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6th Jun '18 8:52:39 PM Vir
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* The SoBadItsGood horror movie ''Shriek of the Mutilated'' has an incredibly contrived version. After a man has a psychotic break and murders a woman via SlashedThroat, he goes to wash off the blood and calm down in the bath tub... only for it to be revealed that the woman is NotQuiteDead, as she slooooowly crawls across the living room pushing a toaster in front of her, reaches the bathroom, plugs it in, and with her last strength lifts it into the bathtub, killing him.

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* The SoBadItsGood horror movie ''Shriek of the Mutilated'' has an incredibly contrived version. After a man has a psychotic break and murders a woman via SlashedThroat, he goes to wash off the blood and calm down in the bath tub... bathtub... only for it to be revealed that the woman is NotQuiteDead, as she slooooowly crawls across the living room pushing a toaster in front of her, reaches the bathroom, plugs it in, and with her last strength lifts it into the bathtub, killing him.him.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' has a nightmare of falling into a bathtub full of water.



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* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' has a nightmare of falling into a bathtub full of water.
10th May '18 10:24:19 AM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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Fictional depictions are much flashier than the real thing, with arcs of electricity and bright flashes many seconds long and the complete shorting-out of electrical service to the entire building. In RealLife, though, the resulting electric current is momentary and nearly invisible and likely would just trip the nearest circuit breaker or fuse -- but ''grabbing'' the electric device while in the bathtub would be just as lethal in real life as the trope is in fiction. This is also a victim to TechnologyMarchesOn. It was much more common in the past when most bathtubs had copper piping; however, as more and more homes have PVC plastic plumbing, most tubs aren't grounded and electrocution is less likely. Though if you think this might be a good idea, please [[UsefulNotes/SuicidePrevention call someone and talk to them before you do it.]]

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Fictional depictions are much flashier than the real thing, with arcs of electricity and bright flashes many seconds long and the complete shorting-out of electrical service to the entire building. In RealLife, though, the resulting electric current is momentary and nearly invisible and likely would just trip the nearest circuit breaker or fuse -- but ''grabbing'' the electric device while in the bathtub would be just as lethal in real life as the trope is in fiction. This is also a victim to TechnologyMarchesOn. It was much more common in the past when most bathtubs had copper piping; however, as more and more homes have PVC plastic plumbing, most tubs aren't grounded and electrocution is less likely. likely (not to mention that newer building codes generally require GFCI outlets for bathroom use, which sense when this is happening and cut off power before any serious damage occurs to either you or the appliance). Though if you think this might be a good idea, please [[UsefulNotes/SuicidePrevention call someone and talk to them before you do it.]]
10th May '18 10:19:01 AM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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* Averting this trope is the reason that most building codes require that all electrical outlets in bathrooms be GFCI outlets. Unfortunately, this usually only applies to new construction, meaning that electrocution via bathtub is still a danger for older homes.
23rd Apr '18 10:14:50 PM BeeKirbysNewComputer
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* Using the Beam or Plasma ability while over a body of water in ''VideoGame/KirbyStarAllies'' will send a surge of electricity across the water's surface. [[spoiler:[[BonusBoss Void Soul]] also has an attack where it raises the water level in the stage and then fires a laser into it, electrifying it.]]
14th Apr '18 11:00:55 PM jamespolk
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* In the ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episode "Double Shock", the killer uses an electric mixer.

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* In the ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episode "Double Shock", "[[Recap/ColumboS02E08 Double Shock]]", the killer uses an electric mixer.mixer. He slices the insulation off the power cord first.
6th Apr '18 3:03:41 AM YeOldeLuke
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* Not a bathtub, but one of the bosses in ''VideoGame/Gamer2'' is fought in a flooded factory. Hailey has to shoot him until he crashes into the water, whereupon she must activate a lever to electrify him.
4th Mar '18 8:12:24 AM Malady
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* StreetlightManifesto references this in "A Better Place, A Better Time", which is about TalkingDownTheSuicidal.

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* StreetlightManifesto Music/StreetlightManifesto references this in "A Better Place, A Better Time", which is about TalkingDownTheSuicidal.
16th Feb '18 5:17:13 AM littlebeeper
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* In ''VideoGame/UrbanChaosRiotResponse'', during one of the [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway hostage situations]], a [[FacelessGoon burner]] will use a reporter as a human shield. When you successfully shoot him, he will fall backwards into a conveniently filled bathtub and said reporter will then drop a television on top of the guy ("Fry you bastard!") as payback.

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* In ''VideoGame/UrbanChaosRiotResponse'', during one of the [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway hostage situations]], a [[FacelessGoon [[FacelessGoons burner]] will use a reporter as a human shield. When you successfully shoot him, he will fall backwards into a conveniently filled bathtub and said reporter will then drop a television on top of the guy ("Fry you bastard!") as payback.
26th Jan '18 10:56:35 PM foxley
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* In the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "A Lesson in Evil", the Hannibal Lecter-esque Dr. Zito sets a trap for Mac by restraining a hapless victim ([[ThereAreNoTherapists his own therapist, who he had succeeded in convincing he was "cured"]]) in a bathtub, attaching an electric heater on top and leaving the water running.

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* In the ''Series/MacGyver'' ''Series/MacGyver1985'' episode "A Lesson in Evil", the Hannibal Lecter-esque Dr. Zito sets a trap for Mac by restraining a hapless victim ([[ThereAreNoTherapists his own therapist, who he had succeeded in convincing he was "cured"]]) in a bathtub, attaching an electric heater on top and leaving the water running.
18th Jan '18 6:14:05 PM nombretomado
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* PlayedWith in the Old World Blues expansion for FalloutNewVegas, where the ending explains that the toaster himself was killed by being dropped in a bath by the other inhabitants of The Sink.

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* PlayedWith in the Old World Blues expansion for FalloutNewVegas, ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', where the ending explains that the toaster himself was killed by being dropped in a bath by the other inhabitants of The Sink.
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