Might I sugest agin, a skul-gun for my head. Yesterday in Batery Park, some scum we all know pushes smack for NSF gets jumpy and draws. I take 2 .22's, 1 in flesh, 1 in augs, befor I can get out that dam asalt gun. If I could kil just by thought, it would be beter. Is it my job to be a human target-practis backstop?
—Gunther Hermann's spelling error filled email
, Deus Ex
Sometimes simply holding a weapon just isn't cool enough. Some characters just have to have weapons in the most unexpected places, like on their shoulder, on their head, or even inside
a limb. Maybe they just have so much dakka
that they can't fit any more weapons in conventional places. Or maybe they're just weird.
Subtropes include the Arm Cannon
, Leg Cannon
, Shoulder Cannon
, and Chest Blaster
. Compare Natural Weapons
for when they're already part of the wielder.
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Anime & Manga
- Hyakkimaru from Dororo has a cannon that fires upwards out of his lower leg
- One cyborg in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex had a heavy machinegun in her elbow. A blink-and-you-miss-it shot had a cannon unfolding from a battle cyborg's groin.
- Nearly every given Gundam will have a small pair of vulcan cannons mounted in its head as a backup weapon. At least one from G Gundam (the Tequila/Spike Gundam) has about ten.
- Gundam Heavyarms had Gatlings and missile launchers almost everywhere BUT the crotch.
- The Freedom Gundam from Gundam SEED has two hip-mounted cannons, and two stored in its wings (the latter of which are sadly replaced by a Chest Blaster in its upgrade).
- You forget that Strike Freedom's two wings turned into eight flying instruments of More Dakka; giving it two Beam rifles, two hip-mounted railguns, a chest cannon, and eight remote-controlled beam launchers. Oh yeah, don't forget the swords mounted on the hip-mounted railguns and the Vulcans in it's head.
- Also from Gundam SEED were the ever-popular Mouth Cannons, which spat freaking huge particle beams.
- Look. Gundam and all its incarnations are basically just trying to one up each other and see who can get the most Dakka on their suits. You have Mecha with Vulcan's in their feet, Guns for fingers, or hidden in their palms, often times has some mounted on their wrists or forearm (Including swords/whips/etc), on the chest/collar/abdomen/hip/and yes...crotch. The back of the mech is literally the catch-all location to put any shiny gadget or huge gun you can think of, wings are especially popular. If that weren't enough, most mechs also carry some more guns/swords concealed inside the giant shield they're carrying (If the shield itself is not a weapon in its own right) or inside the mech itself! Added to that, sometimes they even carry Attack Drone(s)
- There's also the chin/nose mounted machinegun of the Anf (literally, nose in Arabic) from Gundam 00.
- The Mazinger series:
- Mazinger Z: Mazinger-Z. Its optical sensors shot laser beams, its grid-covered mouth launched gusts of corrosive wind, its horns shot a double Freeze Ray, its chest shot heat waves, its fingers and belly shot missiles...
- And then you have Aphrodite-A introduced the Torpedo Tits trope into Humongous Mecha shows...
- Dr. Hell was infamous by fitting any sort of weapons on any place of the body of his Mechanical Beasts. Examples include Zaila (whose fingers fired missiles and whose horns were really drills), Brighton-J2 (those horns on its head? They are missiles), the ninja siblings Blazas S1 and S2 (missile launchers located on their shoulders and stomache), Solaris-S1 (its belt shoots a solar beam), Kajimofu-T7 (its palms shot beams and it had a missile launcher above its head), Gumbina-M5 (Combat Tentacles instead of eyes)...
- Great Mazinger: Great Mazinger's crotch is a missile launcher. Venus-A had Torpedo Tits, Eye Beams and Finger Firearms.
- UFO Robo Grendizer: Grendizer's horns can unleash electrical discharges, its backhands shot laser rays, blades are stored into its shoulders that can be merged to form a double-headed scythe...
- New Mazinger: Mazinger had clusters of missiles stored on every place of its body. And every place means every place (including shoulders, chest, crotch...).
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, minor character Paninya has a one-shot gun in one of her legs. The barrel comes out of her kneecap.
- Astro Boy has machine guns in his butt. That's not just a crass joke tacked onto the 2009 CGI movie; it dates back to the original manga.
- Albert Heinrich, a.k.a. Cyborg 004 from Cyborg 009. Amongst the many weapons hidden in his body are missiles he can launch from his knees.
- And in its Spiritual Successor 009-1, the title character has machine guns built into her breasts. One has to wonder how she reloads.
- Stroheim from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has a machine gun in his stomach.
- Ray from GUN×SWORD has a gun in the heel of his boot. However, he doesn't try to shoot people with it; he fires it by stomping into the ground, which summons his mecha Volcain.
- Boomers in Bubblegum Crisis usually have a powerful laser lens assembly in their mouths. Many also have Chest Blasters, and at least one model of Superboomer had laser lenses pretty much all over its body.
- Tanaka-san from Mahou Sensei Negima! has a clothes-destroying laser in his mouth. But he's a robot (T-ANK-Alpha3, "Tanaka-san").
- Full Metal Panic!'s third season opener had the bad guys using Arm Slaves whose standard-issue automatic rifle is supplemented by a crotch chaingun turret...
- The crotch gun appears in Super Dimension Fortress Macross: for some unexplained reason, the titular ship fires a spaceship-sized one in the battle against Bodolza.
- The Hannibal military labors from Patlabor have a 20mm rotary cannon on their rather pronounced chins as their main armament.
- Black Lagoon. In "Roberta's Blood Trail" Roberta is captured by one of her former terrorist comrades. She pretends to be sexually excited and unbuttons her belt, only to gutshoot him with a buckle gun. Those kinds of things actually exist. One was made for a Nazi officer's uniform. Here it is, came in .22 or .32 and held four rounds.
- Does Vash's Angel Arm from Trigun count? On the "no" side, his arm more or less turns into the weapon, instead of being "inside" it, but in the "yes" column it's enough of a BFG to take a significant chunk out of a moon that happened to be passing by.
- The final spaceship of the Comet Empire in Star Blazers has turrets mounted atop turrets mounted atop other turrets.
- The Fallout: Equestria universe has "battle saddles": rifles, submachine guns, shotguns, and even rocket launchers and magical beam or bolt weapons (the FO:E equivalent of lasers and plasma) that rest on a pony's back like a saddle and are fired with a mouth trigger. Their ability to hit anything beyond several feet away is Hand Waved by the claim that they contain magical targeting talismans.
- Austin Powers is the originating example for Machine Gun Jumblies.
- One character in From Dusk Till Dawn has a flip-up six-shooter mounted on his crotch.
- The crotch gun also showed up in Desperado, though it didn't get used.
- It also showed up in Machete Kills, Paired with Machine Gun Bra
- Planet Terror, one of the two movies making up Grindhouse, has Cherry Darling replacing her right leg with an M-16 assault rifle after it gets eaten by a zombie. She later replaces that with a minigun.
- Note that Planet Terror, Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn are all films by Robert Rodriguez. He seems to love this trope.
- Predators use shoulder mounted weapons.
- Leonard in Leonard Part 6 has underarm rockets. These are not the most ridiculous of his weapons.
- Space Truckers featured unstopable killer robots with a odd combination of head and gun.
- The Diamond Age has skull guns. Guess where they're fired from.
- In Sergey Lukyanenko's The Stars Are Cold Toys duology, the rat-like Alari have short and weak front appendages. As such, they go into battle with back-mounted guns. Then again, their role in the Conclave is that of space fighters, not ground combatants.
- The Cobra warriors in Timothy Zahn's The Cobra Trilogy are armed with antipersonnel lasers in their little fingers (which double as arcthrowers and are eventually upgraded to also function as a stun weapon) and also have an anti-armour laser in their leg. It fires through the heel. They have to go through a fair amount of special training to use it effectively.
- In Philip Jose Farmer's "World of Tiers" series, one character eventually turns out to have an arm weapon. A laser hidden inside one arm.
Live Action TV
- The Humongous Mecha of the BattleTech universe commonly mount missile launchers and other weapons on their shoulders. Head-mounted guns are rare, due to the majority of head space being taken up by the cockpit.
- The Mackie, the very first Battlemech, has a cannon on its crotch
- The Flea light mech has a rather... disquietingly-placed flamer. Behold.◊
- The Atlas has an Autocanon/20 mounted on the hip, and a 6 shot short range missile launcher mounted on the leg.
- The Hauptmann has a laser mounted in it's "mouth", positioned in such a way as to look like the 'mech is smoking a cigar.
- Shoulder-mounted weapons are occasionally seen in Warhammer 40,000. There is also at least one unit with helmet-mounted lasers and Commissar Yarrick has a laser weapon in his bionic eye.
- Let's not forget the Titans, bipedal war machines standing between 30 and several hundred feet tall, which tend to put weapons everywhere they can fit. The Ork version, Gargants, do that too, and also put weapons where they don't fit, like on top of OTHER weapons.
- Also, there's the Tau Broadside Battlesuits, which can fire either their arm-mounted missile pods or their shoulder-mounted railguns... Or vice-versa on the mounting, if you get creative with a hobby knife.
- And now you have Space Marine Centurions, who have arm-mounted primary weapons, and secondary weapons, usually Hurricane Bolters, mounted on the sides of the chestpiece of the huge and unwieldy armour they're wearing over their regular Power Armor. Which means they basically have armpit-mounted More Dakka.
- Eldar Aspect Warriors put their weapons where it fits the theme of the aspect. Striking Scorpions have helmet-mounted guns that resemble an arachnid's mandibles, on a Swooping Hawk you can see leg-mounted downward-firing grenade launchers... so on and so forth.
- Munchkin has in one expansion the Shooty Hat, which is a hat with a miniature cannon on it.
- Shadowrun has cyberhands or cyberarms that contain guns of different sorts. The game also featured cyberguns that can be mounted in the mouth or the eye. Though not strictly a weapon in and of itself, a targeting laser could also be mounted in the eye. There were also cybernetic weapon and equipment mounts that could be attached to your shoulder or back. Monofiliment whip users sometimes stored the weapon in their cyberarm and used the last joint on their artificial finger as the tip weight, not unlike Johnny Mnemonic
- Machine Robo: Mugen-Bine. It's a continuation of the line known in the US as Go-Bots, except now, instead of transforming, the toys separate into their composite pieces—animal parts, drills, gun turrets, jet wings—to be combined as desired. It can get pretty ridiculous...
- No More Heroes' Destroyman has a crotch-mounted laser, earpiece lasers, and of course, "machine gun jumblies"
- Near the end of Disgaea 3 Mao threatens to convert Sapphire to fire missiles out of her boobs.
- Bayonetta has guns in her stiletto heels, and she can mount other weapons there as well.
- Mechwarrior 2 allowed you to customize and choose where to locate the weapons and equipment for your mech. Although the arms and left/right torso had the most space for this, nothing stopped you from putting guns on your mech's legs, head, or center torso. More canonically, many mechs have shoulder mounts or other unusual configurations.
- Putting guns in the legs was actually recommended, on the grounds of them being more armored and less likely to draw fire from the AI.
- Not to mention losing your 'Mechs legs more or less meant automatically failing the current mission, so losing the weapon was largely unconsequental. Exactly how you're supposed to be aiming your PPC (left leg) is a question best left unanswered, though...
- Another viable strategy: using all the hardware space in your 'Mech's arms for ammo, since live ammo in the Mechwarrior games reacts ...badly... to incoming fire or overheating. Storing the ammo in the arms means an ammo explosion won't wreck your 'Mech's torso, the part containing all kinds of important stuff like the powerplant (which itselfs reacts explosively to damage...)
- One especially memorable example is the Flea light mech, which bears a passing resemblance to an AT-ST walker. Its default armament configuration includes a flamethrower mounted in the "lower torso"... right between the upper leg joints. It looks... exactly how you'd expect it to look.
- Gunther Hermann of Deus Ex wants a "skul-gun".
- The Huckebein family of mecha in Super Robot Wars, being Gundam Expies, also have the same head guns.
- CannonCrotch. Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- One type of enemy in God Hand is a Fat Bastard with a cannon on his back who has to prone to fire it.
- Redneck Rampage had weapon you could pick up from alien strippers. Both a physical weapon, with the machine guns from the 'nipples', and a psychologial weapon, a skinny male redneck wearing a purple chrome bra...
- Armored Armadillo from Mega Man X has an energy cannon inside his head◊.
- In Schlock Mercenary, nano-transformed Army-Of-One!Kevyn has a gun in between the lobes of his brain.
- More mundanely, Legs's gun is build into her helmet (since her species lacks of hands).
- In Mass Effect 3: Generations, Tali gains twin helmet lasers, just appearing there with no explanation. Given that her helmet is naturally quite thin and that Mass Effect weapons are known for generating a lot of heat, it’s a wonder her face doesn't get melted off.
- In the Transformers franchise, pretty much every single plausible (and a few impractical) location on a Transformer's body has contained a weapon.
- Also, Megas XLR has tons of guns everywhere, so there should be at least few in unusual locations.
- The Scotsman in Samurai Jack has one leg replaced by a machine gun. He's pretty nifty with it and never loses his balance when shooting.
- As was stated in the theme song, Secret Squirrel had a cannon built into his hat.
- Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot: Big guy has arms that swing up and reveal a large number of weapons that stick out of his elbows/armpits.
- Actual patent for a helmet gun.◊
- the SEPECAT Jaguar ground-attack fighter-jet. While it has the standard ground-attack weapons loadout mountable on underwing hardpoints, it plays this trope straight in its air-to-air armament which consists of a pair of overwing hardpoints to which either AIM-9 SideWinder or Matra R550 Magic heat-seeking short-range air-to-air missiles can be mounted.