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Basic Trope: Monsters and other villains tend not to be hurt by firearms.

  • Straight: Bullets fired at the monster are shrugged off.
  • Exaggerated: The monster shrugs off not only bullets, but also grenades, artillery shells, and tactical nuclear weapons.
  • Downplayed:
    • Only special bullets are effective against them.
    • The monster may not be outright immune to bullets, but when it needs a whole magazine to kill one, 30 rounds might as well as be 30,000 in a tense close quarters fight where it can tear a man in half like wet tissue.
  • Justified:
    • The monster is incorporeal, so of course guns can't hurt it.
    • Alternatively, it has a million hit points.
    • Or: It's a huge monster with thick skin. The bullets barely penetrate, and, even if they did, the scale is just so massive that a normal-sized bullet can't do any real damage.
    • They're just that tough.
    • The monster's entire body is composed of water, so bullets will just go through it to no effect.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • All the research the heroes can do suggests that guns are useless, but that turns out to be misinformation put out by the Omniscient Council of Vagueness to make the monsters seem more scary.
    • The bullets actually tickle, and with enough firepower, the army is able to tickle the monster into submission.
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    • The Hero and The Lancer are not able to destroy it. However The Big Guy comes in backed by a bunch of Giant Mooks, all wielding BFGs. The Monster drops quickly.
    • They had bullet proof vests on.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Turns out the Omniscient Council of Vagueness goofed— the monsters really are Immune to Bullets.
    • Unfortunately, tickling the monster into submission requires more firepower than can actually be amassed and coordinated.
    • This is because the force of the BFG bullets landing manages to push the Monster into an environmental hazard.
  • Parodied:
    • Just because the monster can't be killed by gunfire, doesn't make the bullets hurt any less.
    • Alternately, the monster is exclusively immune to bullets.
  • Zig Zagged: Whether or not bullets work changes with each Monster of the Week.
  • Averted: The monster can be harmed by gunfire.
  • Enforced: "The Moral Guardians won't let us use anything that looks like a real gun on a kids' show, so we'll make all our villains immune to gunfire as an excuse for giving our heroes lasers."
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  • Lampshaded: The hero unloads his pistol into the monster to no effect, shrugs, and says, "Why do I even bother?"
  • Invoked:
    • The Mad Scientist realizes that his enemies' first reaction will be to shoot the monster he's creating, so he makes it Immune to Bullets.
    • Alternately, gun companies make their guns less powerful so as to make the bullets penetrate shallower or not at all.
  • Exploited:
    • A company that makes laser weapons, markets them to the army by saying "The monsters may be bullet proof, but this is not a bullet".
    • Seeing as bullets don't work, the group relies upon adhesive foam and tazers to get the job done.
    • The monsters don't bother dodging because of their immunity, which leaves open to other kind of offensives.
  • Defied:
    • "This is the most powerful gun in the world. Nothing is immune to this baby."
    • Alternately, a scientist makes his monster possible to kill with bullets because a killing machine was not his intention (or because he's worried about his killing machine turning on him).
  • Discussed: "You know how the monsters in all those disaster movies are always immune to bullets? That's not entirely inaccurate..."
  • Conversed: "Geez, why do those guys in disaster movies always shoot at the giant monster? It never works!"
  • Implied: The monster swallows a BFG-wielding soldier whole, and is not immediately blown apart from the inside afterwards.
  • Deconstructed:
    • The uselessness of bullets leads to an increasing reliance on heavy weaponry by the monster hunters, which in turn breeds monsters who are even tougher, creating an escalating cycle of violence and lots of collateral damage.
    • Casualties and quitting among law enforcement officers and soldiers skyrocket because their weapons are useless against the monsters, leading to even more depression and fear.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The monster is only one of several antagonists, the rest of whom are not bulletproof, making that monster a special threat.
    • Another option is that the monster gets stronger, but the heroes are adaptable and intelligent, leading to a Lensman Arms Race.
  • Played For Drama: This week's victim of horrible mauling attempts to defend himself from the monster, only to be confronted with a No-Sell and Unflinching Walk.
  • Played For Laughs: Someone tries to shoot the monster, who responds with a look that just says "Seriously?" before retaliating.

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