Monthly Obscure Trope Series — More Dakka

What’s better than a gun going off and bullets flying?  

More guns?  More bullets?  A hail of bullets?  Yes.  

How does our hero stop a villain who has a gun?  

With more guns, of course!

Or as the Tv Tropes page says, “More Dakka is the art of solving problems by unloading as many rounds of ammunition at them as possible.”

This is another one of those tropes that you will recognize from movies, but probably didn’t realize had a name.  Sometimes it’s more guns.  Sometimes it’s more bullets–well, I guess they both amount to more bullets, but you get the idea.  Instead of a deep dive into a few examples, here is a hail of examples of More Dakka:

This is the first Predator when Mac shoots at the alien as it’s running away, decides his machine gun isn’t enough and picks up the minigun.  For those who don’t know, a minigun has multiple barrels that rotate with each firing because the gun fires so fast that if it only had one barrel, said barrel would melt.    Anyway, then the rest of the squad joins in with their own machine guns and they all proceed to cut down part of the jungle with nothing but bullets.  

This is Neo in the Matrix when he unloads a set of pistols, tosses them to the side and grabs a whole new set of pistols.  

This is the Terminator T-800 in T-2 when he kicks out the window and scares away the police with another minigun.  

It doesn’t always have to be the good guys with all the dakka.  Sometimes the bad guys use it to equal effect.  In Sherlock Holmes 2, Holmes and Watson are pinned down by a hail of gunfire from another minigun–just kidding.  This time it’s a gatling gun (a precursor to the modern minigun).  

Iron Man’s best buddy, War Machine, is literally this trope.  He uses the same armor, but has multiple guns attached to it.  

Sometimes this even comes in non-bullet flavors, such as the gatling laser from Fallout 4.  Some space warfare even uses missile bombardments in the same manner.  Flak cannons for missile defense could also count as More Dakka.  

Anyway, pretty much every time you see a lot of something flying at a character on screen or in a book, it is likely a candidate for this trope.  So, next time you’re looking to make a bang in a scene, consider if more guns or more bullets would be better.  In the case of this trope, more is always better. 

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