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Basic Trope: A super-powered character using a gun.

  • Straight: Bob has powers but runs around with a gun anyway.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is a Flying Brick who is not only Nigh Invulnerable but also has Super Speed, meaning few people can hit him and those who can, cannot hurt him. He still carries several guns (including at least a ridiculously big one) with him into battle.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is The Archmage who has a gun that he uses as a Finishing Move.
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    • Bob is a Badass Normal superhero in the vein of Batman, who uses a sidearm as backup.
  • Justified:
    • Bob's powers are not really effective offensively, and almost useless to some enemies, so he needs a gun.
    • The gun is the source of Bob's powers.
    • Bob has Super Strength and similar powers but otherwise has no way to attack enemies at a distance.
    • Bob has powers but not at the level where a gun wouldn't be useless.
    • Bob's powers have certain limits, requiring other weapons.
    • Bob's power is somehow enhanced by guns (i.e. he has super aim or has the ability to increase kinetic energy, resulting in explosive ammo).
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob has guns available to him but passes them up to fight the Big Bad, using only his powers.
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  • Double Subverted: During the heat of battle, Bob grabs a gun out of desperation and uses it to kill the Big Bad.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob has the power to shoot bullets out of his hands but uses a gun for no reason whatsoever.
    • Bob insists that merely having a gun and knowing how to fire it is a superpower. Anyone who disagrees with him finds themselves happily agreeing when they're shown the business end.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Bob's powers come and go and during the times when his powers are gone, he has a gun ready.
    • Bob's superpower IS the ability to summon guns.
  • Averted: Bob doesn't need guns and doesn't use them.
  • Enforced: The writers think guns make Bob look more cool.
  • Lampshaded: "Okay, you have powers... What the Hell do you need a gun for?"
  • Invoked: Bob brings a gun along for added power.
  • Exploited: Bob has a gun in order to make his enemies believe he is powerless.
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  • Defied: Bob has a chance to use guns but refuses because he Doesn't Like Guns.
  • Discussed: Bob's teammates argue with him about the uselessness of his guns.
  • Conversed: "Did you see this character? He has all kinds of powers but I guess the artist thought he would look badass with a huge cannon on his shoulder."
  • Implied: Bob might be carrying a small sidearm in his utility belt but never has to use it so we don't outright see it.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Bob shoots a room full of bad guys, only for Alice to remind him, "You know you have powers, right?".
  • Played For Drama: Bob is terrified of using his near godlike powers so he opts for using a gun instead.

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