Trigger Happy

Border Guard: Recreational shooting? There's a hundred thousand bullets here!
Yuri Orlov, arms dealer: I'm a little trigger happy.

Some people really, really like guns. Maybe they're Compensating for Something. Maybe they see all problems as solvable with More Dakka. Maybe they just prefer to shoot first and ask questions later.

Mr. (or Ms.) Trigger Happy tends to have some (or all) of the following traits:

See also the whole family of people who have a little too much fun murdering people, i.e., Ax-Crazy, Chainsaw Good, Gatling Good, Knife Nut... Of course, even a mellow and sane person can sometimes find himself in a situation where the only thing to do is Shoot Everything That Moves. But if you're Trigger Happy, you'll enjoy it more.

Compare/Contrast Orgasmic Combat and Combat Sadomasochist. Not to be confused with Trigger Happy TV.


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     Anime and Manga  

    Comic Books 
  • Deadeye Duck from Bucky O Hare And The Toad Wars.
  • Pig's militaristic Guard Duck from Pearls Before Swine. He constantly believes that everyone besides Pig and his friends are the enemy and his first solution to problems is to shoot like crazy.
  • Sin City characters are over this trope. Marv certainly laughs when he kills his enemies and calls his gun Gladys. The Cool Gun love is there as well. Dwight and the Old Town girls are also quite fond of mowing down enemies as seen in the climax of Big Fat Kill.

    Fan Fiction 

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies. Truth in Television, because in real life, Baby Face used to work for Al Capone, but was kicked out for his itchy trigger finger and even John Dillinger disliked having to work with him (the feeling was mutual). Paradoxically, he was a devoted husband and father who often had his wife and children with him while he was on the run. Nelson is known to have killed more federal agents than any one person.
  • In O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Nelson is portrayed as manic-depressive, and he's very trigger-happy when he's feeling good.
    Nelson: * while hanging out the door of a moving vehicle* Han' me dat choppah!
    Delmar: Say, what line o' work ya in, George?
    Nelson: * firing the Thompson at the cops* Ha ha ha ha! Come and get me, coppers! You flatfooted, lame-brained, soft-ass sonsabitches!
  • Jim West in Wild Wild West, as lampshaded by President Grant: "Shoot first, shoot later, shoot some more and then when everybody's dead try to ask a question or two!"
  • Ironhide in the Transformers live-action films is extremely trigger happy. In the first film, he recommends that they kill Sam's parents simply to expedite Sam's search for the MacGuffin. In the first video game, it's implied he blew up a planet, though he insists it would have blown up anyway.
  • Dear Wendy: Happens gradually over the space of the film. The protagonist actually hates guns at first.
  • One of the generals in Pixels keeps on saying "so let's attack (whatever nation/game is considered a culprit at the moment)!", to annoyance of others.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ana-Lucia on Lost.
  • Fiona from Burn Notice. (Seriously, the Opening Narration literally calls her a "trigger-happy ex-girlfriend".) Since Thou Shalt Not Kill (Except Indirectly, Or In The First Episode) is in effect, this tends to come across as something of an Informed Ability...until the second Season Finale, where she snipes Carla. Given how hugely satisfying this is, perhaps it's understandable that they decided to save it.
  • Jayne on Firefly. There aren't many scenes where he isn't carrying some sort of weapon.
    • He's shown to be Crazy-Prepared as far as weapons go. His whole room is filled to the brim with them and in the Big Damn Movie, the one time he wants to bring grenades but gets overruled by Mal, the team ends up needing them.
      Jayne: [as the crew is being pursued by Reavers] Boy, sure would be nice if we had some GRENADES, don't you think?!
      • And then later on:
      Mal: "Please tell me you brought them this time."
  • Detective Hammer from Sledge Hammer!. He does target practice inside his apartment, he talks to his gun, and his reaction to a sniper on top of a building is to bring the entire building down with a rocket launcher. That's just in the pilot episode.
  • Aeryn Sun on Farscape spends a lot of time shooting people with evident pleasure. Even while giving birth.
    • Not to mention Talyn, who was quite literally born shooting.
  • Chuck: John Casey loves guns.
  • In what might be the only nonlethal variation, Parker on Leverage is trigger happy with various Stun Guns and tasers.
  • Flash Point: A wanna-be SRU member doesn't pass the exam when he's a little to eager to shoot a perp, or possibly a guy who happens to be in the wrong place in the wrong time.
  • Deadliest Catch: The Hillstrands mark special occasions with automatic rifle fire (plus fireworks and flare guns).
  • Carlton Lassiter on Psych is the butt of many wisecracks from everyone in the SBPD for being this (especially when shooting inanimate objects that he mistook for an attacker).
  • How I Met Your Mother: Robin calls her self a "gun enthusiast". She took Marshall to the range to blow off a little steam when Lily left him.


  • Our Miss Brooks: In "New School Bus", Mr. Boynton buys an old paddy wagon for use as a school bus. Mrs. Davis uses the opportunity to drive around in the wagon, pretending to be a trigger happy cop. Fortunately, she's using a toy gun and shooting blanks!

     Tabletop Games  
  • The Orks of Warhammer 40,000 were the Trope Namers for More Dakka. Enuff said.
    • Chaos Dreadnoughts have a chance to go completely nuts, firing every single one of their weapons in a single turn.
  • In Warhammer the Skaven Doomwheel must be fired at someone every turn. If there are enemies within range, all the better.
  • Dark Champions included a villain called Trigger Happy who certainly lived up to his name. Several other Dark Champions villains also qualify.

     Video Games  

  • Craze from Building 12.
  • Freckle of Lackadaisy fame is this, though he generally only becomes so when he has a gun in hand, to the point where he got booted out of the police force for being too enthusiastic.
  • Vaarsuvius of The Order of the Stick would be this if s/he had a gun. As it is, s/he just uses spell spam.
  • In Commander Kitty, the normally goofy and harmless (but egotistical) CK can get surprisingly trigger-happy when the Triple-I are on his case.
  • Mell from Narbonic is a clear example. Not only did she get kicked out of both heaven and hell quite quickly, she seemed very happy when she found a recording of herself from the future, stating that she has/was/is going to destroy the universe.

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic. This comes back to bite him in the ass during Kickassia; Insano calls out for Santa Christ, Santa Christ's theme starts, Critic panics and shoots our Lord and Saviour dead.
    • Also from Kickassia, we have Angry Joe, who shoots the cameraman when a reporter mentions that he has been called "gun-crazy."
      • And in Suburban Knights he was quite gleeful that machine guns were fair game to use on the quest.
    "I didn't know we could use machine guns! [pulls his out] My name is Inigo Montoya, motherfucker!
    • And in To Boldly Flee when asked if he wanted to shoot something, his response was:
    "Why yes, Critic. Yes I would."
  • Caddicarus uses a gun in nearly every episode. It's even part of his gimmick — if a game is bad, he "slaughters" it by shooting it with a gun (good games get the "salvage" when they are beamed with a transporter). He also shoots off secondary characters left and right, including other reviewers who join him for a crossover.

    Western Animation 
  • Scrooge McDuck's New Old Flame Glittering Goldie on DuckTales.
  • Heinrich "Herr Trigger" Triggermensch, one of the three assassins sent after Brock Samson during the Season Three Finale of The Venture Bros., is one of these, complete with licking his gun-barrel in sexual ecstasy during his fight scene.
  • Minor Decepticon Triggerhappy in Transformers Generation 1 lives up to his name. Apparently while goofing around at the military academy he accidentally vaporized his entire squad of trainees and his instructor. This earned him an immediate graduation and field promotion. However, some theorize that his crazed affection for heavy automatic weaponry isn't due to pride at this defining moment, but because he happened to bump his head pretty bad in said accident.
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Hasbro's other popular boy's toy franchise, features Metal-Head, a loud, goofy, talkative moron with dual missile launchers on his back and a tendency to fire them at every opportunity, usually just because he likes bright lights and loud noises. He might as well be Triggerhappy's squishy human cousin. Surprisingly for a series where A-Team Firing was common, he actually turned out to be a pretty good shot.
  • The Simpsons - Homer Simpson became this for one episode, where he buys a gun to protect the family following a series of riots in Springfield. However, he quickly becomes ludicrously irresponsible with the gun (using it to change the channel and open a beer, among other feats), which drives Marge and the kids away. He goes to the local NRA for support, but they're just as appalled by him as Marge was and kick him out of the organization. The whole episode serves to deliver An Aesop about responsible gun usage.
  • Meanwhile, another character voiced by Dan Castellanetta, Earthworm Jim, has this as his modus operandi- "EAT DIRT, EVERYONE IN THE VICINITY! AH-HA-HAHAHAHAHA!"
  • Futurama - Mom's Friendly Killbots will automatically shoot whenever anyone mentions anything resembling gun terminology, like getting howitzer out of "how it serve". They usually shoot the person or Killbot that says the gun term. This is in addition to shooting anything that moves.
  • Stan Smith of American Dad! has hundreds of guns behind every wall of his house, including one in his pillow.
    "200 thread count, 200 dead count."
    • Interestingly, despite his gun obsession, it's revealed that he never actually killed anybody in "The 42-Year-Old Virgin".