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Playing With: Law of Inverse Recoil
Basic Trope: Large guns have little to no recoil; meanwhile, small guns do almost as much damage to the user as Real Life large guns do.
  • Straight: Alex shoots an AK-47 with no trouble. Meanwhile, Bob uses a revolver, and is thrown back against the wall upon firing it.
  • Exaggerated: Alex uses something that's normally mounted onto an armored vehicle like it was nothing. Bob uses a Derringer, and his arm is blown off.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified:
    • Alex is larger and stockier than Bob; recoil has less effect on Alex.
    • Bob is simply not good with guns, or not experienced.
    • The big gun is designed to absorb recoil shock; Bob's pistol is not.
    • In this setting, guns are like Magic Wands: they choose who wields them. Apparently, the pistol doesn't like Bob.
  • Inverted: Alex shoots an AK-47 and has trouble controlling it, or is thrown against the wall while shooting it. Meanwhile, Bob uses a revolver with no trouble.
  • Subverted: It turns out that Alex has been firing blanks the whole time, whereas Bob's rounds are more akin to cannonballs.
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied: This effect is observed with children using water guns.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes guns are realistic, other times they are not.
  • Averted:
    • Alex and Bob use firearms better suited to their respective sizes and skill levels.
    • No guns are used in this particular work.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "What's a little guy like you doing with a BFG like that?!"
  • Invoked: Alex and Bob are faced with a choice of weapons: the BFG that seems stronger (and cooler), or something that doesn't seem as strong.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alex and Bob don't take larger gun than they can handle.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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