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Playing With: Cold Sniper
Basic Trope: A sniper who is emotionally detached, grim, and determined.
  • Straight: Gustav is the team's sniper. He is emotionally detached and lives farther down the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism than all of his allies.
  • Exaggerated: His side just suffered a massive, massive loss, and they lost the war and they're all going to die horribly. Gustav doesn't bat an eye.
  • Downplayed: Gustav is a Cold Sniper and Consummate Professional when working. Outside of it he's a Nice Guy.
  • Justified:
    • Sniper doctrine (or any sort of killing) — detach yourself from the enemy. You're often alone or with a spotter too.
    • Gustav is a literal sniping machine! Emotions aren't only irrelevant to him, they would get on the way of the duty he was built for.
    • Gustav has Asperger's Syndrome.
    • Gustav follows a religion that mandates Stoicism.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: Gustav is set up as a Cold Sniper, but upon meeting him, we learn that he's a Friendly Sniper... in social situations. When he's later seen in combat, he's utterly cold and remorseless (which is possibly why he's relaxed and friendly outside of combat; it just doesn't get to him at all).
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
    • When heroes meet Gustav, he is very cold... but that's because his girlfriend ditched him. His mood swings rather unpredictably from that point on.
    • Gustav is cold towards non-snipers because he feels unable to relate to them and their experiences as opposed to his own, and vice versa. As such, he comes off as cold and distant to them. With fellow snipers, because he is able to relate to them better, he is a lot more convivial. His mood varies depending on who he's with.
    • Gustav is outwardly cold as ice. Secretly, he is a Warrior Poet. If he has a Sniper Duel with a Worthy Opponent he respects, he will write an elgy for him, burn it in a private ceremony and bury the ashes when no one is looking.
  • Averted: Snipers are just like every other soldier.
  • Enforced: "I think we need The Stoic for our True Companions, and it also seems to be missing characters effective at long range. Hmm".
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, that's Gustav. Don't try to make him change his expression - it never works".
  • Invoked: Gustav convinces some villagers to spread the rumor that he's a heartless bastard to scare the enemy soldiers.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • "I'm not the Terminator with a sniper rifle. C'mon, I'll introduce you to the rest of the squad".
    • Gustav doesn't like sniper rifles, and prefers to get up close and personal.
  • Discussed: "Are all snipers that emotionless?"
  • Conversed: "Five bucks says the guy with the scoped rifle is an ice-cold hardass".
  • Deconstructed:
    • Gustav is a war criminal and an unquestioning lapdog for his side, which regularly commits genocide.
    • Or he's suffering from PTSD... and he eventually cracks.
  • Reconstructed:
    • That's just enemy propaganda.
    • "If I had PTSD, I would have been shipped home".
    • Gustav is a sociopath, so he doesn't feel anything when he kills people. But he knows he should stay out of trouble too.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Gustav is cold not because of the stereotype, but because the author is making a point about the horrors of war.

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