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The Ammunition Backpack is cool and all, but having to lug both it and your gun may be a hassle. Why not combine them both and get yourself a Backpack Cannon! Yeah, it would probably be really hard to aim, but come on.

Compare Shoulder Cannon, Weaponized Animal, Jet Pack, and Weaponized Exhaust.

Examples of Backpack Cannon include:


Anime and Manga


Comic Books

  • In Transformers Last Stand of the Wreckers, Ironfist's lightformer cannon is his backpack... but he has to take it off to use it.
    • The tank mode turret of Ironfist's teammate Guzzle is situated on his back when in robot mode, with the barrel extending far past his head.


Film - Live Action


Tabletop Games

  • Shadowrun. The Ballista Multi-Role Missile Launcher, which is worn as a backpack.
  • Battlelords of the 23rd Century. The Cizerack (large quadrupedal catlike aliens) have been known to wear weapon systems mounted on their backs. See a picture here.
  • Likewise Battle Cattle (pic here).
  • Most of the power armor in Rifts has this, notably the Glitterboy and its variant armor.
  • In Warhammer 40000, the Tyranid Biovore is a living Backpack Cannon.


Video Games

  • Mario's F.L.U.D.D. in Super Mario Sunshine
  • The Buster Pod from Custom Robo Arena, which was just a cannon mounted on your robo's back.
  • Pokémon Black and White: Genesect, a Pokemon with a mounted cannon on its back, as modified by Team Plasma.
    • Blastoise is a giant turtle with two cannons in its shell!
  • Carol from Wild Arms 5 uses a backpack-mounted missile launcher. She can't use it without falling on her ass, but it does pack quite a punch.
  • The Taraba ninja from Shinobido use these as weapons. Yup, cannons, right...
  • Shadow from Mega Man X Command Mission has a "Pulverizer Cannon" on his back. It takes three turns to charge, and like its name suggests, it hurts a lot on all your character.
  • The Dwarf from Sacred has this as a special weapon.
  • The Odin superheavy siege walker from Starcraft II features a set of four backpack-style guns, described as 330mm high-ex cannon (you could fire a smallish person out of a gun like that). The Odin actually has to hunch back and take up a firing stance before using the things, but it's mighty impressive when it does.
  • GameMods for Starsiege: Tribes and Tribes 2 usually add at least one of these. Instead of carrying around a regular backpack, like a shield pack, you can stick a big gun on your shoulder, allowing you to use both your hand weapon and the backpack weapon at the same time.
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