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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': When Luke crashes Domingo's boxing gym to take back guns he acquired from Cottonmouth, a couple of Domingo's men try emptying their guns into him while Luke just stands stock still. Their bullets are seen bouncing off him and into everything else, including a couple henchmen who weren't already taken out by Luke while he was marching in.


** At one point, two drug gangs get into a ([[GangstaStyle laughably]] [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy bad]]) shootout. There don't appear to be any casualties... until an InnocentBystander mom tries to get her kids ready for school after the shooting dies down and finds her 9 year old son caught a stray. For this, Major

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** At one point, two drug gangs get into a ([[GangstaStyle laughably]] [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy bad]]) shootout. There don't appear to be any casualties... until an InnocentBystander mom tries to get her kids ready for school after the shooting dies down and finds her 9 year old son caught a stray. For this, Major the Western District conduct some major crackdowns as a show of force, and Homicide's attempt to get Bodie on charges after he botches his attempt to ditch the guns fails spectacularly.


* There was an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' where a man was shooting at a makeshift handgun target and talked his girlfriend into having a go. She fired over the target and accidentally killed a woman on the beach several blocks away. Sadly, it was probably inspired by one of a number of cases in RealLife where people carelessly firing off guns in celebration have killed innocent bystanders.

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* There was an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' where a man was shooting at a makeshift handgun target and talked his girlfriend into having a go. She fired over the target and accidentally killed a woman on the beach several blocks away. Sadly, it was probably inspired by one of a number of countless cases in RealLife where people have carelessly firing fired off guns in celebration have killed innocent bystanders.



** At one point, two drug gangs get into a ([[GangstaStyle laughably]] [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy bad]]) shootout. There don't appear to be any casualties... until an InnocentBystander mom tries to get her kids ready for school after the shooting dies down and finds her 9 year old son shot.
** In season 4, there's another inversion that plays an important role in the mayoral race. Carcetti tries to beat the incumbent Royce by promising to lower crime and focusing on the issue of how no witnesses will come forward to testify against criminals because Baltimore's witness protection fails them. This seems to be confirmed when a witness in an important case is killed in the weeks leading up to the primary. After the election is over and Carcetti has won, [[spoiler:it turns out that the witness was killed by a stray bullet. A guy several blocks away was shooting at bottles, and the witness had tremendously bad luck. The irony is not lost on anyone.]]

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** At one point, two drug gangs get into a ([[GangstaStyle laughably]] [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy bad]]) shootout. There don't appear to be any casualties... until an InnocentBystander mom tries to get her kids ready for school after the shooting dies down and finds her 9 year old son shot.
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** In season 4, there's another inversion that plays an important role in severely affects the outcome of the mayoral race. Tommy Carcetti tries to beat the incumbent Clarence Royce by promising to lower crime and focusing on the issue of how no witnesses will come forward to testify against criminals because Baltimore's witness protection fails them. This seems to be confirmed when a state's witness in an important case is killed in the weeks leading up to the primary. The investigation becomes a political hot potato as the brass are pressured by the candidates to stall it until after the primaries to avoid pissing off the people who control the police department's budget. After the election primary is over and Carcetti has won, [[spoiler:it turns out that the witness was killed by a stray bullet. A guy several blocks away was shooting at bottles, and the witness had tremendously bad luck. The irony is not lost on anyone.]]]]
-->'''Ed Norris:''' So our guy's dead because a bullet misses a bleach bottle, and this fuck Carcetti gets to be the mayor behind the stupidity. I fucking love this town.


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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Subverted with Frank Castle's attack on the hospital. It's a miracle that no collateral victims are hit when he's introduced shooting at Karen and a fleeing Grotto with a shotgun in a crowded corridor, since he's firing spray shot and not being conservative with his ammunition.

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* In the ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' episode "Blindfold," Starsky accidentally shoots a young woman who runs into his line of fire during a shootout, temporarily blinding her.


* In ''Fanfic/TheDaysofReckoningAreUponUs'', when Peggy Carter shoots at the vibranium shield, one of the ricochets hits a nearby technician in the shoulder.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheDaysofReckoningAreUponUs'', ''Fanfic/TheDaysOfReckoningAreUponUs'', when Peggy Carter shoots at the vibranium shield, one of the ricochets hits a nearby technician in the shoulder.shoulder.
* In the backstory of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12662796/13/The-Fourth-Council-Race The Fourth Council Race]]'', a stray shot in a battle between Indian and Pakistani ships wiped out a Brazilian colony of fifty thousand. The result of the so called "Six Minute War" was that every country could only have minimally armed ships that could only be used as security. The only human navy would be the Systems Alliance navy.


** In the remake, ''[[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown Enemy Unknown]]'', stray shots from laser or plasma weapons have a penchant for wearing down most cover.[[note]]High cover is reducedto low cover, and low cover gets destroyed completely.[[/note]] On the other hand, it's jarring ([[GoodBadBugs and hilarious]]) that a miss deals zero damage to anything living the actual shots hit, be it a friendly, an enemy who wasn't being aimed at, ''or even the target itself''[[note]]striking a ''perfect'' headshot on a technical miss is a surprisingly common incident[[/note]].

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** In the remake, ''[[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown Enemy Unknown]]'', stray shots from laser or plasma weapons have a penchant for wearing down most cover.[[note]]High cover is reducedto reduced to low cover, and low cover gets destroyed completely.[[/note]] On the other hand, it's jarring ([[GoodBadBugs and hilarious]]) that a miss deals zero damage to anything living the actual shots hit, be it a friendly, an enemy who wasn't being aimed at, ''or even the target itself''[[note]]striking a ''perfect'' headshot on a technical miss is a surprisingly common incident[[/note]].incident[[/note]].
** ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' avoids instances of "technical misses hitting target", by having misses that occur at ranges at which it'd be physically impossible to miss (eg. point-blank/barrel-stuffing range) cause the unit that missed to ''fire their shot in a direction that's not at the enemy'', which can either be at the target's feet, or '''more than 90-degrees off to the side!'''. However, stray shots can still hit, degrade, or even destroy pieces of cover, and can even hit and destroy destructible objects.


* Averted in WarhammerDarkOmen: ''Every'' arrow, crossbow bolt or cannon ball is a bona fide physical object with its own trajectory, and it can hit anything behind the target as well as the target itself.

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* Averted in WarhammerDarkOmen: VideoGame/WarhammerDarkOmen: ''Every'' arrow, crossbow bolt or cannon ball is a bona fide physical object with its own trajectory, and it can hit anything behind the target as well as the target itself.


* The Gunnery Chief in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' delivers [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCoHT_cHPzY the quoted epic rant against careless firing of the mass accelerator]] for this very reason. Sadly, the people in charge of making space combat cutscenes did not listen to the Gunnery Chief, leading to some [[InferredHolocaust rather ugly inferences]] for [[spoiler:Earth]] after the massive space battle in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Creator/BioWare had to step in to [[NoEndorHolocaust specifically clarify]] than in a conflict between cutscenes and Codex, the Codex wins, meaning that the anti-Reaper forces involved in the battle did not actually fight as if this trope was in effect.

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* The Gunnery Chief in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' delivers [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCoHT_cHPzY the quoted epic rant against careless firing of the mass accelerator]] for this very reason. Sadly, the people in charge of making space combat cutscenes did not listen to the Gunnery Chief, leading to some [[InferredHolocaust rather ugly inferences]] for [[spoiler:Earth]] [[spoiler:planet Earth]] after the massive space battle in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Creator/BioWare had to step in to [[NoEndorHolocaust specifically clarify]] than in a conflict between cutscenes and Codex, the Codex wins, meaning that the anti-Reaper forces involved in the battle did not actually fight as if this trope was in effect.


* Averted in case 1-4 of ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''. A bullet accidentally fired through the door of an elevator struck a person on the other side of the doors. [[spoiler:The gun had been thrown by a young Miles Edgeworth in an attempt to break up a fight. He thought the accidental discharge of the gun had killed his father, but this was not the case--the gun had been fired through the door of the elevator he, his father Gregory, and bailiff Yanni Yogi had been stuck in. The person struck by the bullet was Manfred von Karma...who, moments later, was still present when the door opened, showing the three people inside unconscious from either hypoxia[[note]]Lack of oxygen[[/note]], hypercapnia[[note]]Carbon dioxide poisoning[[/note]], or a combination of the two. Seeing an opportunity for revenge against Miles's father, who had managed to prove misconduct by von Karma earlier that day, Manfred seized the gun that Miles had thrown and shot Gregory Edgeworth. The bullet remained in von Karma's arm for fifteen years.]]

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* Averted in case 1-4 of ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''.''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''. A bullet accidentally fired through the door of an elevator struck a person on the other side of the doors. [[spoiler:The gun had been thrown by a young Miles Edgeworth in an attempt to break up a fight. He thought the accidental discharge of the gun had killed his father, but this was not the case--the gun had been fired through the door of the elevator he, his father Gregory, and bailiff Yanni Yogi had been stuck in. The person struck by the bullet was Manfred von Karma...who, moments later, was still present when the door opened, showing the three people inside unconscious from either hypoxia[[note]]Lack of oxygen[[/note]], hypercapnia[[note]]Carbon dioxide poisoning[[/note]], or a combination of the two. Seeing an opportunity for revenge against Miles's father, who had managed to prove misconduct by von Karma earlier that day, Manfred seized the gun that Miles had thrown and shot Gregory Edgeworth. The bullet remained in von Karma's arm for fifteen years.]]


** Those set in the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Universal Century timeline]], at least, tend to note that beam-firing weapons are a bad idea when fighting inside of a colony - since [[ArmorPiercingAttack nothing will stop a shot from one]], that means that any ones fired within the colony will quickly puncture it and start sucking out the oxygen. Mobile suits going up will cause even ''bigger'' holes and exacerbate the problem, so fighting in colonies at all is a rare prospect (it only happens twice in the original series, and the issues are ignored in the latter case only because the colony had been abandoned at some point before the war).

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** Those set in the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Universal Century timeline]], at least, tend to note that beam-firing weapons are a bad idea when fighting inside of a colony. While space colony - since hulls are sufficiently thick enough to withstand high-grade missiles, beams are noted in-universe to [[ArmorPiercingAttack nothing will stop a shot from one]], that means that any ones keep going no matter what they hit]], and beams fired within the inside a colony will quickly puncture it the hull and start sucking suck out the oxygen. atmosphere. Mobile suits going up will cause even ''bigger'' holes and exacerbate the problem, so fighting in colonies at all is a rare prospect (it only happens twice in the original series, and the issues are ignored in the latter case only because the colony had been abandoned at some point before the war).war).
*** This also applies to [[ColonyDrop Colony Drops]]. At the beginning of the war, Zeon attempted to de-orbit a space colony onto TheFederation's underground headquarters in Brazil. A huge fleet action by The Federation successfully deflected the drop; unfortunately, the wreck of the colony landed in a populated area on the other side of the world in Australia, killing millions and causing catastrophic environmental damage that could take centuries to recover from.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheDaysofReckoningAreUponUs'', when Peggy Carter shoots at the vibranium shield, one of the ricochets hits a nearby technician in the shoulder.


* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', Goku disintegrates Cell with a point-blank range Kamehameha judged strong enough to destroy a planet, and the leftover energy is blasted into space. In TheStinger, Krillin wonders if it [[LampshadeHanging ever hit anything]]. The scene then cuts to a planet five seconds before its destruction.

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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', Goku disintegrates after Perfect Cell with fires a point-blank range Kamehameha judged strong powerful enough to destroy a planet, and leave the leftover energy is blasted into space. In TheStinger, atmosphere, TheStinger features Krillin wonders wondering if it [[LampshadeHanging ever hit anything]]. The scene then cuts to a planet five seconds before its destruction.


** In the remake, ''[[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown Enemy Unknown]]'', stray shots from laser or plasma weapons have a penchant for wearing down most cover[[note]]from high cover to low cover, and destroying low cover completely[[/note]]. On the other hand, it's jarring ([[GoodBadBugs and hilarious]]) that a miss deals zero damage to anything living the actual shots hit, be it a friendly, an enemy who wasn't being aimed at, ''or even the target itself''[[note]]striking a ''perfect'' headshot on a technical miss is a surprisingly common incident[[/note]].

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** In the remake, ''[[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown Enemy Unknown]]'', stray shots from laser or plasma weapons have a penchant for wearing down most cover[[note]]from high cover.[[note]]High cover to is reducedto low cover, and destroying low cover completely[[/note]]. gets destroyed completely.[[/note]] On the other hand, it's jarring ([[GoodBadBugs and hilarious]]) that a miss deals zero damage to anything living the actual shots hit, be it a friendly, an enemy who wasn't being aimed at, ''or even the target itself''[[note]]striking a ''perfect'' headshot on a technical miss is a surprisingly common incident[[/note]].


* In ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', of all places, Mai shoots several times at Gohan, who, being the superpowered warrior he is, deflects the bullets effortlessly. However, one of said bullets then goes on to hit Videl in the leg. Fortunately, Dende is on hand to immediately heal her, but Gohan is chewed out for showing off and not disarming Mai immediately. (Worth noting that nobody thought the gun was real until it was fired.)

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* In Averted in ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', of all places, places. Mai shoots several times at Gohan, who, being the superpowered warrior he is, deflects the bullets effortlessly. However, one of said bullets then goes on to hit Videl in the leg. Fortunately, Dende is on hand to immediately heal her, but Gohan is chewed out for showing off and not disarming Mai immediately. (Worth noting that nobody thought the gun was real until it was fired.)


* [[AcceptedBreaksFromRule As a rule]], played straight in RealTimeStrategy games (''you'' try keeping track of dozens of units firing hundreds of projectiles) but averted with artillery weapons, which cause damage wherever they land (and fire slowly enough that it can do so without bringing the computer to its knees).

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