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--->'''Alucard:''' You'll need more than guns to stop me!
** Also occurs towards the end of the series when Integra shoots Schrodinger, even though she had already seen Alucard blow his head off a few volumes early, so unless she was doing it because she didn't like him, she was wasting her time.




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--->'''Supergirl:''' I hate thinking of the fortune in ammunition thugs like you have wasted on me over the years!
** This happened a lot during the early days of Supergirl's hero career. In ''Superman Vol 1 #149'' several thugs fire at her, and Kara suggests them to stop wasting bullets. In ''Action Comics #286'', Comicbook/LexLuthor -who really should know better- [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/action_286_31.jpg picks a machine gun, shoots at Kara]] and notes furiously that "The bullets only bounce off!"
** ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'' has the situation plays out as normal, right until the mook throws the gun at her -- the gun hits Supergirl in the head, and she ''collapses''. Then, she gets back up in the next panel.
--->'''Supergirl:''' Just kidding!
** Later in that same issue, super-villain Rebel shoots high-intensity laser beams at Kara Zor-El -the original Supergirl-. The Kryptonian girl tanks them, asks if they were supposed to hurt or do ''anything'', and he shoots again.
** In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', a squad of Primeenian soldiers shot at Supergirl and the Guy Gardner's team... even though they had just fought other Red Lanterns and their strongest weapons didn't even slow them down.
** Invoked and deconstructed in ''ComicBook/SupergirlRebirth vol. 7 #1'' when Director Cameron points out that bullets may hurt innocent people after bouncing off her.
--->'''Director Chase:''' Bullets bounce off you. But where do they go next?
** ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'': Gangbuster fires at Bizarrogirl. It does nothing, he knows it will do nothing -he lives in Metropolis!- but he keeps shooting.
--->'''Gangbuster:''' Tried to... get her away from everybody... Turns out she's not vulnerable... to bullets...




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--->'''Simeon:''' Move, you mugs! Shoot him!\\
'''Superman:''' You're simple, Simeon! If flames can't hurt me -- What good are bullets going to do?\\
'''Crook 1:''' The guy ain't human!\\
'''Crook 2:''' The slugs bounce offa him like popcorn!
** Deconstructed by Superman himself in ''ComicBook/{{Justice}}'' when he says being bulletproof means nothing because the bullets don't stop after bouncing off him and they can hurt someone else.
** A few years into the Golden Age, Superman's invulnerability came to be so well-known that the cover artists and writers started treating this as a joke. On one cover, for instance, as lots of people shoot at and throw various weapons at Superman to no effect, he frets to himself about the mystery of why people keep making these "insane attacks" on him [[BullyingADragon knowing full well they can't hurt him]], and how he needs to get to the bottom of it.
** ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'' played straight and lampshaded this before subverting it:
*** Superman lampshades this when several crooks open fire in the first issue:
---->'''Superman:''' Criminal types never seem to tire of shooting off guns! I shouldn't complain... a few cannon shells aren't even a bother!
*** Issue #234 gives a truly stupid example: A corrupt tycoon's hired guns shoot at Superman using 50 millimeter shells. Then one of them uses a shotgun. Later they try to punch him, and their boss headbutts' Superman's stomach.
---->'''Superman:''' Oh, come on, fella! If your big guns didn't stop me, surely you don't expect that bean-shooter to do the job!
*** In issue #235, several terrorists shoot Superman. When bullets don't work, one of them clubs his head with his shotgun's butt. Superman lampshades it.
---->'''Superman:''' Oh... You shouldn't have tried shooting, either! My name is Superman... and bullets don't bother me a whole lot! But you've noticed that, huh?
*** In issue #240, though, Superman is so weak than he can be injured by a bullet. Fortunately his costume is still bulletproof.
** ''ComicBook/SupermanTheWeddingAlbum'' features an example of someone not even bothering and just running...when, unbeknownst to him, Clark was BroughtDownToNormal and could've actually been hurt.




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--->'''Rorschach:''' You don't die, do you?\\
'''Deadpool:''' Nope.
** Rorschach then continues to shoot Deadpool [[RunningGag throughout the series]]. However, he never really seems to expect it to have an effect (though once he caused impact by shooting Deadpool's guitar). He usually just does it to shut Deadpool up.



* Lampshaded in a [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2070973/1/Justice-League-The-Spider "Justice League: The Spider"]] [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3182307/1/Peter-and-Kara side-story]]:

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* Lampshaded in this piece of ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} [[https://runawayman71.deviantart.com/art/Supergirl-Why-do-you-keep-shooting-at-me-Color-512748372 fanart]]:
-->'''Supergirl:''' What is wrong with you?! Why do you keep shooting at me? Do you seriously believe that hidden somewhere inside those guns there's
a [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2070973/1/Justice-League-The-Spider "Justice League: The Spider"]] [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3182307/1/Peter-and-Kara side-story]]:
bullet that can actually hurt me?



* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''

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* %%* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''
%%-->'''Jack Burton:''' Well, it was worth a shot.


* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/LukeCage2016'':
** Luke, who has bulletproof skin, goes into Colon's Gym looking for Domingo. After fighting off a group of his men, two of them point guns at him.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/LukeCage2016'':
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''Series/LukeCage2016'': Luke, who has bulletproof skin, goes into Colon's Gym looking for Domingo. After fighting off a group of his men, two of them point guns at him.
-->'''Luke Cage:''' I guess you guys haven't heard about me, have you?
-->''[Domingo's men empty their guns into Luke. The bullets just rip holes in his jacket and ricochet into everything else. Luke just stands there with a bored look of "Are you done?"]''
-->'''Luke Cage:''' ...I'm about sick of always having to buy new clothes.




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--->'''Superman:''' Now, see, if the bullets don't work, right...why the punching? [[LampshadeHanging Never understood that.]]
** Subverted in a later episode when ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} confronts some robbers. Just as she scoffs about one aiming an ordinary gun at her, the other guy unleashes an electrical blast that knocks her back.


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** In chapter 8:
8 one random crook tries to ''stab'' her repeatedly. Asuka asks him "you do know the definition of insanity, right?". Two chapters later, she actually praises the intelligence of another random goon who only shoots once before giving up.


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->'''Prince of Space:''' Enough of this! When will you ever learn? Your guns won't work on me!\\
'''Phantom of Krankor:''' ''Shoot him!''
-->-- ''Film/PrinceOfSpace''

While some believe that a villain who doesn't realize he [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim can simply shoot the hero]] is stupid, the even ''stupider'' type is the one who ''does'' try it on a [[ImmuneToBullets certain type of hero.]]

{{Mooks}}, [[RedshirtArmy the military]], and other assorted gunmen have the tendency to [[AttackAttackAttack repeatedly attack]] a [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster]], alien, or SuperHero with weapons that [[GenreBlindness they themselves should know won't work]] from personal experience or at least from watching the news. What's worse, they'll simply stand in place and [[IWillFightSomeMoreForever try the same thing over and over again]] as the hero or other threat to their safety [[TheJuggernaut advances slowly towards them]], never trying something else or turning tail to run until the last possible second.

One often has to wonder how much money repeat offenders of this trope waste on ammunition. Sometimes it's explained as desperation, but most times, they really should know better and just accept the fact that their foe is (sigh) ImmuneToBullets. It makes a touch more sense with characters who have protective devices like Franchise/WonderWoman's bracelets or ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield. At least with those characters, the {{Mooks}} can realistically think they have a chance at hurting them if only they could get that [[MillionToOneChance lucky shot]], which never happens. Many mooks also decide to do this because they believe [[DefiantToTheEnd showing defiance]] is better than the ([[YouHaveFailedMe occasionally fatal, often MUCH more painful]]) alternative of disappointing [[TheMobBossIsScarier their boss]] by giving up.

Named for the countless times crooks and other low-level threats have attempted to stop Franchise/{{Superman}} by shooting him with regular guns. Often they'll even [[ThrowingYourGunAtTheEnemy throw their empty gun at him]] once they've emptied the magazine, to no effect (though old live-action Superman shows would sometimes have him duck or otherwise dodge the thrown prop guns). Particularly dense examples will then pull out another gun and try again, or pick up a chair and smash him over the head with it... And then do it AGAIN and again until Supes has had his fun and proceeds to twist them up like a pretzel.

Justified in circumstances where the monster of the week just has lots of hitpoints, or in circumstances where the attackers have no reason to know or believe that the enemy is really totally immune to bullets; in real life it would be unlikely for the world's collective military to take one swipe and announce:
"Oh! He's obviously ImmuneToBullets! How could we been have so {{Genre Blind|ness}}?"

On rare occasions, it turns out that Shooting Superman does work, but only in a very specific manner; for those, see AchillesHeel.

Check out "Real Life" below for some examples where shooting Superman is still the best option.

Compare FiveRoundsRapid, NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight, SuicidalOverconfidence.

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->'''Prince of Space:''' Enough of this! When will you ever learn? Your guns won't work on me!\\
'''Phantom of Krankor:''' ''Shoot him!''
-->-- ''Film/PrinceOfSpace''

While some believe that a villain who doesn't realize he [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim can simply shoot the hero]] is stupid, the even ''stupider'' type is the one who ''does'' try it on a [[ImmuneToBullets certain type of hero.]]

{{Mooks}}, [[RedshirtArmy the military]], and other assorted gunmen have the tendency to [[AttackAttackAttack repeatedly attack]] a [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster]], alien, or SuperHero with weapons that [[GenreBlindness they themselves should know won't work]] from personal experience or at least from watching the news. What's worse, they'll simply stand in place and [[IWillFightSomeMoreForever try the same thing over and over again]] as the hero or other threat to their safety [[TheJuggernaut advances slowly towards them]], never trying something else or turning tail to run until the last possible second.

One often has to wonder how much money repeat offenders of this trope waste on ammunition. Sometimes it's explained as desperation, but most times, they really should know better and just accept the fact that their foe is (sigh) ImmuneToBullets. It makes a touch more sense with characters who have protective devices like Franchise/WonderWoman's bracelets or ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield. At least with those characters, the {{Mooks}} can realistically think they have a chance at hurting them if only they could get that [[MillionToOneChance lucky shot]], which never happens. Many mooks also decide to do this because they believe [[DefiantToTheEnd showing defiance]] is better than the ([[YouHaveFailedMe occasionally fatal, often MUCH more painful]]) alternative of disappointing [[TheMobBossIsScarier their boss]] by giving up.

Named for the countless times crooks and other low-level threats have attempted to stop Franchise/{{Superman}} by shooting him with regular guns. Often they'll even [[ThrowingYourGunAtTheEnemy throw their empty gun at him]] once they've emptied the magazine, to no effect (though old live-action Superman shows would sometimes have him duck or otherwise dodge the thrown prop guns). Particularly dense examples will then pull out another gun and try again, or pick up a chair and smash him over the head with it... And then do it AGAIN and again until Supes has had his fun and proceeds to twist them up like a pretzel.

Justified in circumstances where the monster of the week just has lots of hitpoints, or in circumstances where the attackers have no reason to know or believe that the enemy is really totally immune to bullets; in real life it would be unlikely for the world's collective military to take one swipe and announce:
"Oh! He's obviously ImmuneToBullets! How could we been have so {{Genre Blind|ness}}?"

On rare occasions, it turns out that Shooting Superman does work, but only in a very specific manner; for those, see AchillesHeel.

Check out "Real Life" below for some examples where shooting Superman is still the best option.

Compare FiveRoundsRapid, NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight, SuicidalOverconfidence.

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* The ''Mazinger'' series: Whenever a human army turns on ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' or ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', they always shot round after of round of ammo in spite of they should already know conventional weaponry not even scratches them. (It was kind of subverted the first time Mazinger-Z was activated in the manga. The army could not know what that HumongousMecha was made of. And in that time, the dome that should be protecting Kouji inside the cockpit was still open, so the pilot was still vulnerable. Shooting Superman in that situation could have worked.) Also, when a {{Robeast}} appears, the army insists on attacking them in spite of they should know after the first few times they are wasting ammo, men and money. It was kind of subverted in a ''Mazinger-Z'' episode, though: a squad of [[{{Mooks}} Iron Masks]] surrounded Aphrodite-A and threw a hail of spears against the FemBot. They very obviously did not damage it, but they managed to slow Sayaka down (they were so many they were very distracting) what was their intention.
* Played with in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. It's established that all conventional weapons are useless against the angels and even the "Non-nuclear" N2 mines may or may not slow one down, depending on the episode and angel. The JSDF and NERV always shoot them anyway, but over time, it goes from foolish pride to a quite deliberate attempt to feel out a new threat's capabilities before they send in the Evas (because no two Angels are exactly alike, and all of them are full of nasty surprises).
** Some lines from ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' suggest that the military stubbornly insists on having their shot at killing an Angel to feel satisfied. Ritsuko quips that the only thing they're doing is wasting money. There are, however, some occasions where NERV fires huge amounts of ordinance at an Angel to distract it or slow it down while they get the Evas ready.
* The {{mooks}} of ''Manga/ElfenLied'' do this a ''lot''. Mind you, part of this could be because their superiors might not have fully informed them about the massive PsychicPowers of the diclonius. Also, since they have to deflect every individual bullet, it's theoretically possible for one to get through [[spoiler:as shown by the sniper that managed to nail Lucy in the head]].
* This happens during ''Anime/DragonBallZ's'' Buu Saga. Fat Buu has pretty much trashed the world at this point, laughing off whole armies like they were cheap toys and wrecking cities at will. So naturally, when Mr. Satan (with the help of a stray puppy) manage to talk him down and get him on the verge of a full HeelFaceTurn... two mooks with sniper rifles decide to snipe the creature that laughed off tank fire on national TV. [[UnstoppableRage It didn't]] [[SuperPoweredEvilSide end well.]]
** During the Cell arc, the entire army surrounds Perfect Cell and lay on him with continuous gun, tank and missile fire for almost a full minute. It doesn't work and he annihilates them all with a single swipe of his hand.
* Lampshaded in one episode of ''Manga/{{Tokko}}''. When a handful of Muggle rookie cops are being dispatched to a phantom attack site, one of them points out that bullets don't work against the monsters. DaChief angrily snaps back ''[[AC:"I STILL WANT YOU TO SHOOT AT THEM!"]]''
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has this trope in spades. Generally, if the character being shot or attacked ''isn't'' an important member of the cast (or the episode's main mook), they won't be hurt too badly. If you're a standard mook, you can expect to die pretty quickly. Played straight during Kenshiro's introduction to Bat and Lin. After NoSell-ing his way through a falling building, a Mook shoots him in the chest with a crossbow. Kenshiro merely looks down, rips out the arrow and throws it away.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', after the titular HumongousMecha cripples his own mech, Admiral Dozel climbs out of the cockpit & begins shooting at it with a rifle. This is more a final symbolic act of defiance, though.
** Funny thing is, Dozel's Mobile Armour, the Big Zam (no, there is no Small Zam), is the target of this just a few moments earlier. With a {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le barrier called an [[MinovskyPhysics I-Field Barrier]] that can block all beam attacks even from capital ships main guns, he just flies around and slaughtered dozens of Space Cruisers and Battleships along with its 28 beam guns mounted all over and with auto lock on capability. Thus it takes the sacrifice of a comrade so TheHero can get in close and stab the Mobile Armour with a beam sabre.
*** Though the I-Field Generator on the Big Zam can only last for 20 mins and cannot block solid ammunition, AllThereInTheManual.
** More along the lines of the trope: ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Gundam 0080]]'' demonstrates that even a single {{Mook|s}} piloted by a rookie can do significant damage to a Gundam if they use strategy and tactics. However, more often than not the enemy will just fire blindly and get trashed, with the Gundam receiving only light damage at worst.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':

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* The ''Mazinger'' series: Whenever a human army turns on ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' or ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', they always shot round after title character of round of ammo ''Manga/BirdyTheMighty'' has shown a resistance to bullets and in spite of they should already know conventional weaponry the remake manga, this was explained as a biological shield, though it's not invincible and with proper attacks, it can be pierced--and even scratches them. (It was kind of subverted then, the impacts hurt as Birdy flinched even a bullet hit her face in the OVA, and in ''Decode'', she complained about them hurting in the first time Mazinger-Z was activated season and got knocked over for a second by a shot from a revolver in the manga. The army could not know what that HumongousMecha was made of. And in that time, the dome that should be protecting Kouji inside the cockpit was still open, so the pilot was still vulnerable. Shooting Superman in that situation could have worked.) Also, when a {{Robeast}} appears, the army insists on attacking them in spite of they should know after the first few times they are wasting ammo, men and money. It was kind of subverted in a ''Mazinger-Z'' episode, though: a squad of [[{{Mooks}} Iron Masks]] surrounded Aphrodite-A and threw a hail of spears against the FemBot. They very obviously did not damage it, but they managed to slow Sayaka down (they were so many they were very distracting) what was their intention.
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* Played with in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. It's established that all conventional weapons are useless against the angels and even the "Non-nuclear" N2 mines may or may not slow one down, depending on the episode and angel. The JSDF and NERV always shoot them anyway, but over time, it goes from foolish pride to a quite deliberate attempt to feel out a new threat's capabilities before they send in the Evas (because no two Angels are exactly alike, and all of them are full of nasty surprises).
** Some lines from ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' suggest that the military stubbornly insists on having their shot at killing an Angel to feel satisfied. Ritsuko quips that the only thing they're doing is wasting money. There are, however, some occasions where NERV fires huge amounts of ordinance at an Angel to distract it or slow it down while they get the Evas ready.
* The {{mooks}} of ''Manga/ElfenLied'' do this a ''lot''. Mind you, part of this could be because their superiors might not have fully informed them about the massive PsychicPowers of the diclonius. Also, since they have to deflect every individual bullet, it's theoretically possible for one to get through [[spoiler:as shown by the sniper that managed to nail Lucy in the head]].
* This happens during ''Anime/DragonBallZ's'' Buu Saga. Fat Buu has pretty much trashed the world at this point, laughing off whole armies like they were cheap toys and wrecking cities at will. So naturally, when Mr. Satan (with the help of a stray puppy) manage to talk him down and get him on the verge of a full HeelFaceTurn... two mooks with sniper rifles decide to snipe the creature that laughed off tank fire on national TV. [[UnstoppableRage It didn't]] [[SuperPoweredEvilSide end well.]]
** During the Cell arc, the entire army surrounds Perfect Cell and lay on him with continuous gun, tank and missile fire for almost a full minute. It doesn't work and he annihilates them all with a single swipe of his hand.
* Lampshaded in one episode of ''Manga/{{Tokko}}''. When a handful of Muggle rookie cops are being dispatched to a phantom attack site, one of them points out that bullets don't work against the monsters. DaChief angrily snaps back ''[[AC:"I STILL WANT YOU TO SHOOT AT THEM!"]]''
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has this trope in spades. Generally, if the character being shot or attacked ''isn't'' an important member of the cast (or the episode's main mook), they won't be hurt too badly. If you're a standard mook, you can expect to die pretty quickly. Played straight during Kenshiro's introduction to Bat and Lin. After NoSell-ing his way through a falling building, a Mook shoots him in the chest with a crossbow. Kenshiro merely looks down, rips out the arrow and throws it away.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', after the titular HumongousMecha cripples his own mech, Admiral Dozel climbs out of the cockpit & begins shooting at it with a rifle. This is more a final symbolic act of defiance, though.
** Funny thing is, Dozel's Mobile Armour, the Big Zam (no, there is no Small Zam), is the target of this just a few moments earlier. With a {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le barrier called an [[MinovskyPhysics I-Field Barrier]] that can block all beam attacks even from capital ships main guns, he just flies around and slaughtered dozens of Space Cruisers and Battleships along with its 28 beam guns mounted all over and with auto lock on capability. Thus it takes the sacrifice of a comrade so TheHero can get in close and stab the Mobile Armour with a beam sabre.
*** Though the I-Field Generator on the Big Zam can only last for 20 mins and cannot block solid ammunition, AllThereInTheManual.
** More along the lines of the trope: ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Gundam 0080]]'' demonstrates that even a single {{Mook|s}} piloted by a rookie can do significant damage to a Gundam if they use strategy and tactics. However, more often than not the enemy will just fire blindly and get trashed, with the Gundam receiving only light damage at worst.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
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* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** Alucard, pretty much all the time. Even enemies who know he's an immortal vampire still try. Though they may imagine they have a chance of slowing him down, it's likely that all the drama surrounding his regeneration is purely for his amusement.
--->'''Alucard:''' You'll need more than guns to stop me!
** Also occurs towards the end of the series when Integra shoots Schrodinger, even though she had already seen Alucard blow his head off a few volumes early, so unless she was doing it because she didn't like him, she was wasting her time.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Considering he has a four hundred million beli bounty and is one of the most infamous pirates in the world, you'd think people would know better than to try shooting at Luffy. It's not like he hides the fact that he's made of rubber, either. Bullets that hit him tend to bounce right back at the same speed they hit him at while he just ignores them. It's particularly bad during Enies Lobby when literally thousands of marines are trying to shoot him and he doesn't even seem to notice. Maybe they're aiming for his oddly indestructible hat to go for emotional damage?
** It gets even worse in the Marineford Arc. After Luffy freed Ace, the Marines proceed to shoot Luffy ''and'' Ace. Keep in mind that Ace can turn into ''[[NighInvulnerability intangible]] [[PlayingWithFire fire]]'', so while bullets just bounce off Luffy, they simply pass through Ace. (Some of the Marines seem to notice this during the arc and how the sheer number of superhuman combatants means all they're going to do is add more dead bodies, but [[GeneralRipper Akainu]] kills any who does, so it is either the pirates, or him.)
** The worst may have been the jailers in the previous arc; when Luffy briefly [[EnemyMine allies himself with Crocodile and Jimbei]], the jailers open fire on Crocodile. (Not only are bullets ineffective against this guy as he can turn himself to sand, he was originally intended to be the main antagonist of the entire franchise, back when it was only supposed to last five years; he has the reputation deserving of one of the cruelest men in Impel Down.) Crocodile simply grins at them in amusement with a SlasherSmile while smoking his cigar as the bullets harmlessly pass through him for a minute or two, ''then'' he proceeds to cut them down.
** [[spoiler: Subverted to high hell in ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ''. The main villain, former admiral Z, first shoots Luffy with a regular gun; Luffy, predictably, does his usual "bullets can't hurt me!" boasting... which gives Z enough time to whip out a revolver loaded with [[KryptoniteFactor sea-stone bullets]] and shoot him with it. Naturally, Luffy quickly loses his strength and eventually can no longer even move with the sea-stone lodged in his shoulder and collapses, while Z chuckles at his arrogance.]]
** It should be noted that when bullets do work they are very effective. Even among elite pirates there aren't many who have an ability which let's them outright block bullets causing many to dodge or deflect them and run for cover rather than tank them and risk severe injury. This would explain why marines keep trying it even though to the viewer it seems silly.

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* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** Alucard, pretty much all the time. Even enemies who know he's an immortal vampire still try. Though they may imagine they have a chance of slowing him down, it's likely that all the drama surrounding his regeneration is purely for his amusement.
--->'''Alucard:''' You'll need more than guns to stop me!
** Also occurs towards the end of the series when Integra shoots Schrodinger, even though she had already seen Alucard blow his head off a few volumes early, so unless she was doing it because she didn't like him, she was wasting her time.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Considering he has a four hundred million beli bounty and is one of the most infamous pirates
Happens constantly in the world, you'd think people would know better than to try shooting at Luffy. It's not like he hides the fact that he's made of rubber, either. Bullets that hit him tend to bounce right back at the same speed they hit him at while he just ignores them. It's particularly bad during Enies Lobby when literally thousands of marines are trying to shoot him and he doesn't even seem to notice. Maybe they're aiming for his oddly indestructible hat to go for emotional damage?
** It gets even worse in the Marineford Arc. After Luffy freed Ace, the Marines proceed to shoot Luffy ''and'' Ace. Keep in mind that Ace can turn into ''[[NighInvulnerability intangible]] [[PlayingWithFire fire]]'', so while bullets just bounce off Luffy, they simply pass through Ace. (Some of the Marines seem to notice this during the arc and how the sheer number of superhuman combatants means all they're going to do is add more dead bodies, but [[GeneralRipper Akainu]] kills any who does, so it is either the pirates, or him.)
** The worst may have been the jailers in the previous arc; when Luffy briefly [[EnemyMine allies himself with Crocodile and Jimbei]], the jailers open fire on Crocodile. (Not only are bullets ineffective against this guy as he can turn himself to sand, he was originally intended to be the main antagonist of the entire franchise, back when it was only supposed to last five years; he has the reputation deserving of one of the cruelest men in Impel Down.) Crocodile simply grins at them in amusement with a SlasherSmile while smoking his cigar as the bullets harmlessly pass through him for a minute or two, ''then'' he proceeds to cut them down.
** [[spoiler: Subverted to high hell in ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ''. The main villain, former admiral Z, first shoots Luffy with a
''Manga/Cyborg009'' by both regular gun; Luffy, predictably, does his usual "bullets can't hurt me!" boasting... which gives Z enough time to whip out a revolver loaded with [[KryptoniteFactor sea-stone bullets]] criminals and shoot him with it. Naturally, Luffy quickly loses his strength and eventually can no longer even move with the sea-stone lodged in his shoulder and collapses, while Z chuckles at his arrogance.]]
** It
[[NebulousEvilOrganisation Black]] [[WarForFunAndProfit Ghost]]. Even though Black Ghost should be noted that when bullets do work they are very effective. Even among elite pirates there aren't many who have an ability which let's them outright block bullets causing many to dodge or deflect them and run for cover rather than tank them and risk severe injury. This would explain why marines keep trying it even though to know better, having built the viewer it seems silly.cyborgs.



* ''Manga/{{Heroman}}'' - In true comic book fashion, this is how it turns out when the police and the army shoot the Skrugg, and also when the Skrugg shoot Heroman.

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* ''Manga/{{Heroman}}'' - In true comic book fashion, this is how it turns out when the police and the army shoot the Skrugg, and also when the Skrugg shoot Heroman.



* Averted, subverted, or maybe just [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged]] in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''. Ashitaka uses his demon-enhanced reflexes to knock arrows fired at him out of the air while riding a swimming elk. One mook tells the others not to waste their arrows, and they stop firing. An odd example as this would seem to be a defense that should be penetrable; after all, he only has to miss deflecting one arrow.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Occasionally the bad guy will have an unassailable combo put together, but that won't stop the hero from sending in an attack, summoning a monster, or triggering whatever effect the opponent wants to activate. Most intelligent duelists are too smart to fall for the same trick twice. But a ''truly'' skilled duelist will fall into the trap ''on purpose'', only to break down the strategy at some fundamental oversight.
** Another example with Yugi involves a duel against [[InnocentBystander Leon]]. [[ManipulativeBastard Leon's brother]] [[BigBad Ziegfried]] slips Leon a [[GameBreaker banned card]] called Golden Castle of Stromberg (with [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem extra-broken rewritten rules]]), and Leon activates it without knowing it was banned. To keep the banned card in play, Leon [[ButThouMust 'forces']] Yugi to discard half his deck each turn. So Yugi beats the rewritten banned card with a long and ineffectual combo that purposefully mills his own deck down to a single card, making it impossible to discard [[ExactWords "half his deck"]]. [[OhCrap The look on Ziegfried's face]] is priceless.

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* Averted, subverted, or maybe just [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged]] in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''. Ashitaka uses This happens during ''Anime/DragonBallZ's'' Buu Saga. Fat Buu has pretty much trashed the world at this point, laughing off whole armies like they were cheap toys and wrecking cities at will. So naturally, when Mr. Satan (with the help of a stray puppy) manage to talk him down and get him on the verge of a full HeelFaceTurn... two mooks with sniper rifles decide to snipe the creature that laughed off tank fire on national TV. [[UnstoppableRage It didn't]] [[SuperPoweredEvilSide end well.]]
** During the Cell arc, the entire army surrounds Perfect Cell and lay on him with continuous gun, tank and missile fire for almost a full minute. It doesn't work and he annihilates them all with a single swipe of
his demon-enhanced reflexes to knock arrows fired at him out hand.

* The {{mooks}} of ''Manga/ElfenLied'' do this a ''lot''. Mind you, part of this could be because their superiors might not have fully informed them about the massive PsychicPowers
of the air while riding a swimming elk. One mook tells diclonius. Also, since they have to deflect every individual bullet, it's theoretically possible for one to get through [[spoiler:as shown by the others not sniper that managed to waste nail Lucy in the head]].

* Zig-zaggy in ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO''. The G-Monsters have [[AppliedPhlebotinum some kind of energy field]] that makes them immune to non-[[TransformingMecha mecha]] weapons. Sometimes the military listens to Bleu's warnings and holds
their arrows, and fire, but other times they stop firing. An odd example as cluelessly shoot at the monsters, which merely draws their attention and gets the shooter(s) [[FrickinLaserBeams obliterated]]. In one episode they try to ''capture'' one of the monsters, with predictable results. Pied Piper's AI {{lampshade|Hanging}}s their stupidity at least once.

* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has
this would seem to be a defense that should be penetrable; after all, he only has to miss deflecting one arrow.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]
trope in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Occasionally spades. Generally, if the bad guy will have character being shot or attacked ''isn't'' an unassailable combo put together, but that important member of the cast (or the episode's main mook), they won't stop be hurt too badly. If you're a standard mook, you can expect to die pretty quickly. Played straight during Kenshiro's introduction to Bat and Lin. After NoSell-ing his way through a falling building, a Mook shoots him in the hero from sending in an attack, summoning a monster, or triggering whatever effect the opponent wants to activate. Most intelligent duelists are too smart to fall for the same trick twice. But a ''truly'' skilled duelist will fall into the trap ''on purpose'', only to break down the strategy at some fundamental oversight.
** Another example with Yugi involves a duel against [[InnocentBystander Leon]]. [[ManipulativeBastard Leon's brother]] [[BigBad Ziegfried]] slips Leon a [[GameBreaker banned card]] called Golden Castle of Stromberg (with [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem extra-broken rewritten rules]]), and Leon activates it without knowing it was banned. To keep the banned card in play, Leon [[ButThouMust 'forces']] Yugi to discard half his deck each turn. So Yugi beats the rewritten banned card
chest with a long crossbow. Kenshiro merely looks down, rips out the arrow and ineffectual combo that purposefully mills his own deck down to a single card, making throws it impossible to discard [[ExactWords "half his deck"]]. [[OhCrap The look on Ziegfried's face]] is priceless.away.



* Zig-zaggy in ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO''. The G-Monsters have [[AppliedPhlebotinum some kind of energy field]] that makes them immune to non-[[TransformingMecha mecha]] weapons. Sometimes the military listens to Bleu's warnings and holds their fire, but other times they cluelessly shoot at the monsters, which merely draws their attention and gets the shooter(s) [[FrickinLaserBeams obliterated]]. In one episode they try to ''capture'' one of the monsters, with predictable results. Pied Piper's AI {{lampshade|Hanging}}s their stupidity at least once.
* In an anime episode of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', a bunch of rifle-armed goons try this on Cygnus Hyoga. He justs pull an UnflinchingWalk while neutralizing bullets with his Cosmo, and grabs the rifle in a minor MookHorrorShow display.
** In the same episode, said goon tries to shoot Hyoga in the head from behind, but gets his bullets parried by [[BigDamnHeroes Seiya]]. It does however imply that catching a Saint off-guard and hitting an unprotected part of their body would actually work.
* In ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'', the villains keep sending wave after wave of underpowered {{Mooks}} to get slaughtered by the heroes...er, protagonists. Subverted in that their leader doesn't actually expect this to ''work'' - [[MoralEventHorizon she just doesn't want her forces standing around doing nothing, and doesn't care about their survival one way or another]]. This is a significant point of conflict between her and NobleDemon Kougaiji, who actually does care about the safety of his troops and despises the senseless waste of life.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' episode 9, the villain of the week attempts to use a taser on [[ShockAndAwe Dragon Kid]].
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Gyokuro spends a lot of time bragging about how her "[[SensorCharacter Enemy]] [[PowerCopying Zero]]" ability lets her know all about her opponents' powers to the last detail, and then uses the [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Jigen-Tou]] on Tsukune. If she had really been paying attention through said Enemy Zero, she should have known that Tsukune had a way of blocking the Jigen-Tou ''easily''.
* Happens constantly in ''Manga/Cyborg009'' by both regular criminals and [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Black]] [[WarForFunAndProfit Ghost]]. Even though Black Ghost should know better, having built the cyborgs.
* The title character of ''Manga/BirdyTheMighty'' has shown a resistance to bullets and in the remake manga, this was explained as a biological shield, though it's not invincible and with proper attacks, it can be pierced--and even then, the impacts hurt as Birdy flinched even a bullet hit her face in the OVA, and in ''Decode'', she complained about them hurting in the first season and got knocked over for a second by a shot from a revolver in the second.

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* Zig-zaggy in ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO''. The G-Monsters ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** Alucard, pretty much all the time. Even enemies who know he's an immortal vampire still try. Though they may imagine they
have [[AppliedPhlebotinum some a chance of slowing him down, it's likely that all the drama surrounding his regeneration is purely for his amusement.

* ''Manga/{{Heroman}}'' - In true comic book fashion, this is how it turns out when the police and the army shoot the Skrugg, and also when the Skrugg shoot Heroman.

* The ''Mazinger'' series: Whenever a human army turns on ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' or ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', they always shot round after of round of ammo in spite of they should already know conventional weaponry not even scratches them. (It was
kind of energy field]] subverted the first time Mazinger-Z was activated in the manga. The army could not know what that makes HumongousMecha was made of. And in that time, the dome that should be protecting Kouji inside the cockpit was still open, so the pilot was still vulnerable. Shooting Superman in that situation could have worked.) Also, when a {{Robeast}} appears, the army insists on attacking them immune in spite of they should know after the first few times they are wasting ammo, men and money. It was kind of subverted in a ''Mazinger-Z'' episode, though: a squad of [[{{Mooks}} Iron Masks]] surrounded Aphrodite-A and threw a hail of spears against the FemBot. They very obviously did not damage it, but they managed to non-[[TransformingMecha mecha]] weapons. Sometimes slow Sayaka down (they were so many they were very distracting) what was their intention.

* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', after the titular HumongousMecha cripples his own mech, Admiral Dozel climbs out of the cockpit & begins shooting at it with a rifle. This is more a final symbolic act of defiance, though.
** Funny thing is, Dozel's Mobile Armour, the Big Zam (no, there is no Small Zam), is the target of this just a few moments earlier. With a {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le barrier called an [[MinovskyPhysics I-Field Barrier]] that can block all beam attacks even from capital ships main guns, he just flies around and slaughtered dozens of Space Cruisers and Battleships along with its 28 beam guns mounted all over and with auto lock on capability. Thus it takes the sacrifice of a comrade so TheHero can get in close and stab the Mobile Armour with a beam sabre.
*** Though the I-Field Generator on the Big Zam can only last for 20 mins and cannot block solid ammunition, AllThereInTheManual.
** More along the lines of the trope: ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Gundam 0080]]'' demonstrates that even a single {{Mook|s}} piloted by a rookie can do significant damage to a Gundam if they use strategy and tactics. However, more often than not the enemy will just fire blindly and get trashed, with the Gundam receiving only light damage at worst.

* Played with in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. It's established that all conventional weapons are useless against the angels and even the "Non-nuclear" N2 mines may or may not slow one down, depending on the episode and angel. The JSDF and NERV always shoot them anyway, but over time, it goes from foolish pride to a quite deliberate attempt to feel out a new threat's capabilities before they send in the Evas (because no two Angels are exactly alike, and all of them are full of nasty surprises).
** Some lines from ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' suggest that
the military listens to Bleu's warnings and holds stubbornly insists on having their fire, but other times shot at killing an Angel to feel satisfied. Ritsuko quips that the only thing they're doing is wasting money. There are, however, some occasions where NERV fires huge amounts of ordinance at an Angel to distract it or slow it down while they cluelessly shoot at get the monsters, which merely draws their attention Evas ready.

* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Considering he has a four hundred million beli bounty
and gets the shooter(s) [[FrickinLaserBeams obliterated]]. In one episode they try to ''capture'' is one of the monsters, with predictable results. Pied Piper's AI {{lampshade|Hanging}}s their stupidity at least once.
* In an anime episode of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', a bunch of rifle-armed goons
most infamous pirates in the world, you'd think people would know better than to try this on Cygnus Hyoga. He justs pull an UnflinchingWalk while neutralizing bullets with his Cosmo, and grabs shooting at Luffy. It's not like he hides the rifle in a minor MookHorrorShow display.
** In
fact that he's made of rubber, either. Bullets that hit him tend to bounce right back at the same episode, said goon tries speed they hit him at while he just ignores them. It's particularly bad during Enies Lobby when literally thousands of marines are trying to shoot Hyoga in the head from behind, but gets his bullets parried by [[BigDamnHeroes Seiya]]. It does however imply that catching a Saint off-guard him and hitting an unprotected part of their body would actually work.
* In ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'', the villains keep sending wave after wave of underpowered {{Mooks}} to get slaughtered by the heroes...er, protagonists. Subverted in that their leader
he doesn't actually expect this even seem to ''work'' - [[MoralEventHorizon she notice. Maybe they're aiming for his oddly indestructible hat to go for emotional damage?
** It gets even worse in the Marineford Arc. After Luffy freed Ace, the Marines proceed to shoot Luffy ''and'' Ace. Keep in mind that Ace can turn into ''[[NighInvulnerability intangible]] [[PlayingWithFire fire]]'', so while bullets
just doesn't want her forces standing around doing nothing, and doesn't care about their survival one way or another]]. This is a significant point of conflict between her and NobleDemon Kougaiji, who actually does care about the safety of his troops and despises the senseless waste of life.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' episode 9, the villain of the week attempts to use a taser on [[ShockAndAwe Dragon Kid]].
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Gyokuro spends a lot of time bragging about how her "[[SensorCharacter Enemy]] [[PowerCopying Zero]]" ability lets her know all about her opponents' powers to the last detail, and then uses the [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Jigen-Tou]] on Tsukune. If she had really been paying attention
bounce off Luffy, they simply pass through said Enemy Zero, she should Ace. (Some of the Marines seem to notice this during the arc and how the sheer number of superhuman combatants means all they're going to do is add more dead bodies, but [[GeneralRipper Akainu]] kills any who does, so it is either the pirates, or him.)
** The worst may
have known that Tsukune had a way of blocking been the Jigen-Tou ''easily''.
* Happens constantly
jailers in ''Manga/Cyborg009'' by both the previous arc; when Luffy briefly [[EnemyMine allies himself with Crocodile and Jimbei]], the jailers open fire on Crocodile. (Not only are bullets ineffective against this guy as he can turn himself to sand, he was originally intended to be the main antagonist of the entire franchise, back when it was only supposed to last five years; he has the reputation deserving of one of the cruelest men in Impel Down.) Crocodile simply grins at them in amusement with a SlasherSmile while smoking his cigar as the bullets harmlessly pass through him for a minute or two, ''then'' he proceeds to cut them down.
** [[spoiler: Subverted to high hell in ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ''. The main villain, former admiral Z, first shoots Luffy with a
regular criminals and [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Black]] [[WarForFunAndProfit Ghost]]. Even though Black Ghost should know better, having built the cyborgs.
* The title character of ''Manga/BirdyTheMighty'' has shown a resistance to bullets and in the remake manga, this was explained as a biological shield, though it's not invincible and with proper attacks, it can be pierced--and even then, the impacts
gun; Luffy, predictably, does his usual "bullets can't hurt as Birdy flinched even a bullet hit her face in the OVA, and in ''Decode'', she complained about them hurting in the first season and got knocked over for a second by a shot from me!" boasting... which gives Z enough time to whip out a revolver in loaded with [[KryptoniteFactor sea-stone bullets]] and shoot him with it. Naturally, Luffy quickly loses his strength and eventually can no longer even move with the second.sea-stone lodged in his shoulder and collapses, while Z chuckles at his arrogance.]]
** It should be noted that when bullets do work they are very effective. Even among elite pirates there aren't many who have an ability which let's them outright block bullets causing many to dodge or deflect them and run for cover rather than tank them and risk severe injury. This would explain why marines keep trying it even though to the viewer it seems silly.




* Averted, subverted, or maybe just [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged]] in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''. Ashitaka uses his demon-enhanced reflexes to knock arrows fired at him out of the air while riding a swimming elk. One mook tells the others not to waste their arrows, and they stop firing. An odd example as this would seem to be a defense that should be penetrable; after all, he only has to miss deflecting one arrow.

* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Gyokuro spends a lot of time bragging about how her "[[SensorCharacter Enemy]] [[PowerCopying Zero]]" ability lets her know all about her opponents' powers to the last detail, and then uses the [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Jigen-Tou]] on Tsukune. If she had really been paying attention through said Enemy Zero, she should have known that Tsukune had a way of blocking the Jigen-Tou ''easily''.

* In an anime episode of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', a bunch of rifle-armed goons try this on Cygnus Hyoga. He justs pull an UnflinchingWalk while neutralizing bullets with his Cosmo, and grabs the rifle in a minor MookHorrorShow display.
** In the same episode, said goon tries to shoot Hyoga in the head from behind, but gets his bullets parried by [[BigDamnHeroes Seiya]]. It does however imply that catching a Saint off-guard and hitting an unprotected part of their body would actually work.

* In ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'', the villains keep sending wave after wave of underpowered {{Mooks}} to get slaughtered by the heroes...er, protagonists. Subverted in that their leader doesn't actually expect this to ''work'' - [[MoralEventHorizon she just doesn't want her forces standing around doing nothing, and doesn't care about their survival one way or another]]. This is a significant point of conflict between her and NobleDemon Kougaiji, who actually does care about the safety of his troops and despises the senseless waste of life.

* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' episode 9, the villain of the week attempts to use a taser on [[ShockAndAwe Dragon Kid]].

* Lampshaded in one episode of ''Manga/{{Tokko}}''. When a handful of Muggle rookie cops are being dispatched to a phantom attack site, one of them points out that bullets don't work against the monsters. DaChief angrily snaps back ''[[AC:"I STILL WANT YOU TO SHOOT AT THEM!"]]''

* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Occasionally the bad guy will have an unassailable combo put together, but that won't stop the hero from sending in an attack, summoning a monster, or triggering whatever effect the opponent wants to activate. Most intelligent duelists are too smart to fall for the same trick twice. But a ''truly'' skilled duelist will fall into the trap ''on purpose'', only to break down the strategy at some fundamental oversight.
** Another example with Yugi involves a duel against [[InnocentBystander Leon]]. [[ManipulativeBastard Leon's brother]] [[BigBad Ziegfried]] slips Leon a [[GameBreaker banned card]] called Golden Castle of Stromberg (with [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem extra-broken rewritten rules]]), and Leon activates it without knowing it was banned. To keep the banned card in play, Leon [[ButThouMust 'forces']] Yugi to discard half his deck each turn. So Yugi beats the rewritten banned card with a long and ineffectual combo that purposefully mills his own deck down to a single card, making it impossible to discard [[ExactWords "half his deck"]]. [[OhCrap The look on Ziegfried's face]] is priceless.




[[AC:Creator/DCComics:]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Superman is of course the {{Trope Namer|s}}, and [[http://superman.nu/tales2/action1/?page=3 it's been]] [[http://superman.nu/tales2/action1/?page=4 happening since]] his very first adventure, to the point that, when a normal person punches him, he usually makes a point of rolling with the punch to keep the attacker from hurting themselves.
** Some comics of ''Superman'' have him using his super speed to catch all the bullets being shot at him, not because they'd hurt him, but because he doesn't want them to bounce off and hurt bystanders.
** Lampshaded in ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'':
--->'''Simeon:''' Move, you mugs! Shoot him!\\
'''Superman:''' You're simple, Simeon! If flames can't hurt me -- What good are bullets going to do?\\
'''Crook 1:''' The guy ain't human!\\
'''Crook 2:''' The slugs bounce offa him like popcorn!
** Deconstructed by Superman himself in ''ComicBook/{{Justice}}'' when he says being bulletproof means nothing because the bullets don't stop after bouncing off him and they can hurt someone else.
** A few years into the Golden Age, Superman's invulnerability came to be so well-known that the cover artists and writers started treating this as a joke. On one cover, for instance, as lots of people shoot at and throw various weapons at Superman to no effect, he frets to himself about the mystery of why people keep making these "insane attacks" on him [[BullyingADragon knowing full well they can't hurt him]], and how he needs to get to the bottom of it.
** ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'' played straight and lampshaded this before subverting it:
*** Superman lampshades this when several crooks open fire in the first issue:
---->'''Superman:''' Criminal types never seem to tire of shooting off guns! I shouldn't complain... a few cannon shells aren't even a bother!
*** Issue #234 gives a truly stupid example: A corrupt tycoon's hired guns shoot at Superman using 50 millimeter shells. Then one of them uses a shotgun. Later they try to punch him, and their boss headbutts' Superman's stomach.
---->'''Superman:''' Oh, come on, fella! If your big guns didn't stop me, surely you don't expect that bean-shooter to do the job!
*** In issue #235, several terrorists shoot Superman. When bullets don't work, one of them clubs his head with his shotgun's butt. Superman lampshades it.
---->'''Superman:''' Oh... You shouldn't have tried shooting, either! My name is Superman... and bullets don't bother me a whole lot! But you've noticed that, huh?
*** In issue #240, though, Superman is so weak than he can be injured by a bullet. Fortunately his costume is still bulletproof.
** ''ComicBook/SupermanTheWeddingAlbum'' features an example of someone not even bothering and just running...when, unbeknownst to him, Clark was BroughtDownToNormal and could've actually been hurt.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** Kara lampshades it in ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl1982}} The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl]]'' issue 12:
--->'''Supergirl:''' I hate thinking of the fortune in ammunition thugs like you have wasted on me over the years!
** This happened a lot during the early days of Supergirl's hero career. In ''Superman Vol 1 #149'' several thugs fire at her, and Kara suggests them to stop wasting bullets. In ''Action Comics #286'', Comicbook/LexLuthor -who really should know better- [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/action_286_31.jpg picks a machine gun, shoots at Kara]] and notes furiously that "The bullets only bounce off!"
** ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'' has the situation plays out as normal, right until the mook throws the gun at her -- the gun hits Supergirl in the head, and she ''collapses''. Then, she gets back up in the next panel.
--->'''Supergirl:''' Just kidding!
** Later in that same issue, super-villain Rebel shoots high-intensity laser beams at Kara Zor-El -the original Supergirl-. The Kryptonian girl tanks them, asks if they were supposed to hurt or do ''anything'', and he shoots again.
** In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', a squad of Primeenian soldiers shot at Supergirl and the Guy Gardner's team... even though they had just fought other Red Lanterns and their strongest weapons didn't even slow them down.
** Invoked and deconstructed in ''ComicBook/SupergirlRebirth vol. 7 #1'' when Director Cameron points out that bullets may hurt innocent people after bouncing off her.
--->'''Director Chase:''' Bullets bounce off you. But where do they go next?
** ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'': Gangbuster fires at Bizarrogirl. It does nothing, he knows it will do nothing -he lives in Metropolis!- but he keeps shooting.
--->'''Gangbuster:''' Tried to... get her away from everybody... Turns out she's not vulnerable... to bullets...
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the case of Daxamites like ComicBook/{{Valor}}. Same powerset as Superman with one slight difference: [[spoiler: [[WeaksauceWeakness lead]] is outright fatally toxic to them, so shooting them is a perfectly reasonable course of action.]]
* Subversion: In "Night Olympics, part one", a ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'' comic by Creator/AlanMoore, two criminals give themselves up to ComicBook/BlackCanary rather than fight her because they're so terrified of being beaten up by a female superhero. "We surrender, Franchise/WonderWoman!" She's a bit perturbed, but goes along with it.

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\n[[AC:Creator/DCComics:]]\n* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Superman is of course the {{Trope Namer|s}}, and [[http://superman.nu/tales2/action1/?page=3 it's been]] [[http://superman.nu/tales2/action1/?page=4 happening since]] his very first adventure, to the point that, when a normal person punches him, he usually makes a point of rolling with the punch to keep the attacker from hurting themselves.
** Some comics of ''Superman'' have him using his super speed to catch all the bullets being shot at him, not because they'd hurt him, but because he doesn't want them to bounce off and hurt bystanders.
** Lampshaded in ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'':
--->'''Simeon:''' Move, you mugs! Shoot him!\\
'''Superman:''' You're simple, Simeon! If flames can't hurt me -- What good are bullets going to do?\\
'''Crook 1:''' The guy ain't human!\\
'''Crook 2:''' The slugs bounce offa him like popcorn!
** Deconstructed by Superman himself in ''ComicBook/{{Justice}}'' when he says being bulletproof means nothing because the bullets don't stop after bouncing off him and they can hurt someone else.
** A few years into the Golden Age, Superman's invulnerability came to be so well-known that the cover artists and writers started treating this as a joke. On one cover, for instance, as lots of people shoot at and throw various weapons at Superman to no effect, he frets to himself about the mystery of why people keep making these "insane attacks" on him [[BullyingADragon knowing full well they can't hurt him]], and how he needs to get to the bottom of it.
** ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'' played straight
Performed and lampshaded this before subverting it:
*** Superman lampshades this when several crooks open fire
in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog.'' Super Sonic fights the first issue:
---->'''Superman:''' Criminal types never seem
equally powerful Enerjak to tire of shooting off guns! I shouldn't complain... a few cannon shells aren't even a bother!
*** Issue #234 gives a truly stupid example: A corrupt tycoon's hired guns shoot at Superman using 50 millimeter shells. Then one of them uses a shotgun. Later they try to punch him, and their boss headbutts' Superman's stomach.
---->'''Superman:''' Oh, come on, fella! If your big guns didn't stop me, surely you don't expect that bean-shooter to do
standstill, greatly frustrating the job!
*** In issue #235, several terrorists shoot Superman. When bullets don't work, one of them clubs
latter. Fed up, Enerjak decides to simply teleport Sonic away... deep underground. Sonic's response is to instantly dig his head with way back up to the surface, remarking; "He seriously tries to imprison a burrowing species by burying him? At least his shotgun's butt. Superman lampshades it.
---->'''Superman:''' Oh... You shouldn't have tried shooting, either! My name is Superman... and bullets don't bother me a whole lot! But you've noticed that, huh?
*** In issue #240, though, Superman is so weak than he can be injured by a bullet. Fortunately his costume
brain is still bulletproof.
** ''ComicBook/SupermanTheWeddingAlbum'' features an example of someone not even bothering and just running...when, unbeknownst to him, Clark was BroughtDownToNormal and could've actually been hurt.
as clever as ever!"

* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** Kara lampshades it in ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl1982}} The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl]]'' issue 12:
--->'''Supergirl:''' I hate thinking of
In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story "Pastoral", the fortune in ammunition thugs like you have wasted on me over the years!
** This happened a lot during the early days of Supergirl's hero career. In ''Superman Vol 1 #149'' several thugs fire at her, and Kara suggests them to stop wasting bullets. In ''Action Comics #286'', Comicbook/LexLuthor -who really should know better- [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/action_286_31.jpg picks a machine gun, shoots at Kara]] and notes
bank robbers furiously that "The bullets only bounce off!"
** ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns''
shoot at Roustabout. In spite of this not being their first encounter. Roustabout's [[YouFightLikeACow banter]] is full of humor at their inability to learn.

* ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' is a famous robot Action Scientist who is immune to small arms fire. That doesn't stop people from trying to shoot him.

* Oddly enough Batman
has the situation plays out also been known to subvert and avert this trope as normal, right until the mook throws the gun at her -- the gun hits Supergirl well as play it straight. In Batman Confidential 53, he subverts it after he attempts to punch Franchise/WonderWoman in the head, and she ''collapses''. Then, she gets back up in the next panel.
--->'''Supergirl:''' Just kidding!
** Later in
face. This being their first meeting he does not realize that same issue, super-villain Rebel shoots high-intensity laser beams at Kara Zor-El -the original Supergirl-. The Kryptonian girl tanks them, asks if they were supposed to hurt or do ''anything'', she has super strength and super durability and he shoots again.
** In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'',
predictably ends up breaking his knuckles. However, he then quickly adapts with a squad of Primeenian soldiers shot at Supergirl and the Guy Gardner's team... significantly more effective kick to her diaphragm, deducing that even though they had just fought other Red Lanterns and their strongest weapons didn't even slow them down.
** Invoked and deconstructed in ''ComicBook/SupergirlRebirth vol. 7 #1'' when Director Cameron points out that bullets may hurt innocent people after bouncing off her.
--->'''Director Chase:''' Bullets bounce off you. But where do they go next?
** ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'': Gangbuster fires at Bizarrogirl. It does nothing, he knows it will do nothing -he lives in Metropolis!- but he keeps shooting.
--->'''Gangbuster:''' Tried to... get her away from everybody... Turns out
she's not vulnerable... to bullets...
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]
super strong she still needs air. He averts it in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', when he fights with Amazo, who at the case time had the powers of Daxamites like ComicBook/{{Valor}}. Same powerset as both Superman and the Flash. Rather than trying to hurt Amazo with one slight difference: [[spoiler: [[WeaksauceWeakness lead]] is outright fatally toxic regular punches and weapons, he strikes exclusively with explosives and high momentum strikes to them, so major weak points, e.g. a flying knee to the underside of the chin and plastique to the eyes.

* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheBoys'', where the X-Men expy and later most of the supers are actually entirely vulnerable to mundane weaponry, including bullets, flamethrowers, and crowbars.

* After Marvel's ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' crossover, a pissed off [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] picked a fight with Comicbook/IronMan over Iron Man cloning him. Iron Man opens up by shooting at Thor with his repulsor rays and uni-beam, which Thor [[NoSell shrugs off like they weren't even there.]] Iron Man then decides to try fighting Thor hand-to-hand even though his armor's weapons failed to scratch him. [[CurbStompBattle Thor takes him down with two blows and zero effort, frying his armour with a monstrously powerful lightning based EMP.]]

* DC subverts this trope with the alien Daxamites, who have all powers of Superman but with a weakness to lead poisoning instead of {{Kryptonite|Factor}}. This means that
shooting them is a perfectly reasonable course of action.]]
* Subversion: In "Night Olympics, part one", a ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'' comic by Creator/AlanMoore, two criminals give themselves up to ComicBook/BlackCanary rather
actually ''more'' effective than fight her because they're so terrified of being beaten up by a female superhero. "We surrender, Franchise/WonderWoman!" She's a bit perturbed, but goes along with it.a normal human.




* ''{{ComicBook/Deadpool}}'': Deapool is often shot by people both friend and foe, not so much to kill him as just get him to SHUT UP for a minute.

* Subverted by ComicBook/{{Deadshot}}, who points out to a bulletproof {{mook|s}} that bulletproof doesn't mean invulnerable. Deadshot (who's an expert marksman) aims for the guy's eyes, mouth and [[GroinAttack balls]]. He also once fought a group of guys in PoweredArmor, noting that all armor has ''seams''. This was in a Comicbook/SuicideSquad excursion; his teammates Killer Frost and Firebug take out some of them by combining their efforts because the suits are resistant to extreme heat ''or'' cold, but not both at once.



-->'''Superman''': Are you all right?\\
'''Batman''': ''[holding his hand in pain]'' Think I broke a couple of knuckles...\\
'''Superman''': [[XRayVision No, but they're badly bruised.]] You're lucky I rolled with that punch. You could have crippled yourself.

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-->'''Superman''': Are you all right?\\
'''Batman''': ''[holding his hand in pain]'' Think I broke a couple of knuckles...\\
'''Superman''': [[XRayVision No, but they're badly bruised.]] You're lucky I rolled

* Played
with in the Creator/DonRosa story ''[[Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff]]'', wherein the Daltons (not [[ComicBook/LuckyLuke them]], the [[HistoricalDomainCharacter historical ones]]!) try to shoot a charging Scrooge [=McDuck=]. Although it should be impossible for them [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy to miss Scrooge]] (he is directly in front of them, and coming closer), this has absolutely no effect on him. Sure, young Scrooge is badass, but that punch. You could have crippled yourself.he even seems to be immune to bullets, comes as quite a surprise. The explanation: The Daltons where using pistols from ''Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show'', [[spoiler: which were only filled with blanks]].

* Near the end of ''ComicBook/EarthX'', Superman's CaptainErsatz Hyperion makes fun of the Kree soldiers shooting him because not only was he immune to bullets in life, all of them are dead and in an afterlife dimension (where even massive injuries can only briefly incapacitate anyone).



-->'''Superman:''' You can hit me if you want. I'll even make sure you don't break your hand.\\
'''Batman:''' ''[glares at him]'' Pow.\\
''[the Batplane fires four to five large missiles at Supes]''
** Also in that arc, there's a part where the Joker is torturing both Superman and Batman by having the former relive the latter's backstory while the latter watches. At the scene where Bruce Wayne's parents get shot, the mooks actually shoot Superman, but the bullets ricochet and kill the parents.
* Oddly enough Batman has also been known to subvert and avert this trope as well as play it straight. In Batman Confidential 53, he subverts it after he attempts to punch Franchise/WonderWoman in the face. This being their first meeting he does not realize that she has super strength and super durability and he predictably ends up breaking his knuckles. However, he then quickly adapts with a significantly more effective kick to her diaphragm, deducing that even though she's super strong she still needs air. He averts it in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', when he fights with Amazo, who at the time had the powers of both Superman and the Flash. Rather than trying to hurt Amazo with regular punches and weapons, he strikes exclusively with explosives and high momentum strikes to major weak points, e.g. a flying knee to the underside of the chin and plastique to the eyes.
* DC subverts this trope with the alien Daxamites, who have all powers of Superman but with a weakness to lead poisoning instead of {{Kryptonite|Factor}}. This means that shooting them is actually ''more'' effective than with a normal human.
* During one ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' arc, a GeneralRipper goes insane and orders a squad to kill the JLA. They comply, but after several minutes of watching bullets bounce off Superman's chest, they stop. One soldier explains why he won't follow the order: "I can't shoot #&*$ing Superman! What do you want me to do next, shove Mother Teresa in a gas chamber?" Didn't help that the JLA also had a (bulletproof) angel on their side at the time. The general had to tell his soldiers that the angel was "fallen" (sort of true but not the way they're implying). Subverted a few issues later, when several supervillains stage a prison break. Even though they are pretty successful (some stop rioting out of fear of Batman), they all stop immediately after Superman arrives. They just give up and go back to their cells. Even the guy who stole Green Lantern's ring just walks up and gives it back (although he'd been instructed to do so, as the ring had already been sabotaged).

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-->'''Superman:''' You can hit me if you want. I'll even make sure you don't break your hand.\\
'''Batman:''' ''[glares at him]'' Pow.\\
''[the Batplane fires four to five large missiles at Supes]''
** Also

* Averted
in that arc, there's a part where the Joker is torturing both Superman and Batman by having the former relive the latter's backstory while the latter watches. At the scene where Bruce Wayne's parents get shot, the mooks actually shoot Superman, but the bullets ricochet and kill the parents.
* Oddly enough Batman has also been known to subvert and avert this trope as well as play it straight. In Batman Confidential 53, he subverts it after he attempts to punch Franchise/WonderWoman in the face. This being their first meeting he does not realize that she has super strength and super durability and he predictably ends up breaking his knuckles. However, he then
''ComicBook/GodzillaTheHalfCenturyWar'': The protagonists quickly adapts figure out that conventional weapons do nothing to kaiju and only ever use them for distractions, if that. This backfires on them later, when they have to deal with a significantly more effective kick group of ''human'' villains; they’ve gotten so used to her diaphragm, deducing guns being useless that none of them thought to bring any on the mission. Kentaro even though she's super strong she still needs air. He averts it in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', when sheepishly mutters that he fights never thought of “bringing a gun to a Godzilla fight”.

* Subversion: In "Night Olympics, part one", a ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'' comic by Creator/AlanMoore, two criminals give themselves up to ComicBook/BlackCanary rather than fight her because they're so terrified of being beaten up by a female superhero. "We surrender, Franchise/WonderWoman!" She's a bit perturbed, but goes along
with Amazo, who it.

* ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'':
** The Hulk's adversary [[GeneralRipper General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross]] considers this standard operating procedure. Every time he finds Dr. Banner, he orders his battalion to open fire on his [[UnstoppableRage raging]] [[NighInvulnerability indestructible]] foe, conveniently forgetting the previous ''hundred'' or so times where this only served to piss him off. He made a grand return in ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' and proceeded to... shoot the Hulk. [[ImmuneToBullets It doesn't really work]], even with ''adamantium'' bullets.
** There is one story where a policeman shoots at him - Banner is in control of Hulk
at the time had and he hasn't done anything, but the powers of both Superman policeman panicked - and the Flash. Rather than trying to hurt Amazo with regular punches Hulk disarms him and weapons, he strikes exclusively with explosives and high momentum strikes to major weak points, e.g. a flying knee to the underside of the chin and plastique to the eyes.
* DC subverts this trope with the alien Daxamites, who have all powers of Superman but with a weakness to lead poisoning instead of {{Kryptonite|Factor}}. This means that shooting them is actually ''more'' effective than with a normal human.
* During one ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' arc, a GeneralRipper goes insane and orders a squad to kill the JLA. They comply, but after several minutes of watching
berates him because bullets bounce off Superman's chest, they stop. One soldier explains why he won't follow him and there are lots of people around - the order: "I can't shoot #&*$ing Superman! What do you want me to do next, shove Mother Teresa in a gas chamber?" Didn't help that the JLA also had a (bulletproof) angel on their side at the time. The general had to tell his soldiers that the angel was "fallen" (sort of true but not the way they're implying). Subverted a few issues later, when several supervillains stage a prison break. Even though they are pretty successful (some stop rioting out of fear of Batman), they all stop immediately after Superman arrives. They just give up and go back to their cells. Even the guy who stole Green Lantern's ring just walks up and gives it back (although he'd ricochets can easily kill them. Besides, if he has been instructed to do so, his old self, bullets would have done nothing, as the ring had already been sabotaged).noted above.



* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': Amusingly in the Golden Age shooting at Diana or any other Amazon was a complete waste of time due to their speed and game of "bullets and bracelets", however sneaking up behind any of them and hitting them over the head with the empty gun was much more effective.
* Subverted by ComicBook/{{Deadshot}}, who points out to a bulletproof {{mook|s}} that bulletproof doesn't mean invulnerable. Deadshot (who's an expert marksman) aims for the guy's eyes, mouth and [[GroinAttack balls]]. He also once fought a group of guys in PoweredArmor, noting that all armor has ''seams''. This was in a Comicbook/SuicideSquad excursion; his teammates Killer Frost and Firebug take out some of them by combining their efforts because the suits are resistant to extreme heat ''or'' cold, but not both at once.

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': Amusingly ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'''s spin-off ''Incorruptible'' lampshades this when the invulnerable Max Damage punches a guard who was shooting him in the Golden Age face, shouting "That's for wasting bullets!"

* During one ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' arc, a GeneralRipper goes insane and orders a squad to kill the JLA. They comply, but after several minutes of watching bullets bounce off Superman's chest, they stop. One soldier explains why he won't follow the order: "I can't shoot #&*$ing Superman! What do you want me to do next, shove Mother Teresa in a gas chamber?" Didn't help that the JLA also had a (bulletproof) angel on their side at the time. The general had to tell his soldiers that the angel was "fallen" (sort of true but not the way they're implying). Subverted a few issues later, when several supervillains stage a prison break. Even though they are pretty successful (some stop rioting out of fear of Batman), they all stop immediately after Superman arrives. They just give up and go back to their cells. Even the guy who stole Green Lantern's ring just walks up and gives it back (although he'd been instructed to do so, as the ring had already been sabotaged).

* ''ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire'' - Marvel super hero Luke Cage has super strength and unbreakable skin. Whenever someone tries to shoot or stab him, he'll just stand there and say "unbreakable skin." (Note, in the [[TheSeventies 70s]], when Cage was a {{blaxploitation}} parody, he'd say "Unbreakable skin fool/turkey." And in the [[Creator/MarvelMax Max]] line, he says "Unbreakable skin motherfucker." A running gag is that people, mostly Franchise/SpiderMan, will say that he needs [[ClothingDamage unbreakable pants.]]
** In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', someone tries to stab Luke Cage. Since the knife stops at his skin but the guy keeps stabbing, his hand slides down the knife and gets cut open.
** Comicbook/SilverSable once defeated him by knocking him down and clapping a pistol to his eye, betting that his eyeball wasn't as bulletproof as the rest of him.

* ''ComicBook/MarvelUniverseVsThePunisher'': Deadpool is now a zombie and even ''less'' killable. Doesn't stop Frank from trying, cutting up his body and burying the parts all over town.

* ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers:'' A henchwoman tries
shooting at Diana or any other Amazon was a complete waste of time due to their speed and game of "bullets and bracelets", however sneaking up behind any of them and hitting them over ComicBook/MonicaRambeau, after her own superpowers already didn't work. Monica, for the head with the empty gun was much more effective.
* Subverted by ComicBook/{{Deadshot}}, who points out to a bulletproof {{mook|s}} that bulletproof
record, can turn intangible. Naturally, it doesn't mean invulnerable. Deadshot (who's an expert marksman) aims for the guy's eyes, mouth and [[GroinAttack balls]]. He also once fought a group of guys in PoweredArmor, noting that all armor has ''seams''. This was in a Comicbook/SuicideSquad excursion; his teammates Killer Frost and Firebug take out some of them by combining their efforts because the suits are resistant to extreme heat ''or'' cold, but not both at once.work.



* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' story "Pastoral", the bank robbers furiously shoot at Roustabout. In spite of this not being their first encounter. Roustabout's [[YouFightLikeACow banter]] is full of humor at their inability to learn.

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* ComicBook/{{Venom}} is capable of shrugging off small calibre bullets without incurring "undue ballistic trauma" thanks to the symbiote, but it [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]] if he can do the same with high-calibre and armor-piercing rounds.
* ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'':
** The Hulk's adversary [[GeneralRipper General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross]] considers this standard operating procedure. Every time he finds Dr. Banner, he orders his battalion to open fire on his [[UnstoppableRage raging]] [[NighInvulnerability indestructible]] foe, conveniently forgetting the previous ''hundred'' or so times where this only served to piss him off. He made a grand return in ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' and proceeded to... shoot the Hulk. [[ImmuneToBullets It doesn't really work]], even with ''adamantium'' bullets.
** There is one story where a policeman shoots at him - Banner is in control of Hulk at the time and he hasn't done anything, but the policeman panicked - and Hulk disarms him and berates him because bullets bounce off him and there are lots of people around - the ricochets can easily kill them. Besides, if he has been his old self, bullets would have done nothing, as noted above.
* ''ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire'' - Marvel super hero Luke Cage has super strength and unbreakable skin. Whenever someone tries to shoot or stab him, he'll just stand there and say "unbreakable skin." (Note, in the [[TheSeventies 70s]], when Cage was a {{blaxploitation}} parody, he'd say "Unbreakable skin fool/turkey." And in the [[Creator/MarvelMax Max]] line, he says "Unbreakable skin motherfucker." A running gag is that people, mostly Franchise/SpiderMan, will say that he needs [[ClothingDamage unbreakable pants.]]
** In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', someone tries to stab Luke Cage. Since the knife stops at his skin but the guy keeps stabbing, his hand slides down the knife and gets cut open.
** Comicbook/SilverSable once defeated him by knocking him down and clapping a pistol to his eye, betting that his eyeball wasn't as bulletproof as the rest of him.
* Happens a fair bit to Franchise/{{Wolverine}} as well. Though granted he's not completely ImmuneToBullets, just that the damage from them [[HealingFactor doesn't last]]. They can slow him down though if he gets enough bullet wounds, but mostly they will just serve to [[TheBerserker anger him]].

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* Happens in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' whenever the Evronians are unlucky enough to have a run-in with [[PhysicalGoddess Xadhoom]], as she's invulnerable to almost anything (you could knock her out with enough blunt strength, but it takes immense quantities of it for her to actually notice). It's usually {{justified|Trope}} by them trying (and failing) to ''slow her down'' for the rest of the group to run away, but in one occasion she met a general that was stupid enough to shoot her and ''believe he killed her when she fell down'' (she was apparently trying to get him to call for reinforcements, as she stood back up when said reinforcements were refused by his superiors), and in another she ''appeared'' to have been BroughtDownToNormal.
**
In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' two occasions Xadhoom was at the shooting end, namely when facing a new Evronian SuperPrototype cruiser that could regenerate from whatever damage she dished out and when trying to execute an Evronian cyborg SuperSoldier who could absorb the energy of her attacks and had his natural EmotionEater powers brought UpToEleven. She quickly worked around the problem in both occasions: with the cruiser she faked having been killed until they brought her 'body' in (the story "Pastoral", ends with her remarking the bank robbers furiously shoot at Roustabout. cruiser was invulnerable ''from the outside''), while the cyborg found out her hate for Evron and guilt complex are so immense that her releasing just a little part of it overloaded his ability to absorb emotions.

*
In spite of this not being their first encounter. Roustabout's [[YouFightLikeACow banter]] is full of humor at their inability to learn.

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* ComicBook/{{Venom}} is capable of shrugging off small calibre bullets without incurring "undue ballistic trauma" thanks
one scene in ''ComicBook/RisingStars'', Pyre (who has power similar to the symbiote, but it [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]] if he can do the same with high-calibre and armor-piercing rounds.
* ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'':
** The Hulk's adversary [[GeneralRipper General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross]] considers this standard operating procedure. Every time he finds Dr. Banner, he orders his battalion to open fire on his [[UnstoppableRage raging]] [[NighInvulnerability indestructible]] foe, conveniently forgetting the previous ''hundred'' or so times where this only served to piss him off. He made a grand return in ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' and proceeded to... shoot the Hulk. [[ImmuneToBullets It
[[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]]) is getting shot at, which, of course, doesn't really work]], even affect him. He says the following: "Y'know, I remember watching [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the old Superman TV series]] with ''adamantium'' bullets.
** There is one story where a policeman shoots at him - Banner is in control of Hulk at
George Reeves, and the time and he hasn't done anything, but the policeman panicked - and Hulk disarms him and berates him because bullets bounce off him and there are lots of people around - the ricochets can easily kill them. Besides, if he has been his old self, bullets bad guys would have done nothing, as noted above.
* ''ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire'' - Marvel super hero Luke Cage has super strength and unbreakable skin. Whenever someone tries to
always shoot or stab at Superman, when he showed up. I used to ask myself, why? They know it's not going to hurt him, he'll just stand there and say "unbreakable skin.at most, it'll piss him off, so why shoot at him? You know what it comes down to? The bad guys are always stupid. Dirt-stick-stone stupid." (Note, in the [[TheSeventies 70s]], when Cage was a {{blaxploitation}} parody, he'd say "Unbreakable skin fool/turkey." And in the [[Creator/MarvelMax Max]] line, he says "Unbreakable skin motherfucker." A running gag is Unfortunately, right after that people, mostly Franchise/SpiderMan, will say [[spoiler: a device is used on him that he needs [[ClothingDamage unbreakable pants.]]
** In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', someone tries to stab Luke Cage. Since the knife stops at
defuses his skin but the guy keeps stabbing, his hand slides down the knife powers, and gets cut open.
** Comicbook/SilverSable once defeated him by knocking him down and clapping a pistol to his eye, betting that his eyeball wasn't as bulletproof as the rest of him.
* Happens a fair bit to Franchise/{{Wolverine}} as well. Though granted
he's not completely ImmuneToBullets, just that the damage from them [[HealingFactor doesn't last]]. They can slow him down though if he gets enough bullet wounds, but mostly they will just serve shot to [[TheBerserker anger him]].death]].



-->'''George:''' I'm partial to brains myself. But you just emptied your gun into a dead man so I doubt this'll be much of a meal.
* After Marvel's ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' crossover, a pissed off [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] picked a fight with Comicbook/IronMan over Iron Man cloning him. Iron Man opens up by shooting at Thor with his repulsor rays and uni-beam, which Thor [[NoSell shrugs off like they weren't even there.]] Iron Man then decides to try fighting Thor hand-to-hand even though his armor's weapons failed to scratch him. [[CurbStompBattle Thor takes him down with two blows and zero effort, frying his armour with a monstrously powerful lightning based EMP.]]

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-->'''George:''' I'm partial to brains myself. But you just emptied your gun into a dead man so I doubt this'll be much of a meal.
* After Marvel's ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' crossover, a pissed off [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] picked a fight with Comicbook/IronMan over Iron Man cloning him. Iron Man opens up by shooting at Thor with his repulsor rays and uni-beam, which Thor [[NoSell shrugs off like they weren't even there.]] Iron Man then decides to try fighting Thor hand-to-hand even though his armor's weapons failed to scratch him. [[CurbStompBattle Thor takes him down with two blows and zero effort, frying his armour with a monstrously powerful lightning based EMP.]]



* ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers:'' A henchwoman tries shooting at ComicBook/MonicaRambeau, after her own superpowers already didn't work. Monica, for the record, can turn intangible. Naturally, it doesn't work.

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* ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers:'' A henchwoman tries shooting at ComicBook/MonicaRambeau, after her own superpowers already didn't work. Monica, for ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** Kara lampshades it in ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl1982}} The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl]]'' issue 12:

* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** Superman is of course
the record, can turn intangible. Naturally, it {{Trope Namer|s}}, and [[http://superman.nu/tales2/action1/?page=3 it's been]] [[http://superman.nu/tales2/action1/?page=4 happening since]] his very first adventure, to the point that, when a normal person punches him, he usually makes a point of rolling with the punch to keep the attacker from hurting themselves.
** Some comics of ''Superman'' have him using his super speed to catch all the bullets being shot at him, not because they'd hurt him, but because he
doesn't work.want them to bounce off and hurt bystanders.
** Lampshaded in ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'':

* ''ComicBook/TheTenSeconders'': Kane tries this on Malloy when he's become a God himself. Malloy just shrugs that he shouldn't have bothered trying to take him out with something as pitiful as bullets.

* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the case of Daxamites like ComicBook/{{Valor}}. Same powerset as Superman with one slight difference: [[spoiler: [[WeaksauceWeakness lead]] is outright fatally toxic to them, so shooting them is a perfectly reasonable course of action.]]

* ComicBook/{{Venom}} is capable of shrugging off small calibre bullets without incurring "undue ballistic trauma" thanks to the symbiote, but it [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]] if he can do the same with high-calibre and armor-piercing rounds.



* Near the end of ''ComicBook/EarthX'', Superman's CaptainErsatz Hyperion makes fun of the Kree soldiers shooting him because not only was he immune to bullets in life, all of them are dead and in an afterlife dimension (where even massive injuries can only briefly incapacitate anyone).
* ''{{ComicBook/Deadpool}}'': Deapool is often shot by people both friend and foe, not so much to kill him as just get him to SHUT UP for a minute.
* ''ComicBook/MarvelUniverseVsThePunisher'': Deadpool is now a zombie and even ''less'' killable. Doesn't stop Frank from trying, cutting up his body and burying the parts all over town.

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* Performed and lampshaded in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog.'' Super Sonic fights the equally powerful Enerjak to a standstill, greatly frustrating the latter. Fed up, Enerjak decides to simply teleport Sonic away... deep underground. Sonic's response is to instantly dig his way back up to the surface, remarking; "He seriously tries to imprison a burrowing species by burying him? At least his brain is still as clever as ever!"
* ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' is a famous robot Action Scientist who is immune to small arms fire. That doesn't stop people from trying to shoot him.
-->'''Robo:''' Oh, come on. What did you think that would accomplish? I ''fell'' out of the ''sky''!.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheBoys'', where the X-Men expy and later most of the supers are actually entirely vulnerable to mundane weaponry, including bullets, flamethrowers, and crowbars.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/GodzillaTheHalfCenturyWar'': The protagonists quickly figure out that conventional weapons do nothing to kaiju and only ever use them for distractions, if that. This backfires on them later, when they have to deal with a group of ''human'' villains; they’ve gotten so used to guns being useless that none of them thought to bring any on the mission. Kentaro even sheepishly mutters that he never thought of “bringing a gun to a Godzilla fight”.
-->'''[[DaChief Colonel Schooler]]''': (''pulling out his service pistol'') Sometimes I wonder about this crack team I’ve assembled...
* ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'''s spin-off ''Incorruptible'' lampshades this when the invulnerable Max Damage punches a guard who was shooting him in the face, shouting "That's for wasting bullets!"
* Happens in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' whenever the Evronians are unlucky enough to have a run-in with [[PhysicalGoddess Xadhoom]], as she's invulnerable to almost anything (you could knock her out with enough blunt strength, but it takes immense quantities of it for her to actually notice). It's usually {{justified|Trope}} by them trying (and failing) to ''slow her down'' for the rest of the group to run away, but in one occasion she met a general that was stupid enough to shoot her and ''believe he killed her when she fell down'' (she was apparently trying to get him to call for reinforcements, as she stood back up when said reinforcements were refused by his superiors), and in another she ''appeared'' to have been BroughtDownToNormal.
** In two occasions Xadhoom was at the shooting end, namely when facing a new Evronian SuperPrototype cruiser that could regenerate from whatever damage she dished out and when trying to execute an Evronian cyborg SuperSoldier who could absorb the energy of her attacks and had his natural EmotionEater powers brought UpToEleven. She quickly worked around the problem in both occasions: with the cruiser she faked having been killed until they brought her 'body' in (the story ends with her remarking the cruiser was invulnerable ''from the outside''), while the cyborg found out her hate for Evron and guilt complex are so immense that her releasing just a little part of it overloaded his ability to absorb emotions.
* In one scene in ''ComicBook/RisingStars'', Pyre (who has power similar to the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]]) is getting shot at, which, of course, doesn't affect him. He says the following: "Y'know, I remember watching [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the old Superman TV series]] with George Reeves, and the bad guys would always shoot at Superman, when he showed up. I used to ask myself, why? They know it's not going to hurt him, at most, it'll piss him off, so why shoot at him? You know what it comes down to? The bad guys are always stupid. Dirt-stick-stone stupid." Unfortunately, right after that [[spoiler: a device is used on him that defuses his powers, and he's shot to death]].
* ''ComicBook/TheTenSeconders'': Kane tries this on Malloy when he's become a God himself. Malloy just shrugs that he shouldn't have bothered trying to take him out with something as pitiful as bullets.
* Played with in the Creator/DonRosa story ''[[Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff]]'', wherein the Daltons (not [[ComicBook/LuckyLuke them]], the [[HistoricalDomainCharacter historical ones]]!) try to shoot a charging Scrooge [=McDuck=]. Although it should be impossible for them [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy to miss Scrooge]] (he is directly in front of them, and coming closer), this has absolutely no effect on him. Sure, young Scrooge is badass, but that he even seems to be immune to bullets, comes as quite a surprise. The explanation: The Daltons where using pistols from ''Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show'', [[spoiler: which were only filled with blanks]].

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* Near Happens a fair bit to Franchise/{{Wolverine}} as well. Though granted he's not completely ImmuneToBullets, just that the end of ''ComicBook/EarthX'', Superman's CaptainErsatz Hyperion makes fun of the Kree soldiers shooting him because not only was he immune to bullets in life, all of damage from them are dead and in an afterlife dimension (where even massive injuries can only briefly incapacitate anyone).
* ''{{ComicBook/Deadpool}}'': Deapool is often shot by people both friend and foe, not so much to kill him as just get him to SHUT UP for a minute.
* ''ComicBook/MarvelUniverseVsThePunisher'': Deadpool is now a zombie and even ''less'' killable. Doesn't stop Frank from trying, cutting up his body and burying the parts all over town.

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* Performed and lampshaded in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog.'' Super Sonic fights the equally powerful Enerjak to a standstill, greatly frustrating the latter. Fed up, Enerjak decides to simply teleport Sonic away... deep underground. Sonic's response is to instantly dig his way back up to the surface, remarking; "He seriously tries to imprison a burrowing species by burying him? At least his brain is still as clever as ever!"
* ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' is a famous robot Action Scientist who is immune to small arms fire. That
[[HealingFactor doesn't stop people from trying to shoot him.
-->'''Robo:''' Oh, come on. What did you think that would accomplish? I ''fell'' out of the ''sky''!.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheBoys'', where the X-Men expy and later most of the supers are actually entirely vulnerable to mundane weaponry, including bullets, flamethrowers, and crowbars.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/GodzillaTheHalfCenturyWar'': The protagonists quickly figure out that conventional weapons do nothing to kaiju and only ever use them for distractions,
last]]. They can slow him down though if that. This backfires on them later, when he gets enough bullet wounds, but mostly they have will just serve to deal with a group of ''human'' villains; they’ve gotten so used to guns being useless that none of them thought to bring any on [[TheBerserker anger him]].

* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': Amusingly in
the mission. Kentaro even sheepishly mutters that he never thought of “bringing a gun to a Godzilla fight”.
-->'''[[DaChief Colonel Schooler]]''': (''pulling out his service pistol'') Sometimes I wonder about this crack team I’ve assembled...
* ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'''s spin-off ''Incorruptible'' lampshades this when the invulnerable Max Damage punches a guard who was
Golden Age shooting him in the face, shouting "That's for wasting bullets!"
* Happens in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' whenever the Evronians are unlucky enough
at Diana or any other Amazon was a complete waste of time due to have a run-in with [[PhysicalGoddess Xadhoom]], as she's invulnerable to almost anything (you could knock her out with enough blunt strength, but it takes immense quantities their speed and game of it for her to actually notice). It's usually {{justified|Trope}} by "bullets and bracelets", however sneaking up behind any of them trying (and failing) to ''slow her down'' for and hitting them over the rest of the group to run away, but in one occasion she met a general that was stupid enough to shoot her and ''believe he killed her when she fell down'' (she was apparently trying to get him to call for reinforcements, as she stood back up when said reinforcements were refused by his superiors), and in another she ''appeared'' to have been BroughtDownToNormal.
** In two occasions Xadhoom was at the shooting end, namely when facing a new Evronian SuperPrototype cruiser that could regenerate from whatever damage she dished out and when trying to execute an Evronian cyborg SuperSoldier who could absorb the energy of her attacks and had his natural EmotionEater powers brought UpToEleven. She quickly worked around the problem in both occasions:
head with the cruiser she faked having been killed until they brought her 'body' in (the story ends with her remarking the cruiser empty gun was invulnerable ''from the outside''), while the cyborg found out her hate for Evron and guilt complex are so immense that her releasing just a little part of it overloaded his ability to absorb emotions.
* In one scene in ''ComicBook/RisingStars'', Pyre (who has power similar to the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]]) is getting shot at, which, of course, doesn't affect him. He says the following: "Y'know, I remember watching [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the old Superman TV series]] with George Reeves, and the bad guys would always shoot at Superman, when he showed up. I used to ask myself, why? They know it's not going to hurt him, at most, it'll piss him off, so why shoot at him? You know what it comes down to? The bad guys are always stupid. Dirt-stick-stone stupid." Unfortunately, right after that [[spoiler: a device is used on him that defuses his powers, and he's shot to death]].
* ''ComicBook/TheTenSeconders'': Kane tries this on Malloy when he's become a God himself. Malloy just shrugs that he shouldn't have bothered trying to take him out with something as pitiful as bullets.
* Played with in the Creator/DonRosa story ''[[Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff]]'', wherein the Daltons (not [[ComicBook/LuckyLuke them]], the [[HistoricalDomainCharacter historical ones]]!) try to shoot a charging Scrooge [=McDuck=]. Although it should be impossible for them [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy to miss Scrooge]] (he is directly in front of them, and coming closer), this has absolutely no effect on him. Sure, young Scrooge is badass, but that he even seems to be immune to bullets, comes as quite a surprise. The explanation: The Daltons where using pistols from ''Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show'', [[spoiler: which were only filled with blanks]].
much more effective.



* ''Fanfic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': On multiple occasions, Mizore tries to use her ice powers on [[PlayingWithFire fire-based beings]], only for them to NoSell it. In Act III, Kuyou even lampshades it when she tries it on him after he goes OneWingedAngel, pointing out that she should ''know'' by now that her ice is useless against him.
* ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'':
** Hilariously {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the short in which [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] shoots ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} only to find out:
--->'''Rorschach:''' You don't die, do you?\\
'''Deadpool:''' Nope.
** Rorschach then continues to shoot Deadpool [[RunningGag throughout the series]]. However, he never really seems to expect it to have an effect (though once he caused impact by shooting Deadpool's guitar). He usually just does it to shut Deadpool up.




* In ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', Satan Girl attacks a space ship. They fire at her, realize their weapons are useless and fire once again.

* ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'':
** Hilariously {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the short in which [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] shoots ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} only to find out:

* In ''Fanfic/TheInstituteSaga'', a bank robber tries to shoot Superman with predictable results.

* It happens a lot to Madison in ''Fanfic/{{Intrepid}}'' due to [[{{Hammerspace}} her power]]. One guy even throws the gun at her.

* Averted in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. Spectrem gets so angry at Paul for being an ActualPacifist in the middle of a war that he starts attacking him with different energy beams in an attempt to get Paul to take a swing at him, but stops when it becomes apparent that [[NighInvulnerability Paul isn't being harmed in the slightest]]. Later, when Paul and George have a messy little encounter with the diplomat Lee Ayson, Spectrem doesn't bother to even try to attack Paul, which irks Lee considerably.
** Played more straight when muggers in Tevri'ed continually attack the four despite swords breaking on Paul's skin and sliding off John's water field. Though after a couple of days of being “fished” they do finally figure it out.

* Lampshaded in a [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2070973/1/Justice-League-The-Spider "Justice League: The Spider"]] [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3182307/1/Peter-and-Kara side-story]]:




* ''Fanfic/AManOfIron'': At one point in the second book, ''A Crack of Thunder'', there's an OverlyLongGag of this, as an Ironborn bandit empties a quiver of arrows into Iron Man's armor, breaks his bow in a blow against it, and ends up whaling on him with his bare hands, all to no avail while Tony looks on in bemusement.







* Hilariously parodied in [[http://powerbook125.deviantart.com/art/Power-Girl-Bulletproof-Colored-168034165 this piece of fanart]], where the unseen crooks clearly ''do'' know that ComicBook/PowerGirl is bulletproof. (Warning: '''NSFW!''')

* ''Fanfic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': On multiple occasions, Mizore tries to use her ice powers on [[PlayingWithFire fire-based beings]], only for them to NoSell it. In Act III, Kuyou even lampshades it when she tries it on him after he goes OneWingedAngel, pointing out that she should ''know'' by now that her ice is useless against him.



--->''Surprised, he let out a small cry and reflexively pulled the trigger. The noise was deafening inside the cramped alleyway.''\\
''Kiku released a small shriek, the already terrified girl unable to keep herself from keeping quiet as the frightening sound filled her ears.''\\
''For just a moment, one horrible, heart-pounding moment, the sixteen-year-old girl somehow managed to forget everything she knew about Power Girl, and she believed that the superwoman would die for trying to help her.''\\
''From her position behind Power Girl, Kiku didn't see the slug that erupted from the barrel of the mugger's weapon strike the Girl of Steel right between the eyes. She didn't see the bullet crumple up upon impact like an empty soda can, and she didn't see how the force of that impact failed to so much as blanch Power Girl's skin.''\\
''But when the bullet fell to the ground, landing with the distinctive tink! of metal hitting pavement, Kiku's shoulders slumped in relief.''\\
''Unsurprisingly, the mugger was feeling anything but relief at the moment. He released a sort of strangled cry of surprise and terror. Then, acting out of sheer desperation, he reversed his grip on his weapon, grabbing the barrel, and struck the blond superwoman in the head as hard as he could with the butt of his pistol.''\\
''There was a loud thump that made Kiku wince, but Power Girl's only response was to sigh in annoyance. The thug moved to hit her again, but the blond superwoman reached out, her movements inhumanly quick, and almost casually wrenched the weapon from his grasp. Then she squeezed down on it, the metal contorting in her gloved hand like it was no firmer than wet clay, leaving the gun quite worthless.''\\
''"Honestly, why do you people do that?" she demanded of the mugger, exasperation coloring her voice. "You must be the tenth loser to try that. Do really think pistol whipping me is going to do anything when the bullets bounce off?"''
** In chapter 14 Asuka melts with her heat vision because she is tired of idiots checking she is bulletproof:
--->''Not that she gave him the chance; it was a lot easier for her to hit the weapon with a blast of her heat vision, and she was tired of seeing the shocked expressions on idiots' faces as they realized she really was bulletproof.''
** Subverted in chapter 15. A guy shoots once and gives up when he sees Asuka has caught the bullet with her teeth. Asuka praises his intelligence:
--->''Supergirl approached Nobu, picking up the gun from the floor. "You know," she began, as she absently crumpled the weapon into a ball as easily as he could've done the same to the newspaper she'd been holding a minute ago, "you're the first person who surrendered to me so quickly."''\\
''"I am?" he asked, surprised. Did regular people actually try to fight the Girl of Steel?''\\
''"Oh, yeah," she replied. "Usually when the bullets don't work, most crooks try pistol whipping me, believe it or not. You're much smarter than they are, obviously."''
** Chapter 18 gives a different version: a thief is trying to cut Asuka over and again despite of doing nothing to Asuka (other than annoying her):
--->''"You do know that the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, right?" Supergirl asked.''\\
''The would-be thief that the Girl of Steel had caught trying to mug a young woman in the middle of the night ignored her and continued trying to stab and slash her with the short but wickedly sharp knife he held.''\\
''This was going about as well as could be expected.''

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--->''Surprised, he let out a small cry and reflexively pulled the trigger. The noise was deafening inside the cramped alleyway.''\\
''Kiku released a small shriek, the already terrified girl unable to keep herself from keeping quiet as the frightening sound filled her ears.''\\
''For just a moment, one horrible, heart-pounding moment, the sixteen-year-old girl somehow managed to forget everything she knew about Power Girl, and she believed that the superwoman would die for trying to help her.''\\
''From her position behind Power Girl, Kiku didn't see the slug that erupted from the barrel

* Lampshaded in this piece
of the mugger's weapon strike the Girl of Steel right between the eyes. She didn't see the bullet crumple up upon impact like an empty soda can, and she didn't see how the force of that impact failed to so much as blanch Power Girl's skin.''\\
''But when the bullet fell to the ground, landing with the distinctive tink! of metal hitting pavement, Kiku's shoulders slumped in relief.''\\
''Unsurprisingly, the mugger was feeling anything but relief at the moment. He released a sort of strangled cry of surprise and terror. Then, acting out of sheer desperation, he reversed his grip on his weapon, grabbing the barrel, and struck the blond superwoman in the head as hard as he could with the butt of his pistol.''\\
''There was a loud thump that made Kiku wince, but Power Girl's only response was to sigh in annoyance. The thug moved to hit her again, but the blond superwoman reached out, her movements inhumanly quick, and almost casually wrenched the weapon from his grasp. Then she squeezed down on it, the metal contorting in her gloved hand like it was no firmer than wet clay, leaving the gun quite worthless.''\\
''"Honestly, why do you people do that?" she demanded of the mugger, exasperation coloring her voice. "You must be the tenth loser to try that. Do really think pistol whipping me is going to do anything when the bullets bounce off?"''
** In chapter 14 Asuka melts with her heat vision because she is tired of idiots checking she is bulletproof:
--->''Not that she gave him the chance; it was a lot easier for her to hit the weapon with a blast of her heat vision, and she was tired of seeing the shocked expressions on idiots' faces as they realized she really was bulletproof.''
** Subverted in chapter 15. A guy shoots once and gives up when he sees Asuka has caught the bullet with her teeth. Asuka praises his intelligence:
--->''Supergirl approached Nobu, picking up the gun from the floor. "You know," she began, as she absently crumpled the weapon into a ball as easily as he could've done the same to the newspaper she'd been holding a minute ago, "you're the first person who surrendered to me so quickly."''\\
''"I am?" he asked, surprised. Did regular people actually try to fight the Girl of Steel?''\\
''"Oh, yeah," she replied. "Usually when the bullets don't work, most crooks try pistol whipping me, believe it or not. You're much smarter than they are, obviously."''
** Chapter 18 gives a different version: a thief is trying to cut Asuka over and again despite of doing nothing to Asuka (other than annoying her):
--->''"You do know that the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, right?" Supergirl asked.''\\
''The would-be thief that the Girl of Steel had caught trying to mug a young woman in the middle of the night ignored her and continued trying to stab and slash her with the short but wickedly sharp knife he held.''\\
''This was going about as well as could be expected.''
ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} [[https://runawayman71.deviantart.com/art/Supergirl-Why-do-you-keep-shooting-at-me-Color-512748372 fanart]]:



-->The lead squad that entered the access tunnels into Central Dogma first must have thought it was their lucky day when they saw a young kid in expensive looking purple and blue clothing and a walking stick just stroll right into their crosshairs. They opened fire without giving it a second thought.\\
The kid just turned and smirked at them as he failed to die. For a few seconds the firing continued until the soldiers noticed that there was a wall forming in front of him of… of…\\
Of bullets…
* Averted in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. Spectrem gets so angry at Paul for being an ActualPacifist in the middle of a war that he starts attacking him with different energy beams in an attempt to get Paul to take a swing at him, but stops when it becomes apparent that [[NighInvulnerability Paul isn't being harmed in the slightest]]. Later, when Paul and George have a messy little encounter with the diplomat Lee Ayson, Spectrem doesn't bother to even try to attack Paul, which irks Lee considerably.
** Played more straight when muggers in Tevri'ed continually attack the four despite swords breaking on Paul's skin and sliding off John's water field. Though after a couple of days of being “fished” they do finally figure it out.
* Hilariously parodied in [[http://powerbook125.deviantart.com/art/Power-Girl-Bulletproof-Colored-168034165 this piece of fanart]], where the unseen crooks clearly ''do'' know that ComicBook/PowerGirl is bulletproof. (Warning: '''NSFW!''')
* ''Fanfic/AManOfIron'': At one point in the second book, ''A Crack of Thunder'', there's an OverlyLongGag of this, as an Ironborn bandit empties a quiver of arrows into Iron Man's armor, breaks his bow in a blow against it, and ends up whaling on him with his bare hands, all to no avail while Tony looks on in bemusement.
* Lampshaded in this piece of ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} [[https://runawayman71.deviantart.com/art/Supergirl-Why-do-you-keep-shooting-at-me-Color-512748372 fanart]]:
-->'''Supergirl:''' What is wrong with you?! Why do you keep shooting at me? Do you seriously believe that hidden somewhere inside those guns there's a bullet that can actually hurt me?
* In ''Fanfic/TheInstituteSaga'', a bank robber tries to shoot Superman with predictable results.

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-->The lead squad that entered the access tunnels into Central Dogma first must have thought it was their lucky day when they saw a young kid in expensive looking purple and blue clothing and a walking stick just stroll right into their crosshairs. They opened fire without giving it a second thought.\\
The kid just turned and smirked at them as he failed to die. For a few seconds the firing continued until the soldiers noticed that there was a wall forming in front of him of… of…\\
Of bullets…
* Averted in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. Spectrem gets so angry at Paul for being an ActualPacifist in the middle of a war that he starts attacking him with different energy beams in an attempt to get Paul to take a swing at him, but stops when it becomes apparent that [[NighInvulnerability Paul isn't being harmed in the slightest]]. Later, when Paul and George have a messy little encounter with the diplomat Lee Ayson, Spectrem doesn't bother to even try to attack Paul, which irks Lee considerably.
** Played more straight when muggers in Tevri'ed continually attack the four despite swords breaking on Paul's skin and sliding off John's water field. Though after a couple of days of being “fished” they do finally figure it out.
* Hilariously parodied in [[http://powerbook125.deviantart.com/art/Power-Girl-Bulletproof-Colored-168034165 this piece of fanart]], where the unseen crooks clearly ''do'' know that ComicBook/PowerGirl is bulletproof. (Warning: '''NSFW!''')
* ''Fanfic/AManOfIron'': At one point in the second book, ''A Crack of Thunder'', there's an OverlyLongGag of this, as an Ironborn bandit empties a quiver of arrows into Iron Man's armor, breaks his bow in a blow against it, and ends up whaling on him with his bare hands, all to no avail while Tony looks on in bemusement.
* Lampshaded in this piece of ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} [[https://runawayman71.deviantart.com/art/Supergirl-Why-do-you-keep-shooting-at-me-Color-512748372 fanart]]:
-->'''Supergirl:''' What is wrong with you?! Why do you keep shooting at me? Do you seriously believe that hidden somewhere inside those guns there's a bullet that can actually hurt me?
* In ''Fanfic/TheInstituteSaga'', a bank robber tries to shoot Superman with predictable results.



* In ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', Satan Girl attacks a space ship. They fire at her, realize their weapons are useless and fire once again.
* Lampshaded in a [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2070973/1/Justice-League-The-Spider "Justice League: The Spider"]] [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3182307/1/Peter-and-Kara side-story]]:
-->When she finally put them down they limped out of the car, one of them was stupid enough to actually shoot at her. The bullets bounced off harmlessly of course and Kara just gave him an annoying look, "What are you stupid? See the S on my chest? See the cape? In case you didn't know gun don't work on me." He fired again and she just rolled her eyes, a little heat vision on the weapon made him drop it as she helped to make sure they weren't going anyway. She left them tied up for the cops and flew off, "Some days you just get the really dumb criminals." She sighed.
* It happens a lot to Madison in ''Fanfic/{{Intrepid}}'' due to [[{{Hammerspace}} her power]]. One guy even throws the gun at her.

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* In ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', Satan Girl attacks a space ship. They fire at her, realize their weapons are useless and fire once again.
* Lampshaded in a [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2070973/1/Justice-League-The-Spider "Justice League: The Spider"]] [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3182307/1/Peter-and-Kara side-story]]:
-->When she finally put them down they limped out of the car, one of them was stupid enough to actually shoot at her. The bullets bounced off harmlessly of course and Kara just gave him an annoying look, "What are you stupid? See the S on my chest? See the cape? In case you didn't know gun don't work on me." He fired again and she just rolled her eyes, a little heat vision on the weapon made him drop it as she helped to make sure they weren't going anyway. She left them tied up for the cops and flew off, "Some days you just get the really dumb criminals." She sighed.
* It happens a lot to Madison in ''Fanfic/{{Intrepid}}'' due to [[{{Hammerspace}} her power]]. One guy even throws the gun at her.



-->He shot me. The bullet slammed into the bridge of my nose. Crumpled, it slid down my face and into my palm. I made a show of looking at it and then slowly lifted my head and looked him in the eye, raising a theatric eyebrow as my forcefield came back online.\\
He shot me again and turned to ash.



* This apparently happened to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''' Mr. Incredible a lot during the Glory Days- one of his souvenirs is a jar full of deformed bullets, labeled 'bullets that bounced off me'.



* In the 2007 Superman animated film ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', this is actually lampshaded when a group of soldiers are about to attack Superman[[spoiler:'s clone]]. [[spoiler:Superman himself has more luck at it, if only because he's using ''kryptonite'' rounds]].
--> '''Soldier 1:''' This is crazy! We can't kill ''Superman''!\\
'''Soldier 2:''' You're right. We ''can't'' kill Superman.
* This apparently happened to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''' Mr. Incredible a lot during the Glory Days- one of his souvenirs is a jar full of deformed bullets, labeled 'bullets that bounced off me'.

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* In the 2007 Superman animated film ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', this is actually lampshaded when a group of soldiers are about to attack Superman[[spoiler:'s clone]]. [[spoiler:Superman himself has more luck at it, if only because he's using ''kryptonite'' rounds]]. \n--> '''Soldier 1:''' This is crazy! We can't kill ''Superman''!\\\n'''Soldier 2:''' You're right. We ''can't'' kill Superman.\n* This apparently happened to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''' Mr. Incredible a lot during the Glory Days- one of his souvenirs is a jar full of deformed bullets, labeled 'bullets that bounced off me'.



* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'', a criminal turns a freaking ''Gatling gun'' (and [[MoreDakka not just the usual 7.62mm minigun - this was a full-on 20mm M61]]!) on Superman. Even after he's emptied an entire belt of high-powered ammunition into the guy's chest without so much as scuffing the insignia, he still thinks it's a bright idea to move on to a regular pistol and [[GoForTheEye try to shoot for Superman's eyes]]. We're then treated to a BulletTime effect of the bullet actually ''bouncing off Superman's eyeball''. Golly. Superman takes a moment to flash a sardonic, "how dumb can you get?" smile at the thug just before giving him great quantities of what-for. ''Offscreen'', however. Admittedly, it was a valiant effort by the mook, at least trying for what would seemingly be an obvious weak spot. It's not exactly like Superman's exact abilities and limits are well documented and published in that universe, and remember, even the mighty Achilles had a heel.

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* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'', a criminal turns a freaking ''Gatling gun'' (and [[MoreDakka not ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', The Lizard gets one of these moments as an opportunity to prove his ability to regenerate. It's downplayed compared to other examples in that sustained gunfire ''does'' hurt him; it's just that a gap in the usual 7.62mm firing allows him to heal his wounds and keep fighting. It's later played straight when Captain Stacy confronts the Lizard.

* Some of the Nazi soldiers in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' continue shooting at the magically animated suits of armor even when it's become clear [[DancingPants there's nothing inside to hurt]].

* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''

* Captain America and his impenetrable shield get many such moments in his movies (''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''). In ''The Winter Soldier'', Cap gets a
minigun - this was a full-on 20mm M61]]!) turned on Superman. Even after him, and simply deflects the shots into the baddie's partners, then charges at the minigun toter and knocks him down. At least only one of his sides at a time is going to be invulnerable, which justifies the attempts. Additionally, there is the rare time where Captain America ''does'' get shot in the body without his shield being in the way in time. Usually then he's emptied an entire belt of high-powered ammunition into winded but his body armor is enough to save him.

* ''Film/TheCurseOfFrankenstein'' concludes with Baron Frankenstein fighting
the guy's chest without so much as scuffing the insignia, he still thinks it's a bright idea to move on to a regular monster, shooting it with pistol to no effect. He then throws the pistol at the monster. Again, no effect. Thankfully he throws a lantern next time and [[GoForTheEye [[KillItWithFire that seems to work.]]

* In ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'', Ajax's minions continue to
try to shoot for Superman's eyes]]. We're then treated Deadpool with normal guns, [[HealingFactor to a BulletTime effect of the bullet actually ''bouncing off Superman's eyeball''. Golly. Superman takes a moment to flash a sardonic, "how dumb can you get?" smile predictable results.]] At least at the thug just before giving him great quantities of what-for. ''Offscreen'', however. Admittedly, beginning, it was a valiant effort by the mook, justifiable, as Ajax's thugs didn't know that it was Wade Wilson that they were fighting, so didn't know that bullets were an annoyance to him at least trying for best. Afterward, when they know both who he is and what would seemingly be an obvious weak spot. It's not exactly like Superman's exact abilities he can do, Ajax's commandos still try to fight Deadpool with assault rifles and limits are well documented shotguns, and published he just as predictably charges through the bullets to cut them all apart.

* Done really oddly
in ''{{Syngenor}}''. Some {{mooks}} stand and shoot at the SuperSoldier monsters that universe, are ''supposed'' to be ImmuneToBullets, only to find that... [[InformedAbility bullets work on them]]. But then they get killed anyway because they keep standing still so that the surviving monsters are able to lumber up to them and remember, even the mighty Achilles had a heel.attack at close range.



* The platoon protecting the president in ''Film/SupermanII'' does this with the Krypton Criminals. They empty their clips into General Zod and company, and when the bullets all bounce off harmlessly, they ''reload'' and shoot at the three Kryptonians some more.
* ''Franchise/RoboCop'':
** Generally speaking, there is no point in shooting at [=RoboCop=] with anything less than anti-tank weaponry. Of course this makes [=RoboCop=]'s eventual fall all the more shocking. In ''Film/RoboCop2'', [=RoboCop=] does this when shooting at…[=RoboCop=] II, as his replacement is even more heavily armored than he is. Noticing that doesn't work, even with big gun he's using, he at least shoots off his replacement's ShoulderCannon since it fired explosive bullets. [=RoboCop=] II notices that the minigun it was using was useless in the fight so he resorted to using his hands.
** In ''Film/RoboCop3'', someone does have the bright idea that shooting [=RoboCop=] in the mouth would work, since its the only part of him not covered in armor. However, by this point, [=RoboCop=] is such an in-universe MemeticBadass that some people think that he EATS bullets, and when he confronts the thugs in question, he's got them so panicked by his approach that the thug with the gun can't shoot at the approaching cyborg, and ultimately drops his weapon. It probably helped that [=RoboCop=] was ON FIRE at the time.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' franchise:
** ''Film/TheMatrix'': The Agents are established early on as being programmed to be fast enough to dodge bullets. This doesn't stop the heroes unloading clips on them.
*** There is, however, some justification for this. Despite being effectively superhuman, the Agents must still operate within the bounds of their programming and the programming of the Matrix itself. They aren't able to avoid every bullet (as proved by Neo and his minigun) and being hit will still kill or injure them and either slow them down or force them to find a new host.
*** And, more practically, every fraction of a second that an Agent spends dodging a hero's bullets is another fraction of a second when said Agent is ''not'' killing the hero.

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* The platoon protecting In the president in ''Film/SupermanII'' does this with film adaptation of ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'', the Krypton Criminals. They empty their clips into General Zod and company, and when Shop agents keep passing the bullets all bounce off harmlessly, they ''reload'' and IdiotBall from man to man, as one after another tries to shoot at the three Kryptonians some more.
* ''Franchise/RoboCop'':
** Generally speaking, there is no point in shooting at [=RoboCop=] with anything less than anti-tank weaponry. Of course this makes [=RoboCop=]'s eventual fall all the more shocking. In ''Film/RoboCop2'', [=RoboCop=] does this when shooting at…[=RoboCop=] II, as his replacement is
Charlie even more heavily armored than he is. Noticing though she's ''visibly vaporizing'' every round that doesn't work, even with big gun he's using, he at least shoots off his replacement's ShoulderCannon since it fired explosive bullets. [=RoboCop=] II notices that the minigun it was using was useless comes near her ... not to mention roasting every failed shooter alive.

* In a non-superhero example, it's a ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' tradition for Jason Voorhees,
in the fight so he resorted to using event his hands.
** In ''Film/RoboCop3'', someone does have the bright idea that shooting [=RoboCop=] in the mouth would work, since its the only part of
intended victims actually see him not covered in armor. approach, to stand ''perfectly still'' as they shoot, strike, and/or throw things at him. If they put up a really feisty show of it, he might even tilt his head a bit, as if to confirm they're all done, before he strides forward, unaffected. However, by this point, [=RoboCop=] is such an in-universe MemeticBadass that some people think that he EATS bullets, and when he confronts in the thugs in question, he's got them so panicked beginning of ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', Jason is tricked into an ambush by his approach that the thug with the gun can't FBI, where dozens of agents shoot at him before finally killing him with an ''airstrike''. They were taking ''no'' chances with this guy, but unfortunately for the approaching cyborg, and ultimately drops his weapon. It probably helped that [=RoboCop=] was ON FIRE at the time.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' franchise:
** ''Film/TheMatrix'': The Agents are established early on as being programmed to be fast
world, it ''still'' wasn't enough to dodge bullets. This doesn't stop the heroes unloading clips on them.
*** There is, however, some justification for this. Despite being effectively superhuman, the Agents must still operate within the bounds of their programming and the programming of the Matrix itself. They aren't able to avoid every bullet (as proved by Neo and his minigun) and being hit will still kill or injure them and either slow them
put him down or force them to find for good -- all it did was turn him into a new host.
*** And, more practically, every fraction
{{Body Surf}}ing possessor.
** Played with in ''Film/JasonX'', with Kay-Em. Lots
of a second that an Agent spends dodging a hero's bullets is another fraction of and cybernetically-empowered SheFu kicks do a second when said Agent is ''not'' killing the hero. good job on zombie Jason... [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh not so much on]] [[CameBackStrong Uber-Jason]].



* Michael Myers of ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''. This trope gets referenced in the commentary of ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers'' - in a scene where a cop clumsily shoots at Michael, one of the commentators mentions that, as a lifelong resident of Haddonfield, the guy should have realized shooting Michael just pisses him off. Although from the very first movie, shooting Myers does work, as he does get knocked back by bullets. In the fourth Halloween movie, Michael is similarly riddled with bullets, until he falls down a mine. It takes a full year of medical care by a hobo who found him before he fully heals.



* ''Film/IronMan1'' - This routine runs throughout Tony Stark's escape from his captors: the guys shoot at his colossal suit of armor with rifles, to no effect, when one guy gets the brilliant idea to fire a pistol at him while he has his hand stuck in a wall. Cue the round [[HoistByHisOwnPetard deflecting and killing him]] [[note]]in what is actually a physically-impossible ricochet, but it's funny, so let's roll with it. It could also be said that the bullet propelled a piece of rock, which still could be lethal.[[/note]] Then, outside the complex, ''another'' group of guys try doing the ''exact same thing'', even when they're standing next to stockpiles of rocket launchers and explosives. One of them finally has the presence of mind to load a .50 Browning fixed machine gun, and even the luck to disable the actuator on his right leg. He still ends up dead from flamethrower and multiple explosions. You can at least understand the guy who shot Tony in the head's line of thinking. He was going for a hopeful weak spot.
** But the MKI armour exposes Tony's entire back. If the guy had not tried for the headshot achievement, he could have crippled/killed Tony right there.
* In a non-superhero example, it's a ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' tradition for Jason Voorhees, in the event his intended victims actually see him approach, to stand ''perfectly still'' as they shoot, strike, and/or throw things at him. If they put up a really feisty show of it, he might even tilt his head a bit, as if to confirm they're all done, before he strides forward, unaffected. However, in the beginning of ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', Jason is tricked into an ambush by the FBI, where dozens of agents shoot him before finally killing him with an ''airstrike''. They were taking ''no'' chances with this guy, but unfortunately for the world, it ''still'' wasn't enough to put him down for good -- all it did was turn him into a {{Body Surf}}ing possessor.
** Played with in ''Film/JasonX'', with Kay-Em. Lots of bullets and cybernetically-empowered SheFu kicks do a good job on zombie Jason... [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh not so much on]] [[CameBackStrong Uber-Jason]].
* Michael Myers of ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''. This trope gets referenced in the commentary of ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers'' - in a scene where a cop clumsily shoots at Michael, one of the commentators mentions that, as a lifelong resident of Haddonfield, the guy should have realized shooting Michael just pisses him off. Although from the very first movie, shooting Myers does work, as he does get knocked back by bullets. In the fourth Halloween movie, Michael is similarly riddled with bullets, until he falls down a mine. It takes a full year of medical care by a hobo who found him before he fully heals.
* ''Film/TheCurseOfFrankenstein'' concludes with Baron Frankenstein fighting the monster, shooting it with pistol to no effect. He then throws the pistol at the monster. Again, no effect. Thankfully he throws a lantern next time and [[KillItWithFire that seems to work.]]

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* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'': General Ross's forces are very guilty of this over the course of the film. The most egregious example has to be the opening, where Ross sends in a special forces team that has not been prepped on the existence of the Hulk. When Banner is cornered and the inevitable happens, we get a close up view of the tranquilizer darts they've been equipped with shattering on the Hulk's skin. The finale of the film also has General Ross attempting to "''cut (the Abomination) in half''" with a .50 caliber machine gun, despite the fact that it shrugged off a hit from a bazooka.

* ''Film/IronMan1'' - This routine runs throughout Tony Stark's escape from his captors: the guys shoot at his colossal suit of armor with rifles, to no effect, when one guy gets the brilliant idea to fire a pistol at him while he has his hand stuck in a wall. Cue the round [[HoistByHisOwnPetard deflecting and killing him]] [[note]]in what is actually a physically-impossible ricochet, but it's funny, so let's roll with it. It could also be said that the bullet propelled a piece of rock, which still could be lethal.[[/note]] Then, outside the complex, ''another'' group of guys try doing the ''exact same thing'', even when they're standing next to stockpiles of rocket launchers and explosives. One of them finally has the presence of mind to load a .50 Browning fixed machine gun, and even the luck to disable the actuator on his right leg. He still ends up dead from flamethrower and multiple explosions. You can at least understand the guy who shot Tony in the head's line of thinking. He was going for a hopeful weak spot.
spot.
** But the MKI armour exposes Tony's entire back. If the guy had not tried for the headshot achievement, he could have crippled/killed Tony right there.
there.

* In a non-superhero example, it's a ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' tradition for Jason Voorhees, in the event his intended victims actually see him approach, ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' franchise:
** ''Film/TheMatrix'': The Agents are established early on as being programmed
to stand ''perfectly still'' as they shoot, strike, and/or throw things at him. If they put up a really feisty show of it, he might even tilt his head a bit, as if to confirm they're all done, before he strides forward, unaffected. However, in the beginning of ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', Jason is tricked into an ambush by the FBI, where dozens of agents shoot him before finally killing him with an ''airstrike''. They were taking ''no'' chances with this guy, but unfortunately for the world, it ''still'' wasn't be fast enough to put him down for good -- all it did was turn him into a {{Body Surf}}ing possessor.
** Played with in ''Film/JasonX'', with Kay-Em. Lots of bullets and cybernetically-empowered SheFu kicks do a good job on zombie Jason... [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh not so much on]] [[CameBackStrong Uber-Jason]].
* Michael Myers of ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''. This trope gets referenced in the commentary of ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers'' - in a scene where a cop clumsily shoots at Michael, one of the commentators mentions that, as a lifelong resident of Haddonfield, the guy should have realized shooting Michael just pisses him off. Although from the very first movie, shooting Myers does work, as he does get knocked back by
dodge bullets. In This doesn't stop the fourth Halloween movie, Michael is similarly riddled with bullets, until he falls heroes unloading clips on them.
*** There is, however, some justification for this. Despite being effectively superhuman, the Agents must still operate within the bounds of their programming and the programming of the Matrix itself. They aren't able to avoid every bullet (as proved by Neo and his minigun) and being hit will still kill or injure them and either slow them
down or force them to find a mine. It takes a full year new host.
*** And, more practically, every fraction
of medical care by a hobo who found him before he fully heals.
* ''Film/TheCurseOfFrankenstein'' concludes with Baron Frankenstein fighting the monster, shooting it with pistol to no effect. He then throws the pistol at the monster. Again, no effect. Thankfully he throws a lantern next time and [[KillItWithFire
second that seems to work.]]an Agent spends dodging a hero's bullets is another fraction of a second when said Agent is ''not'' killing the hero.



* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''
-->'''Jack Burton:''' Well, it was worth a shot.
* Played straight in the ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' films. Small arms guns like pistols, shotguns and machineguns, at best, only stun the Terminator and knock it off balance. The only way to defeat them is with the use of explosives and the environment.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** Subverted in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', where the military attempting to stop Magneto built guns without any magnetic materials in them to keep his powers from affecting them, and late in the film when they suggest sending reinforcements against a losing battle against him, it's brought up that anything metal will just give him more weapons.
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. The military scientists who made Wolverine immune to bullets decide to stop him by sending an assassin, armed with bullets, to kill the man who is immune to bullets. As they watch their plan fail, they comment on the fact that the assassin never stood a chance because he wasn't using the special adamantium bullets they had ''[[TooDumbToLive right there next to them!]]''
* Done really oddly in ''{{Syngenor}}''. Some {{mooks}} stand and shoot at the SuperSoldier monsters that are ''supposed'' to be ImmuneToBullets, only to find that... [[InformedAbility bullets work on them]]. But then they get killed anyway because they keep standing still so that the surviving monsters are able to lumber up to them and attack at close range.

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* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''
-->'''Jack Burton:''' Well,
''Franchise/RoboCop'':
** Generally speaking, there is no point in shooting at [=RoboCop=] with anything less than anti-tank weaponry. Of course this makes [=RoboCop=]'s eventual fall all the more shocking. In ''Film/RoboCop2'', [=RoboCop=] does this when shooting at…[=RoboCop=] II, as his replacement is even more heavily armored than he is. Noticing that doesn't work, even with big gun he's using, he at least shoots off his replacement's ShoulderCannon since it fired explosive bullets. [=RoboCop=] II notices that the minigun
it was worth a shot.
* Played straight
using was useless in the ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' films. Small arms guns like pistols, shotguns and machineguns, at best, fight so he resorted to using his hands.
** In ''Film/RoboCop3'', someone does have the bright idea that shooting [=RoboCop=] in the mouth would work, since its the
only stun part of him not covered in armor. However, by this point, [=RoboCop=] is such an in-universe MemeticBadass that some people think that he EATS bullets, and when he confronts the Terminator and knock it off balance. The only way to defeat thugs in question, he's got them is so panicked by his approach that the thug with the use of explosives and the environment.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** Subverted in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', where the military attempting to stop Magneto built guns without any magnetic materials in them to keep his powers from affecting them, and late in the film when they suggest sending reinforcements against a losing battle against him, it's brought up that anything metal will just give him more weapons.
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. The military scientists who made Wolverine immune to bullets decide to stop him by sending an assassin, armed with bullets, to kill the man who is immune to bullets. As they watch their plan fail, they comment on the fact that the assassin never stood a chance because he wasn't using the special adamantium bullets they had ''[[TooDumbToLive right there next to them!]]''
* Done really oddly in ''{{Syngenor}}''. Some {{mooks}} stand and
gun can't shoot at the SuperSoldier monsters approaching cyborg, and ultimately drops his weapon. It probably helped that are ''supposed'' to be ImmuneToBullets, only to find that... [[InformedAbility bullets work on them]]. But then they get killed anyway because they keep standing still so that [=RoboCop=] was ON FIRE at the surviving monsters are able to lumber up to them and attack at close range.time.




* In ''Film/Shazam2019'', Billy learns that he's bulletproof after a robber tries shooting him. He and Freddy are so excited by this discovery that they ''actually order'' the robbers to keep shooting him. Which they duly do until they run out of bullets.



* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', The Lizard gets one of these moments as an opportunity to prove his ability to regenerate. It's downplayed compared to other examples in that sustained gunfire ''does'' hurt him; it's just that a gap in the firing allows him to heal his wounds and keep fighting. It's later played straight when Captain Stacy confronts the Lizard.
* Captain America and his impenetrable shield get many such moments in his movies (''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''). In ''The Winter Soldier'', Cap gets a minigun turned on him, and simply deflects the shots into the baddie's partners, then charges at the minigun toter and knocks him down. At least only one of his sides at a time is going to be invulnerable, which justifies the attempts. Additionally, there is the rare time where Captain America ''does'' get shot in the body without his shield being in the way in time. Usually then he's winded but his body armor is enough to save him.
* Some of the Nazi soldiers in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' continue shooting at the magically animated suits of armor even when it's become clear [[DancingPants there's nothing inside to hurt]].
* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'': General Ross's forces are very guilty of this over the course of the film. The most egregious example has to be the opening, where Ross sends in a special forces team that has not been prepped on the existence of the Hulk. When Banner is cornered and the inevitable happens, we get a close up view of the tranquilizer darts they've been equipped with shattering on the Hulk's skin. The finale of the film also has General Ross attempting to "''cut (the Abomination) in half''" with a .50 caliber machine gun, despite the fact that it shrugged off a hit from a bazooka.
* In ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'', Ajax's minions continue to try to shoot Deadpool with normal guns, [[HealingFactor to predictable results.]] At least at the beginning, it was justifiable, as Ajax's thugs didn't know that it was Wade Wilson that they were fighting, so didn't know that bullets were an annoyance to him at best. Afterward, when they know both who he is and what he can do, Ajax's commandos still try to fight Deadpool with assault rifles and shotguns, and he just as predictably charges through the bullets to cut them all apart.
* In the film adaptation of ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'', the Shop agents keep passing the IdiotBall from man to man, as one after another tries to shoot Charlie even though she's ''visibly vaporizing'' every round that comes near her ... not to mention roasting every failed shooter alive.
* In ''Film/Shazam2019'', Billy learns that he's bulletproof after a robber tries shooting him. He and Freddy are so excited by this discovery that they ''actually order'' the robbers to keep shooting him. Which they duly do until they run out of bullets.

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* The platoon protecting the president in ''Film/SupermanII'' does this with the Krypton Criminals. They empty their clips into General Zod and company, and when the bullets all bounce off harmlessly, they ''reload'' and shoot at the three Kryptonians some more.

* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', The Lizard gets one ''Film/SupermanReturns'', a criminal turns a freaking ''Gatling gun'' (and [[MoreDakka not just the usual 7.62mm minigun - this was a full-on 20mm M61]]!) on Superman. Even after he's emptied an entire belt of these moments high-powered ammunition into the guy's chest without so much as scuffing the insignia, he still thinks it's a bright idea to move on to a regular pistol and [[GoForTheEye try to shoot for Superman's eyes]]. We're then treated to a BulletTime effect of the bullet actually ''bouncing off Superman's eyeball''. Golly. Superman takes a moment to flash a sardonic, "how dumb can you get?" smile at the thug just before giving him great quantities of what-for. ''Offscreen'', however. Admittedly, it was a valiant effort by the mook, at least trying for what would seemingly be an opportunity to prove his ability to regenerate. obvious weak spot. It's downplayed compared to other examples not exactly like Superman's exact abilities and limits are well documented and published in that sustained gunfire ''does'' hurt him; it's just that a gap in universe, and remember, even the firing allows him to heal his wounds and keep fighting. It's later played mighty Achilles had a heel.

* Played
straight when Captain Stacy confronts the Lizard.
* Captain America and his impenetrable shield get many such moments in his movies (''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''). In ''The Winter Soldier'', Cap gets a minigun turned on him, and simply deflects the shots into the baddie's partners, then charges at the minigun toter and knocks him down. At least only one of his sides at a time is going to be invulnerable, which justifies the attempts. Additionally, there is the rare time where Captain America ''does'' get shot
in the body without his shield being in ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' films. Small arms guns like pistols, shotguns and machineguns, at best, only stun the Terminator and knock it off balance. The only way in time. Usually then he's winded but his body armor to defeat them is enough to save him.
* Some of
with the Nazi soldiers in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' continue shooting at the magically animated suits use of armor even when it's become clear [[DancingPants there's nothing inside to hurt]].
* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'': General Ross's forces are very guilty of this over the course of the film. The most egregious example has to be the opening, where Ross sends in a special forces team that has not been prepped on the existence of the Hulk. When Banner is cornered
explosives and the inevitable happens, we get a close up view of environment.

* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** Subverted in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', where
the tranquilizer darts they've been equipped with shattering on the Hulk's skin. The finale of the film also has General Ross military attempting to "''cut (the Abomination) stop Magneto built guns without any magnetic materials in half''" them to keep his powers from affecting them, and late in the film when they suggest sending reinforcements against a losing battle against him, it's brought up that anything metal will just give him more weapons.
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. The military scientists who made Wolverine immune to bullets decide to stop him by sending an assassin, armed
with a .50 caliber machine gun, despite bullets, to kill the man who is immune to bullets. As they watch their plan fail, they comment on the fact that it shrugged off a hit from a bazooka.
* In ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'', Ajax's minions continue to try to shoot Deadpool with normal guns, [[HealingFactor to predictable results.]] At least at
the beginning, it was justifiable, as Ajax's thugs didn't know that it was Wade Wilson that they were fighting, so didn't know that assassin never stood a chance because he wasn't using the special adamantium bullets were an annoyance to him at best. Afterward, when they know both who he is and what he can do, Ajax's commandos still try had ''[[TooDumbToLive right there next to fight Deadpool with assault rifles and shotguns, and he just as predictably charges through the bullets to cut them all apart.
* In the film adaptation of ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'', the Shop agents keep passing the IdiotBall from man to man, as one after another tries to shoot Charlie even though she's ''visibly vaporizing'' every round that comes near her ... not to mention roasting every failed shooter alive.
* In ''Film/Shazam2019'', Billy learns that he's bulletproof after a robber tries shooting him. He and Freddy are so excited by this discovery that they ''actually order'' the robbers to keep shooting him. Which they duly do until they run out of bullets.
them!]]''



* In ''[[Literature/NemesisSeries Dreadnought]]'', the protagonist Danny is shot with a SMG by a liquor store robber she caught red-handed. Her only response is "Dude! Not Cool!".

* Nicodemus from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le. We find this out when someone empties her entire clip of bullets into him, reloads, and ''does it again'', while he just stands there, sighs, rolls his eyes, and waves his hand in a "let's get this over with" gesture. [[spoiler:On the other hand, sufficient [[MoreDakka dakka]] proves to be capable of ripping him apart badly enough that he needs a minute to regenerate.]]



* In ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Witches Abroad]]'', Granny Weatherwax seems to consider her sister to be doing this as soon as she tries a magical attack a second time on Baron Saturday, who was unaffected by the first.
* Nicodemus from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le. We find this out when someone empties her entire clip of bullets into him, reloads, and ''does it again'', while he just stands there, sighs, rolls his eyes, and waves his hand in a "let's get this over with" gesture. [[spoiler:On the other hand, sufficient [[MoreDakka dakka]] proves to be capable of ripping him apart badly enough that he needs a minute to regenerate.]]
* In ''Literature/LilithsBrood'', the Oankali have a HealingFactor that renders them {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le. This does not stop certain humans from trying to shoot them. [[TooDumbToLive Repeatedly.]]
* In ''Literature/ShadowOfTheConqueror,'' a group of constables attempt to subdue [[VigilanteMan Daylen]] by shooting him with [[{{Magitek}} shotspikes]] when he resists arrest, but with his [[DismembermentIsCheap extreme]] HealingFactor, he ignores them.

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* In ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Witches Abroad]]'', Granny Weatherwax seems to consider her sister to be doing this as soon as she tries a magical attack a second time on Baron Saturday, who was unaffected by the first.
* Nicodemus from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le. We find this out when someone empties her entire clip of bullets into him, reloads, and ''does it again'', while he just stands there, sighs, rolls his eyes, and waves his hand in a "let's get this over with" gesture. [[spoiler:On the other hand, sufficient [[MoreDakka dakka]] proves to be capable of ripping him apart badly enough that he needs a minute to regenerate.]]
* In ''Literature/LilithsBrood'', the Oankali have a HealingFactor that renders them {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le. This does not stop certain humans from trying to shoot them. [[TooDumbToLive Repeatedly.]]
* In ''Literature/ShadowOfTheConqueror,'' a group of constables attempt to subdue [[VigilanteMan Daylen]] by shooting him with [[{{Magitek}} shotspikes]] when he resists arrest, but with his [[DismembermentIsCheap extreme]] HealingFactor, he ignores them.




* In ''Literature/LilithsBrood'', the Oankali have a HealingFactor that renders them {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le. This does not stop certain humans from trying to shoot them. [[TooDumbToLive Repeatedly.]]

* In ''Literature/ShadowOfTheConqueror,'' a group of constables attempt to subdue [[VigilanteMan Daylen]] by shooting him with [[{{Magitek}} shotspikes]] when he resists arrest, but with his [[DismembermentIsCheap extreme]] HealingFactor, he ignores them.






* In ''[[Literature/NemesisSeries Dreadnought]]'', the protagonist Danny is shot with a SMG by a liquor store robber she caught red-handed. Her only response is "Dude! Not Cool!".

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* In ''[[Literature/NemesisSeries Dreadnought]]'', ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Witches Abroad]]'', Granny Weatherwax seems to consider her sister to be doing this as soon as she tries a magical attack a second time on Baron Saturday, who was unaffected by the protagonist Danny is shot with a SMG by a liquor store robber she caught red-handed. Her only response is "Dude! Not Cool!".first.



* As mentioned in the Trope description, this initially came from the old live-action ''{{Franchise/Superman}}'' movie serials and [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the George Reeves TV series]]. Superman would confront a crook, the crook would shoot at Superman, who stood there with his fists on his hips while the bullets bounced off his invulnerable skin. Then the crook would ''throw'' the now-empty gun at Superman, who would ''duck'' or ''dodge'' it. Of course, the real reason for this was that the "ricochet" effects were drawn onto the celluloid film stock after the fact, and the actors playing Superman ''had'' to duck so as not to get cracked in the head with a prop gun. Still, it does look quite silly… Later seasons, someone must have noticed and came up with having the mooks throw rubber or foam guns at Reeves so that they'd bounce off his padded chest. A [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] version occurs in "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS1E19TheEvilThree The Evil Three]]"; one of the villains tries to kill Superman with his sword, but he's unaware Superman is invulnerable.
** It COULD make sense that Superman attempted to dodge the empty gun, to prevent said gun from ricocheting and hitting a bystander.
* In ''Film/PrinceOfSpace'', the villainous aliens constantly attack the eponymous hero with their laser weapons, despite his constant insistence that these weapons cannot harm him. And yet he continues dodging them anyway, because his "immunity" to their weapons is [[DubInducedPlotHole an invention of the English dub]]. In the original UsefulNotes/JapaneseLanguage cut, he was just really good at evading gunfire.



* Appropriately enough, lampshaded in ''Series/LoisAndClark''. When a secret agent pulls a gun on Superman, he just smiles sympathetically and says, "Let me guess, you're new in town." In another episode, Lex Luthor's ex-wife points a gun at Superman and he says he thought she was smarter than that. [[SubvertedTrope It turns out she's smart enough to use a bullet made of Kryptonite]] [[GenreBlindness but not enough to make sure nobody would remove the bullet before its radiation kills Superman]].
* The final season of ''Series/TheXFiles'' has a heroic version: Doggett ''always'' tries to shoot the completely invulnerable Super Soldiers no matter how many times it doesn't work. Eventually one of them calls him on it. Doggett, being [[ArbitrarySkepticism the skeptic]], presumably does not believe in the Super Soldiers or their invulnerability. He probably assumes that, despite being an FBI agent who is probably a pretty good shot, he's just been missing them all this time. Technically, they can be killed, but that requires one to be a ''very'' good shot and hit them right at the base of the neck right behind the jaw.
* Back and forth in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. When dealing with Terminators, small arms fire generally doesn't do much more than annoy them, and when the main characters use them it's either to slow them down or as a way to distract them, although in great quantities, MoreDakka sometimes does have an effect. The only small arms that do have a reliable effect are shotgun slugs, special armor-piercing rounds, and high explosives. Of course, characters that don't know what they're fighting will frequently and continuously spray a Terminator with bullets even after they see how useless it is.
* In the Season 6 season premier of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Bram and his team shoot at [[spoiler:The-Man-in-Black-who-is-Masquerading-as-John-Locke, who then reveals himself to be the smoke monster, killing Bram and his team]]. While it is unknown if they actually knew what they were dealing with at the time, it's pretty obvious that the writers set up to prove exactly this point - that [[spoiler:the Smoke Monster]] is invulnerable to bullets. Bram even picks up the bullet from the floor during a lull in the battle. [[spoiler: Once the smoke monster gets a physical body, however, he's as vulnerable to bullets as anyone]].
* [[LoserArchetype Al Bundy]] hilariously lampshades this trope in a later episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', while watching what was most likely an episode of [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the George Reeves TV series]]. He observes, "The bad guys shoot Superman a dozen times, see the bullets bounce off, so they throw their guns at him. It's like they can't kill him, so they think they'd give him a really bad bruise! [[WhatAnIdiot What a bunch of morons!"]]
* While more technology than invulnerability, when going up against one of the Goa'uld in ''Series/StargateSG1'', the team unloads rounds of gunfire towards him, only to be deflected by the shield. Jack O'Neill then throws a blade (not the gun he was just firing, that would have probably fallen far short), which penetrates the shield.
** This is explained in show- certain kinds of personal shield can be penetrated by slow-moving objects. Useless shooting seems to be SGC standard procedure for dealing with both Kull warriors and human-form Replicators, both of whom are completely immune to bullets. It's possible that the bullet-shooters are trying to act as distractions for whoever has the gun that will actually kill the enemy, though.
** There is a straighter example in the episode where Teal'c is trapped in the virtual reality of the chair. The setting is an invasion by a Kull Warrior of Anubis. The military personnel keeps firing on it with ordinary weaponry (instead of doing something smart like evacuating or trapping the Kull Warrior in a corridor), completely ignoring the fact that the Kull Warrior can only killed by a special weapon. ''This includes O'Neill himself''. For all its trying to be realistic, the program apparently makes its friendly [[ArtificialIntelligence AIs]] incredibly stupid.
** Too many Jaffa (and sometimes even SGC personnel) seem to forget that energy-based weapons can't work on Replicators, and they need to use bullets. (Especially after it being proven that the P90 is better than the staff weapon at everything besides melee and intimidation.)
*** Staff weapons do work on Replicators (unlike [[StunGuns Zats]]), but they're too imprecise for most warriors to have a shot at hitting a fast-moving target like a Replicator. Only someone as well-trained as Teal'c or [[OldMaster Bra'tac]] can do so reliably (Teal'c once manages to hit a Replicator with a staff weapon without even looking).

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* Appropriately enough, lampshaded Used in ''Series/LoisAndClark''. a terrifying way in ''Series/TheBoys2019''. When a secret agent pulls a gun on Superman, he just smiles sympathetically and says, "Let me guess, you're new in town." In another episode, Lex Luthor's ex-wife points a gun at Superman and he says he thought she was smarter than that. [[SubvertedTrope It turns out she's smart enough to use a bullet made of Kryptonite]] [[GenreBlindness but not enough to make sure nobody would remove the bullet before its radiation kills Superman]].
* The final season of ''Series/TheXFiles'' has a heroic version: Doggett ''always'' tries to shoot the completely invulnerable Super Soldiers no matter how many times it doesn't work. Eventually one of them calls him on it. Doggett, being [[ArbitrarySkepticism the skeptic]], presumably does not believe in the Super Soldiers or their invulnerability. He probably assumes that, despite being an FBI agent who is probably a pretty good shot, he's just been missing them all this time. Technically, they can be killed, but that requires one to be a ''very'' good shot and hit them right at the base of the neck right behind the jaw.
* Back and forth in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. When dealing with Terminators, small arms fire generally doesn't do much more than annoy them, and when the main characters use them it's either to slow them down or as a way to distract them, although in great quantities, MoreDakka sometimes does have an effect. The only small arms that do have a reliable effect are shotgun slugs,
special armor-piercing rounds, and high explosives. Of course, characters that don't know what forces unit convenes outside an [[MiddleEasternTerrorists ISIS]] bomb manufacturing center, they're fighting will frequently about to go in, when [[SupermanSubstitute Homelander]] says he'll take over the operation. Homelander enters the building and continuously spray a Terminator with bullets even after they see how useless it is.
* In the Season 6 season premier of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Bram and his team shoot at [[spoiler:The-Man-in-Black-who-is-Masquerading-as-John-Locke, who then reveals
anounces himself to be the smoke monster, killing Bram [=ISIS=] gunmen, who imediately open fire. Homelander just calmly walks around the building using his [[EyeBeams heat vision]] to [[OffWithHisHead behead]], [[AnArmAndALeg dismember]], and his team]]. While it is unknown if they actually knew what they were dealing with at [[{{Gorn}} disembowel]] the time, it's pretty obvious terrorirst who fire hundreds of rounds, [[NoSell that bouce off harmlessly, at him.]] Homelander finishes his sweep by burning off the writers set up to prove exactly this point - that [[spoiler:the Smoke Monster]] is invulnerable to bullets. Bram even picks up legs of a gunman, and [[SickeningCrunch puting his boot on his head]]. When Homelander comes out, he spots a terrorists fleeing the bullet from the floor during a lull in the battle. [[spoiler: Once the smoke monster gets a physical body, however, he's as vulnerable to bullets as anyone]].
* [[LoserArchetype Al Bundy]] hilariously lampshades this trope in a later episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', while watching what was most likely an episode of [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the George Reeves TV series]]. He observes, "The bad guys shoot Superman a dozen times, see the bullets bounce off, so they throw their guns at him. It's like they can't kill him, so they think they'd give him a really bad bruise! [[WhatAnIdiot What a bunch of morons!"]]
* While more technology than invulnerability, when going up against one of the Goa'uld in ''Series/StargateSG1'', the team unloads rounds of gunfire towards him, only to be deflected by the shield. Jack O'Neill then throws a blade (not the gun he was just firing, that would have probably fallen far short), which penetrates the shield.
** This is explained in show- certain kinds of personal shield can be penetrated by slow-moving objects. Useless shooting seems to be SGC standard procedure for dealing with both Kull warriors
masacre and human-form Replicators, both of whom are completely immune [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe quicly uses his heat vision to bullets. It's possible that the bullet-shooters are trying to act as distractions for whoever has the gun that will actually kill the enemy, though.
** There is a straighter example in the episode where Teal'c is trapped in the virtual reality of the chair. The setting is an invasion by a Kull Warrior of Anubis. The military personnel keeps firing on it with ordinary weaponry (instead of doing something smart like evacuating or trapping the Kull Warrior in a corridor), completely ignoring the fact that the Kull Warrior can only killed by a special weapon. ''This includes O'Neill himself''. For all its trying to be realistic, the program apparently makes its friendly [[ArtificialIntelligence AIs]] incredibly stupid.
** Too many Jaffa (and sometimes even SGC personnel) seem to forget that energy-based weapons can't work on Replicators, and they need to use bullets. (Especially after it being proven that the P90 is better than the staff weapon at everything besides melee and intimidation.)
*** Staff weapons do work on Replicators (unlike [[StunGuns Zats]]), but they're too imprecise for most warriors to have a shot at hitting a fast-moving target like a Replicator. Only someone as well-trained as Teal'c or [[OldMaster Bra'tac]] can do so reliably (Teal'c once manages to hit a Replicator with a staff weapon without even looking).
stop him.]]



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This is subverted somewhat in the new series...there's an episode where the army successfully shoots down a spaceship hovering over London, and another where the U.N.I.T. forces make a good showing against Sontarans.
** A soldier also kills a Cyberman in season two using a rocket. But are these subversions of the trope? No one had any reason to expect the spaceship, the Sontarans, or the Cyberman to be immune to the weapons variously employed against them.
** In the novelization, of ''Remembrance of the Daleks'' (Seventh Doctor), but ''not'' the TV episode, recoilless rifles and shoulder-mounted rocket launchers are shown to be effective. While this subverts the trope, making the Daleks no longer invulnerable, the humans are still grossly overmatched. At least Gp Capt. Gilmour takes heed from his first experience and brings in some heavy weapons (and yet he is the Brigadier's [[InternalConsistency immediate PREDECESSOR]]).
** Also, in the revived series' 1st season, the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek in the eponymous episode]] has a force field that melts the bullets before they hit. The Doctor tells them to concentrate their fire on the eyepiece, but the Dalek kills everyone before they can break through. In "The Parting of the Ways", the bullets DO eventually get through, but the other Daleks massacre the rest of the resistance before they can inflict more damage. In the 4th series episode "The Stolen Earth", the Daleks don't have the force fields anymore, but their armour is too strong for modern earth weaponry ("The Parting of the Ways" took place in the year 200100, where guns use bullets with Bastic Heads). Peculiarly, no one thinks to aim for the eyepiece.
*** Actually one person does think to aim for the eyepiece, with a paintgun of all things, to try and blind them. And it almost works, until it's revealed that the Daleks have the ability to dissolve liquid obstructing their eyepiece. [[spoiler: Luckly,[[ContrivedCoincidence Rose suddenly appears]] and uses her BFG from the future to blow the Dalek up.]]
*** That scene was actually the first time the Daleks were shown to have this ability. Previously, they were always vulnerable to being hit in the eyestalk. So that is actually the FIRST example of this in Doctor Who. "My vision is NOT impaired."
** There's a lampshaded aversion in the episode "Planet of the Dead". Giant flying stingray things that turn planets to sand have just arrived through a portal to Earth, and U.N.I.T. open fire. Amazingly, the aliens actually start dying. The U.N.I.T. commander says something along the lines of: "I can't believe it - guns that ''work''!"
** In the series' only classic superhero example (so far), Simms continues to empty his gun into the Ghost after it becomes obvious that bullets are bouncing off him in "The Return of Doctor Mysterio".
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Occasionally trotted out in, particularly in "Exile," where Clark (infected with red kryptonite) robs a bank. When the cops get there, Clark pretends to go for a gun, and they shoot him. A lot. He just stands there for a while before getting bored and using heat vision to blow up a cop car. Although Clark seems to enjoy [[BulletCatch snatching bullets out of the air and showing them to look extra badass]]. Subverted in "Extinction." Clark hears someone shooting at him and turns to catch the bullet. He's visibly shocked when the kryptonite round goes through his hand and into his shoulder. Justified a lot, as a lot of criminals shoot at Clark, not knowing he's invulnerable. Also, in season one this trope would be played with, as Clark was only just developing his invulnerability, so he would be as surprised as the villains when this didn't work. For example, in "Pilot" he is surprised (and a bit scared) when he survives being hit by Lex's car, and in the episode "Hug" a BrainwashedAndCrazy Lex tries to kill Clark with an automatic rifle, and both Clark and his parents are shocked to learn he can survive automatic weapon fire.
* Often played straight in ''Series/WonderWoman1975'', thus giving Wonder Woman a chance to do her "bullets and bracelets" stunt. Hilariously subverted in the pilot, however, where Red Buttons plays a shady showbiz promoter working for the Nazis. Wonder Woman tracks down the Nazi agents, most of whom have yet to encounter her. Understandably, they therefore open fire at the strange chick in the bathing suit, with predictable results. Buttons' character, however, previously saw Wonder Woman deflect an entire magazine from a ''machine gun''. He does unload his revolver at Wonder Woman, but doesn't even bother aiming, with an expression on his face that clearly shows he's just shooting for appearance's sake.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' using bullets or guns are generally completely useless. There can be exceptions such as the Colt and how various beings aren't immune to specific types of bullets, there are beings immune to both. However in situations where bullets do not work it is usually when the shooter is not aware they won't work.
* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'':
** This naturally happens to the title character, despite the fact that [[Franchise/{{Superman}} her cousin]] is already a well-known superhero in this 'verse. When Superman shows up, sure enough, a pair of bank robbers are dumb enough to shoot him too, and one tries to punch him too. Clark is amused.
--->'''Superman:''' Now, see, if the bullets don't work, right...why the punching? [[LampshadeHanging Never understood that.]]
** Subverted in a later episode when ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} confronts some robbers. Just as she scoffs about one aiming an ordinary gun at her, the other guy unleashes an electrical blast that knocks her back.

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This is subverted somewhat in the new series...there's an episode where the army successfully shoots down a spaceship hovering over London, and another where the U.N.I.T. forces make a good showing against Sontarans.
** A soldier also kills a Cyberman in season two using a rocket. But are these subversions of the trope? No one had any reason to expect the spaceship, the Sontarans, or the Cyberman to be immune to the weapons variously employed against them.
** In the novelization, of ''Remembrance of the Daleks'' (Seventh Doctor), but ''not'' the TV episode, recoilless rifles and shoulder-mounted rocket launchers are shown to be effective. While this subverts the trope, making the Daleks no longer invulnerable, the humans are still grossly overmatched. At least Gp Capt. Gilmour takes heed from his first experience and brings in some heavy weapons (and yet he is the Brigadier's [[InternalConsistency immediate PREDECESSOR]]).
** Also, in the revived series' 1st season, the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek in the eponymous episode]] has a force field that melts the bullets before they hit. The Doctor tells them to concentrate their fire on the eyepiece, but the Dalek kills everyone before they can break through. In "The Parting of the Ways", the bullets DO eventually get through, but the other Daleks massacre the rest of the resistance before they can inflict more damage. In the 4th series episode "The Stolen Earth", the Daleks don't have the force fields anymore, but their armour is too strong for modern earth weaponry ("The Parting of the Ways" took place in the year 200100, where guns use bullets with Bastic Heads). Peculiarly, no one thinks to aim for the eyepiece.
*** Actually one person does think to aim for the eyepiece, with a paintgun of all things, to try and blind them. And it almost works, until it's revealed that the Daleks have the ability to dissolve liquid obstructing their eyepiece. [[spoiler: Luckly,[[ContrivedCoincidence Rose suddenly appears]] and uses her BFG from the future to blow the Dalek up.]]
*** That scene was actually the first time the Daleks were shown to have this ability. Previously, they were always vulnerable to being hit in the eyestalk. So that is actually the FIRST example of this in Doctor Who. "My vision is NOT impaired."
** There's a lampshaded aversion in the episode "Planet of the Dead". Giant flying stingray things that turn planets to sand have just arrived through a portal to Earth, and U.N.I.T. open fire. Amazingly, the aliens actually start dying. The U.N.I.T. commander says something along the lines of: "I can't believe it - guns that ''work''!"
** In the series' only classic superhero example (so far), Simms continues to empty his gun into the Ghost after it becomes obvious that bullets are bouncing off him in "The Return of Doctor Mysterio".
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Occasionally trotted out in, particularly in "Exile," where Clark (infected with red kryptonite) robs a bank. When the cops get there, Clark pretends to go for a gun, and they shoot him. A lot. He just stands there for a while before getting bored and using heat vision to blow up a cop car. Although Clark seems to enjoy [[BulletCatch snatching bullets out of the air and showing them to look extra badass]]. Subverted in "Extinction." Clark hears someone shooting at him and turns to catch the bullet. He's visibly shocked when the kryptonite round goes through his hand and into his shoulder. Justified a lot, as a lot of criminals shoot at Clark, not knowing he's invulnerable. Also, in season one this trope would be played with, as Clark was only just developing his invulnerability, so he would be as surprised as the villains when this didn't work. For example, in "Pilot" he is surprised (and a bit scared) when he survives being hit by Lex's car, and in the episode "Hug" a BrainwashedAndCrazy Lex tries to kill Clark with an automatic rifle, and both Clark and his parents are shocked to learn he can survive automatic weapon fire.
* Often played straight in ''Series/WonderWoman1975'', thus giving Wonder Woman a chance to do her "bullets and bracelets" stunt. Hilariously subverted in the pilot, however, where Red Buttons plays a shady showbiz promoter working for the Nazis. Wonder Woman tracks down the Nazi agents, most of whom have yet to encounter her. Understandably, they therefore open fire at the strange chick in the bathing suit, with predictable results. Buttons' character, however, previously saw Wonder Woman deflect an entire magazine from a ''machine gun''. He does unload his revolver at Wonder Woman, but doesn't even bother aiming, with an expression on his face that clearly shows he's just shooting for appearance's sake.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' using bullets or guns are generally completely useless. There can be exceptions such as the Colt and how various beings aren't immune to specific types of bullets, there are beings immune to both. However in situations where bullets do not work it is usually when the shooter is not aware they won't work.
* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'':
** This naturally happens to the title character, despite the fact that [[Franchise/{{Superman}} her cousin]] is already a well-known superhero in this 'verse. When Superman shows up, sure enough, a pair of bank robbers are dumb enough to shoot him too, and one tries to punch him too. Clark is amused.
--->'''Superman:''' Now, see, if the bullets don't work, right...why the punching? [[LampshadeHanging Never understood that.]]
** Subverted in a later episode when ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} confronts some robbers. Just as she scoffs about one aiming an ordinary gun at her, the other guy unleashes an electrical blast that knocks her back.




* This happens to Ralph Hinkley occasionally in ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'', with Ralph covering his face out of instinct; played with in that this only happens when he wears the super suit that was given to him by aliens in the first episode.

* In the penultimate episode of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', the team tries to do this to the Zerstörer, to no effect. Hank even reloads and tries again before Zerstörer reaches him and, let's just say... puts a stop to the shooting.

* Appropriately enough, lampshaded in ''Series/LoisAndClark''. When a secret agent pulls a gun on Superman, he just smiles sympathetically and says, "Let me guess, you're new in town." In another episode, Lex Luthor's ex-wife points a gun at Superman and he says he thought she was smarter than that. [[SubvertedTrope It turns out she's smart enough to use a bullet made of Kryptonite]] [[GenreBlindness but not enough to make sure nobody would remove the bullet before its radiation kills Superman]].

* In the Season 6 season premier of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Bram and his team shoot at [[spoiler:The-Man-in-Black-who-is-Masquerading-as-John-Locke, who then reveals himself to be the smoke monster, killing Bram and his team]]. While it is unknown if they actually knew what they were dealing with at the time, it's pretty obvious that the writers set up to prove exactly this point - that [[spoiler:the Smoke Monster]] is invulnerable to bullets. Bram even picks up the bullet from the floor during a lull in the battle. [[spoiler: Once the smoke monster gets a physical body, however, he's as vulnerable to bullets as anyone]].



-->'''Luke Cage:''' I guess you guys haven't heard about me, have you?\\
''[Domingo's men empty their guns into Luke. The bullets just rip holes in his jacket and ricochet into everything else. Luke just stands there with a bored look of "Are you done?"]''\\
'''Luke Cage:''' ...I'm about sick of always having to buy new clothes.
** The trailers for season two shows that various mooks are still doing this. Not because they expect it to ''work'', just so everyone knows they at least put up a fight.
** He wearily lampshades this trope at one point in Season 2 when he goes to confront an Italian gangster. When the last of the woman's bodyguards tries to shoot Luke, he says in a put upon voice "Everyone always wants to see if the myth is true." To the credit of these particular crooks, they ''did'' try something other than shooting him, as one of the goons tried to put a plastic bag over Luke's head to suffocate him, [[LogicalWeakness since he needs to breathe just like anyone else]]. Problem was, this left the guy trying to suffocate Luke within arm's reach of a man with SuperStrength, and that didn't end well for the poor mook.
* In the penultimate episode of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', the team tries to do this to the Zerstörer, to no effect. Hank even reloads and tries again before Zerstörer reaches him and, let's just say... puts a stop to the shooting.
* This happens to Ralph Hinkley occasionally in ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'', with Ralph covering his face out of instinct; played with in that this only happens when he wears the super suit that was given to him by aliens in the first episode.
* Used in a terrifying way in ''Series/TheBoys2019''. When a special forces unit convenes outside an [[MiddleEasternTerrorists ISIS]] bomb manufacturing center, they're about to go in, when [[SupermanSubstitute Homelander]] says he'll take over the operation. Homelander enters the building and anounces himself to the [=ISIS=] gunmen, who imediately open fire. Homelander just calmly walks around the building using his [[EyeBeams heat vision]] to [[OffWithHisHead behead]], [[AnArmAndALeg dismember]], and [[{{Gorn}} disembowel]] the terrorirst who fire hundreds of rounds, [[NoSell that bouce off harmlessly, at him.]] Homelander finishes his sweep by burning off the legs of a gunman, and [[SickeningCrunch puting his boot on his head]]. When Homelander comes out, he spots a terrorists fleeing the masacre and [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe quicly uses his heat vision to stop him.]]

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-->'''Luke Cage:''' I guess you guys haven't heard about me, have you?\\
''[Domingo's men empty their guns into Luke. The bullets just rip holes in his jacket and ricochet into everything else. Luke just stands there with a bored look of "Are you done?"]''\\
'''Luke Cage:''' ...I'm about sick of always having to buy new clothes.
** The trailers for season two shows that various mooks are still doing this. Not because they expect it to ''work'', just so everyone knows they at least put up a fight.
** He wearily

* [[LoserArchetype Al Bundy]] hilariously
lampshades this trope in a later episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', while watching what was most likely an episode of [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the George Reeves TV series]]. He observes, "The bad guys shoot Superman a dozen times, see the bullets bounce off, so they throw their guns at him. It's like they can't kill him, so they think they'd give him a really bad bruise! [[WhatAnIdiot What a bunch of morons!"]]

* In ''Film/PrinceOfSpace'', the villainous aliens constantly attack the eponymous hero with their laser weapons, despite his constant insistence that these weapons cannot harm him. And yet he continues dodging them anyway, because his "immunity" to their weapons is [[DubInducedPlotHole an invention of the English dub]]. In the original UsefulNotes/JapaneseLanguage cut, he was just really good at evading gunfire.

* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Occasionally trotted out in, particularly in "Exile," where Clark (infected with red kryptonite) robs a bank. When the cops get there, Clark pretends to go for a gun, and they shoot him. A lot. He just stands there for a while before getting bored and using heat vision to blow up a cop car. Although Clark seems to enjoy [[BulletCatch snatching bullets out of the air and showing them to look extra badass]]. Subverted in "Extinction." Clark hears someone shooting at him and turns to catch the bullet. He's visibly shocked when the kryptonite round goes through his hand and into his shoulder. Justified a lot, as a lot of criminals shoot at Clark, not knowing he's invulnerable. Also, in season
one point this trope would be played with, as Clark was only just developing his invulnerability, so he would be as surprised as the villains when this didn't work. For example, in Season 2 "Pilot" he is surprised (and a bit scared) when he goes survives being hit by Lex's car, and in the episode "Hug" a BrainwashedAndCrazy Lex tries to kill Clark with an automatic rifle, and both Clark and his parents are shocked to learn he can survive automatic weapon fire.

* While more technology than invulnerability, when going up against one of the Goa'uld in ''Series/StargateSG1'', the team unloads rounds of gunfire towards him, only to be deflected by the shield. Jack O'Neill then throws a blade (not the gun he was just firing, that would have probably fallen far short), which penetrates the shield.
** This is explained in show- certain kinds of personal shield can be penetrated by slow-moving objects. Useless shooting seems to be SGC standard procedure for dealing with both Kull warriors and human-form Replicators, both of whom are completely immune to bullets. It's possible that the bullet-shooters are trying to act as distractions for whoever has the gun that will actually kill the enemy, though.
** There is a straighter example in the episode where Teal'c is trapped in the virtual reality of the chair. The setting is an invasion by a Kull Warrior of Anubis. The military personnel keeps firing on it with ordinary weaponry (instead of doing something smart like evacuating or trapping the Kull Warrior in a corridor), completely ignoring the fact that the Kull Warrior can only killed by a special weapon. ''This includes O'Neill himself''. For all its trying to be realistic, the program apparently makes its friendly [[ArtificialIntelligence AIs]] incredibly stupid.
** Too many Jaffa (and sometimes even SGC personnel) seem to forget that energy-based weapons can't work on Replicators, and they need to use bullets. (Especially after it being proven that the P90 is better than the staff weapon at everything besides melee and intimidation.)
*** Staff weapons do work on Replicators (unlike [[StunGuns Zats]]), but they're too imprecise for most warriors to have a shot at hitting a fast-moving target like a Replicator. Only someone as well-trained as Teal'c or [[OldMaster Bra'tac]] can do so reliably (Teal'c once manages to hit a Replicator with a staff weapon without even looking).

* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'':
** This naturally happens to the title character, despite the fact that [[Franchise/{{Superman}} her cousin]] is already a well-known superhero in this 'verse. When Superman shows up, sure enough, a pair of bank robbers are dumb enough to shoot him too, and one tries to punch him too. Clark is amused.

* As mentioned in the Trope description, this initially came from the old live-action ''{{Franchise/Superman}}'' movie serials and [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the George Reeves TV series]]. Superman would
confront an Italian gangster. When a crook, the last crook would shoot at Superman, who stood there with his fists on his hips while the bullets bounced off his invulnerable skin. Then the crook would ''throw'' the now-empty gun at Superman, who would ''duck'' or ''dodge'' it. Of course, the real reason for this was that the "ricochet" effects were drawn onto the celluloid film stock after the fact, and the actors playing Superman ''had'' to duck so as not to get cracked in the head with a prop gun. Still, it does look quite silly… Later seasons, someone must have noticed and came up with having the mooks throw rubber or foam guns at Reeves so that they'd bounce off his padded chest. A [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] version occurs in "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS1E19TheEvilThree The Evil Three]]"; one of the woman's bodyguards villains tries to kill Superman with his sword, but he's unaware Superman is invulnerable.
** It COULD make sense that Superman attempted to dodge the empty gun, to prevent said gun from ricocheting and hitting a bystander.

* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' using bullets or guns are generally completely useless. There can be exceptions such as the Colt and how various beings aren't immune to specific types of bullets, there are beings immune to both. However in situations where bullets do not work it is usually when the shooter is not aware they won't work.

* Back and forth in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. When dealing with Terminators, small arms fire generally doesn't do much more than annoy them, and when the main characters use them it's either to slow them down or as a way to distract them, although in great quantities, MoreDakka sometimes does have an effect. The only small arms that do have a reliable effect are shotgun slugs, special armor-piercing rounds, and high explosives. Of course, characters that don't know what they're fighting will frequently and continuously spray a Terminator with bullets even after they see how useless it is.

* Often played straight in ''Series/WonderWoman1975'', thus giving Wonder Woman a chance to do her "bullets and bracelets" stunt. Hilariously subverted in the pilot, however, where Red Buttons plays a shady showbiz promoter working for the Nazis. Wonder Woman tracks down the Nazi agents, most of whom have yet to encounter her. Understandably, they therefore open fire at the strange chick in the bathing suit, with predictable results. Buttons' character, however, previously saw Wonder Woman deflect an entire magazine from a ''machine gun''. He does unload his revolver at Wonder Woman, but doesn't even bother aiming, with an expression on his face that clearly shows he's just shooting for appearance's sake.

* The final season of ''Series/TheXFiles'' has a heroic version: Doggett ''always''
tries to shoot Luke, he says in a put upon voice "Everyone always wants to see if the myth is true." To the credit of these particular crooks, they ''did'' try something other than shooting him, as completely invulnerable Super Soldiers no matter how many times it doesn't work. Eventually one of them calls him on it. Doggett, being [[ArbitrarySkepticism the goons tried to put a plastic bag over Luke's head to suffocate him, [[LogicalWeakness since he needs to breathe just like anyone else]]. Problem was, this left the guy trying to suffocate Luke within arm's reach of a man with SuperStrength, and that didn't end well for the poor mook.
* In the penultimate episode of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', the team tries to do this to the Zerstörer, to no effect. Hank even reloads and tries again before Zerstörer reaches him and, let's just say... puts a stop to the shooting.
* This happens to Ralph Hinkley occasionally in ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'', with Ralph covering his face out of instinct; played with in that this only happens when he wears the super suit that was given to him by aliens
skeptic]], presumably does not believe in the first episode.
* Used in a terrifying way in ''Series/TheBoys2019''. When a special forces unit convenes outside
Super Soldiers or their invulnerability. He probably assumes that, despite being an [[MiddleEasternTerrorists ISIS]] bomb manufacturing center, they're about to go in, when [[SupermanSubstitute Homelander]] says he'll take over the operation. Homelander enters the building and anounces himself to the [=ISIS=] gunmen, FBI agent who imediately open fire. Homelander is probably a pretty good shot, he's just calmly walks around the building using his [[EyeBeams heat vision]] to [[OffWithHisHead behead]], [[AnArmAndALeg dismember]], and [[{{Gorn}} disembowel]] the terrorirst who fire hundreds of rounds, [[NoSell been missing them all this time. Technically, they can be killed, but that bouce off harmlessly, requires one to be a ''very'' good shot and hit them right at him.]] Homelander finishes his sweep by burning off the legs base of a gunman, and [[SickeningCrunch puting his boot on his head]]. When Homelander comes out, he spots a terrorists fleeing the masacre and [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe quicly uses his heat vision to stop him.]]neck right behind the jaw.



* Definitely used against the player characters in ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''. Many of the monsters are horrifically powerful and have defenses which no player character can realistically hope to break. And if the near-impossible happens and you somehow defeat an EldritchAbomination by, say, ramming it in the head with a ship, it usually has PlotArmor which means it will survive. Guns are useful only against the weakest Mythos creatures and cultists. And yourself. And whoever got you into this mess.

* ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' RPG has a rule for players who end up doing this. If a player spends more than one fate point on an attack on an enemy that turns out to be invulnerable to that attack, they get all but one fate point back.




* In ''TabletopGame/{{HeroClix}}'', a roll of double sixes is a "Critical Hit" -- it automatically hits regardless of what number you actually needed to roll, and deals one extra damage that can't be mitigated by defense powers. So, if you're suitably desperate, there's really no reason for your hapless mook to ''not'' take a swing at Galactus. Maybe you'll get that 12.

* ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'': the Superman {{Expy}} Legacy has the Fortitude card used to reduce damage taken, which depicts him {{No Sell}}ing a hail of bullets.



* Definitely used against the player characters in ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''. Many of the monsters are horrifically powerful and have defenses which no player character can realistically hope to break. And if the near-impossible happens and you somehow defeat an EldritchAbomination by, say, ramming it in the head with a ship, it usually has PlotArmor which means it will survive. Guns are useful only against the weakest Mythos creatures and cultists. And yourself. And whoever got you into this mess.
* ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' RPG has a rule for players who end up doing this. If a player spends more than one fate point on an attack on an enemy that turns out to be invulnerable to that attack, they get all but one fate point back.
* ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'': the Superman {{Expy}} Legacy has the Fortitude card used to reduce damage taken, which depicts him {{No Sell}}ing a hail of bullets.
-->"Legacy took times like these to ponder what dinner might involve tonight."
* In ''TabletopGame/{{HeroClix}}'', a roll of double sixes is a "Critical Hit" -- it automatically hits regardless of what number you actually needed to roll, and deals one extra damage that can't be mitigated by defense powers. So, if you're suitably desperate, there's really no reason for your hapless mook to ''not'' take a swing at Galactus. Maybe you'll get that 12.



* Cops in the ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' games will shoot at your mountain-sized katamari to no effect.

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* Cops The manual for one of the original ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' games had a hilarious warning/lampshade of this, pointing out "You are trekking across a frozen glacier, when a giant snow wolf suddenly appears, bares its teeth, and proceeds to chew your leg off. You have a bag of magical tricks to choose from, but one of them would be particularly effective. Hint: trying to freeze the snow wolf in an ice storm is not the best choice."

* Used and subverted
in the ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' games backstory to ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. The Ratcatcher, a D-List supervillain with the power to control rats, ran afoul of the Penguin. For irony's sake, the Penguin tried to kill Ratcatcher by feeding him to hungry rats, only for the rodents to just leave him alone. The Penguin ended up settling for feeding Ratcatcher to his pet shark.

* You can achieve this in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2'' with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLQDNwejRcM this Anti mage build.]] Enemy spellcasters
will shoot keep shooting magic at your mountain-sized katamari to no effect.you, which will do practically nothing. This can also happen with enemy players, if [[CripplingOverspecialization they can't really fight with anything but magic]]. You can still get staggered or knocked back from spells, though.




* In various ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games, the AI enemies will always attack one of your characters should someone be within range, regardless of their own accuracy against said character or whether or not they can inflict any damage at all. This can easily be played around with, allowing you to place a unit with insanely high defense in the way and allowing the enemy to repeatedly attack you, while you counterattack and your weaker characters are safely too far away/blocked off.

* Before enemies diversify their tactics later in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', it's perfectly possible to win fights by standing still and deflecting enemies lasers back at them with Starkiller's lightsaber. The various {{Mooks}} you face will continue to fire, God bless their soul, even after all their allies have been downed by deflected laser beams.

* Cops in the ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' games will shoot at your mountain-sized katamari to no effect.




* In ''[[VideoGame/LEGOBatman LEGO Batman 2]]'', certain characters such as Superman and Wonder Woman are completely immune to all damage. This doesn't stop everyone from random street thugs to evil genius Lex Luthor trying to kill them.

* In the various ''Videogame/MechWarrior'' and ''Videogame/MechAssault'' games, infantry will attack your [[HumongousMecha BattleMech]] with their rifles to no avail until you crush them with the GiantFootOfStomping. In ''[=MechWarrior=] Living Legends'', the default weapon for [[PoweredArmor BattleArmor]] does almost no damage to tanks or mechs, but battlearmor players can use it to piss off mech pilots by spraying the cockpit with it to blind them with BulletSparks and prevent them from transferring C-Bills to their allies.

* In the Generation 1 ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, this could be the case. Because of the programming, trainers would ''always'' use attacks super effective against your Pokemon's type...even if your Pokemon's ''other'' type was immune, and even if the "attack" isn't actually an attack, such as using Amnesia relentlessly against Fighting Pokemon. As such, one could [[AIBreaker sweep through the entire Celadon Gym]] with a Level 5 Bulbasaur because every trainer, seeing that he is Grass type, would use Poisonpowder every turn, despite the fact that his Poison half makes him immune to the attack. Generation VI introduces the grass starters final form Chesnaught who's hidden ability Bulletproof makes it [[ImmuneToBullets immune to any bullet]] [[NoSell or bomb based moves]]. The AI will occasionally ignore this fact even after several applications of a move it is immune to.



* Averted in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' where enemies will not attack an invincible player if there are other players to attack. Other players in {{P|layerVersusPlayer}}vP however tend to whack at the invincible enemy for some time before realizing [[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat it isn't working]] and switch to hauling ass.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', where invincible units can't be attacked at all. Similarly, it's impossible to directly target magic-immune units with spells. It is, however, possible to uselessly cast area effect spells on them.

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' where enemies will not attack an invincible player if there are other players to attack. Other players in {{P|layerVersusPlayer}}vP however tend to whack at ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' downplays this with two of the invincible enemy for some time before realizing [[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat it isn't working]] available {{Limit Break}}s. [[DeflectorShields The Bubbler]] and switch [[SuperMode the Kraken]] make their users temporarily invincible, and instead all damage sources make them suffer knockback. With a weapon that has the fire rate to hauling ass.
* Averted
support it (and outranges the opponent's in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', where invincible units can't be attacked at all. Similarly, the case of the Bubbler) it's impossible to directly target magic-immune units with spells. It is, however, possible to uselessly cast area effect spells on them.keep them at bay, or even knock them out-of-bounds into [[SuperDrowningSkills water]] or a {{Bottomless Pit|s}}, by firing at them.









* In the Generation 1 ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, this could be the case. Because of the programming, trainers would ''always'' use attacks super effective against your Pokemon's type...even if your Pokemon's ''other'' type was immune, and even if the "attack" isn't actually an attack, such as using Amnesia relentlessly against Fighting Pokemon. As such, one could [[AIBreaker sweep through the entire Celadon Gym]] with a Level 5 Bulbasaur because every trainer, seeing that he is Grass type, would use Poisonpowder every turn, despite the fact that his Poison half makes him immune to the attack. Generation VI introduces the grass starters final form Chesnaught who's hidden ability Bulletproof makes it [[ImmuneToBullets immune to any bullet]] [[NoSell or bomb based moves]]. The AI will occasionally ignore this fact even after several applications of a move it is immune to.
* In various ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games, the AI enemies will always attack one of your characters should someone be within range, regardless of their own accuracy against said character or whether or not they can inflict any damage at all. This can easily be played around with, allowing you to place a unit with insanely high defense in the way and allowing the enemy to repeatedly attack you, while you counterattack and your weaker characters are safely too far away/blocked off.
* In ''[[VideoGame/LEGOBatman LEGO Batman 2]]'', certain characters such as Superman and Wonder Woman are completely immune to all damage. This doesn't stop everyone from random street thugs to evil genius Lex Luthor trying to kill them.
* Used and subverted in the backstory to ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. The Ratcatcher, a D-List supervillain with the power to control rats, ran afoul of the Penguin. For irony's sake, the Penguin tried to kill Ratcatcher by feeding him to hungry rats, only for the rodents to just leave him alone. The Penguin ended up settling for feeding Ratcatcher to his pet shark.
* In the various ''Videogame/MechWarrior'' and ''Videogame/MechAssault'' games, infantry will attack your [[HumongousMecha BattleMech]] with their rifles to no avail until you crush them with the GiantFootOfStomping. In ''[=MechWarrior=] Living Legends'', the default weapon for [[PoweredArmor BattleArmor]] does almost no damage to tanks or mechs, but battlearmor players can use it to piss off mech pilots by spraying the cockpit with it to blind them with BulletSparks and prevent them from transferring C-Bills to their allies.
* You can achieve this in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2'' with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLQDNwejRcM this Anti mage build.]] Enemy spellcasters will keep shooting magic at you, which will do practically nothing. This can also happen with enemy players, if [[CripplingOverspecialization they can't really fight with anything but magic]]. You can still get staggered or knocked back from spells, though.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' downplays this with two of the available {{Limit Break}}s. [[DeflectorShields The Bubbler]] and [[SuperMode the Kraken]] make their users temporarily invincible, and instead all damage sources make them suffer knockback. With a weapon that has the fire rate to support it (and outranges the opponent's in the case of the Bubbler) it's possible to keep them at bay, or even knock them out-of-bounds into [[SuperDrowningSkills water]] or a {{Bottomless Pit|s}}, by firing at them.

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* In the Generation 1 ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, this could be the case. Because of the programming, trainers would ''always'' use attacks super effective against your Pokemon's type...even if your Pokemon's ''other'' type was immune, and even if the "attack" isn't actually an attack, such as using Amnesia relentlessly against Fighting Pokemon. As such, one could [[AIBreaker sweep through the entire Celadon Gym]] with a Level 5 Bulbasaur because every trainer, seeing that he is Grass type, would use Poisonpowder every turn, despite the fact that his Poison half makes him immune to the attack. Generation VI introduces the grass starters final form Chesnaught who's hidden ability Bulletproof makes it [[ImmuneToBullets immune to any bullet]] [[NoSell or bomb based moves]]. The AI will occasionally ignore this fact even after several applications of a move it is immune to.
* In various ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games, the AI enemies will always attack one of your characters should someone be within range, regardless of their own accuracy against said character or whether or not they can inflict any damage at all. This can easily be played around with, allowing you to place a unit with insanely high defense
Averted in the way and allowing the enemy to repeatedly attack you, while you counterattack and your weaker characters are safely too far away/blocked off.
* In ''[[VideoGame/LEGOBatman LEGO Batman 2]]'', certain characters such as Superman and Wonder Woman are completely immune to all damage. This doesn't stop everyone from random street thugs to evil genius Lex Luthor trying to kill them.
* Used and subverted in the backstory to ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. The Ratcatcher, a D-List supervillain with the power to control rats, ran afoul of the Penguin. For irony's sake, the Penguin tried to kill Ratcatcher by feeding him to hungry rats, only for the rodents to just leave him alone. The Penguin ended up settling for feeding Ratcatcher to his pet shark.
* In the various ''Videogame/MechWarrior'' and ''Videogame/MechAssault'' games, infantry will attack your [[HumongousMecha BattleMech]] with their rifles to no avail until you crush them with the GiantFootOfStomping. In ''[=MechWarrior=] Living Legends'', the default weapon for [[PoweredArmor BattleArmor]] does almost no damage to tanks or mechs, but battlearmor players can use it to piss off mech pilots by spraying the cockpit with it to blind them with BulletSparks and prevent them from transferring C-Bills to their allies.
* You can achieve this in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2'' with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLQDNwejRcM this Anti mage build.]] Enemy spellcasters will keep shooting magic at you, which will do practically nothing. This can also happen with enemy players, if [[CripplingOverspecialization they
''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', where invincible units can't really fight with anything but magic]]. You can still get staggered or knocked back from spells, though.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' downplays this with two of the available {{Limit Break}}s. [[DeflectorShields The Bubbler]] and [[SuperMode the Kraken]] make their users temporarily invincible, and instead all damage sources make them suffer knockback. With a weapon that has the fire rate to support it (and outranges the opponent's in the case of the Bubbler)
be attacked at all. Similarly, it's impossible to directly target magic-immune units with spells. It is, however, possible to keep them at bay, or even knock them out-of-bounds into [[SuperDrowningSkills water]] or a {{Bottomless Pit|s}}, by firing at them.uselessly cast area effect spells on them.



* The manual for one of the original ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' games had a hilarious warning/lampshade of this, pointing out "You are trekking across a frozen glacier, when a giant snow wolf suddenly appears, bares its teeth, and proceeds to chew your leg off. You have a bag of magical tricks to choose from, but one of them would be particularly effective. Hint: trying to freeze the snow wolf in an ice storm is not the best choice."
* Before enemies diversify their tactics later in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', it's perfectly possible to win fights by standing still and deflecting enemies lasers back at them with Starkiller's lightsaber. The various {{Mooks}} you face will continue to fire, God bless their soul, even after all their allies have been downed by deflected laser beams.
* Taken UpToEleven in the LicensedGame for ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', where in both cutscenes and gameplay, squads upon squads of soldiers fire on Wolverine, but he has a healing factor and indestructible skeleton. [[LudicrousGibs They don't]].

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* The manual for one of the original ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' games had a hilarious warning/lampshade of this, pointing out "You are trekking across a frozen glacier, when a giant snow wolf suddenly appears, bares its teeth, and proceeds to chew your leg off. You have a bag of magical tricks to choose from, but one of them would be particularly effective. Hint: trying to freeze the snow wolf Averted in an ice storm is not the best choice."
* Before
''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' where enemies diversify their tactics later in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', it's perfectly possible to win fights by standing still and deflecting enemies lasers back at them with Starkiller's lightsaber. The various {{Mooks}} you face will continue not attack an invincible player if there are other players to fire, God bless their soul, even after all their allies have been downed by deflected laser beams.
attack. Other players in {{P|layerVersusPlayer}}vP however tend to whack at the invincible enemy for some time before realizing [[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat it isn't working]] and switch to hauling ass.

* Taken UpToEleven in the LicensedGame for ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', where in both cutscenes and gameplay, squads upon squads of soldiers fire on Wolverine, but he has a healing factor and indestructible skeleton. [[LudicrousGibs They don't]].



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'' #10 when Abby gains temporary superpowers and her fiancee Crusader (a Superman {{Expy}}) is schooling her in superheroing:
-->'''Abby:''' So, after they run out of bullets, why do they throw the empty guns?\\
'''Crusader:''' I've been trying to figure that out for years.



-->'''Franz:''' Bullets are supposed to be faster than you and you know that!

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-->'''Franz:''' Bullets are supposed
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': Achilles was openly revealed
to be faster completely invulnerable at the public press conference. He still gets people attacking him, and then acting surprised when it doesn't work. [[WordOfGod The author noted]] that being ''told'' someone is invulnerable is very different from ''knowing'' it. Supers, in particular, are used to being able to overpower supposedly impossible obstacles with raw strength, so many of them assume that Achilles merely has SuperToughness rather than you and you know that!complete invulnerability.




* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'' #10 when Abby gains temporary superpowers and her fiancee Crusader (a Superman {{Expy}}) is schooling her in superheroing:



--->'''Wonderella:''' Man, I been there. Once a week I get some genius who keeps shooting at me even after my "YOUR BULLETS ARE USELESS" speech. Gotta wonder what the schools are teaching these days.
** Or in [[http://nonadventures.com/2011/05/28/bullet-with-butterfly-stings/ this]] page:
--->'''Wonderella:''' A dozen bullets didn't do the job -- let's try [[ThrowAwayGuns awkwardly tossing an empty gun]]. [[SchmuckBait See how that works for you.]]

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--->'''Wonderella:''' Man, I been there. Once a week I get some genius who keeps shooting at me even after my "YOUR BULLETS ARE USELESS" speech. Gotta wonder what the schools are teaching these days.
** Or in [[http://nonadventures.com/2011/05/28/bullet-with-butterfly-stings/ this]] page:
--->'''Wonderella:''' A dozen bullets didn't do the job -- let's try [[ThrowAwayGuns awkwardly tossing an empty gun]]. [[SchmuckBait See how that works for you.]]



* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': Achilles was openly revealed to be completely invulnerable at the public press conference. He still gets people attacking him, and then acting surprised when it doesn't work. [[WordOfGod The author noted]] that being ''told'' someone is invulnerable is very different from ''knowing'' it. Supers, in particular, are used to being able to overpower supposedly impossible obstacles with raw strength, so many of them assume that Achilles merely has SuperToughness rather than complete invulnerability.



* Occurs in the ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' episode ''Robocop vs The Terminator''. Robocop still tries using his [[HandCannon giant pistol]] against the Terminator, despite understanding that he's essentially shooting at a titanium skeleton, and the Terminator tries using guns against Robocop despite knowing he's shooting at something covered in titanium and kelvar. [[spoiler: This trope is ultimately one of the reasons for Robocop's victory, he uses a number of explosives, the Terminator mostly uses small arms.]]






* Part of Lancer's backstory in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Lancer is a PK superboy type, who grew up as an Army brat. When a troop of soldiers thought he was a supervillain holding his family hostage, they tried to kill him with everything up to a couple shots from an Abrams M-1 tank. You'd think you wouldn't try to shoot a guy who could shrug off a tank round.
* Occurs in the ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' episode ''Robocop vs The Terminator''. Robocop still tries using his [[HandCannon giant pistol]] against the Terminator, despite understanding that he's essentially shooting at a titanium skeleton, and the Terminator tries using guns against Robocop despite knowing he's shooting at something covered in titanium and kelvar. [[spoiler: This trope is ultimately one of the reasons for Robocop's victory, he uses a number of explosives, the Terminator mostly uses small arms.]]

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* Part of Lancer's backstory in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Lancer is a PK superboy type, who grew up as an Army brat. When a troop of soldiers thought he was a supervillain holding his family hostage, they tried to kill him with everything up to a couple shots from an Abrams M-1 tank. You'd think you wouldn't try to shoot a guy who could shrug off a tank round.
* Occurs in the ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' episode ''Robocop vs The Terminator''. Robocop still tries using his [[HandCannon giant pistol]] against the Terminator, despite understanding that he's essentially shooting at a titanium skeleton, and the Terminator tries using guns against Robocop despite knowing he's shooting at something covered in titanium and kelvar. [[spoiler: This trope is ultimately one of the reasons for Robocop's victory, he uses a number of explosives, the Terminator mostly uses small arms.]]







* Part of Lancer's backstory in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Lancer is a PK superboy type, who grew up as an Army brat. When a troop of soldiers thought he was a supervillain holding his family hostage, they tried to kill him with everything up to a couple shots from an Abrams M-1 tank. You'd think you wouldn't try to shoot a guy who could shrug off a tank round.



* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
** Red Skull is firing a machine gun at Captain America, who is clearly bored as he simply lets the shots bounce off his shield...unfortunately, all the ricocheting bullets are hitting civilians.
** In the first ''DC Comics Special'' Superman simply laughs off a robber's attempts at shooting him with a machine gun ("Haha, that tickles!"). The robber [[GroinAttack starts shooting at Superman's crotch]] (the bullets continuing to bounce off anyway), much to Supe's confusion ("What, uh, what's going on here?").

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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
** Red Skull is firing a machine gun at Captain America, who is clearly bored as he simply lets the shots bounce off his shield...unfortunately, all the ricocheting bullets are hitting civilians.
**
In the first ''DC Comics Special'' 1941 [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons Fleischer Superman simply laughs off a robber's attempts at cartoon]] ''Billion Dollar Limited''. train-hijackers start out by shooting him with a machine gun ("Haha, that tickles!"). The robber [[GroinAttack starts Superman. Fair enough, naturally it doesn't work. Then they start tossing tear-gas grenades at him. Since Supes hadn't yet gained Super Breath or the like in his power set, they work surprisingly well. ''THEN'' they go back to shooting at Superman's crotch]] (the him again. Sigh.

* In the 60's ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 Spider-Man]]'' cartoon, Doctor Octopus throws Spider-Man out of a window and promptly [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat declares him dead]], before Spider-Man immediately returns through the same window.

* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the protagonist often forgets that Barry Dylan is a bulletproof cyborg, usually with an immediate LampshadeHanging.

* Queen Veranke remarkably subverts this trope when attacking Comicbook/NickFury and Comicbook/IronMan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. After she took down the former with a big gun, Iron Man points out she will only hurt herself more than him if she shoots at him. She answers that she knows... and then reveals [[CombatPragmatist she already had a virus uploaded inside his armor, thus incapacitating him without a shot]].

* Happens in every episode of the spoof series ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'', giving the chance for the titular superhero to use his CatchPhrase: "Your
bullets continuing cannot harm me! My wings are like a shield of steel!"

* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', two crooks aim their guns at Batman... only
to bounce off anyway), much give up, knowing that, no matter what they do, Batman will beat them up anyway. And if they can avoid getting beaten up, they will. Bat-Mite, however, has other plans for them.

* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'':
** Ben becomes aware of this trope in subsequent fights with [[BigBad Vilgax]] and mostly runs from him or relies on tricks
to Supe's confusion ("What, uh, what's going defeat him rather than fighting him head on here?"). since Vilgax is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le.
** Ben himself fits this trope in several of his alien forms that are either ImmuneToBullets or [[HealingFactor won't take permanent damage from them]].



---->'''Officer 1:''' This is hopeless, we might as well be throwing candy corn at them!\\
'''Officer 2:''' So what do you want to do? Give them the city?!
*** In "To Another Shore" Agent Faraday casually warns Wonder Woman that if she threatens the US Vice President a second time, he's under orders to shoot her down, and mimes doing so. She just raises her arm and points to her bracelets. He wisely leaves it at that.
*** Subverted in "Question Authority", where a bunch of security guards shoot Superman with automatic weapons to no effect. Superman does not let them just run out of bullets, but immediately uses his heat-vision to melt their guns, since he does not want Huntress to be hit by a ricochet. The guards immediately pull out tazers and batons and dogpile Superman, but that does not work either. A few minutes later people seem to finally catch on: When Superman has finally found where ComicBook/TheQuestion is being [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]], the [[TortureTechnician technician]] pulls out a pistol to point at the bulletproof hero, who by this point is pretty fed up with the entire situation. "Don't be ''stupid''. Drop it." He does.
*** At the climax of the multi-season [[MythArc Cadmus Arc]] of ''JLU'', several clones of Wind Dragon (an {{expy}} of the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' character Samurai, a wind-powered super hero) try to blast Comicbook/RedTornado (a robot who, you guessed it, creates tornadoes) with gusts of winds. Red Tornado overpowers all three mooks at once in a contest of brute wind-strength and ''literally'' blows them off their feet. He didn't even have to make an effort.
*** With all of that to the contrary, there's one instance where this actually ''worked''--concentrated fire brought down Solomon Grundy in "The Terror Beyond". Presumably, the only reason we don't see that more often is that [[AnthropicPrinciple when the cops actually beat the supervillain, the superheroes never get involved]] (and in this case, Aquaman was forced to save Grundy in order to make use of his [[CameBackWrong unique nature]].)
*** Similarly in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', the Joker attempts to kill Batman with an "electrical buzzer." Unfortunately for him, he took Static's hand, who absorbs it and sends it back to Joker ten fold.
* In the 1941 [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons Fleischer Superman cartoon]] ''Billion Dollar Limited''. train-hijackers start out by shooting Superman. Fair enough, naturally it doesn't work. Then they start tossing tear-gas grenades at him. Since Supes hadn't yet gained Super Breath or the like in his power set, they work surprisingly well. ''THEN'' they go back to shooting at him again. Sigh.
* In the 60's ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 Spider-Man]]'' cartoon, Doctor Octopus throws Spider-Man out of a window and promptly [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat declares him dead]], before Spider-Man immediately returns through the same window.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'':
** It's become something of a RunningGag that Bumblebee will always try to use his stingers (weapons that shoot beams of electricity) on Decepticons even though they never do ''anything'' (until he fought Swindle which was in the ''24th'' episode).
** There's also the time Sari tried to take on the Constructicons with a ''hockey stick''.
** Averted in the Animated game for the DS. If you shoot an enemy with your stingers for a little while they eventually do die.
** In the third season premiere, it was revealed that the stingers have two settings, the higher one meant for combat bots which Bumblebee currently is not. Optimus gives Ratchet a little flak for changing the setting, but Ratchet simply snaps back that Optimus is hardly in a position to complain, [[GodzillaThreshold given the situation]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': The humans repeatedly try to use conventional weapons (bullets) against the Decepticons, to no avail. The shots just bounce right off, every time.
** In the two-part season 2 episode "The Key To Vector Sigma", the Centurion Droids are completely unfazed by any attacks at all. The Decepticons keep shooting at them despite the blasts having no effect whatsoever. Megatron eventually manages to gain control of them using the Key, and the Autobots manage to trick them into diving off a high cliff after some reanimated zombie-bot corpses, but since they are programmed to guard Vector Sigma it's probable that it would take extraordinary means to destroy them.
* Happens in every episode of the spoof series ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'', giving the chance for the titular superhero to use his CatchPhrase: "Your bullets cannot harm me! My wings are like a shield of steel!"
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' where Butters, as Professor Chaos, is fighting Mysterion on a construction platform. One of the officers says he has a clean shot of Professor Chaos, but the captain stops him saying, "You think your bullets can hurt him?" In reality, "Professor Chaos" is just a nine-year-old boy in a costume; the fact that people suddenly thought he had [[TookALevelInBadass taken a level in badass]] was meant to be a joke.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Treehouse of Horror X'', Bart and Lisa get superpowers and have to fight 'The Collector' (I.E Comic Book Guy). He shoots Bart (with a laser!) who manages to dodge every shot. In a subversion though, when he throws the gun, it hits Bart and knocks him out.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'''s episode "Stuck Up, Up and Away" when the girls arrive to stop a bank robbery. Naturally the robbers open fire on them to no effect. [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe To be fair, the girls durability is very inconsistent. Some episodes they take getting sent through a building with no major injuries, and other times getting hit by an ordinary human can hurt them.]]
-->[[LampshadeHanging "Why do they always want to do it the hard way?"]]

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---->'''Officer 1:''' This is hopeless, we might as well be throwing candy corn at them!\\
'''Officer 2:''' So what do you want to do? Give them the city?!
*** In "To Another Shore" Agent Faraday casually warns Wonder Woman that if she threatens the US Vice President a second time, he's under orders to shoot her down, and mimes doing so. She just raises her arm and points to her bracelets. He wisely leaves it at that.
*** Subverted in "Question Authority", where a bunch of security guards shoot Superman with automatic weapons to no effect. Superman does not let them just run out of bullets, but immediately uses his heat-vision to melt their guns, since he does not want Huntress to be hit by a ricochet. The guards immediately pull out tazers and batons and dogpile Superman, but that does not work either. A few minutes later people seem to finally catch on: When Superman has finally found where ComicBook/TheQuestion is being [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]], the [[TortureTechnician technician]] pulls out a pistol to point at the bulletproof hero, who by this point is pretty fed up with the entire situation. "Don't be ''stupid''. Drop it." He does.
*** At the climax of the multi-season [[MythArc Cadmus Arc]] of ''JLU'', several clones of Wind Dragon (an {{expy}} of the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' character Samurai, a wind-powered super hero) try to blast Comicbook/RedTornado (a robot who, you guessed it, creates tornadoes) with gusts of winds. Red Tornado overpowers all three mooks at once in a contest of brute wind-strength and ''literally'' blows them off their feet. He didn't even have to make an effort.
*** With all of that to the contrary, there's one instance where this actually ''worked''--concentrated fire brought down Solomon Grundy in "The Terror Beyond". Presumably, the only reason we don't see that more often is that [[AnthropicPrinciple when the cops actually beat the supervillain, the superheroes never get involved]] (and in this case, Aquaman was forced to save Grundy in order to make use of his [[CameBackWrong unique nature]].)
*** Similarly in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', the Joker attempts to kill Batman with an "electrical buzzer." Unfortunately for him, he took Static's hand, who absorbs it and sends it back to Joker ten fold.
* In the 1941 [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons Fleischer Superman cartoon]] ''Billion Dollar Limited''. train-hijackers start out by shooting Superman. Fair enough, naturally it doesn't work. Then they start tossing tear-gas grenades at him. Since Supes hadn't yet gained Super Breath or the like in his power set, they work surprisingly well. ''THEN'' they go back to shooting at him again. Sigh.
* In the 60's ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 Spider-Man]]'' cartoon, Doctor Octopus throws Spider-Man out of a window and promptly [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat declares him dead]], before Spider-Man immediately returns through the same window.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'':
** It's become something of a RunningGag that Bumblebee will always try to use his stingers (weapons that shoot beams of electricity) on Decepticons even though they never do ''anything'' (until he fought Swindle which was in the ''24th'' episode).
** There's also the time Sari tried to take on the Constructicons with a ''hockey stick''.
** Averted in the Animated game for the DS. If you shoot an enemy with your stingers for a little while they eventually do die.
** In the third season premiere, it was revealed that the stingers have two settings, the higher one meant for combat bots which Bumblebee currently is not. Optimus gives Ratchet a little flak for changing the setting, but Ratchet simply snaps back that Optimus is hardly in a position to complain, [[GodzillaThreshold given the situation]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': The humans repeatedly try to use conventional weapons (bullets) against the Decepticons, to no avail. The shots just bounce right off, every time.
** In the two-part season 2 episode "The Key To Vector Sigma", the Centurion Droids are completely unfazed by any attacks at all. The Decepticons keep shooting at them despite the blasts having no effect whatsoever. Megatron eventually manages to gain control of them using the Key, and the Autobots manage to trick them into diving off a high cliff after some reanimated zombie-bot corpses, but since they are programmed to guard Vector Sigma it's probable that it would take extraordinary means to destroy them.
* Happens in every episode of the spoof series ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'', giving the chance for the titular superhero to use his CatchPhrase: "Your bullets cannot harm me! My wings are like a shield of steel!"
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' where Butters, as Professor Chaos, is fighting Mysterion on a construction platform. One of the officers says he has a clean shot of Professor Chaos, but the captain stops him saying, "You think your bullets can hurt him?" In reality, "Professor Chaos" is just a nine-year-old boy in a costume; the fact that people suddenly thought he had [[TookALevelInBadass taken a level in badass]] was meant to be a joke.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Treehouse of Horror X'', Bart and Lisa get superpowers and have to fight 'The Collector' (I.E Comic Book Guy). He shoots Bart (with a laser!) who manages to dodge every shot. In a subversion though, when he throws the gun, it hits Bart and knocks him out.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'''s episode "Stuck Up, Up and Away" when the girls arrive to stop a bank robbery. Naturally the robbers open fire on them to no effect. [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe To be fair, the girls durability is very inconsistent. Some episodes they take getting sent through a building with no major injuries, and other times getting hit by an ordinary human can hurt them.]]
-->[[LampshadeHanging "Why do they always want to do it the hard way?"]]



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', two crooks aim their guns at Batman... only to give up, knowing that, no matter what they do, Batman will beat them up anyway. And if they can avoid getting beaten up, they will. Bat-Mite, however, has other plans for them.
* Queen Veranke remarkably subverts this trope when attacking Comicbook/NickFury and Comicbook/IronMan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. After she took down the former with a big gun, Iron Man points out she will only hurt herself more than him if she shoots at him. She answers that she knows... and then reveals [[CombatPragmatist she already had a virus uploaded inside his armor, thus incapacitating him without a shot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'':
** Ben becomes aware of this trope in subsequent fights with [[BigBad Vilgax]] and mostly runs from him or relies on tricks to defeat him rather than fighting him head on since Vilgax is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le.
** Ben himself fits this trope in several of his alien forms that are either ImmuneToBullets or [[HealingFactor won't take permanent damage from them]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the protagonist often forgets that Barry Dylan is a bulletproof cyborg, usually with an immediate LampshadeHanging.
* As part of a plan to steal Olive Oyl's heart, Bluto disguises himself as Superman and uses several tricks to make it look like he had Supes' powers. That includes wearing a metal plate under his costume and daring WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} to shoot him. As part of the Popeye vs. Bluto/Superman challenge, Bluto gets to shoot Popeye back but the bullets are stopped by Popeye's can of spinach, which he then opens and eats.
* In "The Society of the Blind Eye" episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Old Man [=McGucket=] has a moment of this, when [[spoiler:Blind Ivan tries to shoot him with the memory eraser gun, only for [=McGucket=] to reveal that [[DisabilityImmunity his mind is so broken from being hit with it before that it won't work]]]].

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', two crooks aim their guns at Batman... only to give up, knowing that, no matter what they do, Batman will beat them up anyway. And if they can avoid getting beaten up, they will. Bat-Mite, however, has other plans for them.
* Queen Veranke remarkably subverts this trope when attacking Comicbook/NickFury and Comicbook/IronMan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. After she took down the former with a big gun, Iron Man points out she will only hurt herself more than him if she shoots at him. She answers that she knows... and then reveals [[CombatPragmatist she already had a virus uploaded inside his armor, thus incapacitating him without a shot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'':
** Ben becomes aware of this trope in subsequent fights with [[BigBad Vilgax]] and mostly runs from him or relies on tricks to defeat him rather than fighting him head on since Vilgax is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le.
** Ben himself fits this trope in several of his alien forms that are either ImmuneToBullets or [[HealingFactor won't take permanent damage from them]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the protagonist often forgets that Barry Dylan is a bulletproof cyborg, usually with an immediate LampshadeHanging.
* As part of a plan to steal Olive Oyl's heart, Bluto disguises himself as Superman and uses several tricks to make it look like he had Supes' powers. That includes wearing a metal plate under his costume and daring WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} to shoot him. As part of the Popeye vs. Bluto/Superman challenge, Bluto gets to shoot Popeye back but the bullets are stopped by Popeye's can of spinach, which he then opens and eats.
* In "The Society of the Blind Eye" episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Old Man [=McGucket=] has a moment of this, when [[spoiler:Blind Ivan tries to shoot him with the memory eraser gun, only for [=McGucket=] to reveal that [[DisabilityImmunity his mind is so broken from being hit with it before that it won't work]]]].


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* In "The Society of the Blind Eye" episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Old Man [=McGucket=] has a moment of this, when [[spoiler:Blind Ivan tries to shoot him with the memory eraser gun, only for [=McGucket=] to reveal that [[DisabilityImmunity his mind is so broken from being hit with it before that it won't work]]]].


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* As part of a plan to steal Olive Oyl's heart, Bluto disguises himself as Superman and uses several tricks to make it look like he had Supes' powers. That includes wearing a metal plate under his costume and daring WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} to shoot him. As part of the Popeye vs. Bluto/Superman challenge, Bluto gets to shoot Popeye back but the bullets are stopped by Popeye's can of spinach, which he then opens and eats.

* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'''s episode "Stuck Up, Up and Away" when the girls arrive to stop a bank robbery. Naturally the robbers open fire on them to no effect. [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe To be fair, the girls durability is very inconsistent. Some episodes they take getting sent through a building with no major injuries, and other times getting hit by an ordinary human can hurt them.]]

* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
** Red Skull is firing a machine gun at Captain America, who is clearly bored as he simply lets the shots bounce off his shield...unfortunately, all the ricocheting bullets are hitting civilians.
** In the first ''DC Comics Special'' Superman simply laughs off a robber's attempts at shooting him with a machine gun ("Haha, that tickles!"). The robber [[GroinAttack starts shooting at Superman's crotch]] (the bullets continuing to bounce off anyway), much to Supe's confusion ("What, uh, what's going on here?").

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Treehouse of Horror X'', Bart and Lisa get superpowers and have to fight 'The Collector' (I.E Comic Book Guy). He shoots Bart (with a laser!) who manages to dodge every shot. In a subversion though, when he throws the gun, it hits Bart and knocks him out.

* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' where Butters, as Professor Chaos, is fighting Mysterion on a construction platform. One of the officers says he has a clean shot of Professor Chaos, but the captain stops him saying, "You think your bullets can hurt him?" In reality, "Professor Chaos" is just a nine-year-old boy in a costume; the fact that people suddenly thought he had [[TookALevelInBadass taken a level in badass]] was meant to be a joke.

* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'':
** It's become something of a RunningGag that Bumblebee will always try to use his stingers (weapons that shoot beams of electricity) on Decepticons even though they never do ''anything'' (until he fought Swindle which was in the ''24th'' episode).
** There's also the time Sari tried to take on the Constructicons with a ''hockey stick''.
** Averted in the Animated game for the DS. If you shoot an enemy with your stingers for a little while they eventually do die.
** In the third season premiere, it was revealed that the stingers have two settings, the higher one meant for combat bots which Bumblebee currently is not. Optimus gives Ratchet a little flak for changing the setting, but Ratchet simply snaps back that Optimus is hardly in a position to complain, [[GodzillaThreshold given the situation]].

* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': The humans repeatedly try to use conventional weapons (bullets) against the Decepticons, to no avail. The shots just bounce right off, every time.
** In the two-part season 2 episode "The Key To Vector Sigma", the Centurion Droids are completely unfazed by any attacks at all. The Decepticons keep shooting at them despite the blasts having no effect whatsoever. Megatron eventually manages to gain control of them using the Key, and the Autobots manage to trick them into diving off a high cliff after some reanimated zombie-bot corpses, but since they are programmed to guard Vector Sigma it's probable that it would take extraordinary means to destroy them.


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* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': Achilles was openly revealed to be completely invulnerable at the public press conference. He still gets people attacking him, and then acting surprised when it doesn't work. [[WordOfGod The author noted]] that being ''told'' someone is invulnerable is very different from ''knowing'' it. Supers, in particular, are used to being able to overpower supposedly impossible obstacles with raw strength, so many of them assume that Achilles merely has SuperToughness rather than complete invulnerability.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{HeroClix}}'', a roll of double sixes is a "Critical Hit" -- it automatically hits regardless of what number you actually needed to roll, and deals one extra damage that can't be mitigated by defense powers. So, if you're suitably desperate, there's really no reason for your hapless mook to ''not'' take a swing at Galactus. Maybe you'll get that 12.

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** ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters''
*** The soldiers who attack Ghidorah with assault rifles. Granted, it's just emerged for the first time in recorded history, but their experience with other titans and the durability [[RequiredSecondaryPowers it would need]] just to [[SquareCubeLaw exist at such a size]] should have let them know they'd be better off [[ScrewThisImOuttahere running away]]. Of course, since they're being stared down by a [[OurHydrasAreDifferent three-headed dragon]] the [[{{Kaiju}} size of a skyscraper]], they were presumably too terrified to think straight. Regardless, it has absolutely no effect, and they're [[BreathWeapon disintegrated]] for their efforts.
*** Several other times in the movie, Rodan and Ghidorah are attacked by equally ineffective weapons. However, in these cases they are fully aware it won't do any damage, and it's just being used to distract them.


* Played with in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. It's established that all conventional weapons are useless against the angels and even the "Non-nuclear" N2 mines may or may not slow one down, depending on the episode and angel. The JSDF and NEEV always shoot them anyway, but over time, it goes from foolish pride to a quite deliberate attempt to feel out a new threat's capabilities before they send in the Evas (because no two Angels are exactly alike, and all of them are full of nasty surprises).

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* Played with in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. It's established that all conventional weapons are useless against the angels and even the "Non-nuclear" N2 mines may or may not slow one down, depending on the episode and angel. The JSDF and NEEV NERV always shoot them anyway, but over time, it goes from foolish pride to a quite deliberate attempt to feel out a new threat's capabilities before they send in the Evas (because no two Angels are exactly alike, and all of them are full of nasty surprises).


* Early in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', it's established that all conventional weapons are useless against the angels and even the "Non-nuclear" N2 mines may or may not slow one down, depending on the episode and angel. Yet the military insists on shooting at them anyway, presumably to distract them.

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* Early Played with in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', it's ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. It's established that all conventional weapons are useless against the angels and even the "Non-nuclear" N2 mines may or may not slow one down, depending on the episode and angel. Yet the military insists on shooting at The JSDF and NEEV always shoot them anyway, presumably but over time, it goes from foolish pride to distract them.a quite deliberate attempt to feel out a new threat's capabilities before they send in the Evas (because no two Angels are exactly alike, and all of them are full of nasty surprises).

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* In ''Literature/ShadowOfTheConqueror,'' a group of constables attempt to subdue [[VigilanteMan Daylen]] by shooting him with [[{{Magitek}} shotspikes]] when he resists arrest, but with his [[DismembermentIsCheap extreme]] HealingFactor, he ignores them.


** Superman is of course the {{Trope Namer|s}}, and [[http://superman.nu/tales2/action1/?page=3 it's been]] [[http://superman.nu/tales2/action1/?page=4 happening since]] his very first adventure. To the point that, when a normal person punches him, he usually makes a point of rolling with the punch to keep the attacker from hurting themselves.

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** Superman is of course the {{Trope Namer|s}}, and [[http://superman.nu/tales2/action1/?page=3 it's been]] [[http://superman.nu/tales2/action1/?page=4 happening since]] his very first adventure. To adventure, to the point that, when a normal person punches him, he usually makes a point of rolling with the punch to keep the attacker from hurting themselves.



'''Crook 1:''' They guy ain't human!\\

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'''Crook 1:''' They The guy ain't human!\\



*** Issue #234 gives a truly stupid example. A corrupt tycoon's hired guns shoot at Superman using 50 millimeter shells. Then one of them uses a shotgun. Later they try to punch him, and their boss headbutts' Superman's stomach.

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*** Issue #234 gives a truly stupid example. example: A corrupt tycoon's hired guns shoot at Superman using 50 millimeter shells. Then one of them uses a shotgun. Later they try to punch him, and their boss headbutts' Superman's stomach.


{{Mooks}}, [[RedshirtArmy the military]], and other assorted gunmen have the tendency to [[AttackAttackAttack repeatedly attack]] a [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster]], alien, or SuperHero with weapons that [[GenreBlindness they themselves should know won't work]] from either personal experience or at least from watching the news. What's worse, they'll simply stand in place and [[IWillFightSomeMoreForever try the same thing over and over again]] as the hero or other threat to their safety [[TheJuggernaut advances slowly towards them]], never trying something else or turning tail to run until the last possible second.

One often has to wonder how much money repeat offenders of this Trope waste on ammunition. Sometimes it's explained as desperation, but most times, they really should know better and just accept the fact that their foe is (sigh) ImmuneToBullets. It makes a touch more sense with characters who have protective devices like Franchise/WonderWoman's bracelets or ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield. At least with those characters, the {{Mooks}} can realistically think they have a chance at hurting them if only they could get that [[MillionToOneChance lucky shot]], which never happens. Many mooks also decide to do this because they believe [[DefiantToTheEnd showing defiance]] is better than the ([[YouHaveFailedMe occasionally fatal, often MUCH more painful]]) alternative of disappointing [[TheMobBossIsScarier their boss]] by giving up.

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{{Mooks}}, [[RedshirtArmy the military]], and other assorted gunmen have the tendency to [[AttackAttackAttack repeatedly attack]] a [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster]], alien, or SuperHero with weapons that [[GenreBlindness they themselves should know won't work]] from either personal experience or at least from watching the news. What's worse, they'll simply stand in place and [[IWillFightSomeMoreForever try the same thing over and over again]] as the hero or other threat to their safety [[TheJuggernaut advances slowly towards them]], never trying something else or turning tail to run until the last possible second.

One often has to wonder how much money repeat offenders of this Trope trope waste on ammunition. Sometimes it's explained as desperation, but most times, they really should know better and just accept the fact that their foe is (sigh) ImmuneToBullets. It makes a touch more sense with characters who have protective devices like Franchise/WonderWoman's bracelets or ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield. At least with those characters, the {{Mooks}} can realistically think they have a chance at hurting them if only they could get that [[MillionToOneChance lucky shot]], which never happens. Many mooks also decide to do this because they believe [[DefiantToTheEnd showing defiance]] is better than the ([[YouHaveFailedMe occasionally fatal, often MUCH more painful]]) alternative of disappointing [[TheMobBossIsScarier their boss]] by giving up.

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** Even the [[MemeticBadass famous]] A-10 Warthog's 30mm Avenger cannon is of only limited use against modern tanks. It was of limited use against the modern tanks when it was brand new in the 1970s as well, although there were plenty of older tanks still in service at the time that it was more than adequate against. Which is why the A-10 was also designed and upgraded over time to carry various specialized anti-tank missiles and guided bombs. As alluded to above, however, the many ''many'' things on the battlefield which ''aren't'' tanks are still very vulnerable to the 30mm gun.

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