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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: Bob is extremely terrified of guns, to the point that he almost has a nervous breakdown just from seeing a gun on television.
  • 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.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob originally dislikes guns, but over the course of his work becomes more familiar with them and ends up finding them indispensable.
    • Bob impersonates a police officer, soldier, or other character that would routinely carry a gun.
  • Double Subverted: ...until he accidentally shoots an innocent bystander and swears off guns for good.
  • 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 Disney film, no guns allowed.
  • 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".
  • 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.

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