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1st May '16 6:26:53 PM JackG
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* ''Court Martial'' by Creator/SvenHassel. Two Section have to get rid of a troublesome Gestapo agent who's blackmailing them. After a [[RasputinianDeath number of unsuccessful attempts]] have landed the agent in the hospital, Porta and the others decide to pay a friendly visit with a wildcat in a cage. "As you know, cats have nine lives. And after what you've been through, you seem almost as immortal! So we're going to do a scientific study - cat vs. man!" Unfortunately the wildcat gets freed from its cage too early and HilarityEnsues.


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* ''Court Martial'' by Creator/SvenHassel. Two Section have to get rid of a troublesome Gestapo agent who's blackmailing them. them. After a [[RasputinianDeath number of unsuccessful attempts]] have landed the Gestapo agent in the hospital, Porta and the others decide to pay a friendly visit with a wildcat in a cage. cage. "As you know, cats have nine lives. lives. And after what you've been through, you seem almost as immortal! immortal! So we're going to do a scientific study - cat vs. man!" man!" Unfortunately the wildcat gets freed from its cage too early and HilarityEnsues.

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1st May '16 6:25:30 PM JackG
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* ''Court Martial'' by Creator/SvenHassel. Two Section have to get rid of a troublesome Gestapo agent who's blackmailing them. After a [[RasputinDeath number of unsuccessful attempts]] have landed the agent in the hospital, Porta and the others decide to pay a friendly visit with a wildcat in a cage. "As you know, cats have nine lives. And after what you've been through, you seem almost as immortal! So we're going to do a scientific study - cat vs. man!" Unfortunately the wildcat gets freed from its cage too early and HilarityEnsues.


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* ''Court Martial'' by Creator/SvenHassel. Two Section have to get rid of a troublesome Gestapo agent who's blackmailing them. them. After a [[RasputinDeath [[RasputinianDeath number of unsuccessful attempts]] have landed the agent in the hospital, Porta and the others decide to pay a friendly visit with a wildcat in a cage. cage. "As you know, cats have nine lives. lives. And after what you've been through, you seem almost as immortal! immortal! So we're going to do a scientific study - cat vs. man!" man!" Unfortunately the wildcat gets freed from its cage too early and HilarityEnsues.

1st May '16 6:24:06 PM JackG
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* ''Court Martial'' by Creator/SvenHassel. Two Section have to get rid of a troublesome Gestapo agent who's blackmailing them. After a [[RasputinDeath number of unsuccessful attempts]] have landed the agent in the hospital, Porta and the others decide to pay a friendly visit with a wildcat in a cage. "As you know, cats have nine lives. And after what you've been through, you seem almost as immortal! So we're going to do a scientific study - cat vs. man!" Unfortunately the wildcat gets freed from its cage too early and HilarityEnsues.

14th Apr '16 8:22:33 PM merotoker
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** A more "hands-on" example occurs when a girl bitten by a snake in the ocean turns out to have been an attempt at murder [[spoiler:by her fiancee's jealous stepsister]], which involved physically holding the snake and forcing it to bite the victim. This is rather more realistic than most examples of this trope, because such an animal really can't be relied upon to kill someone on its own. Since they were both in the sea, it was basically impossible to find the "weapon" afterward, [[spoiler:though a witness is able to spy what turned out to be tape holding the snake in place.]]

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** A more "hands-on" example occurs when a girl bitten by a snake in the ocean turns out to have been an attempt at murder [[spoiler:by her fiancee's jealous stepsister]], which involved physically holding the snake and forcing it to bite the victim. This is rather more realistic than most examples of this trope, because such an animal really can't be relied upon to kill someone on its own. Since they were both in the sea, it was basically impossible to find the "weapon" afterward, [[spoiler:though a witness is able to spy what turned out to be tape holding the snake in place.]]place]].




In ''Fanfic/{{Pokedex}}'', Weedle's entry shows that they are often used as assassins by replacing their venom with a more potent one.

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* In the special ''The Real Wolfman'', the specialists believed at the end that [[spoiler:a man had trained a hyena to attack women and children and the villagers believed it was a werewolf or a large wolf.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', it turns out that [[spoiler:the killer, a Howard Stern-esque radio DJ, had trained the neighbor's dog to turn on the gas in the bedroom where his wife, the victim, slept whenever the dog heard a certain phrase during his radio broadcast.]]

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* In the special ''The Real Wolfman'', the specialists believed at the end that [[spoiler:a man had trained a hyena to attack women and children and the villagers believed it was a werewolf or a large wolf.]]
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', it turns out that [[spoiler:the killer, a Howard Stern-esque radio DJ, had trained the neighbor's dog to turn on the gas in the bedroom where his wife, the victim, slept whenever the dog heard a certain phrase during his radio broadcast.]]broadcast]].



* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Regina in the fairy tale world had a pair of Agrhaban vipers sent to her room to kill herself with (à la Cleopatra) until her lover, the Genie suggests that there's another way. He uses the vipers to murder the king. It later turns out she [[ManipulativeBitch planned the whole thing]].

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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Regina in the fairy tale world had a pair of Agrhaban vipers sent to her room to kill herself with (à la Cleopatra) until her lover, the Genie suggests that there's another way. He uses the vipers to murder the king. It later turns out she [[ManipulativeBitch [[ManipulativeBastard planned the whole thing]].



* In one episode of ''Radio/BoldVenture'', a radio show starring HumphreyBogart and Lauren Bacall, someone is murdered by having an enraged gamecock with razor sharp spurs on its faced tossed on to them while they are asleep. Their face is slashed to ribbons and they bleed to death.

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* In one episode of ''Radio/BoldVenture'', a radio show starring HumphreyBogart Creator/HumphreyBogart and Lauren Bacall, someone is murdered by having an enraged gamecock with razor sharp spurs on its faced tossed on to them while they are asleep. Their face is slashed to ribbons and they bleed to death.



* Classic ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'', ''Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society'' #12 Amber Zone article "Royal Hunt". The EvilChancellor Hamir has arranged for attacks by two different types of animals on the Potentate and the {{PC}} party: the Delajabar, an amphibious animal that lives in the Dweljara river, and a small but highly poisonous monster that will be inserted into the party's tents at night.

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* Classic ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'', ''Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society'' #12 Amber Zone article "Royal Hunt". The EvilChancellor Hamir has arranged for attacks by two different types of animals on the Potentate and the {{PC}} {{P|layerCharacter}}C party: the Delajabar, an amphibious animal that lives in the Dweljara river, and a small but highly poisonous monster that will be inserted into the party's tents at night.



** The show humorously {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this trope. One {{mook}} releases a scorpion into Dr. Venture's room while he is sleeping just as a competing mook let a tarantula loose. Instead of killing their intended target, the two creatures just fight each other.

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** The show humorously {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this trope. One {{mook}} {{mook|s}} releases a scorpion into Dr. Venture's room while he is sleeping just as a competing mook let a tarantula loose. Instead of killing their intended target, the two creatures just fight each other.



* Cleopatra successfully killed herself by having a venomous snake snuck in a basket into her room. Although scholars dispute this account due to the difficulty of forcing a snake to strike and the non-lethality of most snake bites. It is nonetheless the official history. The popular image is her [[MarshmallowHell clinging the snake to her bosom]], so maybe she was trying to stab herself with the snake's fangs.

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* Cleopatra UsefulNotes/{{Cleopatra|VII}} successfully killed herself by having a venomous snake snuck in a basket into her room. Although scholars dispute this account due to the difficulty of forcing a snake to strike and the non-lethality of most snake bites. It is nonetheless the official history. The popular image is her [[MarshmallowHell clinging the snake to her bosom]], so maybe she was trying to stab herself with the snake's fangs.



* Some versions of the Assassin live-action game, as played on college campuses, allow this tactic. To make a "kill", the attacker must place a toy snake, spider, or scorpion in the target's bed, backpack, or the like; if anyone but the intended target finds the plastic or rubber AnimalAssassin first, the "kill" fails.

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* Some versions of the Assassin live-action game, as played on college campuses, allow this tactic. To make a "kill", the attacker must place a toy snake, spider, or scorpion in the target's bed, backpack, or the like; if anyone but the intended target finds the plastic or rubber AnimalAssassin Animal Assassin first, the "kill" fails.
31st Mar '16 7:14:29 PM molokai198
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* [[TheChessmaster Queen Blister]] in ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' tries to send her sister and rival for the throne, Queen Burn, a package of venomous dragonbite vipers as a gift, and then offers them to her during a peace meeting when that doesn't work. [[spoiler:Burn sees through Blister's plan and tries to kill her instead, but it turns out that there were two snakes in the box...]]
24th Mar '16 9:10:31 AM ObsidianFire
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Often, the murder animal will even be GenreSavvy enough to know its role in the story. Rather than waste time hiding or just wandering around aimlessly, as a real animal might do, it gets straight to the point and attacks the hero by the quickest route, despite having no apparent reason to do so. No matter how big the bedroom is, the spider will almost always end up crawling onto the face of the sleeping hero -- and not, say, scuttling into the wardrobe, which is arguably more likely but rather less helpful for the plot. Although this could be justified, as these critters are cold-blooded and may seek heat/warmth. Don't expect a lot of sympathy for the animal, either. The ones chosen as assassins are generally a species which people consider AlwaysChaoticEvil like [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent snakes]] and [[SpidersAreScary arachnids]].

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Often, the murder animal will even be GenreSavvy enough seems to know its role in the story. Rather than waste time hiding or just wandering around aimlessly, as a real animal might do, it gets straight to the point and attacks the hero by the quickest route, despite having no apparent reason to do so. No matter how big the bedroom is, the spider will almost always end up crawling onto the face of the sleeping hero -- and not, say, scuttling into the wardrobe, which is arguably more likely but rather less helpful for the plot. Although this could be justified, as these critters are cold-blooded and may seek heat/warmth. Don't expect a lot of sympathy for the animal, either. The ones chosen as assassins are generally a species which people consider AlwaysChaoticEvil like [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent snakes]] and [[SpidersAreScary arachnids]].
16th Mar '16 8:55:21 PM foxley
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* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'': One of 'Trigger' Doom's henchmen attempted to dispose of Tracy by dumping him in a pen with an enraged bull. Tracy is only saved when Constable Ferret shoots the bull.
18th Feb '16 11:21:28 AM molokai198
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In ''Fanfic/{{Pokedex}}'', Weedle's entry shows that they are often used as assassins by replacing their venom with a more potent one.


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* In ''Literature/WingsOfFire'', Blister tries to use dragon bite vipers to kill her sister, Burn. [[spoiler:Burn tries to give Blister a KarmicDeath with one of the vipers, but doesn't realize that there are two in Blister's box.]]
29th Jan '16 7:44:26 PM foxley
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* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': The villain in "Cat Among the Pigeons" used controlled birds to kill in a variety of ways: chasing a victim over a cliff, birdstrike on an aeroplane, attack by falcon, etc.
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