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  

  • Revy from Black Lagoon is the Sociopathic Hero version of this trope. When she goes into "Whitman Fever," though...
  • Gauron from Full Metal Panic!. He actually had to be restrained from shooting a pilot (who was the only one who even knew how to operate the plane everyone was on), all because he just likes shooting and killing so much.
    • Sousuke is also very Trigger Happy, but in the more non-lethal way. He just really seems to like shooting and blowing things up. In the Full Metal Panic! Overload manga, this is taken to an extreme, where it might very well have been the lethal way, but is played for laughs. In fact, it's so bad that in one of the stories, he's actually shown having withdrawal symptoms because he hadn't shot a gun that day (due to promising Chidori he wouldn't bring his guns or shoot anyone). He Lampshades it by thinking that he shouldn't feel this way, since it would make him a Gun Nut. To put it in his thoughts: "The recoil and muzzle flash when I fire, the lingering smell of gunpowder... experiencing these on the battlefield truly makes me feel alive!" Sousuke is also lampshaded as "The Trigger-Happiest S.O.B." in Full Metal Panic! - so in other words, in canon, yes, he is indeed moreso than everyone including Gauron. (Though this actually makes a bit more sense when one takes into account that knives are Gauron's chosen weapon and specialty, not guns... since he enjoys slashing and cutting people up close and personal.)
    • Sousuke meets his match when he encounters the mad policewoman in Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, who gets into a shootout with Sousuke in his Bonta-kun costume. In a later episode where she hears the gun-toting Bonta-kun is on the loose again, her fellow police officers have to physically restrain her from going berserk with Guns Akimbo FN-P90's.
  • Robert from Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu. He's even shooting it off in the opening.
  • Reborn from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, who, as Tsuna notes, looks ridiculously happy at the thought of being able to shoot people. Of course, the person he ends up shooting is always Tsuna.
  • Train Heartnet from Black Cat is this, somewhat. His gun has a name, "Hades", and he's shown to get a bit restless when he hasn't shot anything for a while. Although, being a Technical Pacifist, he's forced to not kill people with it, that doesn't prevent him from shooting things out of their hands or simply wounding them.
    • Technical Pacifist? You sure about that? I'm pretty sure he at least killed the first few people he fought, and probably plenty more.
  • Most notable in Digimon: Gargomon, a trigger happy Rambo bunny (Dog actually, but who cares?) with gatling guns for hands.
  • Of course, we can't forget Alucard, from Hellsing. He carries two impossibly heavy guns, Jackel and his Casull Joshua. And the ever popular image of him resting his vampire canines on the barrel of the gun.
  • Genkaku from Deadman Wonderland. Wielding a double-machine gun-electric guitar, he really really loves to use it. He expresses great disappointment when Mouzuri restrains him from shooting Ganta. Not to mention that he even has an affectionate name for it, calling it "Flying V." He generally treats it with a lot more compassion and love than any human he encounters in the series, and the only time he's shown crying is when it's broken by Shiro. He keeps a grudge towards Shiro because of it, and is shown saying he'll hold a funeral service for it (something he'd never do for a human).
  • In Gantz, a lot of Gantzers (pretty much all side characters, since none of the protagonists are shown to be that sadistic) are Trigger Happy.
  • Maya Jingu from the Burn Up! anime franchise, especially her Warrior/Excess incarnation.
  • K from Gravitation, anyone?
  • Giroro of Keroro Gunsou is hardly ever seen without his gun. When not firing it, he's either wearing it, polishing it, or messing around with a different weapon.
  • Elie from Rave Master.
  • Hiruma from Eyeshield 21.
  • Almost everyone in Gunsmith Cats.
  • Mana and Sayo from Mahou Sensei Negima!.
  • Attenborough from Gurren Lagann LOVES firing the Dai-Gurren's cannons for the smallest reason. And when the Chouginga Dai-Gurren is about to hit every point of the universe simultaneously with a fuckton of guns, his facial expression is one of pure bliss.
  • Arnage of Hückebein from Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force. In the chapter that introduced her Divider, instead of dodging the 25 million energy beams headed her way like she was ordered to, she decided to shoot them all down since that was more her style.
  • Kaito Wanijima from Air Gear has a gun as his weapon of choice. He uses it a LOT.
  • Hibari Ginza from Speed Grapher seems to have a permanently itchy trigger finger. When she's not shooting someone(Self Defense!) she threatening to shoot someone. Even if that someone is a fellow cop.
  • Ladd Russo from Baccano!, who gets excited at the sound of gunfire. Mind you, he also likes knives, Good Old Fisticuffs, tire irons, lead pipes, knuckledusters, rubber chickens with a pulley in the middle, or just about anything that helps in killing people, but he seems to have a special fondness for guns. As in, 'starts skipping when he hears some people getting shot to death' kind of fond.
  • Officer Volvo Saigo in Kochikame is very trigger happy with his weapons at the slightest disturbance around him causing threat to Ryotsu and the others.

    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.

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    Films — Animated 

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    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 Sledgehammer. 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.


     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.
  • 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".