Quatic on Sep 9th 2017 at 9:11:57 AM
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Quatic on Jan 25th 2018 at 8:07:17 AM
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The archetypal non-laser (possibly even low-tech) type of Family-Friendly Firearms, the net gun is a thing which actually exists, though in reality they're not useful for much beyond catching comparatively small birds (or, more recently, drones). This is because real nets tend to be heavy and bulky, and it's very hard to pack a net capable of covering a target of any respectable size into a projectile with any amount of range. But in fiction, the net gun may fire an Inescapable Net. It may be a component of a Swiss Army Gun.
Net guns are fired off in:
Anime and Manga
- In One Piece Don Krieg can fire a weighted net from his gun, which is used to send people into the water. Doesn't stop Luffy.
- Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team: one of the Gundam Ground Type's equipment is a net gun scaled up to Humongous Mecha sizes used in ambush and capture missions. The same gun is used by the Ground-type GM. Later in the UC timeline it seems that the idea gets replaced by the Clay Bazooka, which fires clay rounds to ensnare mobile suits.
- Spider-Man routinely uses his web shooters to capture villains, often delivering them to justice bagged in a net of webbing. (Notably, in some variations, Spider-Man's webbing is organic and produced by him biologically, but in most versions it is simply a form of technology — a Super Wrist-Gadget that shoots nets.)
- Clint has a net arrow in Hawkeye 2016 Zero-Context Example
- Predator 2 and Alien vs. Predator both showcase the Yautja's idea of netting as a hunting tool — that mono-molecular wire nets that flay whatever is unlucky enough to get caught in them.
- The 1990 Total Recall Zero-Context Example
- The Running Man: A net gun is used to trap Ben Richards when he attempts to escape through an airport.
- Escape from L.A.: The plastic surgery cult uses a net gun to trap Snake Plissken.
- In Thor: Ragnarok, the Mighty Thor is felled by a high-tech looking one
- Zorg in The Fifth Element highlights "our famous net launcher" in his Q Speech lauding the features of his Swiss Army Gun.
Film - Animated
- Captain Gantu bags both Lilo & Stitch with a net gun. His target was Experiment 626, a/k/a Stitch; Lilo was an incidental capture that Gantu regards as "a little snack." Surprisingly, Stitch is unable to break this netting, despite his inordinate strength.
- In Zootopia, net guns are used to capture at least one savage animal (probably all of the others, too, but we only see one onscreen).
- In the novel Logan's Run, the Sandman guns had six attack methods, including the tangler (a sticky net). In the movie there were no such settings.
- Star Wars Legends:
- The Stun Net Launcher fired as electrified net.
- The Electronet Grenade launcher throws grenades that release similar nets.
- The Stokhli Spray Stick fires a mist that solidifies into an electric net.
- Nigel wields one in Prehistoric Park to trap small dinosaurs.
- MythBusters once needed a bunch of pigeons for a test, and Jamie and Adam initially tried catching their own with one of these. It worked on Adam, but not on any of the birds.
- The Flash (2014): Plunder's Abnormal Ammo rifle can fire an electrical/force field net.
- Mortal Kombat 3: All cyborgs in the game have a gun in their "stomachs" where they shoot various kind of projectiles. One of these cyborgs, Cyrax, can throw bombs, but also a green net used to catch and bring in the opponent, being the robot counterpart of Scorpion (or at least until you unlock Robot Smoke and the comeback of Scorpion and Human Smoke for Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3).
- SpongeBob SquarePants: In the episode "Sandy's Rocket", Sandy has net guns to gather rock specimens in her trip to the moon. When SpongeBob and Patrick take the rocket on a joyride, they use the guns to capture "aliens", which are actually their friends and neighbors since they never left Earth.
- Teen Titans: One of Red-X's gadgets is a net that fires at an enemy.
- Net guns have been developed to control remote aerial drones that encroach upon airfields, testing grounds, and other secure sites. It's important that such ballistic weapons be non-lethal, to preclude incidental damage.
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