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* Used by {{guile|Hero}} [[AntiHero type III antihero]] Carlito Brigante in ''Film/CarlitosWay''. His former attorney Davey [[spoiler: has murdered a mafia boss and tried selling Carlito out to the district attorney]], with Carlito also implicated in the crime. Davey is stabbed by a [[spoiler: mafia hitman]] and hospitalized. Carlito visits Davey in the hospital, where Davey clumsily pulls a revolver from under his pillow, fully expecting that the [[spoiler: mafia]] intends to finish the job. He lowers the weapon when he sees it's Carlito. Carlito delivers a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and briefly takes the weapon away, then tells Davey the weapon should be on his tray, not under his pillow. Carlito leaves. Shortly afterwards, the [[spoiler: mafia bosses' son]] enters to shoot Davey dead. Davey lifts his revolver, pulls the trigger first, then with an [[OhCrap expression of horror]] realizes that Carlito removed all the bullets. Carlito [[BatmanGambit knew]] Davey was an academic with no street sense, and the [[spoiler: mafia]] would send someone to finish the job.

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* Used by {{guile|Hero}} [[AntiHero type III antihero]] Carlito Brigante in ''Film/CarlitosWay''. His former attorney Davey Dave Kleinfeld [[spoiler: has murdered a mafia boss Tony "T" Taglialucci and his son, and tried selling Carlito out to the district attorney]], with Carlito also implicated in the crime. Davey Kleinfeld is stabbed by a [[spoiler: mafia hitman]] an assassin and hospitalized. Carlito visits Davey Kleinfeld in the hospital, where Davey Kleinfeld clumsily pulls a revolver from under his pillow, fully expecting that the [[spoiler: mafia]] mafia intends to finish the job. He lowers the weapon when he sees it's Carlito. Carlito delivers a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and briefly takes the weapon away, then tells Davey Kleinfeld the weapon should be on his tray, not under his pillow. Carlito leaves. Shortly afterwards, the [[spoiler: mafia bosses' son]] enters Tony T's other son Vinnie enters, dressed as a police officer, to shoot Davey dead. Davey assassinate Kleinfeld. Kleinfeld lifts his revolver, pulls the trigger first, then with an first...only to [[OhCrap expression of horror]] realizes realize]] that Carlito removed all the bullets. Carlito [[BatmanGambit knew]] Davey was an academic with no street sense, and the [[spoiler: mafia]] mafia would send someone to finish the job.job. Vinnie shoots Kleinfeld in the head without much more difficulty.
10th Mar '17 8:34:28 PM dmcreif
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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'': James Wesley has kidnapped Karen Page and is threatening her into backing off in her pursuit of Wilson Fisk. He's left his gun on the table within reach. When he is distracted by an incoming phone call from Fisk, Karen takes the opportunity to grab the gun and point it at him.

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'': James 2015}}'':
**John Healy, a hitman working for Wilson Fisk, goes to a bowling alley to assassinate a target. After physically overpowering the target's bodyguards, he pulls out a gun he freshly bought from [[HonestJohnsDealership Turk Barrett]], and it jams ([[GilliganCut in spite of Turk's promise that it wouldn't]]). Turk is established throughout ''Daredevil'' and ''Series/LukeCage2016'' to be very shady, so it's likely he sold Healy a knockoff gun that had a missing or faulty firing pin.
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Wesley has kidnapped Karen Page and is threatening her into backing off in her pursuit of Wilson Fisk. He's left his gun on the table within reach. When he is distracted by an incoming phone call from Fisk, Karen takes the opportunity to grab the gun and point it at him.
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-->'''James Wesley:''' [[TooDumbToLive Do you really think I would put a loaded gun on the table where you could reach it?]]

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-->'''James Wesley:''' [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner Come on. Do you really think]] [[TooDumbToLive Do you really think I would put a loaded gun on the table where you could reach it?]]
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* There's a ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' story where [[ImprobableWeaponUser Bullseye, who can kill you with anything]], is hired to kill someone and decides to take no chances whatsoever by using a gun. After he's fired it (and killed his target), Daredevil is so pissed that he gets the gun and turns it on his foe. The problem? [[MeaningfulName Bullseye]], only needed one bullet. And only brought one bullet. Happened again with Bullseye, where Karen Page picks up a revolver he had tossed aside and tries to shoot him in the head. "First rule of the 'cleaning' business: Never discard a ''loaded'' weapon." However he does admit he's impressed she had the guts to [[YouWouldntShootMe pull the trigger]].

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* There's a ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' story where [[ImprobableWeaponUser Bullseye, Bullseye]], who can kill you with anything]], anything, is hired to kill someone and decides to take no chances whatsoever by using a gun. After he's fired it (and killed his target), Daredevil is so pissed that he gets the gun and turns it on his foe. The problem? [[MeaningfulName Bullseye]], Bullseye]] only needed one bullet. And only brought one bullet. Happened again with Bullseye, where Karen Page picks up a revolver he had tossed aside and tries to shoot him in the head. "First rule of the 'cleaning' business: Never discard a ''loaded'' weapon." However he does admit he's impressed she had the guts to [[YouWouldntShootMe pull the trigger]].
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* In the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "[[CharacterTitle Roulette]]", Roulette, or rather, [[spoiler:[[TheDogWasTheMastermind Chloe Sullivan]]]], tries to get Oliver to shoot her, only to reveal that [[DisguisedHostageGambit it is Lois dressed up as her]] and [[spoiler:Chloe]] reassures Oliver that the gun is not loaded.

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* In Near the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "[[CharacterTitle Roulette]]", Roulette, or rather, [[spoiler:[[TheDogWasTheMastermind Chloe Sullivan]]]], tries end of Season 5 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack gives Christopher Henderson an unloaded gun when they [[EnemyMine work together to get Oliver take down Vladimir Bierko]] because he [[GenreSavvy knows Henderson will betray him once Bierko's dead]]. Sure enough, this ends up saving Jack's life when Henderson does turn on him.
** Something similar happens at the end of Season 8, when Jack gets [[TheLancer Cole Ortiz]]
to defect and assist him in saving TheMole. After agreeing, Cole demands a weapon, which Jack provides him. Then, upon preparing to [[StormingTheCastle Storm The Warehouse]], Cole goes to chamber a round, and... Jack does actually give him bullets though.
** In Season 4, Dina Araz agrees to work with CTU to bring down [[Film/TheMummyTrilogy Imho]][[FanNickname Terrorist]] [[BigBad Habib Marwan]] by pretending to hold Jack Bauer prisoner so that Marwan will bring her (and Jack) to him. Marwan gives Dina Araz a gun to [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten
shoot her, only Jack Bauer with]]. Dina turns the gun on Marwan and--click, click. [[spoiler:One of Marwan's men shoots her offscreen.]]
** Season 3: [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten The Salazars order Jack
to reveal that [[DisguisedHostageGambit it is Lois dressed up as her]] and [[spoiler:Chloe]] reassures Oliver that kill his partner]], Chase (who has no idea what's going on). Jack pulls the trigger, but the gun is empty. Jack never reveals if he could tell the gun was empty or not.
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', a BrainwashedAndCrazy Ward tries to shoot May in the head, only to discover that she removed the magazine during their hand-to-hand fight. This one is ridiculous in retrospect given that Ward is a combat specialist, and has been specifically established as the kind of person who would notice the missing weight (such as telling Fitz "You removed the ounce!" when he tried the new version of the tranquilizer pistols)
** May shows her [[GenreSavvy savviness]] towards this trope when [[spoiler:Gonzales, one of the leaders of the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.,]] hands her a gun and tells her to shoot him if she thinks it's really necessary. They talk a bit, and she hands the gun back, telling him she's
not loaded.stupid enough to believe he'd hand her a loaded gun. He then picks it up, ejects the magazine, and clears the slide to show that he was telling the truth.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': At the end of the pilot episode, Big Bad shoots Captain Hero and... click. Turns out that Plucky Young Engineer had nicked the power cell from Big Bad's blaster during an earlier encounter. Captain Hero commences to knock Big Bad into the middle of next week with his Combat Staff.



* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode "Stop The Presses" - bad guy Ethan has kidnapped his brother Eric to make him help kill Superman. At one point Eric fights back and grabs the weapon they stole from the Pentagon and points it in Ethan's face. Ethan keeps telling Eric he's not man enough to do it. Eric pulls the trigger and, as in the description, nothing happens. Ethan gloats, "I disarmed it" and shows Eric the part he removed.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler]]", [[spoiler:Melody]] attempts to shoot the Doctor several times, only to find he took the trouble to disarm all the guns in the room. Or swap them with a banana. [[spoiler:Not that she needs a gun to kill him, though...]]
* Happened at least once in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', on an asteroid with a bone-eating girl and a mushroom-covered biologist. Also on the episode where John returns to Moya to find pirates have taken over and Scorpius is the only one who can help him save the day. So, John sets up an ambush on one of the pirates with Scorpius and gives him a huge rifle to do so. Not surprisingly, Scorpius discovers the rifle isn't loaded. His reaction is priceless: [[SarcasmMode "Thank you, John."]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has done this a couple of times: once, Sayid stole Rousseau's gun, unaware she'd removed the firing pin. Another time, Jack took a gun from Locke and attempted to shoot him, to which Locke replied, "It's not loaded."
** Subverted in another episode. A lackey encourages Michael [[spoiler: to go through with committing suicide by gun. It doesn't work, multiple times; the lackey claims because the island wants Michael]] alive.



* In a tv comedy sketch called ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj1jLAHWQWA&feature=related Ashes to Midsomer Murders]]'', [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 Gene]] [[Series/AshesToAshes Hunt]] pulls a gun on the suspect and fires. The gun does not go off because, as the suspect says. "I've taken the trouble to fill your gun with cake." But that's okay. Gene filled his cake with bullets!
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': During some heated negotiations with the Transport Association in "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS03E03ADayInTheStrife A Day in the Strife]]", a heckler challenges Sheridan, calling him a coward for hiding behind his security. Sheridan takes a PPG from one of his security men and shoves it in the heckler's pocket, telling him to go ahead and shoot. The heckler doesn't reach for the gun and backs down. He retrieved the gun and returns to the table. His second, Ivanova, calls him nuts for doing this. He smirks and toys with the power cap he'd palmed.
-->'''Ivanova:''' You are going to give me an ulcer.



* In the first episode of ''Series/ByAnyMeans'', the villain the team are trying to put away levels a shotgun at two of them and pulls the trigger. The gun clicks empty and the undercover man they had placed in the gang holds up the shells he had removed from the gun.
* A ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode plays the SecretTestOfCharacter version pretty straight: mob boss tells Ryan to [[ShootYourMate shoot his ex-girlfriend]], hands him a gun. Ryan says he can't shoot her, but has no problem shooting him instead. Gun was jiggered so it wouldn't fire.
* Shows up in an episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' when an upset Frasier Crane confronts Sam in his office with a revolver. Sam is quick to point out that "...there are no bullets in those little holes there." after Frasier tries to prove his resolve.
* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E23ModernWarfare Modern Warfare]]" Jeff removes his magazine before having sex with Britta, predicting her betrayal.
** In ''[[Recap/CommunityS2E23AFistfulOfPaintballs A Fistful of Paintballs]]'', [[spoiler: Pierce does it to Jeff.]] [[NiceJobFixingItVillain It actually helps Annie escape the Black Rider.]]
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Forget Me Not", Ronald Basderic attempts to shoot Sara only to find that Detective Crawford had swapped the clip from his gun for one loaded with blanks when he searched him earlier.
* ''Series/CSICyber'': In "Ghost in the Machine", Viper75 pulls the gun he had stashed, points it at Avery and squeezes the trigger. However, Avery and Elijah had got there first and unloaded the gun. They now have him on attempted murder of a federal agent as well as the other charges.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{CSINY}}''. A serial rapist has captured Jo, unloading her gun and tossing it to her. She then says, "They always forget the one in the chamber," and shoots him. He gets back up, and she picks a second bullet up off the floor, chambers it, and puts him down for good.
** Used when Mac catches up to the gangsters who [[spoiler:kidnapped Christine]]. He kills one[[note]]mind you, it was a good shoot[[/note]] and plays a game of Russian roulette to get the other to talk. [[spoiler:We find out at the end that the gun was empty and that he'd used sleight of hand to make the gangster, and us, ''think'' he was loading it.]]
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'': James Wesley has kidnapped Karen Page and is threatening her into backing off in her pursuit of Wilson Fisk. He's left his gun on the table within reach. When he is distracted by an incoming phone call from Fisk, Karen takes the opportunity to grab the gun and point it at him.
-->'''James Wesley:''' [[TooDumbToLive Do you really think I would put a loaded gun on the table where you could reach it?]]
-->'''Karen Page:''' I don't know. ''[cocks it]'' '''[[PreMortemOneLiner Do you really think this is the first time I've shot someone?]]'''
-->'''James Wesley:''' [[KilledMidSentence Miss Page—]] ''[Karen shoots him in the right shoulder. As he stares at her in shock, she puts six more rounds into his chest, killing him instantly]''
* Subverted in ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''. Pistol-whipping was chosen as Jesse James's "special weapon", and it ended giving the edge to him as it was proven to be deadlier than his rival [[spoiler:AlCapone]]'s [[GoodOldFisticuffs brass knuckles]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler"]], [[spoiler:Melody]] attempts to shoot the Doctor several times, only to find he took the trouble to disarm all the guns in the room. Or swap them with a banana. [[spoiler:Not that she needs a gun to kill him, though . . .]]



* Subverted in ''Series/WhiteCollar''. Neal tries this by pickpocketing the magazine from the suspect's gun, but she points out that there's still one bullet already in the chamber.
-->'''Neal''': [[DoesntLikeGuns Dammit. I've never been a gun guy.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': During some heated negotiations with the Transport Association in "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS03E03ADayInTheStrife A Day in the Strife]]", a heckler challenges Sheridan, calling him a coward for hiding behind his security. Sheridan takes a PPG from one of his security men and shoves it in the heckler's pocket, telling him to go ahead and shoot. The heckler doesn't reach for the gun and backs down. He retrieved the gun and returns to the table. His second, Ivanova, calls him nuts for doing this. He smirks and toys with the power cap he'd palmed.
-->'''Ivanova:''' You are going to give me an ulcer.
* Near the end of Season 5 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack gives Christopher Henderson an unloaded gun when they [[EnemyMine work together to take down Vladimir Bierko]] because he [[GenreSavvy knows Henderson will betray him once Bierko's dead]]. Sure enough, this ends up saving Jack's life when Henderson does turn on him.
** Something similar happens at the end of Season 8, when Jack gets [[TheLancer Cole Ortiz]] to defect and assist him in saving TheMole. After agreeing, Cole demands a weapon, which Jack provides him. Then, upon preparing to [[StormingTheCastle Storm The Warehouse]], Cole goes to chamber a round, and... Jack does actually give him bullets though.
** In Season 4, Dina Araz agrees to work with CTU to bring down [[Film/TheMummyTrilogy Imho]][[FanNickname Terrorist]] [[BigBad Habib Marwan]] by pretending to hold Jack Bauer prisoner so that Marwan will bring her (and Jack) to him. Marwan gives Dina Araz a gun to [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten shoot Jack Bauer with]]. Dina turns the gun on Marwan and--click, click. [[spoiler:One of Marwan's men shoots her offscreen.]]
** Season 3: [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten The Salazars order Jack to kill his partner]], Chase (who has no idea what's going on). Jack pulls the trigger, but the gun is empty. Jack never reveals if he could tell the gun was empty or not.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has Monk, Stottlemeyer, and Stottlemeyer's fiancee held at gunpoint by a suspect. Stottlemeyer tricks her into firing a shot into the air, then reveals he took the bullet magazine. The shot she fired was the one in the chamber.
** In one episode when Monk was working at a wal-mart like store, Monk needs to get a gun to stop the bad guy from leaving. The two idiots working the gun section give him a gun, but not the bullets. Monk then points the (unloaded!) gun at them and orders them to give him the bullets. Fearing getting shot (again, what idiots!), they give him the bullets.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', the normally-infallible Detective Goren informed a the murderer that her gun was empty. She responded by firing a shot into the air. Unfortunately for her that one in the chamber was the only one left.
* In the first season finale of ''Series/TrueBlood'', the killer does this with Sookie's shotgun. Sookie manages to get some use out of the gun, hitting him in the head with it.



* In an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' [[BigBad Murdoc]] removes the shells from a shotgun and takes the person who later tries to use it on him hostage.
* In a tv comedy sketch called '[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj1jLAHWQWA&feature=related Ashes to Midsomer Murders]]', [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 Gene]] [[Series/AshesToAshes Hunt]] pulls a gun on the suspect and fires. The gun does not go off because, as the suspect says. 'I've taken the trouble to fill your gun with cake.' But that's okay. Gene filled his cake with bullets!
* ''Series/TheMentalist'':
** Subverted in the first episode. Jane has confronted the killer, outlined how he's proved his guilt, and the killer pulls a gun. Jane just smiles and says "Oh, please, did you really think I'd [[BatmanGambit set up such a brilliant trap]] only to leave you a loaded gun?" Then he pats his pocket, and you can hear the bullets clicking. The killer goes to check the mag...and Jane throws something at him and runs away, since he did ''not'' manage to empty the gun before the killer got to it.
** In another episode Jane has given the killer a weapon, the killer turns the weapon on Jane and... click. No bullets. The killer smiles and pulls out a knife instead. Thankfully the rest of the team burst in and arrest him.
** In one incident Jane provokes a man he suspects is going to go on a rampage into starting early. And he'd had the team replace all the guy's ammunition with blanks.
---> '''Agent Cho''': Hey. How you doin'? You're under arrest for the attempted murder of- ''[Gestures around at the terrified guests]'' -everybody.

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* In Happened at least once in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', on an asteroid with a bone-eating girl and a mushroom-covered biologist. Also on the episode where John returns to Moya to find pirates have taken over and Scorpius is the only one who can help him save the day. So, John sets up an ambush on one of ''Series/MacGyver'' [[BigBad Murdoc]] removes the pirates with Scorpius and gives him a huge rifle to do so. Not surprisingly, Scorpius discovers the rifle isn't loaded. His reaction is priceless: [[SarcasmMode "Thank you, John."]]
* ''Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond''. Ian Fleming keeps badgering his boss Admiral Godfrey about being sent to command a frontline commando unit. To prove he has what it takes Fleming agrees to do the K Protocol, which turns out to be: go to a room and kill a man. "Now you know what the K stands for." Fleming hesitates at the moment of firing and is disarmed by his intended victim, who pulls the trigger on Fleming's revolver...of course, [[SecretTestOfCharacter the bullets are duds]]. Admiral Godfrey tells Fleming not to feel too bothered, as he didn't pass the K Protocol either.
* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': In "The Balloon Girl", Katie points her rifle at Ben when he catches up with her to try and return her to the circus, only to discover that he had taken the precaution of removing
the shells from a shotgun and takes it the person who later tries to use it night before.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'':
** Moroni pulls this
on him hostage.
* In a tv comedy sketch called '[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj1jLAHWQWA&feature=related Ashes to Midsomer Murders]]', [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 Gene]] [[Series/AshesToAshes Hunt]]
Penguin in "The Fearsome Dr. Crane". Penguin pulls a gun he stole from Moroni on the suspect and fires. The crime boss. Moroni tells him the gun does not go off because, as the suspect says. 'I've taken the trouble to fill your gun is loaded with cake.' But that's okay. Gene filled his cake with bullets!
* ''Series/TheMentalist'':
** Subverted in
blanks. Penguin doesn't believe him and pulls the first episode. Jane trigger. Moroni wasn't lying.
** Taking a leaf from Moroni's book, in "The Anvil or the Hammer" Penguin sends a group of assassins to hit Moroni. However, he
has confronted removed the firing pins from the guns he supplied them, so that the hit will fail and spark a mob war between Moroni and Falcone.
* ''Series/HarpersIsland'': [[spoiler: Henry removes the bullets from Sully's shotgun before revealing that he's
the killer, outlined how he's proved his guilt, and then taunts him to get him to pull the killer pulls a gun. Jane just smiles and says "Oh, please, did you really think I'd [[BatmanGambit set up such a brilliant trap]] only trigger. He then stabs Sully to leave you death. It's a loaded gun?" Then he pats his pocket, and you can hear the bullets clicking. The killer goes to check the mag...and Jane throws something at him and runs away, since he did ''not'' manage to empty the gun before the killer got to it.
** In another episode Jane has given the killer a weapon, the killer turns the weapon on Jane and... click. No bullets. The killer smiles and pulls out a knife instead. Thankfully the rest of the team burst in and arrest him.
** In one incident Jane provokes a man he suspects is going to go on a rampage into starting early. And he'd had the team replace all the guy's ammunition with blanks.
---> '''Agent Cho''': Hey. How you doin'? You're under arrest for the attempted murder of- ''[Gestures around at the terrified guests]'' -everybody.
very cruel moment.]]



* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E23ModernWarfare Modern Warfare]]" Jeff removes his magazine before having sex with Britta, predicting her betrayal.
** In ''[[Recap/CommunityS2E23AFistfulOfPaintballs A Fistful of Paintballs]]'', [[spoiler: Pierce does it to Jeff.]] [[NiceJobFixingItVillain It actually helps Annie escape the Black Rider.]]
* Done on at least one episode of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', when loveable conman Dennis Stanton tricks a murderer into revealing himself as being able to commit the murder despite totally burned hands by using this trope.
* Shows up in an episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' when an upset Frasier Crane confronts Sam in his office with a revolver. Sam is quick to point out that "...there are no bullets in those little holes there." after Frasier tries to prove his resolve.
* Conrad does it to Mad Dog Morgan in an episode of ''Series/WildBoys''. Morgan has another pistol, but it does buy Conrad enough time to make a bolt for it.
* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
** After they have [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]], [[spoiler:the leader of a group of robbers sabotages the firing pins on a set of guns so he can pick off his men in the street.]]
** Super-hacker Root pulls off a BatmanGambit against a lawyer while she's tied him up and interrogating him about the machine. The lawyer talks Harold into helping him free himself, gets the drop on Root, reveals what he knows to Harold and tries to [[YouKnowTooMuch shoot Harold with Root's gun]]. After the customary 'click, click', Root hits him with a taser.
** A mobster forces the main characters to play RussianRoulette. However, the [=PoI=] is a CardSharp and he managed to secretly remove the last bullet from the gun.
* ''Series/HarpersIsland:'' [[spoiler: Henry removes the bullets from Sully's shotgun before revealing that he's the killer, then taunts him to get him to pull the trigger. He then stabs Sully to death. It's a very cruel moment.]]
* Subverted in ''Series/{{CSINY}}''. A serial rapist has captured Jo, unloading her gun and tossing it to her. She then says, "They always forget the one in the chamber," and shoots him. He gets back up, and she picks a second bullet up off the floor, chambers it, and puts him down for good.
** Used when Mac catches up to the gangsters who [[spoiler:kidnapped Christine]]. He kills one[[note]]mind you, it was a good shoot[[/note]] and plays a game of Russian roulette to get the other to talk. [[spoiler:We find out at the end that the gun was empty and that he'd used sleight of hand to make the gangster, and us, ''think'' he was loading it.]]
* In ''{{Series/Wallander}}'', the eponymous character pulls this on himself: after the trauma of shooting a dangerous suspect dead, Wallander removes the bullets from his magazine. Then a [[DepravedHomosexual psycho suspect]] takes [[spoiler: his daughter Linda]] hostage at gunpoint.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "What Doesn't Kill You", a DirtyCop attempts to shoot Jane with a pistol that had been taken from evidence storage. It doesn't work because, knowing that someone was taking guns from the evidence, Jane had removed the firing pins from all the guns.

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* ''Series/InspectorMorse''. In "The Day of the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E23ModernWarfare Modern Warfare]]" Jeff removes Devil", a vicious serial rapist has his magazine before having sex psychiatrist hostage, claiming the house is wired with Britta, predicting her betrayal.
** In ''[[Recap/CommunityS2E23AFistfulOfPaintballs A Fistful of Paintballs]]'', [[spoiler: Pierce does
explosives and demanding to speak to Morse. [[spoiler:When Morse appears, he draws a pistol only for it to Jeff.]] [[NiceJobFixingItVillain It actually helps Annie escape be empty, and is shot dead by police. The psychiatrist then walks out of the Black Rider.]]
* Done on at least one episode of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', when loveable conman Dennis Stanton tricks a murderer into revealing himself as being able to commit the murder despite totally burned
house and calmly hands by using this trope.
* Shows up in an episode
over the bullets. Turns out she was one of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' when an upset Frasier Crane confronts Sam in his office with a revolver. Sam is quick to point out that "...there are no bullets in those little holes there." after Frasier tries to prove his resolve.
* Conrad does it to Mad Dog Morgan in an episode of ''Series/WildBoys''. Morgan has another pistol, but it does buy Conrad enough time to make a bolt for it.
* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
** After they have [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]], [[spoiler:the leader of a group of robbers sabotages
former victims, and had arranged the firing pins on a set of guns so he can pick off his men in the street.whole thing to get revenge.]]
** Super-hacker Root pulls off a BatmanGambit against a lawyer while she's tied him up and interrogating him about * On ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', the machine. The lawyer talks Harold normally-infallible Detective Goren informed a the murderer that her gun was empty. She responded by firing a shot into helping him free himself, gets the drop on Root, reveals what he knows to Harold and tries to [[YouKnowTooMuch shoot Harold with Root's gun]]. After air. Unfortunately for her that one in the customary 'click, click', Root hits him with a taser.
** A mobster forces
chamber was the main characters to play RussianRoulette. However, only one left.
* In
the [=PoI=] is a CardSharp and he managed to secretly remove the last bullet from the gun.
* ''Series/HarpersIsland:''
''Series/{{Leonardo}}'' episode "Dogs of War", Piero [[spoiler: Henry removes aims the bullets from Sully's shotgun before revealing that he's cannon of Leo's tank at Leo, Mac and Rocco, presses the killer, then taunts him to get him to pull trigger, and nothing happens. At which point Tom casually wanders up carrying the trigger. He then stabs Sully to death. It's a very cruel moment.]]
* Subverted in ''Series/{{CSINY}}''. A serial rapist has captured Jo, unloading her gun and tossing it to her. She then says, "They always forget the one in the chamber," and shoots him. He gets back up, and she picks a second bullet up off the floor, chambers it, and puts him down for good.
** Used when Mac catches up to the gangsters who [[spoiler:kidnapped Christine]]. He kills one[[note]]mind you, it was a good shoot[[/note]] and plays a game
flint (the Renaissance equivalent of Russian roulette to get the other to talk. [[spoiler:We find out at the end that the gun was empty and that he'd used sleight of hand to make the gangster, and us, ''think'' he was loading it.]]
* In ''{{Series/Wallander}}'', the eponymous character pulls this on himself: after the trauma of shooting a dangerous suspect dead, Wallander removes the bullets from his magazine. Then a [[DepravedHomosexual psycho suspect]] takes [[spoiler: his daughter Linda]] hostage at gunpoint.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "What Doesn't Kill You", a DirtyCop attempts to shoot Jane with a pistol that had been taken from evidence storage. It doesn't work because, knowing that someone was taking guns from the evidence, Jane had removed
removing the firing pins from all the guns.pin)]].



* A ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode plays the SecretTestOfCharacter version pretty straight: mob boss tells Ryan to [[ShootYourMate shoot his ex-girlfriend]], hands him a gun. Ryan says he can't shoot her, but has no problem shooting him instead. Gun was jiggered so it wouldn't fire.
* In the ''Series/{{Leonardo}}'' episode "Dogs of War", Piero [[spoiler: aims the cannon of Leo's tank at Leo, Mac and Rocco, presses the trigger, and nothing happens. At which point Tom casually wanders up carrying the flint (the Renaissance equivalent of removing the firing pin)]].
* In the first episode of ''Series/ByAnyMeans'', the villain the team are trying to put away levels a shotgun at two of them and pulls the trigger. The gun clicks empty and the undercover man they had placed in the gang holds up the shells he had removed from the gun.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Forget Me Not", Ronald Basderic attempts to shoot Sara only to find that Detective Crawford had swapped the clip from his gun for one loaded with blanks when he searched him earlier.

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* A ''Series/{{Castle}}'' ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode plays "Stop The Presses" - bad guy Ethan has kidnapped his brother Eric to make him help kill Superman. At one point Eric fights back and grabs the SecretTestOfCharacter version pretty straight: mob boss weapon they stole from the Pentagon and points it in Ethan's face. Ethan keeps telling Eric he's not man enough to do it. Eric pulls the trigger and, as in the description, nothing happens. Ethan gloats, "I disarmed it" and shows Eric the part he removed.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has done this a couple of times: once, Sayid stole Rousseau's gun, unaware she'd removed the firing pin. Another time, Jack took a gun from Locke and attempted to shoot him, to which Locke replied, "It's not loaded."
** Subverted in another episode. A lackey encourages Michael [[spoiler: to go through with committing suicide by gun. It doesn't work, multiple times; the lackey claims because the island wants Michael]] alive.
* In an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' [[BigBad Murdoc]] removes the shells from a shotgun and takes the person who later tries to use it on him hostage.
* ''Series/MajorCrimes'': In "Hindsight, Part 5", the killer, when confronted with evidence of their guilt, grabs a pistol and attempts to commit suicide, only to discover that Sanchez has swapped their pistol with an unloaded one.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'':
** Subverted in the first episode. Jane has confronted the killer, outlined how he's proved his guilt, and the killer pulls a gun. Jane just smiles and says "Oh, please, did you really think I'd [[BatmanGambit set up such a brilliant trap]] only to leave you a loaded gun?" Then he pats his pocket, and you can hear the bullets clicking. The killer goes to check the mag...and Jane throws something at him and runs away, since he did ''not'' manage to empty the gun before the killer got to it.
** In another episode Jane has given the killer a weapon, the killer turns the weapon on Jane and... click. No bullets. The killer smiles and pulls out a knife instead. Thankfully the rest of the team burst in and arrest him.
** In one incident Jane provokes a man he suspects is going to go on a rampage into starting early. And he'd had the team replace all the guy's ammunition with blanks.
---> '''Agent Cho''': Hey. How you doin'? You're under arrest for the attempted murder of- ''[Gestures around at the terrified guests]'' -everybody.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has Monk, Stottlemeyer, and Stottlemeyer's fiancee held at gunpoint by a suspect. Stottlemeyer tricks her into firing a shot into the air, then reveals he took the bullet magazine. The shot she fired was the one in the chamber.
** In one episode when Monk was working at a wal-mart like store, Monk needs to get a gun to stop the bad guy from leaving. The two idiots working the gun section give him a gun, but not the bullets. Monk then points the (unloaded!) gun at them and orders them to give him the bullets. Fearing getting shot (again, what idiots!), they give him the bullets.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': Dennis Stanton pulls this trick in "Suspicion of Murder". He comes up with a theory of how the murder could have been committed, but it hinges on proving the suspect could have fired a gun. Stanton pulls a BluffingTheMurderer moment by pretending to have more information than he has, and attempts to blackmail him. When the murderer pulls a gun and fires it, Stanton then reveals that he broke in the night before and switched the shells for blanks.
* In an episode of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', the villain of the week gives Sam Hanna a gun and
tells Ryan him to [[ShootYourMate shoot a captured Saudi prince]] to prove his ex-girlfriend]], hands him loyalty to the villain's cause. Sam handles the gun briefly before handing it back, telling the villain that a gun. Ryan says he can't loaded gun would work better.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "The Tale of the Big Why", TheMole draws a gun on Steed, Gambit and Purdey and plans to
shoot her, them so they cannot reveal his secret. Steed orders Gambit to disarm him and Gambit moves forward. TheMole fires but has no problem shooting his gun merely clicks as the hammer falls on empty chamber. Steed had spotted the gun in TheMole's pocket and - suspicious of why an undersecretary would be carrying a loaded pistol - had removed the clip.
* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
** After they have [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]], [[spoiler:the leader of a group of robbers sabotages the firing pins on a set of guns so he can pick off his men in the street.]]
** Super-hacker Root pulls off a BatmanGambit against a lawyer while she's tied
him instead. Gun was jiggered so it wouldn't fire.up and interrogating him about the machine. The lawyer talks Harold into helping him free himself, gets the drop on Root, reveals what he knows to Harold and tries to [[YouKnowTooMuch shoot Harold with Root's gun]]. After the customary 'click, click', Root hits him with a taser.
** A mobster forces the main characters to play RussianRoulette. However, the [=PoI=] is a CardSharp and he managed to secretly remove the last bullet from the gun.

* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In the ''Series/{{Leonardo}}'' episode "Dogs of War", Piero [[spoiler: aims the cannon of Leo's tank at Leo, Mac and Rocco, presses the trigger, and nothing happens. At which point Tom casually wanders up carrying the flint (the Renaissance equivalent of removing the firing pin)]].
* In the first episode of ''Series/ByAnyMeans'', the villain the team are trying to put away levels
"What Doesn't Kill You", a shotgun at two of them and pulls the trigger. The gun clicks empty and the undercover man they had placed in the gang holds up the shells he had removed from the gun.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Forget Me Not", Ronald Basderic
DirtyCop attempts to shoot Sara Jane with a pistol that had been taken from evidence storage. It doesn't work because, knowing that someone was taking guns from the evidence, Jane had removed the firing pins from all the guns.
* In the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "[[CharacterTitle Roulette]]", Roulette, or rather, [[spoiler:[[TheDogWasTheMastermind Chloe Sullivan]]]], tries to get Oliver to shoot her, only to reveal that [[DisguisedHostageGambit it is Lois dressed up as her]] and [[spoiler:Chloe]] reassures Oliver that the gun is not loaded.
* In the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "What's Cookin'", [[spoiler: Gaston tries to eliminate Fred and Erma with the gun he filched from Erma's purse,
only to find that Detective Crawford had swapped the clip from his gun for one out Erma doesn't keep it loaded because Fred won't let her.]]
* In the first season finale of ''Series/TrueBlood'', the killer does this
with blanks when he searched Sookie's shotgun. Sookie manages to get some use out of the gun, hitting him earlier.in the head with it.



* In the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "What's Cookin'," [[spoiler: Gaston tries to eliminate Fred and Erma with the gun he filched from Erma's purse, only to find out Erma doesn't keep it loaded because Fred won't let her.]]
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', a BrainwashedAndCrazy Ward tries to shoot May in the head, only to discover that she removed the magazine during their hand-to-hand fight. This one is ridiculous in retrospect given that Ward is a combat specialist, and has been specifically established as the kind of person who would notice the missing weight (such as telling Fitz "You removed the ounce!" when he tried the new version of the tranquilizer pistols)
** May shows her [[GenreSavvy savviness]] towards this trope when [[spoiler:Gonzales, one of the leaders of the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.,]] hands her a gun and tells her to shoot him if she thinks it's really necessary. They talk a bit, and she hands the gun back, telling him she's not stupid enough to believe he'd hand her a loaded gun. He then picks it up, ejects the magazine, and clears the slide to show that he was telling the truth.
* In an episode of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', the villain of the week gives Sam Hanna a gun and tells him to [[ShootYourMate shoot a captured Saudi prince]] to prove his loyalty to the villain's cause. Sam handles the gun briefly before handing it back, telling the villain that a loaded gun would work better.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': At the end of the pilot episode, Big Bad shoots Captain Hero and... click. Turns out that Plucky Young Engineer had nicked the power cell from Big Bad's blaster during an earlier encounter. Captain Hero commences to knock Big Bad into the middle of next week with his Combat Staff.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'': James Wesley has kidnapped Karen Page and is threatening her into backing off in her pursuit of Wilson Fisk. He's left his gun on the table within reach. When he is distracted by an incoming phone call from Fisk, Karen takes the opportunity to grab the gun and point it at him.
-->'''James Wesley:''' [[TooDumbToLive Do you really think I would put a loaded gun on the table where you could reach it?]]
-->'''Karen Page:''' I don't know. ''[cocks it]'' '''[[PreMortemOneLiner Do you really think this is the first time I've shot someone?]]'''
-->'''James Wesley:''' [[KilledMidSentence Miss Page—]] ''[Karen shoots him in the right shoulder. As he stares at her in shock, she puts six more rounds into his chest, killing him instantly]''
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'':
** Moroni pulls this on Penguin in "The Fearsome Dr. Crane". Penguin pulls a gun he stole from Moroni on the crime boss. Moroni tells him the gun is loaded with blanks. Penguin doesn't believe him and pulls the trigger. Moroni wasn't lying.
** Taking a leaf from Moroni's book, in "The Anvil or the Hammer" Penguin sends a group of assassins to hit Moroni. However, he has removed the firing pins from the guns he supplied them, so that the hit will fail and spark a mob war between Moroni and Falcone.
* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': In "The Balloon Girl", Katie points her rifle at Ben when he catches up with her to try and return her to the circus, only to discover that he had taken the precaution of removing the shells from it the night before.
* ''Series/CSICyber'': In "Ghost in the Machine", Viper75 pulls the gun he had stashed, points it at Avery and squeezes the trigger. However, Avery and Elijah had got there first and unloaded the gun. They now have him on attempted murder of a federal agent as well as the other charges.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "The Tale of the Big Why", TheMole draws a gun on Steed, Gambit and Purdey and plans to shoot them so they cannot reveal his secret. Steed orders Gambit to disarm him and Gambit moves forward. TheMole fires but his gun merely clicks as the hammer falls on empty chamber. Steed had spotted the gun in TheMole's pocket and - suspicious of why an undersecretary would be carrying a loaded pistol - had removed the clip.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': Dennis Stanton pulls this trick in "Suspicion of Murder". He comes up with a theory of how the murder could have been committed, but it hinges on proving the suspect could have fired a gun. Stanton pulls a BluffingTheMurderer moment by pretending to have more information than he has, and attempts to blackmail him. When the murderer pulls a gun and fires it, Stanton then reveals that he broke in the night before a switched the shells for blanks.
* ''Series/InspectorMorse''. In "The Day of the Devil", a vicious serial rapist has his psychiatrist hostage, claiming the house is wired with explosives and demanding to speak to Morse. [[spoiler:When Morse appears, he draws a pistol only for it to be empty, and is shot dead by police. The psychiatrist then walks out of the house and calmly hands over the bullets. Turns out she was one of his former victims, and had arranged the whole thing to get revenge.]]
* ''Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond''. Ian Fleming keeps badgering his boss Admiral Godfrey about being sent to command a frontline commando unit. To prove he has what it takes Fleming agrees to do the K Protocol, which turns out to be: go to a room and kill a man. "Now you know what the K stands for." Fleming hesitates at the moment of firing and is disarmed by his intended victim, who pulls the trigger on Fleming's revolver...of course, [[SecretTestOfCharacter the bullets are duds]]. Admiral Godfrey tells Fleming not to feel too bothered, as he didn't pass the K Protocol either.
* Subverted in ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''. Pistol-whipping was chosen as Jesse James's "special weapon", and it ended giving the edge to him as it was proven to be deadlier than his rival [[spoiler:AlCapone]]'s [[GoodOldFisticuffs brass knuckles]].
* ''Series/MajorCrimes'': In "Hindsight, Part 5", the killer, when confronted with evidence of their guilt, grabs a pistol and attempts to commit suicide, only to discover that Sanchez has swapped their pistol with an unloaded one.

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* In ''{{Series/Wallander}}'', the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "What's Cookin'," eponymous character pulls this on himself: after the trauma of shooting a dangerous suspect dead, Wallander removes the bullets from his magazine. Then a [[DepravedHomosexual psycho suspect]] takes [[spoiler: Gaston his daughter Linda]] hostage at gunpoint.
* Subverted in ''Series/WhiteCollar''. Neal
tries to eliminate Fred and Erma with this by pickpocketing the gun he filched magazine from Erma's purse, only to find the suspect's gun, but she points out Erma doesn't keep it loaded because Fred won't let her.that there's still one bullet already in the chamber.
-->'''Neal''': [[DoesntLikeGuns Dammit. I've never been a gun guy.
]]
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', a BrainwashedAndCrazy Ward tries Conrad does it to shoot May Mad Dog Morgan in the head, only to discover that she removed the magazine during their hand-to-hand fight. This one is ridiculous in retrospect given that Ward is a combat specialist, and has been specifically established as the kind of person who would notice the missing weight (such as telling Fitz "You removed the ounce!" when he tried the new version of the tranquilizer pistols)
** May shows her [[GenreSavvy savviness]] towards this trope when [[spoiler:Gonzales, one of the leaders of the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.,]] hands her a gun and tells her to shoot him if she thinks it's really necessary. They talk a bit, and she hands the gun back, telling him she's not stupid enough to believe he'd hand her a loaded gun. He then picks it up, ejects the magazine, and clears the slide to show that he was telling the truth.
* In
an episode of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', the villain of the week gives Sam Hanna a gun and tells him to [[ShootYourMate shoot a captured Saudi prince]] to prove his loyalty to the villain's cause. Sam handles the gun briefly before handing it back, telling the villain that a loaded gun would work better.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': At the end of the pilot episode, Big Bad shoots Captain Hero and... click. Turns out that Plucky Young Engineer had nicked the power cell from Big Bad's blaster during an earlier encounter. Captain Hero commences to knock Big Bad into the middle of next week with his Combat Staff.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'': James Wesley
''Series/WildBoys''. Morgan has kidnapped Karen Page and is threatening her into backing off in her pursuit of Wilson Fisk. He's left his gun on the table within reach. When he is distracted by an incoming phone call from Fisk, Karen takes the opportunity to grab the gun and point it at him.
-->'''James Wesley:''' [[TooDumbToLive Do you really think I would put a loaded gun on the table where you could reach it?]]
-->'''Karen Page:''' I don't know. ''[cocks it]'' '''[[PreMortemOneLiner Do you really think this is the first time I've shot someone?]]'''
-->'''James Wesley:''' [[KilledMidSentence Miss Page—]] ''[Karen shoots him in the right shoulder. As he stares at her in shock, she puts six more rounds into his chest, killing him instantly]''
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'':
** Moroni pulls this on Penguin in "The Fearsome Dr. Crane". Penguin pulls a gun he stole from Moroni on the crime boss. Moroni tells him the gun is loaded with blanks. Penguin doesn't believe him and pulls the trigger. Moroni wasn't lying.
** Taking a leaf from Moroni's book, in "The Anvil or the Hammer" Penguin sends a group of assassins to hit Moroni. However, he has removed the firing pins from the guns he supplied them, so that the hit will fail and spark a mob war between Moroni and Falcone.
* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': In "The Balloon Girl", Katie points her rifle at Ben when he catches up with her to try and return her to the circus, only to discover that he had taken the precaution of removing the shells from it the night before.
* ''Series/CSICyber'': In "Ghost in the Machine", Viper75 pulls the gun he had stashed, points it at Avery and squeezes the trigger. However, Avery and Elijah had got there first and unloaded the gun. They now have him on attempted murder of a federal agent as well as the other charges.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "The Tale of the Big Why", TheMole draws a gun on Steed, Gambit and Purdey and plans to shoot them so they cannot reveal his secret. Steed orders Gambit to disarm him and Gambit moves forward. TheMole fires but his gun merely clicks as the hammer falls on empty chamber. Steed had spotted the gun in TheMole's pocket and - suspicious of why an undersecretary would be carrying a loaded pistol - had removed the clip.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': Dennis Stanton pulls this trick in "Suspicion of Murder". He comes up with a theory of how the murder could have been committed,
another pistol, but it hinges on proving the suspect could have fired a gun. Stanton pulls a BluffingTheMurderer moment by pretending does buy Conrad enough time to have more information than he has, and attempts to blackmail him. When the murderer pulls make a gun and fires it, Stanton then reveals that he broke in the night before a switched the shells bolt for blanks.
* ''Series/InspectorMorse''. In "The Day of the Devil", a vicious serial rapist has his psychiatrist hostage, claiming the house is wired with explosives and demanding to speak to Morse. [[spoiler:When Morse appears, he draws a pistol only for it to be empty, and is shot dead by police. The psychiatrist then walks out of the house and calmly hands over the bullets. Turns out she was one of his former victims, and had arranged the whole thing to get revenge.]]
* ''Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond''. Ian Fleming keeps badgering his boss Admiral Godfrey about being sent to command a frontline commando unit. To prove he has what it takes Fleming agrees to do the K Protocol, which turns out to be: go to a room and kill a man. "Now you know what the K stands for." Fleming hesitates at the moment of firing and is disarmed by his intended victim, who pulls the trigger on Fleming's revolver...of course, [[SecretTestOfCharacter the bullets are duds]]. Admiral Godfrey tells Fleming not to feel too bothered, as he didn't pass the K Protocol either.
* Subverted in ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''. Pistol-whipping was chosen as Jesse James's "special weapon", and it ended giving the edge to him as it was proven to be deadlier than his rival [[spoiler:AlCapone]]'s [[GoodOldFisticuffs brass knuckles]].
* ''Series/MajorCrimes'': In "Hindsight, Part 5", the killer, when confronted with evidence of their guilt, grabs a pistol and attempts to commit suicide, only to discover that Sanchez has swapped their pistol with an unloaded one.
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18th Feb '17 4:23:53 PM rva98014
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* During the climax of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', [[spoiler:Nick and Judy are tossed into an exhibit pit with no way for either to climb out (Judy's leg was cut, or she'd have jumped), whereupon Bellwether draws a gun and snipes Nick. Nick proceeds to go feral and attack Judy while Bellwether watches on, gloating all the while; in reality, Nick had the Nighthowler Extract pellet on his person the whole time, the gun loaded with harmless blueberries instead, and his frenzy was all an act that he and Judy planned out in advance.]]

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* During the climax of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', [[spoiler:Nick [[spoiler:we learn that Night Howler serum is blue and is encased in a small spherical pellet delivered by an air gun. The pellet happens to be the same size as a blueberry, which Nick and Judy are tossed into an exhibit pit with no way for either to climb out (Judy's leg was cut, or she'd have jumped), whereupon Bellwether draws a gun and snipes Nick. Nick proceeds to go feral and attack Judy while Bellwether watches on, gloating all conveniently exploit in the while; in reality, Nick had climax by swapping the Nighthowler Extract serum pellet on his person the whole time, the gun loaded with harmless blueberries instead, and his frenzy was all an act that he and Judy planned out in advance.before Bellwether gets a hold of the gun.]]
18th Feb '17 12:19:17 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MajorCrimes'': In "Hindsight, Part 5", the killer, when confronted with evidence of their guilt, grabs a pistol and attempts to commit suicide, only to discover that Sanchez has swapped their pistol with an unloaded one.
17th Feb '17 12:22:27 PM AthenaBlue
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer is holding Snake at gunpoint. He looks away to apologize to Marge for not getting rid of the gun, at which point Snake snags it out of Homer's hand and takes aim. Homer then holds up a box of bullets and taunts Snake with the knowledge of the gun being unloaded. Snake then aims again and demands that Homer hand over the bullets. Homer promptly forgets his taunt and surrenders the ammo…. also saying "Okay! Don't shoot!"

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* In an Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer is holding Snake at gunpoint. He looks away "Turkey Guys", when Peter and Brian, attempting to apologize to Marge return home with a new turkey for Thanksgiving, are mugged by a man in a car in the same dilemma. Brian is understandably shocked, but Peter tries to bluff him, claiming "I bet that thing's not getting rid of even loaded!" He takes a bullet to the gun, at which point Snake snags it out of Homer's hand foot for the trouble. He continues anyway, now assuming "you just used your last bullet!", and takes aim. Homer then holds up another one to the other foot. When he tries to bluff a box of bullets ''third'' time, and taunts Snake with takes a third bullet to the knowledge of the gun being unloaded. Snake then aims again arm for it, is when he finally gives up and demands that Homer tells Brian to hand over the bullets. Homer promptly forgets his taunt and surrenders the ammo…. also saying "Okay! Don't shoot!"turkey.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer is holding Snake at gunpoint. He looks away to apologize to Marge for not getting rid of the gun, at which point Snake snags it out of Homer's hand and takes aim. Homer then holds up a box of bullets and taunts Snake with the knowledge of the gun being unloaded. Snake then aims again and demands that Homer hand over the bullets. Homer promptly forgets his taunt and surrenders the ammo…. also saying "Okay! Don't shoot!"
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS1E16TheHiddenEnemy "The Hidden Enemy"]], Cody and Rex are looking for a traitor. Cody leaves a blaster on a table, and the traitor grabs it and points it at Cody -- only for Cody to hold up the charge pack, revealing the weapon to be unloaded.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E10VisionOfHope "Vision of Hope"]], [[spoiler:Hera gives Senator Trayvis her pistol and asks him to "watch [their] backs" while she and Ezra try to find a way to shut off a giant rotating fan in their way. Trayvis turns out to be TheMole, and holds them at gunpoint -- only for Hera to reveal she'd figured him out and had removed the charge pack beforehand.]]
-->"A true rebel would know if he's holding a charged blaster."



* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Turkey Guys", when Peter and Brian, attempting to return home with a new turkey for Thanksgiving, are mugged by a man in a car in the same dilemma. Brian is understandably shocked, but Peter tries to bluff him, claiming "I bet that thing's not even loaded!" He takes a bullet to the foot for the trouble. He continues anyway, now assuming "you just used your last bullet!", and takes another one to the other foot. When he tries to bluff a ''third'' time, and takes a third bullet to the arm for it, is when he finally gives up and tells Brian to hand over the turkey.
25th Jan '17 4:00:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'': Joker pulls the trigger on a scared mook and a bang flag pops out of the gun. Joker says he was only kidding and the mook relaxes. [[spoiler: Then he pulls the trigger again, which shoots the bang flag into the mooks chest. "Oops, no I wasn't."]]
* One of the villains in ''WesternAnimation/BigTopScoobyDoo'' attempts to shoot Scooby with a tranquiliser gun, only to discover that Shaggy has taken the darts out of the gun.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'' when The Joker pulls a gun on Deadshot. Deadshot calmly says he's out of ammo. Joker protests that he isn't and fires into the ceiling to prove it. Deadshot then uses the opening to punch him.



** Similarly done in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' movie: ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker Return of the Joker]]'', when Joker pulls the trigger on a scared mook and a bang flag pops out of the gun. Joker says he was only kidding and the mook relaxes. [[spoiler: Then he pulls the trigger again, which shoots the bang flag into the mooks chest. "Oops, no I wasn't."]]



* One of the villains in ''WesternAnimation/BigTopScoobyDoo'' attempts to shoot Scooby with a tranquiliser gun, only to discover that Shaggy has taken the darts out of the gun.



* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'' when The Joker pulls a gun on Deadshot. Deadshot calmly says he's out of ammo. Joker protests that he isn't and fires into the ceiling to prove it. Deadshot then uses the opening to punch him.
25th Jan '17 3:59:43 AM Morgenthaler
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*** Given that this is a relatively routine Joker "joke" you'd think new lackeys would catch on, when the gun pops out that flag, run and zig zag.
*** Trouble is, sometimes it's not. The Joker will revel in seeing a victim practically piss themselves as he shoots a play gun at them (sometimes it's a boxing glove), and then calmly shoot another mook for hardly a reason with a real one. Sometimes even he gets confused as to what will happen if he pulls the trigger.
*** In one episode, Harley accidentally hands him a "bang" gun when he wanted a real one, the incident ticks him off enough to temporarily kick her out of the gang.
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