History ChekhovsGun / Theatre

9th Sep '17 7:48:53 AM extrapettyhoe
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17th Sep '16 11:45:37 AM jamespolk
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* Used to great effect in Eugene O'Neill's one act play ''TheEmperorJones'' (1920). In the first scene, the eponymous self-proclaimed Emperor explains to another character how he managed to convince all of his subjects that only bullets made of pure silver could hurt him. To demonstrate his arrogance and overconfidence, he pulls out his gun and shows the other character an actual SilverBullet he commissioned himself which he keeps inside the gun's bullet chamber at all times as a final resort in case the vengeful natives finally catch up with him. Naturally, the silver bullet is used towards the end of the play, but in an ironic twist, the actual bullet itself is used to 'kill' a terrifying hallucination dredged up by the Emperor's own mind. In the play's final scene, the report of the gun has given away his position to the vengeful natives, who, upon locating their hated despot in the middle of a dark jungle, riddle the Emperor full of homemade silver bullets.

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* Used to great effect in Eugene O'Neill's one act play ''TheEmperorJones'' ''Theatre/TheEmperorJones'' (1920). In the first scene, the eponymous self-proclaimed Emperor explains to another character how he managed to convince all of his subjects that only bullets made of pure silver could hurt him. To demonstrate his arrogance and overconfidence, he pulls out his gun and shows the other character an actual SilverBullet he commissioned himself which he keeps inside the gun's bullet chamber at all times as a final resort in case the vengeful natives finally catch up with him. Naturally, the silver bullet is used towards the end of the play, but in an ironic twist, the actual bullet itself is used to 'kill' a terrifying hallucination dredged up by the Emperor's own mind. In the play's final scene, the report of the gun has given away his position to the vengeful natives, who, upon locating their hated despot in the middle of a dark jungle, riddle the Emperor full of homemade silver bullets.
19th Sep '15 12:43:20 PM Morgenthaler
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* How about guns in Chekhov's own plays? In ''TheSeagull'', Konstantin Treplyev kills a seagull and brings his rifle on stage. The trope is seemingly {{subverted}} when he attempts to use it to suicide and is not successful, but at the end of the play manages to succeed. It is, however, averted in ''UncleVanya'', where [[spoiler: Uncle Vanya attempts to kill the professor]] but no clues are given beforehand, and a gun is seen in ''The Cherry Orchard'', but never fired.

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* How about guns in Chekhov's own plays? In ''TheSeagull'', ''Theatre/TheSeagull'', Konstantin Treplyev kills a seagull and brings his rifle on stage. The trope is seemingly {{subverted}} when he attempts to use it to suicide and is not successful, but at the end of the play manages to succeed. It is, however, averted in ''UncleVanya'', ''Theatre/UncleVanya'', where [[spoiler: Uncle Vanya attempts to kill the professor]] but no clues are given beforehand, and a gun is seen in ''The Cherry Orchard'', but never fired.
18th Sep '15 9:57:41 PM ManicDepressiveMouse
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* The title character of ''Theatre/HeddaGabler'' only derives much enjoyment from two things: the pistols she inherited from her father, and manipulating people. At the end of the third act she gives her disgraced ex-lover Løvborg one of them, urging him to commit suicide with it (although he ends up shooting himself by accident instead). When this is found out by her husband's unscrupulous friend Judge Brack, who hopes to blackmail her into sleeping with him, she shoots herself with the other one.
22nd Nov '14 10:17:15 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''MissSaigon'', Kim shoots her cousin Thuy when he tries to kill her mixed-race son. A flashback later in the show reveals that Chris gave her the gun for protection. This might technically invert this trope, but it's played straight later when Kim uses the same gun to shoot herself in order to force Chris and his wife to take the boy to America with them.

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* In ''MissSaigon'', ''Theatre/MissSaigon'', Kim shoots her cousin Thuy when he tries to kill her mixed-race son. A flashback later in the show reveals that Chris gave her the gun for protection. This might technically invert this trope, but it's played straight later when Kim uses the same gun to shoot herself in order to force Chris and his wife to take the boy to America with them.



* In ''Amaluna'', Miranda is given a crystal/stone by the Moon Goddess at the beginning of the latter's aerial hoop act. Towards the end of the show, she uses its powers to save Romeo from Cali.

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* In ''Amaluna'', ''Theatre/{{Amaluna}}'', Miranda is given a crystal/stone by the Moon Goddess at the beginning of the latter's aerial hoop act. Towards the end of the show, she uses its powers to save Romeo from Cali.



* In Ibsen's ''The Wild Duck'' great attention is paid to the Ekdal's family gun or "That there gun" as Hjelmer Ekdal's wife puts it. [[spoiler: In the final act of the play, Ekdal's young daughter Hedvig kills herself with it.]]

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* In Ibsen's ''The Wild Duck'' ''Theatre/TheWildDuck'' great attention is paid to the Ekdal's family gun or "That there gun" as Hjelmer Ekdal's wife puts it. [[spoiler: In the final act of the play, Ekdal's young daughter Hedvig kills herself with it.]]
8th Jun '14 2:32:13 PM lalalei2001
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* In ''Theatre/PokemonTheMewsical'', this is parodied. Professor Oak gives Ash a turkey baster, saying he'll know when the time is right to use it. [[spoiler: He attempts to use it to cut his bonds, but drops it]].
28th May '14 8:47:06 PM bix902
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* In Ibsen's ''The Wild Duck'' great attention is paid to the Ekdal's family gun or "That there gun" as Hjelmer Ekdal's wife puts it. [[spoiler: In the final act of the play, Ekdal's young daughter Hedvig kills herself with it.]]
4th Mar '14 10:11:30 AM lalalei2001
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* ''Theatre/PokemonLive'' has [=MechaMew2=] learning Selfdestruct at the beginning; it uses this in the finale to blow itself up and take down Team Rocket.
18th Feb '14 5:37:41 PM Aiguille
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* In ''{{Thirteen}}'', it is mentioned that Archie has Muscular Dystrophy, however, the disease doesn't show up again until [[ManipulativeBastard He uses the disease to guilt Evan's mom into buying tickets for an R-rated movie]]

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* In ''{{Thirteen}}'', ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'', it is mentioned that Archie has Muscular Dystrophy, however, the disease doesn't show up again until [[ManipulativeBastard He uses the disease to guilt Evan's mom into buying tickets for an R-rated movie]]
29th Nov '13 8:37:38 PM Prfnoff
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* ''The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)'' mentions this trope in the script:

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* ''The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)'' ''Theatre/TheBibleTheCompleteWordOfGodAbridged'' mentions this trope in the script:
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