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* In ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', hero John [=McClane=] (Creator/BruceWillis) gives his reluctant ally Zeus (Creator/SamuelLJackson) a submachine gun lifted from a fallen mook to defend himself as they search the bad guys' boat, even giving him a short primer on how to use the gun. Zeus later comes upon BigBad Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons) and holds him at gunpoint; Simon takes the gun away, casually notes (of course) he's got the safety on, flips off the safety and shoots him.

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* In ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', hero John [=McClane=] (Creator/BruceWillis) gives his reluctant ally Zeus (Creator/SamuelLJackson) a submachine gun lifted from a fallen mook to defend himself as they search the bad guys' boat, even giving him a short primer on how to use the gun. Zeus later comes upon BigBad Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons) and holds him at gunpoint; gunpoint. Simon takes the gun away, casually notes (of course) he's got the safety on, flips off the safety and shoots him.



** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', he snatches Johnny Sasaki's gun away after almost exactly the same lines, and the less experienced soldier visually inspects his [=XM8=]. Since the [=XM8=] was designed to evoke muscle memory from years of training with the M16 family, and it's almost impossible to pass even rudimentary military training without being able to tell the safety's position by feel, this succeeds in making Johnny look like an absolute moron. Snake even sardonically asks how someone like him lasted ten years in the military like he claimed.

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', he Snake snatches Johnny Sasaki's gun away after almost exactly the same lines, and the less experienced soldier visually inspects his [=XM8=]. Since the [=XM8=] was designed to evoke muscle memory from years of training with the M16 family, and it's almost impossible to pass even rudimentary military training without being able to tell the safety's position by feel, this succeeds in making Johnny look like an absolute moron. Snake even sardonically asks how someone like him lasted ten years in the military like he claimed.

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* In ''Film/XXX'', Xander Cage is very excited to be handed a lightweight machine gun for the final fight, and then nearly gets killed rolling in front of some mooks and letting off an audible "click click." Luckily his more experienced girlfriend is there to save him and quote this trope to him.


** Just minutes prior when McClain handed the gun to Zeus and acted surprised that he doesn't know how to operate it.
Zeus: "Not all brothers know how to use guns you racist." It turns out he wasn't lying.

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**Just minutes prior when McClain handed the gun to Zeus and acted surprised that he doesn't know how to operate it.
Zeus: "Not all brothers know how to use guns you racist." It turns out he wasn't lying.


* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] book ''Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina'', Momaw Nadon lures an Imperial captain into an alley and threatens to kill him. The captain laughs ruthlessly and says, "You can't kill me with a blaster set to Stun." Momaw knows he set the blaster to Kill, but fears he may have knocked the setting aside, and looks. Of course, it ''is'' set on Kill, but he has lost his chance, and the captain shoots him. (Luckily, his blaster ''is'' set on Stun.)

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] book ''Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina'', ''Literature/TalesFromTheMosEisleyCantina'', Momaw Nadon lures an Imperial captain into an alley and threatens to kill him. The captain laughs ruthlessly and says, "You can't kill me with a blaster set to Stun." Momaw knows he set the blaster to Kill, but fears he may have knocked the setting aside, and looks. Of course, it ''is'' set on Kill, but he has lost his chance, and the captain shoots him. (Luckily, his blaster ''is'' set on Stun.)

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Used as a bluff, by Vamp, who needed the distraction. [[spoiler: She had just finished a secret conversation with her mother about who her biological father really was, when suddenly the man she had ''thought'' was her father up to that point burst in, and threatened both Alex and her mother with a shotgun. Alex used a [[MadScience Devise]] she had borrowed from another student, disguised inside a cellphone, to prime him for a memory-blanking effect, but to keep him busy she said, "I just wanted a picture of your face when you realized that you hadn't taken the safety off on that shotgun."]]
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* [[UsefulNotes/CharlesManson Manson Family member]] Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme's attempt to assassinate President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord reportedly failed because the .45 semiautomatic she used didn't have a round chambered; although years later [[IMeantToDoThat she claimed that was deliberate]].

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* [[UsefulNotes/CharlesManson Manson Family member]] Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme's attempt to assassinate President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord in 1975 reportedly failed because the .45 semiautomatic she used didn't have a round chambered; although years later [[IMeantToDoThat she claimed that was deliberate]].




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* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': PlayedForLaughs in "Los bomberos". At the end, the BigBad is about to hammer in a huge missile to blow everything up, but Mortadelo tells him he won't be able to do it because the ''hammer's'' safety is on. When the BigBad looks at the hammer, confused, [[GoLookAtTheDistraction Mortadelo knocks him out]].

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* ''Series/{{VIP}}'': Valerie gets a terrorist to surrender by pointing a gun at him. After the terrorist is apprehended, Tasha informs Valerie that the safety was off and it's a good thing the terrorist didn't notice either.


* Militaries usually teach the soldiers to have their pistols out of safety mode but also firmly set in the holsters, to quickly react against ambushes. Assault rifles, on the other hand, are nearly always in safety mode.

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* Militaries usually teach the soldiers to have their pistols out of safety mode but also firmly set in the holsters, to quickly react against ambushes. Assault rifles, on the other hand, are nearly always in safety mode.mode, with the soldiers trained to thumb the safety off in the same motion they use to aim down the sights.


** [[spoiler: Jodie]] successfully puts the gun's safety lever on during an episode about a bus-jacking. The other guy found out too late.

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** [[spoiler: Jodie]] [[spoiler:Jodie]] successfully puts the gun's safety lever on during an episode about a bus-jacking. The other guy found out too late.



-->'''Tommy''': You've never shot at a person before, have you? [[spoiler: Well, you never will.]]

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-->'''Tommy''': You've never shot at a person before, have you? [[spoiler: Well, [[spoiler:Well, you never will.]]



* Creator/DanBrown's ''Literature/DeceptionPoint'' sees a protagonist acquire a machine gun from the [[spoiler: assassins out to kill him, after incapacitating two of them, and uses it to hold the NRO's Director at gunpoint.]] The third assassin then calmly walks into his line of fire with his own weapon and states that he's out of ammunition.

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* Creator/DanBrown's ''Literature/DeceptionPoint'' sees a protagonist acquire a machine gun from the [[spoiler: assassins [[spoiler:assassins out to kill him, after incapacitating two of them, and uses it to hold the NRO's Director at gunpoint.]] The third assassin then calmly walks into his line of fire with his own weapon and states that he's out of ammunition.



* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': [[spoiler: Malcolm Merlyn]] is being held at gunpoint by [[spoiler: Thea]], who has recently found out that [[spoiler: she's his daughter]]. While she's pointing the gun at him, he helpfully points out that the safety is on. Unusually for this trope, she ''does'' eventually shoot him... [[spoiler: but he's wearing a Kevlar vest. And he's actually ''pleased'' that she shot him, because when his son Tommy had him at gunpoint the previous season he had been unable to pull the trigger.]]

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': [[spoiler: Malcolm [[spoiler:Malcolm Merlyn]] is being held at gunpoint by [[spoiler: Thea]], [[spoiler:Thea]], who has recently found out that [[spoiler: she's [[spoiler:she's his daughter]]. While she's pointing the gun at him, he helpfully points out that the safety is on. Unusually for this trope, she ''does'' eventually shoot him... [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but he's wearing a Kevlar vest. And he's actually ''pleased'' that she shot him, because when his son Tommy had him at gunpoint the previous season he had been unable to pull the trigger.]]



* Played with in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars''. A random encounter character accuses Huang of supplying him with defective guns. Huang suggests turning the safety off, so the man does [[spoiler: and accidentally kills several bystanders]].

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars''. A random encounter character accuses Huang of supplying him with defective guns. Huang suggests turning the safety off, so the man does [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and accidentally kills several bystanders]].


* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Ivan Vorpatril jumps a slaver who is pointing a stunner-beam at him. Ivan later reveals that the stunner in question was his, and was keyed to his own fingerprints, meaning that no one else could make it work.

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* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Ivan Vorpatril jumps a slaver who is pointing a stunner-beam at him. Ivan later reveals that the stunner in question was his, and was [[LoyalPhlebotinum keyed to his own fingerprints, fingerprints]], meaning that no one else could make it work.


* Played straight twice in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series:

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* Played straight twice in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series:



** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', he snatches Johnny Sasaki's gun away after almost exactly the same lines after the less experienced soldier visually inspects his [=XM8=]. Since the [=XM8=] was designed to evoke muscle memory from years of training with the M16 family, and it's almost impossible to pass even rudimentary military training without being able to tell the safety's position by feel, this succeeds in making Johnny look like an absolute moron. Snake even sardonically asks how someone like him lasted ten years in the military.
** Naked Snake does this to Ocelot twice in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}''; the first time, his Makarov jams because he's tried to load it improperly,[[note]]He pulled the slide back to ensure there was a fresh round in the chamber before pulling the trigger; he was trying to copy a move he had heard of to show off, but let go of the slide too soon and ended up catching the previous round in the ejection port.[[/note]] and the second time, because he's used to the Makarov's eight-round magazine, he doesn't realize that his new Single Action Army runs out after six shots.

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', he snatches Johnny Sasaki's gun away after almost exactly the same lines after lines, and the less experienced soldier visually inspects his [=XM8=]. Since the [=XM8=] was designed to evoke muscle memory from years of training with the M16 family, and it's almost impossible to pass even rudimentary military training without being able to tell the safety's position by feel, this succeeds in making Johnny look like an absolute moron. Snake even sardonically asks how someone like him lasted ten years in the military.
military like he claimed.
** Naked Snake does this to Ocelot twice in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}''; the first time, his Makarov jams because he's tried to load it improperly,[[note]]He pulled the slide back to ensure there was a fresh round in the chamber before pulling the trigger; he was trying to copy a move he had heard of to show off, but let go of the slide too soon and ended up catching the previous round in the ejection port.[[/note]] and the second time, because he's used to the Makarov's eight-round magazine, he doesn't realize that his new Single Action Army runs out after six shots.only six.



* Subverted in the trick ending of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' [[spoiler:when Ange understands what Amakusa's mission really is and holds him at gunpoint with a Tokarev. The latter tries to get away with this trope, but fails since Ange knows that a Tokarev has no safety lock (besides Chinese-made versions).]]

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* Subverted in the trick ending of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' [[spoiler:when Ange understands what Amakusa's mission really is and holds him at gunpoint with a Tokarev. The latter tries to get away with this trope, but fails since Ange knows that a Soviet Russian-made Tokarev has no safety lock (besides Chinese-made versions).lock.]]



* Somewhat averted in ''Webcomic/KiwiBlitz''. Benzine, (as Donner), pulls a gun only to be informed that the safety is still on. Without missing a beat; "Revolvers like this don't have safeties, smart guy."

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* Somewhat averted in ''Webcomic/KiwiBlitz''. Benzine, Benzine (as Donner), Donner) pulls a gun only to be informed that the safety is still on. Without missing a beat; beat, he responds "Revolvers like this don't have safeties, smart guy."



--> '''Commander''' : D'you two have any marksmanship skills?
--> '''Jared''' (holding a carbine rifle) : Phft, if you ever saw my Call of Duty stats, you'd feel embarrassed even asking that.
--> '''Commander''' : Th' safety's on. It's still on. Now yer holding it upside down. That's a good way to t' blast yer fingers off. Naw, that'll just eject the magazine.
--> '''Jared''' : Commander, I think I'm really bad at this.

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--> '''Commander''' : '''Commander''': D'you two have any marksmanship skills?
--> '''Jared''' (holding
skills?\\
'''Jared''': ''(holding
a carbine rifle) : carbine)'' Phft, if you ever saw my Call of Duty VideoGame/CallOfDuty stats, you'd feel embarrassed even asking that.
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that.\\
'''Commander''' : Th' safety's on.on. ... It's still on. ... Now yer holding holdin' it upside down. down. ... That's a good way to t' blast yer fingers off. off. ... Naw, that'll [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets that just eject the magazine.
--> '''Jared''' : Commander,
ejects th' magazine.]]\\
'''Jared''': ''(tears in his eyes)'' Commander
I think I'm really bad at this.



** It should be kept in mind, though, that a safety being ''does not'' guarantee that a firearm won't discharge if a round is chambered. Even in modern firearms, there is still a chance that even a properly functioning safety can fail.
* [[UsefulNotes/CharlesManson Manson Family member]] Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme's attempt to assassinate President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord reportedly failed because the .45 semiautomatic she used didn't have a round chambered; although years later she claimed that was deliberate.
* Militaries usually teach the soldiers to have their pistols out of safety mode but also firmly set in the holsters, to quickly react against ambushes. Assault rifles on the other hand are nearly always in safety mode though.
* For this precise reason ''some'' weapons carried by ''some'' law enforcement in ''some'' places are not loaded or have the safety on - if the officer is attacked and the weapon is stolen, the assailant can't use it. However, this tends to differ from situation to situation and also depends on the approach of the law enforcement agency. If they're only there to "show presence" guns will be use so rarely, they might not be ready to be used. If they're sent into a dangerous situation, they may not even have the safety on.

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** It should be kept in mind, though, that a safety being on ''does not'' guarantee that a firearm won't discharge if a round is chambered. Even in modern firearms, there is still a chance that even a properly functioning safety can fail.
* [[UsefulNotes/CharlesManson Manson Family member]] Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme's attempt to assassinate President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord reportedly failed because the .45 semiautomatic she used didn't have a round chambered; although years later [[IMeantToDoThat she claimed that was deliberate.
deliberate]].
* Militaries usually teach the soldiers to have their pistols out of safety mode but also firmly set in the holsters, to quickly react against ambushes. Assault rifles rifles, on the other hand hand, are nearly always in safety mode though.
mode.
* For this precise reason reason, ''some'' weapons carried by ''some'' law enforcement in ''some'' places are not loaded or have the safety on - if the officer is attacked and the weapon is stolen, the assailant can't use it. However, this tends to differ from situation to situation and also depends on the approach of the law enforcement agency. If they're only there to "show presence" presence", guns will be use used so rarely, they might not be ready to be used. If they're sent into a dangerous situation, they may not even have the safety on.

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* For this precise reason ''some'' weapons carried by ''some'' law enforcement in ''some'' places are not loaded or have the safety on - if the officer is attacked and the weapon is stolen, the assailant can't use it. However, this tends to differ from situation to situation and also depends on the approach of the law enforcement agency. If they're only there to "show presence" guns will be use so rarely, they might not be ready to be used. If they're sent into a dangerous situation, they may not even have the safety on.


* In the preview showcasing ''VideoGame/RememberMe'[='s=] Memory Manipulation mechanic, Nilin is trying to make her victim believe he killed someone. When he grabs his gun, however, the intended victim mocks him because she knows he always leaves the safety on. She's so confident about this that she tempts fate by [[spoiler:walking right up to him and grabbing the barrel of the gun]].

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* In the preview showcasing ''VideoGame/RememberMe'[='s=] ''VideoGame/RememberMe''[='s=] Memory Manipulation mechanic, Nilin is trying to make her victim believe he killed someone. When he grabs his gun, however, the intended victim mocks him because she knows he always leaves the safety on. She's so confident about this that she tempts fate by [[spoiler:walking right up to him and grabbing the barrel of the gun]].

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