Playing With / Con Men Hate Guns

Basic Trope: A con man character who particularly dislikes guns and/or other forms of weaponry.
  • Straight: Bob is a con man who never carries a gun and strongly dislikes the notion.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob doesn't carry a gun normally, but if pressed, he can pick one up and shoot.
  • Justified:
    • Bob's wife was killed by a faulty gun, so now he never goes near them.
    • Being a con man is all about tricking people into trusting you, and people tend to trust you less when you're packing heat.
    • Not carrying a gun is a point of pride for Bob: he's just that good a con man.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob carries multiple guns with him at all times, and even has a small private collection at home proudly displayed in his parlor. Some of his cons are focused on obtaining rare or antique firearms, not to sell but to add the his collection.
    • Bob is a Dumb Muscle thug who's crimes only involve violence or threats or violence.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob originally dislikes guns, but over the course of his work becomes more familiar with them and ends up finding them indispensable.
    • Bob explains his refusal to carry a gun has nothing to do with preference, and more to do with the fact that roles he impersonates would never carry a gun. He does use a firearm when acting as a police officer, soldier, or other character that would routinely be armed.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...until he accidentally shoots an innocent bystander and swears off guns for good.
    • Bob actually hates doing those roles. If he has to perform them, he carries a convincing imitation gun.
  • Parodied: Bob is the only con man is town who doesn't have his own gun, and he is actively ridiculed and teased by all of his friends for this.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob decides whether he likes guns or not each day based on what con he wants to pull off.
  • Averted: Bob does, in fact, own a gun.
  • Enforced:
    • This is a kids film, no guns allowed.
    • The creator's want to make it clear that Bob is different then the various petty thugs the show has featured.
  • Lampshaded: "You know Bob, one of these days you're going to find yourself in a situation where you'll wish you had a gun..".
  • Invoked:
    • After witnessing the violence on the streets of his inner-city neighborhood, Bob makes a personal vow to never carry or use any type of firearm.
    • Bob figures that by going unarmed, he'll seem less dangerous, and get a lighter sentence, if he gets caught.
  • Exploited: Morty the Mugger attacks Bob, knowing that as a con-man, he's unlikely to have a gun.
  • Defied: The violence in his neighborhood terrifies Bob into carrying a gun at all times.
  • Discussed:
    • "Wait, you're a con-man. Don't you hate using guns?" "That's what I like people to think".
    Alice: Did you here about con man Charlie? He gets his marks to trust him, then sticks them up and robs them
    Bob: Sounds like an amateur, I never need to threaten my marks.
  • Conversed: "Being a con-man is a dangerous line of work, and yet he never learns how to shoot?"
  • Deconstructed: Bob never carries a gun, and as a result has no protection for when one of his cons goes sour and his mark decides to get even...
  • Reconstructed: Bob has trained intensely in the martial arts of disarming and pacifying his attackers, so he doesn't need the extra protection.
  • Played For Drama: Bob smugly tells his victims it was their fault they lost their money to him. After all, he didn't have a gun and never threatened them.


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