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Basic Trope: Guns aren't much good in this work.

  • Straight: The monster shrugs off handguns and rifles but dies when a mage fireballs it.
  • Exaggerated: The monster shrugs off tank rounds and anti-tank missiles but can be clobbered to death by maces.
  • Downplayed:
    • Guns, while powerful, are inaccurate. Only Bob knows how to aim and shoot properly to kill enemies.
    • Guns are powerful but have low rate of fire. Not a problem if you're a sniper with a good vantage point, but on a level field you can only fire at best a handful of shots before the mob of enemy melee fighters can reach you.
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    • Guns are powerful, accurate, and have a decent rate of fire... but Bob has no way to get ammunition, so they're Too Awesome to Use.
  • Justified:
    • The monster is Immune to Bullets.
    • The monster has some defence against mundane weapons and explicitly can only be defeated by magic.
    • The work is set in early/pre-Renaissance period where guns really aren't much good.
    • The work is set in a future where ranged weapon technology has reached its peak and can't get any better, while defenses continue to improve. Methods that melee weapons use to defeat armour, like Hot Blade or Vibroweapon, don't work with projectiles.
    • The monster's design (through whatever is the Phlebotinum du Jour of the tale) happened to give it (through Equivalent Exchange) a Weaksauce Weakness to melee weapons.
    • The setting has characters far stronger and faster than reality, making melee weapons proportionately more potent, while guns remain the same as in real life.
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  • Inverted: Monster with ridiculously strong Anti-Magic that also resists any number of melee weapons gets gunned down by a squad of riflemen without much fuss.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • The monster regenerates afterwards. All you managed to do was kill an Avatar. Magic is still needed to make it Killed Off for Real.
    • But then the monster regenerates anyways.
  • Parodied: The monster laughs off a gigantic shell fired by a battleship cannon, but crumbles into dust when it gets pummeled by twigs, pebbles and little cantrips any newbie mage can pull off.
  • Zig Zagged: Guns are effective in open spaces, but really hard to use in enclosed ones. Guns are less devastating than close combatants with Super Strength, until someone brings the BFG... That can only used from prone position, meaning the wielder is defenseless against any close combat enemy who sneaks up on him. Also, guns are worthless for stealth operations. Unless someone brings a suppressor and specialized ammo... Meaning the gun's firepower just got downgraded.
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  • Averted: The monster dies to guns as easily as to melee or magic.
  • Enforced: Muggles Do It Better is a Pet-Peeve Trope for the author, but he doesn't want to hand an Idiot Ball to the conventional military either. Therefore, he has to come up with reasons why they can't just gun the monsters down.
  • Lampshaded: "Our guns aren't doing anything! Where's the damn mage?!"
  • Invoked: The Evil Sorcerer casts a spell that makes his monsters Immune to Bullets.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: A gun manufacturer that is Crazy-Prepared and caters to the same has specialized heavy firearms and Depleted Phlebotinum Shells that will take a monster allegedly Immune to Bullets down.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Why do guns never work against monsters in these films?"
  • Played For Drama: The appearance of monsters that shrug off guns sends the conventional military into chaos. The story explores how the world reacts to the emergence of both said monsters and those who can successfully fight the monsters.
  • Played For Laughs: The Reaction Shot of the monster being shot at with everything the army has involves it stopping its rampage to scratch at its skin like it was trying to deal with some very persistent fleas.

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