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19th May '18 6:36:09 PM Eddy1215
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* A variation appeared in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "Nightmare". A spaceship crew transporting a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-destroying]] device are captured by enemy forces and tortured and interrogated. [[spoiler:It turns out that they were actually on EarthAllAlong and that they were being put through an experiment by their general to test their snap threshold. [[GoneHorriblyRight Unfortunately, the experiment went awry when one of soldiers was pushed to his breaking point and led to believe that another had betrayed the crew, causing him to stab him in the stomach]]. [[FromBadToWorse Even worse]], TheStoic scientist who had helped design the explosive device had [[NotSoStoic completely]] [[BreakTheHaughty broken down]] and set the device to blow in a TakingYouWithMe attempt. Definitely one of the biggest {{Cruel Twist Ending}}s out there]].

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* A variation appeared in ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "Nightmare"."[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S4E20Nightmare Nightmare]]". A spaceship crew transporting a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-destroying]] device are captured by enemy forces and tortured and interrogated. [[spoiler:It turns out that they were actually on EarthAllAlong and that they were being put through an experiment by their general to test their snap threshold. [[GoneHorriblyRight Unfortunately, the experiment went awry when one of soldiers was pushed to his breaking point and led to believe that another had betrayed the crew, causing him to stab him in the stomach]]. [[FromBadToWorse Even worse]], TheStoic scientist who had helped design the explosive device had [[NotSoStoic completely]] [[BreakTheHaughty broken down]] and set the device to blow in a TakingYouWithMe attempt. Definitely one of the biggest {{Cruel Twist Ending}}s out there]].
28th Apr '18 1:57:16 AM foxley
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* ''Film/ScarecrowSlayer'', Dave and Karl are sent to steal a scarecrow from a farmer's field as part of a fraternity initiation. This ends with Dave being shot and his soul being transferred into a demonic scarecrow.
12th Mar '18 6:16:13 PM Mooncalf
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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Private Davey Crenshaw at McCarran is fond of "hilarious" pranks that cause people to get hurt or even killed. If you tell him you just pranked someone by pulling the pins on the grenades they were carrying, he'll reply "Man, I can't wait to see the look on his face!" Pity it's ''his'' grenades you pulled. Oh wait, that's not pity...
9th Mar '18 3:04:12 PM foxley
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* ''Film/SistersOfDeath'' opens with an InitiationCeremony that turns fatal when the derringer being used turns out to be a NotSoFakePropWeapon.
3rd Mar '18 2:54:03 PM rjd1922
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* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4'', [[spoiler:The game's protagonist gets his head stuffed into the face of the Fredbear animatronic by his BigBrotherBully... and then Fredbear bites down, much to the horror of the boy's brother and his brother's friends. Rather this is the infamous "Bite of '87", or not [[AmbiguousSituation is unknown.]]]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4'', [[spoiler:The game's protagonist gets his head stuffed into the face of the Fredbear animatronic by his BigBrotherBully... and then Fredbear bites down, much to the horror of the boy's brother and his brother's friends. Rather Whether this is the infamous "Bite of '87", or not [[AmbiguousSituation is unknown.]]]]
20th Feb '18 1:19:00 PM RedScharlach
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* More than one case in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' can have its roots and motivations traced to one of these, with someone related to the people fatally pranked seeking punishment for those who came up with the whole bad joke. The most notorious is the [[spoiler: ''Naniwa Murder Case'']]: [[spoiler: Five Osakanites get their very strict driving instructor drunk after graduating from their driving school. Instructor crashes his car and gets killed. Death is filed under accident and the five Osakanites get scott free. 20 years pass. Son of the dead instructor is a cop and chases a SerialKiller, who turns out to be one of the Osakanites. SerialKiller has a VillainousBreakdown as he finds out who is pursuing him and spills out the truth. Son of the dead instructor starts chasing and killing the other Osakanites left as revenge for their Deadly Prank.]]

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* More than one case in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' can have its roots and motivations traced to one of these, with someone related to the people fatally pranked seeking punishment for those who came up with the whole bad joke. The most notorious is the [[spoiler: ''Naniwa Murder Case'']]: [[spoiler: Five Osakanites get their very strict driving instructor drunk after graduating from their driving school. Instructor crashes his car and gets killed. Death is filed under accident and the five Osakanites get scott free.away scot-free. 20 years pass. Son of the dead instructor is a cop and chases a SerialKiller, who turns out to be one of the Osakanites. SerialKiller has a VillainousBreakdown as he finds out who is pursuing him and spills out the truth. Son of the dead instructor starts chasing and killing the other Osakanites left as revenge for their Deadly Prank.]]



* This is how ComicBook/TheJoker sees many of his murders: Simply as pranks. Part of the Jokers warped world view is that life itself is just a cruel joke, so he sees no difference between a classic pie in the face, or a poison pie full of acid. Occasionally, he'll pull a completely harmless joke just because the victim is clearly pissing himself in fear and expecting the worst.

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* This is how ComicBook/TheJoker sees many of his murders: Simply as pranks. Part of the Jokers Joker's warped world view is that life itself is just a cruel joke, so he sees no difference between a classic pie in the face, or a poison pie full of acid. Occasionally, he'll pull a completely harmless joke just because the victim is clearly pissing himself in fear and expecting the worst.



* A near miss occurs in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6693171/3/The-Mouse-of-Konoha Mouse of Konoha]]'' when Anko tells a six year old Naruto to meet her at Training Grounds 44 (aka The Forest of Death) then heads to a bar instead because his bright jumpsuit distracted her and nearly made her run into a tree. When Naruto's various Chuunin friends/clients arrive, Naruto was in the middle of facing off against a ''bear''. Despite everyone's attempts, Sarutobi finds out and slaps a massive fine on Anko while making her Naruto's tutor for the next several months. He notes that the only reason Anko is getting off so lightly is that Naruto was unhurt.

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* A near miss occurs in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6693171/3/The-Mouse-of-Konoha Mouse of Konoha]]'' when Anko tells a six year old six-year-old Naruto to meet her at Training Grounds Ground 44 (aka The Forest of Death) then heads to a bar instead because his bright jumpsuit distracted her and nearly made her run into a tree. When Naruto's various Chuunin friends/clients arrive, Naruto was in the middle of facing off against a ''bear''. Despite everyone's attempts, Sarutobi finds out and slaps a massive fine on Anko while making her Naruto's tutor for the next several months. He notes that the only reason Anko is getting off so lightly is that Naruto was unhurt.



* The '80s slasher film ''Film/TerrorTrain'', starring Creator/JamieLeeCurtis (of course) and David Copperfield (what?), has this as the killer's motivation. A group of sadistic med-school frat boys lead a socially-awkward student where he is told a girl is waiting to have sex with him. Of course, once he pulls off the bed sheet, the [[PrankDate "girl" turns out to a dismembered corpse]]. Naturally, he freaks out and ends up in a mental asylum. Of course, this almost gets them kicked out of school, but surprise-surprise, three years later during a graduation train ride, the frat boys (as well as a wrong place, wrong time David Copperfield) start getting knocked off...

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* The '80s slasher film ''Film/TerrorTrain'', starring Creator/JamieLeeCurtis (of course) and David Copperfield (what?), has this as the killer's motivation. A group of sadistic med-school frat boys lead a socially-awkward student to a place where he is told a girl is waiting to have sex with him. Of course, once Once he pulls off the bed sheet, the [[PrankDate "girl" turns out to a dismembered corpse]]. Naturally, he freaks out and ends up in a mental asylum. Of course, this almost gets them kicked out of school, but surprise-surprise, surprise surprise, three years later during a graduation train ride, the frat boys (as well as a wrong place, wrong time wrong-place, wrong-time David Copperfield) start getting knocked off...



* In the movie ''Film/TheHouseOnSororityRow'' sorority girls play a prank on their house mother, but it goes wrong and she [[spoiler: ends up shot and killed. They hide her body in the pool.]] Later someone [[spoiler: starts killing them.]] [[spoiler: It turns out to be her mentally disabled son she [[MadwomanInTheAttic kept in the attic]] who saw his mother get shot and wanted revenge.]]
* ''Film/SororityRow'' released in October 2009 is a remake of ''The House on Sorority Row'' but with a slightly different plot. The Sorority sisters have one of the sisters pretend to die in order to prank a boy. At an [[spoiler: abandoned coal mine shaft they pretend they have to look for something to dismember the body. The boy thrusts an object through her body, killing her (he thought she was already dead). They hide the body in the coal mine shaft, but later they get messages on their cell phones from someone saying they know and threaten to report them to the police and then someone starts killing them]].

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* In the movie ''Film/TheHouseOnSororityRow'' sorority girls play a prank on their house mother, but it goes wrong and she [[spoiler: ends up shot and killed. They hide her body in the pool.]] Later someone [[spoiler: starts [[spoiler:starts killing them.]] [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out to be her mentally disabled son she [[MadwomanInTheAttic kept in the attic]] who saw his mother get shot and wanted revenge.]]
* ''Film/SororityRow'' released in October 2009 is a remake of ''The House on Sorority Row'' but with a slightly different plot. The Sorority sisters have one of the sisters pretend to die in order to prank a boy. At an [[spoiler: abandoned [[spoiler:abandoned coal mine shaft shaft, they pretend they have to look for something to dismember the body. The boy thrusts an object through her body, killing her (he thought she was already dead). They hide the body in the coal mine shaft, but later they get messages on their cell phones from someone someone, saying they know and threaten threatening to report them to the police and then police. Then someone starts killing them]].



* ''Film/TheCatacombs'' features a young woman visiting her sister in Paris. The sister invites her to a secret underground rave in the Parisian Catacombs, where the sister's friends get the protagonist drunk on absinthe. Then, the sister is apparently murdered by a psychopath, and the police raid the rave, causing everyone to disperse before the protagonist can get help. The psycho continues to stalk the protagonist, who suffers some injuries, but eventually manages to dispatch the killer with a pickax. She then runs into her sister and the friends. It was all a joke... they just pumped her full of alcohol and put her through Hell for a lark. Then they realize the protagonist (in a failing mental state) killed the "psycho". [[WhatTheHellHero They start yelling at her]]... [[BullyingADragon and she's still holding the pickax...]]

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* ''Film/TheCatacombs'' features a young woman visiting her sister in Paris. The sister invites her to a secret underground rave in the Parisian Catacombs, where the sister's friends get the protagonist drunk on absinthe. Then, Then the sister is apparently murdered by a psychopath, and the police raid the rave, causing everyone to disperse before the protagonist can get help. The psycho continues to stalk the protagonist, who suffers some injuries, but eventually manages to dispatch the killer with a pickax. She then runs into her sister and the friends. It was all a joke... they just pumped her full of alcohol and put her through Hell for a lark. Then they realize the protagonist (in a failing mental state) killed the "psycho". [[WhatTheHellHero They start yelling at her]]... [[BullyingADragon and she's still holding the pickax...]]



* This makes up the whole of the plot of the novel ''Literature/KillingMrGriffin'' and its [[TheMovie derivative movie]]. Mr. Griffin has a heart condition and dies without his medication.

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* This makes up the whole of the plot of the novel ''Literature/KillingMrGriffin'' and its [[TheMovie derivative movie]].movie adaptation]]. Mr. Griffin has a heart condition and dies without his medication.



** And in another, a juror dies in the jury room. Turns out that he was honking off the rest of the jurors with his attitude, and had happened to mention his peanut allergy (loudly and repeatedly). One of the others then decided to lace his chili with peanut butter to bring him down a peg or two, not appreciating the potential consequences of his allergic reaction. [[spoiler: She tried to back out of it at the last second, Mind you, a bee - one of his ''other'' allergies - beat her to it.]]

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** And in another, a juror dies in the jury room. Turns out that he was honking off the rest of the jurors with his attitude, and had happened to mention his peanut allergy (loudly and repeatedly). One of the others then decided to lace his chili with peanut butter to bring him down a peg or two, not appreciating the potential consequences of his allergic reaction. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She tried to back out of it at the last second, Mind you, but a bee - -- one of his ''other'' allergies - -- beat her to it.]]



** A different episode featured a crusty old poker star who drops dead at the poker table. A number of factors contributed to his death, one of which is that the waitress for the table - annoyed at his extended refusal to tip - put eyedrops into his drink, hoping to give him diarrhea. [[spoiler: The eye drops reacted with the large amount of lead he'd had in his system after years of eating pounds of chocolate a day made with cocoa grown in lead heavy soil.]]

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** A different episode featured a crusty old poker star who drops dead at the poker table. A number of factors contributed to his death, one of which is that the waitress for the table - annoyed at his extended refusal to tip - put eyedrops into his drink, hoping to give him diarrhea. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The eye drops reacted with the large amount of lead he'd had in his system after years of eating pounds of chocolate a day made with cocoa grown in lead heavy soil.]]



* PlayedForLaughs in the second season ''Series/GreenWing''. Joanna gets sick of Statham being happy so, under the advice of Sue, decides to knock him down to his partly miserable old self by scaring him. Since Statham is frightfully scared of gobins, Joanna asks her dwarf cousin to hide under his desk, his face covered in green make-up. and shout "boo!" when he comes in. Unfortunately when he does this, Statham beats him to death with a stuffed heron.

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* PlayedForLaughs in the second season ''Series/GreenWing''. Joanna gets sick of Statham being happy so, under the advice of Sue, decides to knock him down to his partly miserable old self by scaring him. Since Statham is frightfully scared of gobins, goblins, Joanna asks her dwarf cousin to hide under his desk, his face covered in green make-up. and shout "boo!" when he comes in. Unfortunately when he does this, Statham beats him to death with a stuffed heron.



* There was a Candid Camera-esque show of two guys about to prank a barber. The first guy put a bag of fake blood under his wig, planning to make the barber think he cut too deep. When the fake blood was released and the first guy acted in much pain, the barber apparently went into such shock that it triggered his heart condition. To make matters worse, his friend ran away, and the barber's daughter called the police immediately to the scene. [[spoiler: However, it's all revealed that the REAL prank is on the first guy, by the second guy, the barber, his daughter and the policeman.]]

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* There was a Candid Camera-esque show of two guys about to prank a barber. The first guy put a bag of fake blood under his wig, planning to make the barber think he cut too deep. When the fake blood was released and the first guy acted in much pain, the barber apparently went into such shock that it triggered his heart condition. To make matters worse, his friend ran away, and the barber's daughter called the police immediately to the scene. [[spoiler: However, [[spoiler:However, it's all revealed that the REAL prank is on the first guy, by the second guy, the barber, his daughter and the policeman.]]



* ''Two Twisted'' episode Finding Frank has a security guard's colleague disappear and calls out desperatly over the walkie-talkies. When the guard goes to find him it turns out to be a [[ScarySurpriseParty surprise retirement party]] but goes terribly wrong when the nervous guard over reacts firing his gun when the lights come on, killing his wife [[spoiler: but as the guard is being led away he drops a a bit of paper that his colleague picks up. It's an invitation to the party with the exact time, location, everything showing that the guard [[SubvertedTrope knew all along and used the party to kill his wife]] framing it as accident. It's even better when you know the actor who plays the guard played a set-upon ExtremeDoormat in his most famous role.]]

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* The ''Two Twisted'' episode Finding Frank "Finding Frank" has a security guard's colleague disappear disappearing and calls calling out desperatly desperately over the walkie-talkies. walkie-talkie. When the guard goes to find him it turns out to be a [[ScarySurpriseParty surprise retirement party]] but it goes terribly wrong when the nervous guard over reacts overreacts, firing his gun when the lights come on, on and killing his wife [[spoiler: but wife. [[spoiler:However, as the guard is being led away he drops a a bit piece of paper that his colleague picks up. It's an invitation to the party with the exact time, time and location, everything showing that the guard [[SubvertedTrope knew all along and used the party to kill his wife]] wife]], framing it as accident. It's even better when you know the actor who plays the guard played a set-upon ExtremeDoormat in his most famous role.an accident.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': as a joke two Sea Park employees make the boys think that the killer whale is really [[Film/FreeWilly Willzyx]] and needs to return to its [[SpaceWhale family in space]]. It's all fun and games - ending with a big shootout, one of the employees dead ("I still say it was funny!") and the whale dying on the moon, having been shot there by the Mexican Space Agency.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': as As a joke joke, two Sea Park employees make the boys think that the killer whale is really [[Film/FreeWilly Willzyx]] and needs to return to its [[SpaceWhale family in space]]. It's all fun and games - ending with a big shootout, one of the employees dead ("I still say it was funny!") and the whale dying on the moon, having been shot there by the Mexican Space Agency.
16th Feb '18 10:51:45 PM foxley
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* ''Film/{{Tamara}}'': Shawn lures Tamara to the motel by arranging a fake tryst with her teacher, sets up a video feed, and invites his friends to watch her humiliation. Tamara goes berserk when discovers the deception, and is accidentally killed in a scuffle with the pranksters.
16th Feb '18 11:07:57 AM marcoasalazarm
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Contrast MassiveMultiplayerScam. Also contrast YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb. For nonlethal instances, see PrankInjuries.

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Contrast MassiveMultiplayerScam. Also contrast YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb. For nonlethal instances, see PrankInjuries.
PrankInjuries. The variants of ShockParty wherein someone gets killed could be considered an example of this, as well, depending on the setup for the "surprise".
7th Feb '18 2:01:15 PM thatother1dude
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E21JokingVictim Joking Victim]]," [[KidHero Steven]] and [[StraightMan Sadie]] decide to get back at [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Lars]] by putting magical fire salt on his food. Between putting too much and it getting stuck in his throat, he [[FireBreathingDiner actually starts breathing fire]] and runs screaming through town. It's more PlayedForDrama than it sounds ([[PlayedForLaughs though not entirely]]).

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E21JokingVictim Joking Victim]]," [[KidHero Steven]] Steven and [[StraightMan Sadie]] Sadie decide to get back at [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Lars]] Lars by putting magical fire salt on his food. Between putting too much and it getting stuck in his throat, he [[FireBreathingDiner actually starts breathing fire]] and fire]], runs screaming through town.town, and appears to have trouble breathing. It's more PlayedForDrama than it sounds ([[PlayedForLaughs though not entirely]]).
5th Feb '18 9:09:14 PM Eddy1215
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* In January of 2018, a bet over a game of ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' [[https://nypost.com/2017/12/29/prank-stemming-from-call-of-duty-bet-leads-to-deadly-police-shooting/ lead to police receiving a fake emergency call (known as swatting), which resulted in an innocent man being gunned down by the authorities]].

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* In January of 2018, On December 28th, 2017, a bet over a game of ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' [[https://nypost.com/2017/12/29/prank-stemming-from-call-of-duty-bet-leads-to-deadly-police-shooting/ lead to police receiving a fake emergency call (known as swatting), which resulted in an innocent man being gunned down by the authorities]].
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