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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:²%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.²%%²[[quoteright:315:[[Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella]]]]²[[caption-width-right:315:Hey, maybe one of these times it'll be a bluff!]]²²->'''Prince of Space:''' Enough of this! When will you ever learn? Your guns won't work on me!\²'''Phantom of Krankor:''' ''Shoot him!''²-->-- ''Film/PrinceOfSpace''²²While 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.]]²²{{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.²²One 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.²²Named 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.²²Justified 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:²"Oh! He's obviously ImmuneToBullets! How could we been have so {{Genre Blind|ness}}?"²²On rare occasions, it turns out that Shooting Superman does work, but only in a very specific manner; for those, see AchillesHeel.²²Check out "Real Life" below for some examples where shooting Superman is still the best option.²²Compare FiveRoundsRapid, NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight, SuicidalOverconfidence.²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* Both an example and a subversion in ''Manga/{{Akira}}''. When regular people such as Yamagata attempt to shoot Tetsuo, he either deflects the shot or reverses its direction. However, because of Kaneda's connection to Tetsuo, when Kaneda shoots him the bullet isn't deflected, with Tetsuo's reaction to being shot in the first volume implying that he HAD meant to deflect the shot and failed.²²* 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.²²* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':²** Accelerator's past where everyone uses him as a Shooting Superman. It didn't work in the past, why would work in the present? Most of the time, Accelerator flat out ''ignores'' the majority of his attackers; his passive defenses will slaughter them all, they're not worth actually fighting.²** People often ineffectually blast Touma Kamijou with magic or esper powers despite his ability to negate them with his right hand, Imagine Breaker. Ironically, it's easier to attack him with regular weapons because he can't negate them. Touma is also sometimes forced to run when faced with multiple attackers as he points out he only has one right hand.²** In an early episode of sister series ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', the opponent of the week attempts to use a taser on [[ShockAndAwe Mikoto Misaka]].²²* 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.²²* ''Manga/DeathNote'': In the manga and movie, [[spoiler: the SPK/task force members think Ryuk is writing their names in the title book, and try to stop him. Bullets don't do jack against shinigami, but luckily for them, Ryuk was actually writing ''Light's'' name, having finally grown bored of him now that the game has run its course]].²²* ''LightNovel/DemonKingDaimao'': Ganging up on the guy destined to become the Demon King--bringer of death and destruction, eater of babies, and ravisher of women--with pipes and other assorted items is one thing. He's not a demon king ''yet'', and he might be all show. ''However'', when said guy shrugs off a heavy blow to the back, mocks your efforts, and proceeds to turn your friends' feet into bloody pretzels ''with the power of his mind'', charging in with a metal chain and [[SmokeShield cheap magical barrage]] probably isn't going to help you much either.²²* 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) manages 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.]]²** 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.²²* 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]].²²* 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.²²* ''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.²²* In ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'', when a [[ScienceisBad scientist]] fires multiple rounds at what he was just told was [[spoiler: an army of]] immortal beings.²** You have to feel sorry for Hawkeye: despite her being the badass [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]] of the series, the main scenes in which she gets to show off her skills are against Homunculi who have more power to regenerate themselves than she has ammo.²** PlayedForLaughs in another story, where a group of train robbers keeps encountering Al one-by-one and deciding that firing their machineguns at the big suit of armor is a good idea, DESPITE Al attempting to warn them. As it wears on, Anime!Al just keeps trying, while Manga!Al is a little more snarky (in the sense of "It worked out so well for your three friends...").²** Turns out to ultimately be subverted with the homunculi. The HealingFactor they display initially make it look like shooting them is futile, but the ability to regenerate is powered by their Philosopher's Stones, which have a finite amount of energy. The result is that even if bullets don't look like they do anything, they still use up some of the Philosopher's Stone's power, it's just that other forms of attack obviously work better.²²* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':²** 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.²--->'''Alucard:''' You'll need more than guns to stop me!²** 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.²²* ''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.²²* 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.²²* 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.²** 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.²*** Though the I-Field Generator on the Big Zam can only last for 20 mins and cannot block solid ammunition, AllThereInTheManual.²** 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.²²* 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).²** 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.²²* ''Manga/OnePiece'':²** 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?²** 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.)²** 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.²** [[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.]]²** 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.²²* ''Manga/Overlord2012'':²** Subverted repeatedly, in that the antagonists don't know they don't stand a chance... but Ainz' paranoia about not being the only max-level force around often leads him to take defensive measures that were not only unnecessary but a complete waste of time and mana.²** During Ainz' battle with [[spoiler:Shalltear]], he tanks both holy and fire attacks (both of which he's weak to as an undead, but his usual gear resists fire). But for this battle, he actually used gear that resists holy and is weak to fire, faking a NoSell when hit by fire and pretending to be damaged by holy (and used a skill that makes it look like the holy attacks did more damage).²** Cocytus's final attack against the lizardman tribe ends with zero damage done to him, as he has passive abilities that negate damage from lower-level enemies. [[spoiler: The lizardmen didn't know that, but they were willing to fight to the death against a vastly superior enemy, and for that Cocytus obtains their resurrection.]]²²* 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.²²* ''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 [[{{Telefrag}} Dimension Sword]] on Tsukune. If she had really been paying attention through that skill, she should have known that Tsukune had a way of ''{{No Sell}}ing'' the Dimension Sword.²²* 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.²** 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.²²* In ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'', the villains keep sending wave after wave of underpowered {{Mooks}} to get slaughtered by the, 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.²²* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' episode 9, the villain of the week attempts to use a taser on [[ShockAndAwe Dragon Kid]].²²* 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!"]]''²²* [[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.²** 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* 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!"²²* 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.²²* ''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.²²* 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.²²* 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.²²* 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.]]²²* 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.²²* An interesting use of the trope in issue 1 of the second ''World's Finest'' miniseries. During Franchise/TheDCU's "Year One", twin mooks break into tech companies in Gotham and Metropolis and are stopped by the local hero. They both fire a gun repeatedly, to no effect. The Metropolis mook assumes Superman is wearing a BulletProofVest, while his Gotham counterpart is so spooked by Batman's "Creature of the Night" image that this doesn't occur to him.²²* ''{{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.²²* 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.²²* From the {{Franchise/Batman}} storyline ''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily''. Batman, angry that Superman won't tell him what he knows about ComicBook/TheJoker (who had just murdered Jason Todd), ''[[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu punches Superman in the face]]''. The dialogue that follows is surprisingly funny, given the otherwise dark storyline.²²* 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]].²²* 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).²²* There is a similar scene at the end of the ComicBook/EmperorJoker arc. After The Joker tricks Mr. Mxyzptlk into giving him [[RealityWarper reality warping abilities]], he uses said abilities to continually kill and resurrect Batman, driving him utterly insane. After Superman makes a deal with Mxyzptlk after defeating The Joker, he takes Bruce's memories of the events. After Batman finds out and is furious at Clark for essentially robbing him of what makes him effective (psychosis, essentially), this exchange occurs, with Batman standing on the wing of his Batplane.²²* 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”.²²* 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.²²* ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'':²** 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.²** 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.²²* Ironically, one of Superman's recurring enemies, Bloodsport, knocks Superman around by shooting him with weapons powerful enough to stun, and in some cases even hurt, him. This is justified; Bloodsport has a literal HyperspaceArsenal that can give him any firearm he can imagine.²²* ''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!"²²* 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).²²* ''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.]]²** 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.²** 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.²²* ''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.²²* ''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.²²* ''ComicBook/New52'':²** ''Superman #9 - Superman #10'': Superman is fighting Anguish, a girl roughly as strong and fast as him and able to turn {{intangib|ility}}le. Even after Anguish demonstrates that not even Superman is fast enough to hit her before she turns intangible, the arriving police continue to shoot. Both fighters request for them to stop (Superman because the bullets that go through Anguish are wrecking everything, Anguish because she thinks the gunfire is annoying), but the police refuse to stop.²** In [=Superman/Wonder Woman=] #2, Apollo insults the latter hero for "slutting around" with an alien. Superman gives a brief WorldOfCardboardSpeech, and Apollo hits him. Superman hits back. Apollo blasts Superman with the power of the sun. Superman is ''solar-powered''. Cue a mild remark of, "You ''really'' don't know much about me, do you?", then an irritated Superman [[CurbstompBattle grabbing Apollo and hurling him straight up, through Mount Etna, and into orbit]].²²* 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.²** 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.²²* 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]].²²* Kid Twist from Creator/JossWhedon's run on ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' killed two of the Street Arabs thanks to his ImprobableAimingSkills -- his bullets never miss their target even if they have to change direction in midair. [[SmugSuper He thinks this is the most awesome power in the world]], until he encounters another Arab, George "Deadman" Pelham. George, being a zombie, isn't affected by the bullets Kid Twist futilely fires at him. Then he bites into Kid Twist's skull to avenge the Arabs Twist killed.²²* Played with during a Franchise/SpiderMan[=/=]Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} team-up, the villain Blindside--whose power is that he can blind people--grabs Daredevil's leg and declares to the world that he's robbed the vigilante of his sight. Spider-Man's response is to just sigh in disbelief. Blindside is thrown through a window in the next panel. Since Daredevil keeps his blindness a secret in his superhero ID, this is not a full-on example of this trope.²²* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':²** Kara lampshades it in ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl1982}} The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl]]'' issue 12:²--->'''Supergirl:''' I hate thinking of the fortune in ammunition thugs like you have wasted on me over the years!²** 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- [[ picks a machine gun, shoots at Kara]] and notes furiously that "The bullets only bounce off!"²** ''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.²--->'''Supergirl:''' Just kidding!²** 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.²** 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.²** Invoked and deconstructed in ''ComicBook/SupergirlRebirth vol. 7 #1'' when Director Cameron points out that bullets may hurt innocent people after bouncing off her.²--->'''Director Chase:''' Bullets bounce off you. But where do they go next?²** ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'': Gangbuster fires at Bizarrogirl. It does nothing, he knows it will do nothing -he lives in Metropolis!- but he keeps shooting.²--->'''Gangbuster:''' Tried to... get her away from everybody... Turns out she's not vulnerable... to bullets...²²* Franchise/{{Superman}}:²** Superman is of course the {{Trope Namer|s}}, and [[ it's been]] [[ 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.²** 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.²** Lampshaded in ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'':²--->'''Simeon:''' Move, you mugs! Shoot him!\²'''Superman:''' You're simple, Simeon! If flames can't hurt me -- What good are bullets going to do?\²'''Crook 1:''' The guy ain't human!\²'''Crook 2:''' The slugs bounce offa him like popcorn!²** 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.²** 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.²** ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'' played straight and lampshaded this before subverting it:²*** Superman lampshades this when several crooks open fire in the first issue:²---->'''Superman:''' Criminal types never seem to tire of shooting off guns! I shouldn't complain... a few cannon shells aren't even a bother!²*** 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.²---->'''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!²*** 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.²---->'''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?²*** In issue #240, though, Superman is so weak than he can be injured by a bullet. Fortunately his costume is still bulletproof.²** ''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.²²* ''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.²²* [[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.]]²²* 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.²²* A very dark example in ''ComicBook/TheVision2015''. A man who was blackmailing Vision's synthezoid wife, Virginia, threatens her with a handgun. Virginia, aside from having super strength, has the same density powers as her husband and simply renders herself intangible. The man still shoots and ends up hitting his own son instead.²²* 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]].²²* ''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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Strips]]²* In a decades-old issue of ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' comic book series a villainess laughs off the titular hero's reputation of being eternal. There's some kidnapping, romantic tension, reducing plans to ruins and holding the hero helpless at gunpoint. The usual, but the Phantom just stands there [[AssKickingPose arms crossed]] and doesn't even flinch as he's shot. The woman commits suicide rather than face a genuine immortal. As it happens, the Phantom is the [[LegacyCharacter latest in a line]] of {{Badass normal}}s with no superpowers whatsoever. He slinks away badly wounded, thanking his lucky stars that he was tough enough to keep stoic.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'':²** In chapter 55 several tanks shot at Asuka's [[TransformingMecha Red Whilrwind]]. It did nothing. So what did they do? You guessed it, shooting again (although the half of the soldiers was smart enough to flee or surrender).²** Averted when Misato and her troops seized the UN fleet. A soldier shot at her, and when everybody saw the bullet bouncing harmlessly off her PoweredArmor they surrendered.²²* In ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', Satan Girl attacks a space ship. They fire at her, realize their weapons are useless and fire once again.²²* ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'':²** Hilariously {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the short in which [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] shoots ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} only to find out:²--->'''Rorschach:''' You don't die, do you?\²'''Deadpool:''' Nope.²** 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.²²* In ''Fanfic/TheInstituteSaga'', a bank robber tries to shoot Superman with predictable results.²²* It happens a lot to Madison in ''Fanfic/{{Intrepid}}'' due to [[{{Hammerspace}} her power]]. One guy even throws the gun at her.²²* 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.²** 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.²²* Lampshaded in this piece of ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} [[ fanart]]:²-->'''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?²²* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'':²** In this crossover Shinji Ikari is Superman. He gets shot several times, and to nobody's surprise, it does nothing.²** In the original fic [[spoiler:Asuka becomes Wonder Woman.]] Her predecessor warns her that bullets can harm her.²²* ''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.²²* Subverted in ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide''. When [[spoiler:[[SmugSnake Kluge]] is about to shoot at Rei]], he’s reminded that bullets will not hurt her, so he lowers his gun.²²* In ''Fanfic/OriginStory'', the SHIELD agents try to shoot Alex Harris with “Hulk Buster” bullets (designed to take down the roaring green rage-monster himself). As Alex is a [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kryptonian]], they have no effect at all. Alex even lectures them about how they are more likely to hurt themselves with a ricochet than hurt her with them.²** Even better, after their bullets prove utterly ineffective, a couple of agents try hitting her with expandable batons.²²* Hilariously parodied in [[ this piece of fanart]], where the unseen crooks clearly ''do'' know that ComicBook/PowerGirl is bulletproof. (Warning: '''NSFW!''')²²* ''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.²²* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': In this crossover Asuka is ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. Shooting her works about as well as you'd expect. And to her irritation, thugs keep trying.²** In chapter 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.²²* Lampshaded in this piece of ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} [[ fanart]]:²²* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': During the Geofront invasion, a soldier squad shot Shinji. When they saw that he was not damaged and he was actually smirking, they kept shooting.²²* In ''Fanfic/TiberiumWars'', Nod militants try to destroy a Mammoth tank with their assault rifles and machine guns. It's described as being as effective as "Trying to dickbox the Mammoth to death".²²* In ''Fanfic/{{Warp}}'', Oni Lee shoots Victoria Dallon knowing fully well she's protected by a bulletproof personal force-field. Vicky catches the crumpled bullet and just stares at him. Then Oni Lee shoots her again.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* 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'.²²* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. [[spoiler:After discovering Metro Man is still alive after Megamind supposedly killed him, Roxanne is furious he deserted the people of Metro City and begins throwing furniture at him. Nothing happens except the furniture getting smashed, naturally.]]²²* 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]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* 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.²²* 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]].²²%%* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''²%%-->'''Jack Burton:''' Well, it was worth a shot.²²* 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.²²* ''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.]]²²* 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.²²* 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.²²* ''[[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Epic Movie]]'' [[{{Parody}} parodies]] the above instance of this trope by recreating the later part of the scene; [[spoiler: character Peter Pervertsky imagines himself as Superman, except this time the bullet goes straight through his eye, complete with a [[{{Squick}} delicious sound effect]].]]²²* 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.²²* 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.²** 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]].²²* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} faces the standard doomed assault by the Japanese military almost every time he appears (as an antagonist, at least), even though by the time of the sequels, they've had many opportunities to see just how utterly useless that is. Add to this the tendency in Kaiju films for the army's unloading of ordinance into the monster to do as much collateral damage as the monster itself (or ''more'', in American films like 1998's ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'', ''Film/KingKong'', and ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.) The most shooting the monster ever seems to do is make it angry, except in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}'', a set of MLRS fired at Godzilla do appear to actually hurt him, but [[HealingFactor he just heals from the injuries right afterwards.]]²** In ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'', somebody has the brilliant idea of dropping a nuclear bomb on him. Think about that for a minute.²*** Particularly glaring example is when the army tries fighting King Ghidorah and Gigan in ''Film/GodzillaVsGigan''. They could never stop one monster, and here they go trying to stop two.²** ''Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus'' has Japan trying to use a KillSat that fires an UnrealisticBlackHole to kill Godzilla late in the film, even though the first time it didn't work and brought the other titular monster in the film, which was only stopped by Godzilla himself.²** In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', the military continues to use conventional weapons against Godzilla, who has survived multiple nuclear strikes, and even up to the end of the movie small squads of army dudes engage the skyscraper-sized [=MUTO=]s with small arms fire.²*** Justified, at least in the latter case, as the soldiers weren't trying to ''kill'' the [=MUTO=] so much as distract her while others move the armed nuclear weapon she was after away from the city.²** ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019''²*** 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.²*** 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.²** Also several times throughout the film, Dr. Mark Russell makes clear that he believes [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot the film's plot would have been avoided]] had MONARCH done what it was meant to do and just [[FantasticRacism killed any and all Kaiju that it found as soon as it's got the chance]]. Conveniently forgetting that most of said kaiju can shrug off and even feed off ''multi-megaton nukes''. [[spoiler:And the film hits its definitive FromBadToWorse point when Ghidorah is totally unaffected by the alleged "ultimate weapon" that was the Oxygen Destroyer.]]²* 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.²²* Film/{{Hancock}} is constantly being threatened with violence from people who know firsthand that he's a FlyingBrick. Even when he's in prison, inmates think they can beat him up with their bare hands. Although he gets weaker over the course of the film, none of these people actually know that. Given he is in prison they might have thought that he was BroughtDownToNormal. Although they really should have tested that theory before making threats.²²* ''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.²²* ''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.²** 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.²²* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' franchise:²** ''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.²*** 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.²*** 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.²²* Rick O'Connell and various other characters in ''Film/TheMummy1999'' waste many bullets shooting at Imhotep until they are informed by the local MrExposition that the title mummy is, in fact, ImmuneToBullets.²** At least the shotgun can knock him over or make him flinch.²** Done as well in the classic Universal Mummy movies, such as ''Creator/AbbottAndCostello Meet The Mummy''.²²* ''Franchise/RoboCop'':²** 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.²** 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.²²* A non-human example pops up in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', where a critically wounded character fires his pistol at an approaching tank, since there's nothing else he can do.²²* 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.²²* The battle droids and their ilk in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy just can't get enough of shooting their blasters at Jedi -- who routinely deflect the relatively slow blasts away with their super-reflexes and lightsabres, often right back at the shooter. Of course, it's not like they have any better alternative. It does work sometimes, mostly when having an overwhelming advantage and not targeting main characters. Jango Fett manages to shoot a nameless Jedi knight (but has no luck against Mace Windu) in episode II, and overwhelming numbers of clone troopers successfully attack the Jedi temple in episode III, while at the same time a number of surprised Jedi around the galaxy are killed by their own troopers who suddenly turn on them. But normally, the average mook can never realistically expect such an outcome.²** The original trilogy depicts fighters attacking large ships as this, when in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' a transport being sent out with only a couple of [[CoolStarship X-Wings]] to protect it against a [[MileLongShip Star Destroyer]] doesn't get much confidence from the pilots until it's brought up that a [[WaveMotionGun giant Ion Cannon]] will be covering them.²²* 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.²²* 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.²²* 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.²²* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''²** 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.²** ''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!]]''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* 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!".²²* 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.]]²²* Drizzt of R.A. Salvatore's ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Dark Elf]]'' series will punk a {{Mook|s}} who seems to think that he's got a shot against him. In ''Sea of Swords'', for example, using just his scimitars, he twists the sword out of his opponent's hands, and then, still using just his scimitars, juggles it, before offering it back hilt first with some encouragement.²²* In John Ringo's "Space Bubbles" series, the good guys do this a lot. After the first Dreen war, the found that small caliber weapons were ineffective against the larger Dreen. So when they go exploring space, what do they bring? Small caliber Gatling guns, capable of shooting a whole lot of bullets that do nothing in a short period of time. While on this first mission, they encounter aliens with shells that only Bergs .50 cal can penetrate. Later, they go off on a mission again, still wielding the same underpowered guns.²** Justified, after the first Dreen war personal weapons were up gunned. During the second book they never return to Earth to re-arm, they only have the weapons that are on the ship. After the second book the marines up gun again to .50 Gatling guns.²²* 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.]]²²* 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.²²* Near the climax of [[Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold Bujold's]] ''Literature/TheSpiritRing''... [[spoiler:all right, the first vat of burning oil poured on the LivingStatue of molten bronze is an acceptable result of soldiers resorting to training in a stressful situation. However the second and third vat used while said statue is ''laughing at them'']]...²²* In ''Literature/UltimateHero'' this trope is subverted; [[spoiler:the title superhero, Ultimate,]] is killed by a pistol. On the other hand, it ''was'' a gun specially designed to kill him.²²* 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* Surprisingly subverted in the series finale of the Salkind's ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' program. In the final episode, Superboy catches some crooks in the process of robbing a bank and they wisely put their guns down, something for which he compliments them. Ironically, his heat vision (as well as all his other powers) was going haywire that day and had to flare up just then, frying the surrendering crooks.²²* 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.]]²²* ''Series/DoctorWho'' - No matter what century it is, and no matter how many times The Doctor tells them not to, people ''always'' unload clip after clip at Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, etc. When will they learn that FiveRoundsRapid ''doesn't work''? Heck, the one time conventional weapons did work it got a LampshadeHanging. On one occasion, the Brigadier commented, "Just once I would like to encounter an alien menace that wasn't [[ImmuneToBullets immune to bullets]]."\²²* The first major appearance of the Man in the Yellow Suit in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has the cops point their guns at him, including Eddie. [=MitYS=] looks at him and asks him if he even reads his girlfriend's (Iris) blog, where she writes a lot about the Flash ([=MitYS=] has the same powers). Naturally, when the cops open fire, he easily dodges all the bullets and slaughters the entire team, except for Eddie ([[spoiler:his [[GrandfatherParadox ancestor]]]]) and Joe. In the season 1 finale, Eddie is smart enough to remember this and [[spoiler:instead shoots himself, [[RetGone Ret-Goning]] the Reverse-Flash from existence]].²** During their fight, [[Series/{{Arrow}} Oliver]] succeeds in hitting Barry with with arrows several times, but this is only because, as Oliver points out earlier in the same episode, Barry lacks tactical sense and doesn't bother to scout out an area first. Basically, Oliver is simply [[CrazyPrepared better prepared]]. Later, Oliver even manages to hit [=MitYS=] with arrows, although, once again, the element of surprise is involved.²** Zoom displays the same feat as Reverse-Flash, being able to BulletCatch the gunfire from an entire room of cops using one hand.²** Later on, Vandal Savage manages to hit Barry with a thrown blade, but that's only because he throws a ''lot'' very fast at Barry's friends, forcing Barry to be more worried about them than his own safety. Besides, Savage had centuries to practice his skills.²** On Earth-3, their version of the Trickster empties the clip of his submachinegun at Jay Garrick only for Garrick to catch them all with his helmet ([[spoiler:taken from Zoom]]). However, the Trickster had one more, well, trick up his sleeve and revealed that he was strapped with a bomb about to go off. Luckily, Barry arrives and disarms the bomb in a matter of seconds.²** It's actually played with for Savitar. His armor is bulletproof, but ''he's'' not. [[spoiler:He meets his demise through Iris shooting him with a gun.]]²** When [[spoiler:Nazis from Earth-X crash Barry and Iris's wedding, Barry and Wally end up playing bullet-catch in order to protect the guests. At one point, Wally catches a bunch of bullets from an SMG and tosses one right back into the barrel, causing the gun to explode right in the Nazi's face]].²²* 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.²²* 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.²²* 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]].²²* 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]].²²* 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.²-->'''Luke Cage:''' I guess you guys haven't heard about me, have you?²-->''[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?"]''²-->'''Luke Cage:''' ...I'm about sick of always having to buy new clothes.²²* [[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!"]]²²* 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.²²* ''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.²²* 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.²** 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.²** 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.²** 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.)²*** 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).²²* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'':²** 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.²--->'''Superman:''' Now, see, if the bullets don't work, right...why the punching? [[LampshadeHanging Never understood that.]]²** 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. ²²* 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.²** It COULD make sense that Superman attempted to dodge the empty gun, to prevent said gun from ricocheting and hitting a bystander.²²* 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.²²* 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.²²* 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.²²* 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* 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.²²* ''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.²²* Justified in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' - and many other role-playing-games - in which literally any attack will hurt literally anyone as long as the attacker rolls a 20 on a 20-sided die (or a similarly rare optimal roll in games that use different dice for resolution). For example, D&D rules permits 1 in 20 attacks to hit a high AC target, where 10 thugs empty out revolvers at Superman, an average three of those shots will qualify as a hit.²** Going by D&D rules, Superman would likely have a huge Damage Reduction (which a natural 20 does not nullify), rendering them just as ineffective as before. Furthermore, such high defenses would make it impossible to land a critical hit, resulting in no damage.²** Some more amorphous entities, like golems or the undead, are immune to critical hits. Since crits are supposed to represent getting a lucky hit through your target's defenses or directly in a weak spot, this obviously wouldn't apply to a {{Determinator}} that doesn't stop short of CriticalExistenceFailure. Creatures immune to such critical hits are just treated as receiving normal damage.²** This can happen with magic as well. Golems can only be affected by a tiny assortment of spells, and sometimes a creature has a quality which allows it a level-based chance to ignore a magical attack. A caster might have a zero-percent chance to affect an enemy. A spell caster can overcome this by using magic creatively, for example, disintegrating the bridge a golem is walking across rather than targeting the golem itself.²²* 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 12.²²* ''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.²²* Averted in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and possible but uncommon in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. In the current edition of the later, if a unit's toughness stat is four points higher than the strength of an attack thrown at it, the attack can't hurt it. In the former, any unit can be harmed by a hit if the attacker rolls a six on a six-sided dice to wound, and no matter what, armor has a minimum 1 in 6 chance to fail. After all saves, any attack has at least a tiny chance to hurt the enemy. Interestingly, the current editions actually favor a big group of Mooks attacking a single powerful unit, since not do their mass of attacks and numbers mean they can beat it a battle of attrition, but they get automatic bonuses to their combat resolution meaning they can win without inflicting any harm on target.²** Prior editions of ''Warhammer 40,000'' did not allow troops to flee close combat from an enemy they have no chance in heck of hurting, meaning that the squad would refuse to try to flee an unwinnable combat and be locked in that fight until slaughtered or their morale broke and they fled. So if your RedShirtArmy Imperial Guardsmen - basically normal guys - were in close combat with a walking death tank they could not damage, they would continue to beat it with the stocks of their rifles for no damage until they were killed or their morale was broken. 6th Edition (current as of early 2013) allows tropes to ''choose'' to flee if they have exactly zero chance to damage an enemy in close combat. In either case, they have a chance to be swept off the table when they flee.²*** Additionally, in 6th edition, a unit can charge a unit which they have zero chance to injure. This might be worthwhile if tying up the enemy in close combat is more important than whatever lambs are being sent to slaughter.²*** Of course, this is all fully in keeping with the usual tactics of the Imperial Guard, who tend to operate on ZergRush and WeHaveReserves. Depending on the story, this can be portrayed as callous and stupid commanders sending people needlessly to their deaths, heroism in the face of insurmountable odds when surrender would mean death or worse anyway, or good strategy where weak attacks may appear ineffective to being with but ultimately prevail as long as you have enough millions of men to throw into the fight (or are just a distraction until the overwhelming artillery and armour roll in).²*** Orks also tend to use the same sort of tactics, in their case simply because they enjoy fighting above all else. Your enemy may be completely invulnerable to everything you can hit it with, but hey, at least you're having fun hitting it.²** In the associated Warhammer 40,000 RPGS ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy, TabletopGame/RogueTrader, TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}}, TabletopGame/BlackCrusade'', and ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar'', this can happen to the player characters or to the mooks. Many supernatural creatures, technologically advanced aliens, particularly wealthy and important Imperial citizens, and Space Marines are simply immune to the weapons available to flunkies by virtue of armor, force fields, and/or superhuman toughness. Since these things exist in one continuity, it is entirely possible for the players or the enemies to unload lasgun shot after lasgun shot with no chance to do damage at all.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theater]]²* In ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'', Hinckley fires his gun repeatedly at a photograph of President Reagan. Each shot causes the Reagan photograph to disappear, then reappear brighter than before.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* 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."²²* 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.²²* You can achieve this in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2'' with [[ 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.²²* In ''VideoGame/InFamous'', once you get Polarity Wall no bullet will ever hit you in that direction. Heck, if you upgrade it getting shot gives you health.²²* 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.²²* 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.²²* Cops in the ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' games will shoot at your mountain-sized katamari to no effect.²²* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': This trope angers [[KillerRobot HK-47]]. When asked how he would kill a Jedi, the start of his response is as follows: ''"Weapon selection is critical. If I see one more idiot attacking a Jedi with a blaster pistol, I'll kill them myself!"''. He then goes on to name a number of tactics and weapons that could be much more effective than a gun if used creatively: land mines, grenades, painfully loud noise weapons, sniping, taking friends and loved ones hostage, etc. (Full scene [[ here]].) In-game however, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation blasters are still effective against Jedi and Sith]], only less so than against other characters.²²* 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.²²* 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.²²* 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.²²* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'':²** As Alex Mercer succinctly puts it: "Nothing can protect you from me! Not men! Not weapons! Not armor!" [[OhCrap When Alex Mercer shows up]], shooting is pretty much your only recourse. [[{{Determinator}} Running won't work either]], [[UnstoppableRage nor will surrender]]. All tanks do is irritate him by knocking him over, he'll just hijack your helicopter -- unless, of course, he decides to smash your tank in one blow and ''[[CarFu throw it]]'' at the chopper -- and bullets might as well be Nerf darts. Hell, [[spoiler:the guy [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat survives]] [[NukeEm a nuke to the face]]]]. While bullets are able to hurt you, the damage they deal is not significant unless you just stand there and let them shoot you.²** And then, in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'', this gets extended even further. Heller can acquire a passive power that works like Alex's shield, so anyone trying to shoot him with small arms will get killed by ricochets with no effort on his part. Heller then gets a shield that's improved over Alex's - it not only covers him completely, but it'll reflect tank rounds and rockets as well. Heller himself does this at the start of the game, when he decides he's going to try to ''stab'' Mercer to death.²*** Upgrading Heller's defensive ability will render him completely immune to small arms fire. Explosives will still hurt though.²²* ''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.²²* Averted in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series: Grabbing a star makes you immune to damage, knock-back, and hitstun, and all the CPU players will avoid you to the best of their ability rather than waste their time attacking. Some ''human'' players, however, have a hard time figuring that out.²²* ''Superman: Shadow of Apokalips'' has an example that, oddly enough, does not involve Superman. When Metallo comes gunning for Lex Luthor, Luthor's big plan is to have his bodyguard Mercy shoot Metallo with a machine gun. This isn't meant to distract Metallo so that Luthor can escape or anything like that, Luthor genuinely seemed to think this would work and had an OhCrap reaction when it didn't. What makes this worse is that in this continuity, Luthor was the one responsible for turning Metallo into a cyborg, would know exactly how tough he is, and has access to energy weapons powerful enough to hurt him. But no, just have Mercy use a machine gun.²²* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':²** Regular Ubercharges are indestructible. You will accomplish absolutely nothing by blazing away with that shotgun at the Medic while that glowing blue Russian force of minigun-wielding death incarnate shoots you to bits with his much, much more effective minigun. Doesn't stop people from trying, though, God bless 'em. However, stronger weapons can slow down the Ubercharged pair, and weapons with knockback ability like explosives or Pyro's airblast can knock them around the air, potentially separating the Medic from his patient, or knocking one of them into a {{Bottomless Pit|s}}, so people with those weapons can give it a shot, even if it's just [[HeroicSacrifice try to distract them while your Medics and Engineers run for it]]. [[TheTurretMaster Sentries]], notably, also [[ArtificialStupidity tend to auto-target Ubercharged enemies]] - while not a useless tactic, since sentries have good knockback, it's pretty close, especially when less-invulnerable targets are walking around.²** Downplayed with the Quickfix medigun's Ubercharge. It doesn't make the Medic and his patient invincible, but instead VERY rapidly heals them. Things that kill in a single shot (sniper rifle headshots, crit rockets), enough stickies, or simply enough concentrated firepower to overwhelm the overheal can still finish them off, so shooting them is still a smart idea. Although if all you have is a shotgun, it is still a better idea to run for it.²²* 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.²²* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' we get ([[OnceMoreWithClarity the entirety of]]) a flashback to events before the game, which features Sho Minamimoto shooting at [[spoiler:Joshua]]. This cutscene takes place in the RG, where Sho is BroughtDownToNormal and assumes that [[spoiler:Joshua]] is too, so his first shot is justified because he doesn't know that his target is capable of stopping the bullet in mid-flight. However, after said bullet stops, Sho ''empties the rest of his chambers'' in Joshua's direction, which falls firmly into this trope. ²²* The number of players who try in vain to shoot at the front of a T95 or [=T110E3=] in ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'' is mind-boggling. They are both known for being TheJuggernaut in their respective tiers--slow, but well armed and almost impossible to kill head-on, thanks to the foot-thick slab of steel mounted on the front of the tank. Any tank with insufficient penetration power is simply going to end up bouncing round after round off these things. A well positioned T95 can cause even [=FV215b=] (183) shells--usually a OneHitKill to lesser tanks--to just glance off its thick armor plating.²²* 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.²²* 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]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': The good Doctor, as he is wont to do, hung a lampshade on this trope, referring to it as [[ stormtroopers shooting at Luke's lightsaber.]] A [[MechaMooks mecha-mook]] [[ tries to shake the rope Dr. [=McNinja=] is standing on.]] Franz Rayner tries to [[ shoot Dr. McNinja.]] He knew ahead of time it probably wouldn't work, even lampshading it.²²* ''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.²²* Parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' with the in-comic comic, Spot (Superdog). "And now we will shoot him with our not special guns and kill him with regular bullets!"²²* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'' #10 when Abby gains temporary superpowers and her fiancee Crusader (a Superman {{Expy}}) is schooling her in superheroing:²²* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': This seems to happen to Wonderella frequently:²** Lampshaded in [[ this]] page:²²* ''Webcomic/{{Supermom}}'' has crooks still emptying their magazines at Paragon, although the bullets are painful for her, so it does serve as a distraction.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* 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.]]²²* In ''Literature/FineStructure'', the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin appropriately named]] "FightScene" chapter has FlyingBrick Arika take on a squad of FlyingBrick {{Super Soldier}}s and endure all manner of hurt at the command of their leader. After she survives a ''cruise missile'', she hovers over him and he empties his clip at the hero in what is explicitly a mere show of defiance.²²* WebVideo/HeroHouse gives us a classic example in episode one, using the {{Trope Namer|s}} himself.²²* On the ''Bro Trip'' spinoff of ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Corvus Corax is sentenced to death, first by a Commissar's infamous [[BoomHeadshot BLAM-ings]], then by a firing squad, then a {{BFG}}, and then by another firing squad. Only the BFG even scratches him. He even tells them that they're just wasting ammo.²²* In Episode 11 of ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', the BigBad's identity is revealed when an attack from Kirito demonstrates that he's flagged as [[NoSell an Immortal Object]]. After this reveal, one of the players tries to attack him. The BigBad takes this as a cue to launch into a rant about being SurroundedByIdiots.²²* 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* 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.²²* 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.²²* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', the protagonist often forgets that Barry Dylan is a bulletproof cyborg, usually with an immediate LampshadeHanging.²²* 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]].²²* 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!"²²* 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.²²* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'':²** 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.²** Ben himself fits this trope in several of his alien forms that are either ImmuneToBullets or [[HealingFactor won't take permanent damage from them]].²²* This happens rather frequently throughout the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse, as the different shows feature many heroes that are immune to one attack or another, including the eponymous Superman:²** ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'':²*** Towards the beginning S:TAS, when people are still getting used to what Superman can do, he stops a museum heist in "A Little Piece of Home." When he appears, the thieves start throwing ''spears'' at him, grabbing them off the displays and hurling with all their might. The thieves do manage to escape the museum, since Kryptonite made its first appearance and conveniently knocked Superman out, but the hand-thrown weapons worked about as well as you would expect.²*** In "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS3E8SupermansPal Superman's Pal]]" a thug who was attacking Jimmy Olsen actually attacks Superman ''[[TooDumbToLive with a nightstick]]''. Supes simply snatches it off him saying "You're kidding, right?" before flinging it into orbit.²*** In the next episode, "A Fish Story", Superman is drawn by the sound of gunfire to two of Lex Luthor's {{mooks}} who are trying to kill Lois Lane. They promptly turn their guns on Superman and start pulling the trigger. He waits for a few seconds as they waste their ammo, then reaches forward and ''crushes their guns'', explaining that "That's enough."²*** In the episode "My Girl", one of Lex Luthor's lackeys is selling a bunch of futuristic guns that can make anything explode to a couple of crooks when Superman suddenly shows up. The crooks shoot Superman...and nothing happens. After Supes incapacitates the crooks, the lackey points the gun at him only for the latter to say "[[LampshadeHanging I should warn you: it's been done]]." [[spoiler:The lackey then spots a train in the distance heading towards a bridge and shoots said bridge forcing Superman to save the train while he gets away.]]²*** There's one hilarious instance where a mook is threatening Superman with a gun that he boasts ''can'' kill him - instead of pulling the trigger, the mook ''gloats'' about how he can kill Superman with the futuristic raygun. Cue SuperSpeed. WhatAnIdiot.²*** This trope wasn't limited to Superman himself in this series, in "The Way of All Flesh", we have the police shooting at Metallo, after he had walked in front of train and stopped with his hands without getting so much as a scratch on him. Superman himself, desperate enough to try anything due to Metallo's kryptonite power source, resorts to something along these lines by ramming Metallo with a car, which does at least push him off the highway bridge they were fighting on, though it doesn't hurt him.²*** Turns up in "The Late Mr. Kent" when the BigBad tries to fight Superman off with the armaments of an attack helicopter. The cannon and missile fire is enough to knock Supes around a bit, but ultimately doesn't stop him. Could be legitimately justified as desperation, since the bad guy knows his role in killing/trying to kill several people has just been exposed. Letting Superman haul him in means the death penalty, so that may explain why he keeps the firing button mashed despite nothing working.²*** In "Tools of the Trade", Darkseid's agent Kanto provides Bruno Mannheim and his gang with weapons that ''can'' hurt Superman. In the end, Bruno zaps Superman with a raygun that cripples him with pain, but then foolishly gloats about how he can kill him now for several seconds, buying enough time for Dan Turpin to tackle him before he can fire again.²** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'':²*** In "Hawk and Dove", a thug empties his gun at Franchise/WonderWoman, who ''contemptuously'' deflects all the rounds. When he runs out of bullets he prepares to [[ThrowawayGuns throw the gun at her]] and earns a contemptuous, "Yeah, like ''that's'' gonna work."²*** Supergirl is at one point threatened by a man with a single-shot kryptonite gun which probably could kill her. ComicBook/GreenArrow intervenes by standing between them, leaving his only option to waste the shot on an ordinary human while leaving a pissed off ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} unharmed. Later on, Galatea confronts the man and casually disarms him before he even has a chance to fire.²*** In "Ultimatum", an unstable metahuman with [[MakingASplash hydrokinetic abilities]] tries to kill Aquaman after he harms his sister; however, his method is to try to ''drown'' him with a jet of water. Granted the blast was powerful enough to punch a huge hole in the wall behind him, but Aquaman stands unaffected: [[ThisLooksLikeaJobforAquaman "King of]] [[CaptainObvious the Seas,]] [[DeadpanSnarker remember?"]] The meta refuses to relent and tries a few swings; gets kinda sad after that.²*** Another Wonder Woman example: In '"The Once and Future Thing, Part I", Green Lantern, Batman and Wonder Woman are transported back in time to TheWildWest, whereupon they are immediately ambushed by local bandits. Since they obviously refuse to part with their valuables, a couple of bandits with period revolvers shoot at Wonder Woman. She simply smirks as she bats the shots aside effortlessly, commenting, "Those are the biggest, ''slowest'' bullets I've ever seen."²*** Lampshaded (and justified) in "Hereafter" by a pair of police officers as they lament the useless of their guns against a group of supervillains during Superman's absence :²²* In a WholeEpisodeFlashback of ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'', one of the past [[ComicStrip/ThePhantom Phantoms]] teamed with a woman he didn't fully trust, so he replaced the bullets in her guns with blanks. When they're in a plane and she eventually does [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder turn on him]], [[spoiler:she's so horrified by how ineffectual the weapon is, seemingly confirming the whole "Ghost Who Walks" myth, that she jumps to her death]].²²* In ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales|1987}}'', Fenton's Gizmoduck suit is referred to by the suit's inventor Gyro Gearloose as being "bulletproof, fireproof, and knuckleproof[[note]]Fenton: "Knuckleproof? Oh boy! Watch out Beagle Boys!"[[/note]]". As a later scene in "Super [=DuckTales=]" reveals, it can also withstand bombs, as the Beagle Boys found out the hard way.²²* 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]]]].²²* In the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' episode "Bot Transfer", Cut Man, Guts Man, and Snake Man ([[FreakyFridayFlip in Mega Man's body]]) show up at an auction that Dr. Light is at. He yells "No!" and throws his gavel at Guts Man, who is completely unphased and replies with a resounding "Yes!"²²* 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.²²* 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.]]²²* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':²** 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.²** 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?").²²* ''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.²²* 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.²²* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'':²** 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).²** There's also the time Sari tried to take on the Constructicons with a ''hockey stick''.²** Averted in the Animated game for the DS. If you shoot an enemy with your stingers for a little while they eventually do die.²** 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]].²²* ''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.²** 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.²[[/folder]]²²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* Barring a lucky shot, massive animals such as rhinos, grizzlies, or walruses can easily soak up bullets from small-caliber weapons without stopping. Large crocodilians, which have bony armor plates under their skin, can be virtually unkillable with light ammunition; during WWII, Japanese infantry who'd retreated into the Pacific islands' marshes could be heard throughout the night, screaming and firing in vain at bellowing crocodiles. A small few made it back to dry land, for once content to surrender.²* Pretty much all modern armoured vehicles are at the very least immune to attack from small arms. A few lighter vehicles are even capable of resisting mines and anti-tank rockets, though anything that isn't a tank is going to be taken apart by high velocity armour-piercing ammunition. In the case of main battle tanks, they're practically invulnerable to any anti-tank weapon that isn't current generation. The famed RPG-7 tends to have about the same effect on modern tanks as a pigeon, as proven in one case where a British Challenger 2 MBT took around ''seventy rockets'' and still managed to keep going. American M1 Abrams [=MBTs=] have been able to take multiple hits from their own gun in a number of friendly fire cases and are so difficult to destroy by their crews that it will often require the insides to be stuffed full of C4 to blow them apart. At least once, a crew had to abandon their tank and their fellow soldiers attempted to destroy it to prevent it from falling into enemy hands - an effort that proved to be entirely unsuccessful. Eventually, they gave up and the tank was later towed back to base to be restored to working condition.²** The common version seen in video games that seems suicidally useless actually does have a true purpose in reality. Shooting a tank with machine gun fire has the advantage of forcing the crew to button up and seal themselves up inside the tank which severely limits their situational awareness and forces them to look through small periscopes, thus making them more vulnerable to things such as anti-tank mines or soldiers sneaking up to plant charges on the tank's vulnerable treads or engine rear armor. This is less limiting with modern tanks due to their more sophisticated thermal sights and cameras. Before tanks had laser sights, machine gun fire was also used to "Zero in" the main cannon, as both were often mounted in the same Mantlet and were both aimed at once.²** Modern vehicles have relatively few vulnerable points thanks to the time and money spent in development by comparison, but pretty much every tank in history has been vulnerable to track or external optics damage that can render them immobile or blind with far less effort than it takes to actually pierce their armor. An RPG-7 is unlikely to penetrate a modern tank, but it can detrack one more often than not.²** 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. ²* Speaking of modern armor, there's also body armor too -- [[ there's this video]] showing a soldier in Iraq who gets sniped centre of mass, only to get up again. [[MookHorrorShow Cue freaked-out insurgents.]]²** Cool story, but this trope is decidedly ''not'' in effect with modern body armor. Such armor is rated to take a certain kind of fire from a certain distance for a certain number of hits; it is still being damaged and will break with more or concentrated fire. Nor is the man wearing the armor at all invincible; the armor will have gaps where a bullet can enter. Even Type IV Armor (the highest level of protection) leaves certain important areas exposed, like the eyes, extremities, the face, and so on. Additionally, its defense against armor-piercing rifles depends on it having ceramic plate inserts, and these are worn in front of the chest and back. Had the soldier been hit in his side by an AK-47, it would likely penetrate. See [[ this]] for an example of modern type IV armor, and you will see it definitely doesn't make you invulnerable.²* Selecting the type and level of penetration a bullet can achieve is extremely important depending on the type of target. The lightest bullets tend to only be effective for target practice or extremely close range. Some of the most tragic police shootouts (for example, the [[ North Hollywood shootout]] of 1997) have occurred because law enforcement had underpowered weapons against criminals with body armor.[[note]]The body armor is bullet ''resistant'', not bullet ''proof'', and there is always places where an unlucky shot from even the cheapest, crappiest gun can break through, and even with armor the impact of the bullet is still felt and it can break bones and damage organs, in addition to knocking the victim down.[[/note]] Before the North Hollywood shootout, there was the [[ Miami shootout of 1986,]] where the two criminals didn't have body armour but still survived multiple gunshot wounds long enough to kill two FBI agents and injure five more before they finally died.²* Standard operating procedure in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar when faced with an ironclad was to either gather many, many other ships to shoot it with, or get another ironclad and settle down into an hours-long duel. Thick armor of the time was effectively impenetrable, but the wood that supported it (usually oak) could only withstand so many blows before it broke. The classic example is the [[ CSS Tennessee,]] which, after having her exposed steering chains shot away, was surrounded by the Union fleet and pounded on until the supports for her 6" thick iron armor started to break, forcing surrender.²[[/folder]]²----


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