 
  • In Vindictus, Kai's second weapon type is a Schizo Tech crossbow/machine gun. He uses elements of all four basic types.
  • Samus Aran of Metroid, as well as her Zero Suit incarnation.
  • Ein alias Phantom from Phantom of Inferno.
  • Inspector Tequila Yuen, of Hard Boiled fame, demonstrates three styles with his Tequila Bomb attacks in the game-only sequel Stranglehold:
    • The Precision Aim (Trick Shot) is a sniper shot performed with any gun that can take someone out at long ranges with pinpoint accuracy.
    • The Barrage attack (Vaporizer) allows you to rock and roll on full auto, tearing scenery and mooks apart.
    • The Spin Attack (The Woo) takes every mook in your general vicinity out in true cinematic style, and as an added bonus, you get the doves flying in slow-mo while you're at it.
  • 10000 Bullets is chock-full of these. Expect plenty of Gun Fu. Somewhat necessary in that you can die quite easily even in stage one.
  • John Marston in Red Dead Redemption, a Trick Shot and a The Woo in that he can shoot a man's hat off or gun out of his hand and also enter bullet-time "Dead Eye" mode for those extra-tricky shots. He is also a master of the Quick Draw and often finds himself using a mounted machine gun, making him qualify for all four.
  • The Appropriately named Gunslinger boss enemies in City of Heroes qualify as Trick Shots. How good are their trick shots? These Badass Normal soldiers can knock down and set on fire the most powerful player-controlled superheroes and supervillains in the game.
    • The Dual Pistols powerset features Trick Shot attacks and a couple of Vaporizer attacks such as firing bullets in the sky so they rain down on enemies.
  • Dungeon Fighter Online has the gunslinger class that can advance into three Vaporizers: The Launcher, that specializes in heavy weaponry; Mechanic, that builds robots that either explode or shoot things for him/her; Spitfire, that can use special rounds and explosives; and a Woo / Quick Draw, Ranger, that uses melee kicks and and quick shots.
  • The Metal Gear Solid series has an example of each. Revolver Ocelot is a Trick Shot, Vulcan Raven is a Vaporizer, and The Boss is a Woo. Snake himself is a Quick Draw, but it almost never comes up.
    • The Boss is The Woo and The Vaporizer. Look at The Patriot: a rifle with the barrel cut short. Size of a pistol, power of the rifle, and infinite ammo. Yes, the infinite ammo part is canon. And yes, she takes full advantage of it. She also takes away your gun, takes it apart, and hands you back the pieces.
  • Jr. from Xenosaga plays this trope straight, wielding Guns Akimbo in the Trick Shot style. His special attacks tend to involve ricocheting bullets off coins to the point in one of his moves, he throws more than a dozen coins, fires a single bullet, and the bullet bounces off every coin hitting every enemy.
    • Billy in the Spiritual Predecessor Xenogears is another Gunslinger, mostly Trick Shot style or maybe The Woo depending on playstyle. He is also one of the best healers in the game by virtue of being a priest or training to become one. Notably his last deathblow forgoes the main types he displays and delves straight into The Vaporizer where he unloads every gun he's carrying and even briefly jumps into a FPS-like view while firing his handguns before finishing with his shotgun.
  • Ramiro Cruz from the Total Overdose video game is The Woo, able to run off the sides of walls, slow down time and do all sorts of cool stunts.
  • Sundown from Live A Live is a Vaporizer (see his ultimate attack, Hurricane Shot, which fires more bullets than any four revolvers should ever be able to carry). Of course, he's ALSO a Trick Shot (Multi-Counter, which animates as him turning his back to the enemy and shooting through his poncho as a counter to almost any attack, and Pierce Shot, which hits all enemies in a line). In universe, Sundown is also a Quick Draw, as he's described as having "an arm as quick as lightning" (Neo Shot Storm, which can hit up to around six times, all before his opponents can react). Mad Dog, from the same game, is also a Trick Shot, as all of his attacks are essentially trick-shots.
  • Dante from Devil May Cry blends all four types together, with near-flawless accuracy and Offhand Backhand shots, a crazy rate of fire and a variety of explosive weapons, superhuman agility, and the ability (both in and out of cutscenes) to draw quickly yet still fire accurately. Of course, he has a Style explicitly named Gunslinger that enhances his firearm moveset. Nero aspires to reach the same level of competence, but isn't there yet.
  • Created by the same person who created Devil May Cry, Bayonetta takes all 4 types to truly outlandish degrees. From regular hand guns to shot guns to ROCKET LAUNCHER TONFAS and so many other weapons, Bayonetta is currently one of the most insane examples of the gunslinger in video games so far.
  • Vermilion from Battle Arena Toshinden is a Vaporizer, carrying a peacemaker in one hand, and a shotgun in the other.
  • Reaver from the second Fable game is Trick Shot and Quick Draw. Makes sense, considering that not only is he the Hero of Skill, but also that by the time you see his fighting skills in action, he's had hundreds of years to practice his shots.
    • Your player character itself is a Trick Shot, as maxed skill lets you hit from any distance, and kill with one shot.
      • The Time Control spell lets you move toward the Woo and Quick Draw types by dropping a pack of bandits before they have time to get their guns out.
  • Boktai, anyone? Both Django and his spiritual successor Aaron use Solar Guns, drawing from all three schools. In Aaron's case, the Witch is the Trick Shot, the Ninja is the Woo, and the Bomber, Dragoon, and Knight suit the Vaporizer fine.
  • Dr Peace in No More Heroes wields a pair of golden revolvers.
    • And Helter Skelter in the trailer and opening has a nice set of guns, too.
  • All the main characters in the Wild ARMs series, but Wild ARMs 3 gets special mention since everyone in your party is a gunslinger. To Specify:
    • In Wild ARMs 1 Rudy is a solid Type B. Employing a combination of both the standard More Dakka approach and variations of Wave Motion Gun.
    • Since all of the leads in Wild ARMs 3 had ARMs they almost got to be class representatives each:
      • Jet is The Vaporizer, equipped with the machine gun - though in-game he could be considered a partial Quick Draw too thanks to having the best speed.
      • Clive is a Trick Shot, no fancy tricks but was the most accurate bar none thanks to his sniper rifle
      • Virginia is a combination of all the classes and her status as something of a Jack-of-All-Stats in-game shows it.
  • Star Ocean Till The End Of Time has Maria. Her marksmanship works very well with her ability to manipulate matter and energy.
  • Carth Onasi in Knights of the Old Republic and Atton Rand in the sequel both have elements of types Vaporizer and The Woo, stretching into Quick Draw during some cutscenes. Interestingly, Mira in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is the only female party member in the entire series who specializes in ranged weapons instead of melee weapons. Technically, she can be equipped with other weapons like most party members, including lightsabers if you turn her into a Jedi, but she's always most efficient with a blaster or two in hand. Some of their Improbable Aiming Skills can be explained; Mira and Atton are known to be Force Sensitive, adding enhanced intuition and reflexes. Carth's broadly hinted to be the same.
  • The Kid in Bastion is a combination Vaporizer and Quick Draw with dueling pistols (with a side of The Woo in that he dual wields), being capable of drawing, locking on, and emptying both guns into anything essentially as fast as you can click. One special attack moves into Trick Shot territory. He also gets bonus points for reloading solely by Gun Twirling.
    • Use of the Scrap Musket can put him squarely into Vaporizer, particularly with the special attack unloading around half a dozen shots in rapid succession. From a single-shot, muzzle-loading, shot-firing musket. There's also the Army Carbine and the Fang Repeater, the latter of which is A and B thanks to a high rate of fire and homing projectiles when appropriately upgraded.
  • The main character from Video Game/Fallout Tactics could be made into a Vaporizer in turn-based mode. Start with a high agility character who takes a starting trait which lowers the AP cost of shooting, which can later be coupled with a perk that further reduces the cost and another that halves reload time. Since the game's revolvers inexplicably shoot faster than all other pistols, using one you can fire six shots, reload, then get off three more before the other guy even gets to move. And when not using turn-based mode, your character's shooting animation is slightly quicker than normal, making him a Quick Draw. Nifty as enemies flinch and are stun-locked even from small damage, so even a huge mutant soldier can be cut down by one dude with a six-gun.
  • Gilder from Skies of Arcadia is a definite Woo. His first S-Move is even called 'Gunslinger'.
  • Max Payne is The Woo. Really, all that was missing from the game's bullet-time antics were the frickin' doves.
    • On the occasions the player gets to take control of her, Max Payne's Mona Sax shows why she's notorious as a cleaner. Her default weapon is a Desert Eagle (which can be dual-wielded) and her sniping rifle of choice is a Dragunov.
  • There's a whole class of these in Ragnarok Online, with any one of the types available depending on how you build one up and what weapons you use.
  • Call of Duty: World At War has two achievements in one level based around performing some Trick Shot marksmanship. At the beginning of "Vendetta," you can earn "The Professional" for only using five shots (without reloading) to clear out the first area (your targets are seven soldiers and an attack dog), while you earn "Gunslinger" for killing a German general with a pistol; said general is about a hundred yards away, has cover, and you only have a pistol if you found it early in the level (you will not find more ammo for it).
  • The nameless Gunslinger from the point-and-click PlayStation and PC game Silverload. He does not fit neatly into any of the types because he's controlled by YOU, plus the fact you have limited ammo for the shooting scenes. Good players can turn him into a Type A/D.
  • Rubi Malone of Wet is a Gunslinger who likes to do acrobatic Gun Fu combined with up-close and deadly katana work.
  • One of the three skill trees for Mordecai in Borderlands is called Gunslinger, and focuses on pistol and revolver skills. The highlights are getting shots that do 100% more damage after a kill and occasionally getting a free bullet.
  • Pleinair and Asagi in Disgaea.
    • In the second game, there's Rozalin and the Gunner class, the third has Salvatore and the Gunslinger class, and the fourth has Vulcanus.
  • From the Final Fantasy series
    • Barret Wallace and Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII. Barret is a Vaporizer who uses his Arm Cannon to pepper enemies into oblivion with More Dakka, while Vincent is a Trick Shot and Quick Shot with his various firearms, with a focus on dealing out quick and decisive shots.
    • Irvine Kinneas who can be each different types on depending on the ammo type he uses and Laguna Loire who is a Bad Ass Normal who is a Vaporizer with his signature machine gun. For his appearance in Duodecim, Laguna was promoted to being capable of wielding more gun types than your average FPS protagonist. Aside from his signature machine gun, he also acquired a shotgun, a Sniper Rifle, a multi-rocket launcher, a bazooka, and several weapon fixtures from a technologically advanced airship which each fire various flavours of laser (one of which being called down from an orbiting satellite). All of this, PLUS the few types of grenades he also gets to use.
    • Between Final Fantasy X and its sequel, the protagonist Yuna morphed from a White Magician Girl messiah to a Stripperific Gunslinger with an attitude to match. She was probably closest to The Woo.
    • Lightning pulls off enough trick shots with her gunblade to qualify for Trick Shot. One of her normal attacks is shooting an enemy mid-backflip. Sazh isn't nearly as skilled at using guns as the other entries, but has some elements of Vaporizer and Quick Draw.
  • Commander Shepard of the Mass Effect series falls into every category if you play as the Soldier Class; Adrenaline Rush allows Shepard to hit nearly any point of an enemies body (Trick Shot), The Revenant has an insanely large ammo clip and will completely obliterate anything in its path (Vaporizer), Shepard, as previously stated has Adrenaline Rush which slows down time to a crawl allowing for completely domination in CQC (The Woo), which will also allow Shepard to kill enemies before they're even aware of his/her presence. If you're an Infiltrator, your main gun is the sniper rifle, letting you pull of some Alan Quatermain Trick Shots. In cutscenes, every Shepard is a Quick Draw, being able to pull off very impressive shots and doing so very quickly.
    • As far as supporting characters go, Garrus is a mix of Trick Shot and Quick Draw (during his Establishing Character Moment he headshots a hostage-holding thug without harming the hostage, and without looking), Legion is a serious Trick Shot, and in the third game Ashley is a massive Vaporizer thanks to the Marksman power, which significantly boosts her firing rate for a short time- combine it with a fast firing gun with a large clip like the Revenant or the N7 Typhoon and she'll put out an impressive wall of suppression fire.
  • Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura allows the player to act as a Vaporizer (with firearms with enough firerate) and/or Type D (with a long range rifle or handgun, especially if you play in turn-based mode).
  • Saika Magoichi from Sengoku Basara, being basically a Walking Armory, can fulfil most of the above roles, but is closest to Type B. She commonly carries around magnums, a shotgun, a tommy gun and a heat-seeking rocket launcher (detonation charges or air support optional) and uses a combination of them to blow her enemies to bits.
    • Her predecessor Nouhime, despite also being a Walking Armory was more of The Woo with a focus on Gun Kata-like moves.
  • Any female character in Valkyria Chronicles has a portrait shot in the Personnel tab showing them in dramatic poses with guns. Props go to Sniper Marina who after a successful snipe-shot loads her gun onto her shoulders and tosses off a bond-one liner.
  • Anne in Jurassic Park: Trespasser uses a variety of guns and, because there is no HUD, counts the number of rounds remaining in the weapon out loud.
  • Aya Brea, the heroine of the Parasite Eve series. She's also got some deadly magic to back her up; in the sequel one of her spells is to simply boost the power of her gun's bullets.
  • One of the targets hunted by Jango Fett Star Wars: Bounty Hunter is a gunslinger named Longo Two-Guns. His gang occupies a town on Tatooine, resulting in a level not unlike an old western movie.
  • A playable subclass for Smuggler characters in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Mechanics-wise, a Type C as the class rains down ridiculous amounts of dakka on unsuspecting opponents, relying on fast AOE attacks. The Mercenary Bounty Hunter sub-class also takes the Vaporizer approach.
  • Grit in Advance Wars would appear to be this, being the indirect combat specialist (though even the direct combat units use guns...) of the series, and he even carries a gun in his portrait. His mannerisms seem to be based on a Western hero.
  • In Guild Wars 2, half the classes can use guns, but only the Warrior (with rifles) and the Thief (with pistols) really fit this trope, which usually overlaps with The Musketeer after weapon-switching gets unlocked.
  • Blood's Anti-Hero protagonist Caleb is described as a gunslinger in the manual. In the game itself, the closest thing to a revolver he uses is a flare gun.
  • WildStar has the Spellslingers, a magical variety who use mystic runes, the power of the universe, and their own sharpshooting to devastate their opponents.
  • Akatsuki Blitzkampf gives us Anonym, a Church Militant Lady of War who uses two plated Webley revolvers as her weapons. She has traits of both The Woo and the Trick Shot: on one hand she has quite the expertise in Gun Kata, on the other her fighting style relies a lot on her shooting her opponents before they can approach her since, if she runs out of ammo (after six attacks), she has to quickly recharge and that leaves her completely vulnerable for some seconds.
  • Erron Black from Mortal Kombat X, who is an Outworld gunslinger but fits the standard look with a face mask.
  • The Alchemist from Cardinal Quest 2 has the unlockable "Gunslinger" Perk. Gunslinger Alchemists sacrifice the ability to wield melee weapons and the ability to Craft items in exchange for starting with the Pistol skill. The Alchemist can still acquire the Pistol Skill in the skill tree, meaning the Alchemist can effectively dual wield pistols.
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger centres around former bounty hunter Silas Greaves recalling his days as one, though his claims are questionable. In gameplay, this primarily overlaps with "The Woo" through a Bullet Time mechanic (that can even be augmented with snap-aiming and trick reloads, among other things). Some boss battles also cover "The Quick Draw" through showdowns, where players must carefully focus and tactfully draw lest they be shot first.

  • Gordito from The Adventures of Dr. McNinja wields Guns Akimbo with Improbable Aiming Skills — enough skill to earn the respect of the McNinja family. His late father, The Amazing Flying Shooting Juan, was even better.
    • The Amazing Flying Shooting Juan's greatest trick deserves some explanation:
      • An audience volunteer picks a card without giving Juan any hint which one.
      • The whole deck is thrown into the air as Juan leaps from a high platform into a small water tank.
      • On the way down, he shoots the volunteer's card out of the air.
      • The shot propels the card into an entirely different part of the city and into the leg of a person.
      • The person shot is knocked into a police station, at which point they are identified as the person who looted the volunteer's apartment some time ago.
  • Homestuck's Jade Harley is an expert markswoman, and has her Strife Specibus allocated with the Riflekind abstratus.
    • On the Troll side, we have Eridan Ampora, who wields an energy rifle from the back of a flying seahorse, and is VERY proud of his gun.
    • Jake English likes guns a great deal and has allocated his specibus to 2xPistolkind.

    Web Original 
  • This trope is the claim to fame for Pico of Newgrounds. Most often, he's a Vaporizer, preferring an AK-47 or a brace of Uzis to blast his opposition.
  • Ballistic, a superhero from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe is said to be the best shot in the world with a handgun, and qualifies as a Trick Shot, a master of Gun Fu, and is absolutely a Quick Draw.
  • Hive, of the Whateley Universe. Looks like a 17-year-old blonde. Shoots like a 50-year-old master sniper.
    • Or Eldritch, looks like a young woman, shoots like a psychotic heavy-weapons range instructor; Generator might qualify too depending on your definition of 'girl', Loophole is quite proficient with her .45 handgun, and Bladedancer is secretly training with guns to surprise her opponents, while Bunker specializes in explosive ordinance (Girl With Bazooka)... considering the setting and the fact that training is readily available it's not uncommon to come across a girl that packs a gun or at least is proficient with one.
  • The bounty hunter Moira Quicksilver in The Endless Night, also a distinct example of Guns Akimbo with her two pistols Righty and Lefty.
  • The Armada Marines of Damsels and Dirigibles, an production, and a lot of the other female characters.
  • Tex from Red vs. Blue is the only competent soldier of the entire cast.
    • Freelancer Agent Carolina is The Woo, combining her Dance Battler moves with light one-handed guns (such as a Magnum or a pair of Plasma Rifles).
  • Simon Heller, a character in The Unwaking setting from The Wanderer's Library, is a Gun Marshal. What that entails is not exactly explained, but seems to involve an empathic connection with all guns.
  • Neogicians from Noob combine this with The Engineer and add a Bio-Augmentation extra for those that play in the technologically advanced faction.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Annie Oakley. Legend has it that she could pin an ace of hearts card to a tree, walk twenty yards away, then shoot the heart right out of the center.
  • Wild Bill Hickock served as a marshal during the height of the Wild West. He was so fast with his guns that he was able to fend off an ambush in what is really the only "Showdown at High Noon" type of gun battle on historical record.
  • The White Tights of urban legend, an Amazon Brigade of blonde, white-clad sniper women with a hate-on for the Russians.
  • The recently-passed Bob Munden was a wizard with his single action .45LC revolver. A real life Lucky Luke, Munden was capable of drawing his pistol faster than the blink of an eye (literally). He could shoot multiple targets faster than the eye is able to process, split playing cards edgewise, and was able to use the reflection of a diamond ring to aim at his target.
  • D. A. "Jelly" Bryce. He began his career with the Oklahoma City Police Department, for which he "interviewed" by fast-drawing and shooting a target group that could be covered with a silver dollar. J. Edgar Hoover himself waived the college degree requirement in order to hire the guy, who was known to practice his fast-draw in front of a mirror for eight hours straight at a time. As a "special negotiator", brought in to deal with hostage situations and stand-offs—with terminal consequences for the suspects who chose to try to out-shoot him—he became so well-known and so feared that law enforcement only had to call him to the scene and suspects would surrender without a fight. In 1945, Life magazine ran an article on Bryce, featuring a series of stroboscopic photos that documented his speed demonstration of holding a coin at his shoulder height, dropping it, drawing his gun, and shooting the coin before it passed the level of his waist. That trick shot only took two-fifths of a second.
  • Jerry Miculek is a combination of the Trick Shot (capable of putting shots onto a target two hundred yards away from a pistol in both conventional and upside-down grips) and the Vaporizer (holds numerous speed-shooting records, including six shots on-target from a revolver in under one second).

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