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* Ira Levin's ''Deathtrap''. One of the two protagonists has [[JustBetweenYouAndMe announced his intention to kill his co-conspirator]], pulls the trigger and gets a loud BANG! Turns out the other guy had already anticipated his betrayal and loaded the gun with blanks. The movie adaptation leaves out the blank and has Creator/MichaelCaine's character clicking the revolver's trigger with a dumbfounded expression on his face.

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* Ira Levin's Creator/IraLevin's ''Deathtrap''. One of the two protagonists has [[JustBetweenYouAndMe announced his intention to kill his co-conspirator]], pulls the trigger and gets a loud BANG! Turns out the other guy had already anticipated his betrayal and loaded the gun with blanks. The movie adaptation leaves out the blank and has Creator/MichaelCaine's character clicking the revolver's trigger with a dumbfounded expression on his face.
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* ''Manga/BlackCat'': Train Heartnet pulls a version on himself - in order to test Sven's resolve, he hands Sven his gun, which has one bullet in it, in a random slot. He puts his hand on the table and tells Sven to shoot it. Sven, figuring that it's not loaded, shoots without hesitation. Turns out it ''is'' loaded... with a fake, harmless bullet.



* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' has Henrietta doing this with one of the handlers' guns in order to reenact Elsa's tragic murder/suicide scene, [[MoeGreeneSpecial aiming the gun at her eye]] as Elsa had done before pulling the trigger. This serves to scare the living hell out of her own handler, Giuseppe (and the audience, as the way the scene is intercut leads us to believe that she's trying to kill herself for real), until she opens her eyes and shows him the bullets, revealing that she had unloaded the weapon before pulling this stunt.
* Subverted in the anime of ''Manga/GunsmithCats'', when Rally was given a gun [[ShootYourMate to prove her loyalty]]. Since she was a firearms expert, she could tell the gun was unloaded…and played as if she was going to shoot the cop anyway. But only after [[CrowningMomentOfFunny angrily asking if they wanted her to club him to death]], provoking them to give her a bullet.
* In TheWestern ShoujoDemographic manga ''Manga/{{Miriam}}'', protagonist Douglas is menaced by an enemy who stole his gun. The villain, who isn't particularly familiar with firearms, lets out an EvilLaugh and starts speechifying, before pulling the trigger several times to find an empty gun. When Douglas picks up the other guy's gun and turns the tables on him, he weakly insists that that gun, too, is empty, and Douglas knows he's bluffing because he can feel the difference.
* Subverted in ''Manga/EatMan'', when a bad guy gives Bolt a gun belonging to another character. When Bolt pulls it out on him later, he brags about having removed all the bullets first. Bolt shoots him with [[OneBuwwetWeft another bullet]] he caught in his teeth earlier.
* Happens in the very first scene of ''Manga/TheDaughterOfTwentyFaces''. Chiko herself manages to pull it off by the end of the second episode.
* During a scene in the second season of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Flay (left in Rau's office after he [[spoiler:rescues her from being killed in the Alaska fiasco on a whim]]) gets a gun out of his desk and tries to attack him when he comes back in. Rau's response is to lecture her that attacking the one person with any interest in keeping her safe is ridiculous, especially when the gun's not even loaded in the first place.
* ''Manga/BlackCat'': Train Heartnet pulls a version on himself - in order to test Sven's resolve, he hands Sven his gun, which has one bullet in it, in a random slot. He puts his hand on the table and tells Sven to shoot it. Sven, figuring that it's not loaded, shoots without hesitation. Turns out it ''is'' loaded...with a fake, harmless bullet.



* Played with in ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'': In the depths of the flying city the young hero Pazu is facing down the villain Muska (one of the slimiest villains in film, right up there with Mother Iselin). Pazu has his big grenade launcher, had been given two shells, which we know he has already used. So Pazu's bluffing. Muska has his handgun leveled at Pazu, however, he lowers it, apparently falling for the bluff. But why? A real close look will show Miyazaki's attention to the details. The shot is looking over Muska's shoulder and we see his handgun with the hammer pulled down ... and it's obvious there's NO bullets in the chamber -- having run out of bullets too!
* A ''magnificent'' example in ''Manga/CatsEye'' (from the same author as ''Manga/CityHunter''): [[OhCrap a criminal has just discovered the guys who egged him to brag about his crimes were]] ''[[OhCrap cops]]'', and to escape he produces his gun... At which point one of the cops produces ''the gun's magazine'' he had stolen from him earlier that day.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in a chapter of ''Manga/CityHunter'', when Ryo faced a rival sweeper calling himself the Bat. The Bat believed that his early defeat was due Ryo's gun having been improved to become more accurate by a legendary gunsmith, so Ryo, to free the gunsmith's daughter (who was just as good as her father), accepted to duel him with switched guns, with the Bat handing Ryo an unloaded gun... And getting beaned when Ryo outdrew him and ''threw the gun at him'' because he had noticed it was unloaded.
* Happens in the very first scene of ''Manga/TheDaughterOfTwentyFaces''. Chiko herself manages to pull it off by the end of the second episode.
* During a bus-jacking incident in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Jodie plays up her FunnyForeigner [[ObfuscatingStupidity antics]] to get close to one of the jackers and secretly disabling his gun. When his accomplices are taken care of, he tries to fire it, [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont with predictable results]].
* Subverted in ''Manga/EatMan'', when a bad guy gives Bolt a gun belonging to another character. When Bolt pulls it out on him later, he brags about having removed all the bullets first. Bolt shoots him with [[OneBuwwetWeft another bullet]] he caught in his teeth earlier.



* Played with in ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'': In the depths of the flying city the young hero Pazu is facing down the villain Muska (one of the slimiest villains in film, right up there with Mother Iselin). Pazu has his big grenade launcher, had been given two shells, which we know he has already used. So Pazu's bluffing. Muska has his handgun leveled at Pazu, however, he lowers it, apparently falling for the bluff. But why? A real close look will show Miyazaki's attention to the details. The shot is looking over Muska's shoulder and we see his handgun with the hammer pulled down ... and it's obvious there's NO bullets in the chamber - having run out of bullets too!
* ''Manga/TriGun'' has a CrowningMomentOfFunny involving this in the beginning of episode 5 "Hard Puncher". A bunch of bandits burst into a cafe and unload on Vash the Stampede. It's only later we learn that the whole scenario turned out to be ATeamFiring and the only thing that got hit was his bottle of [[ABloodyMess tomato juice]]. He then demonstrates he's very much in control when he headshots all of them...with a suction cup gun. One of the bandits gets ticked and decides to go shooting again. Vash basically says, "Go nuts." He does. *''click''*
--> '''Vash:''' I'm afraid you've used up all your bullets already.\\
(The bandits leave town in their skivvies.)
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in a chapter of ''Manga/CityHunter'', when Ryo faced a rival sweeper calling himself the Bat. The Bat believed that his early defeat was due Ryo's gun having been improved to become more accurate by a legendary gunsmith, so Ryo, to free the gunsmith's daughter (who was just as good as her father), accepted to duel him with switched guns, with the Bat handing Ryo an unloaded gun... And getting beaned when Ryo outdrew him and ''threw the gun at him'' because he had noticed it was unloaded.
* A ''magnificent'' example in ''Manga/CatsEye'' (from the same author as ''Manga/CityHunter''): [[OhCrap a criminal has just discovered the guys who egged him to brag about his crimes were]] ''[[OhCrap cops]]'', and to escape he produces his gun... At which point one of the cops produces ''the gun's magazine'' he had stolen from him earlier that day.



* During a bus-jacking incident in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Jodie plays up her FunnyForeigner [[ObfuscatingStupidity antics]] to get close to one of the jackers and secretly disabling his gun. When his accomplices are taken care of, he tries to fire it, [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont with predictable results]].



* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' has Henrietta doing this with one of the handlers' guns in order to reenact Elsa's tragic murder/suicide scene, [[MoeGreeneSpecial aiming the gun at her eye]] as Elsa had done before pulling the trigger. This serves to scare the living hell out of her own handler, Giuseppe (and the audience, as the way the scene is intercut leads us to believe that she's trying to kill herself for real), until she opens her eyes and shows him the bullets, revealing that she had unloaded the weapon before pulling this stunt.
* Subverted in the anime of ''Manga/GunsmithCats'', when Rally was given a gun [[ShootYourMate to prove her loyalty]]. Since she was a firearms expert, she could tell the gun was unloaded…and played as if she was going to shoot the cop anyway. But only after [[CrowningMomentOfFunny angrily asking if they wanted her to club him to death]], provoking them to give her a bullet.
* In TheWestern ShoujoDemographic manga ''Manga/{{Miriam}}'', protagonist Douglas is menaced by an enemy who stole his gun. The villain, who isn't particularly familiar with firearms, lets out an EvilLaugh and starts speechifying, before pulling the trigger several times to find an empty gun. When Douglas picks up the other guy's gun and turns the tables on him, he weakly insists that that gun, too, is empty, and Douglas knows he's bluffing because he can feel the difference.
* During a scene in the second season of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Flay (left in Rau's office after he [[spoiler:rescues her from being killed in the Alaska fiasco on a whim]]) gets a gun out of his desk and tries to attack him when he comes back in. Rau's response is to lecture her that attacking the one person with any interest in keeping her safe is ridiculous, especially when the gun's not even loaded in the first place.
* ''Manga/TriGun'' has a CrowningMomentOfFunny involving this in the beginning of episode 5 "Hard Puncher". A bunch of bandits burst into a cafe and unload on Vash the Stampede. It's only later we learn that the whole scenario turned out to be ATeamFiring and the only thing that got hit was his bottle of [[ABloodyMess tomato juice]]. He then demonstrates he's very much in control when he headshots all of them...with a suction cup gun. One of the bandits gets ticked and decides to go shooting again. Vash basically says, "Go nuts." He does. *''click''*
--> '''Vash:''' I'm afraid you've used up all your bullets already.\\
(The bandits leave town in their skivvies.)



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* During the climax of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', [[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 conveniently exploit in the climax by swapping the serum pellet with blueberries before Bellwether gets a hold of the gun.]]

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* During the climax Played with in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'' when The Joker pulls a gun on Deadshot. Deadshot calmly says he's out of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', [[spoiler:we learn ammo. Joker protests that Night Howler serum is blue he isn't and is encased in a small spherical pellet delivered by an air gun. The pellet happens to be fires into the same size as a blueberry, which Nick and Judy conveniently exploit in ceiling to prove it. Deadshot then uses the climax by swapping the serum pellet with blueberries before Bellwether gets a hold of the gun.]]opening to punch him.



* 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.

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* Played During the climax of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', [[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 conveniently exploit in the climax by swapping the serum pellet with in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'' when The Joker pulls blueberries before Bellwether gets a gun on Deadshot. Deadshot calmly says he's out hold of ammo. Joker protests that he isn't and fires into the ceiling to prove it. Deadshot then uses the opening to punch him.gun.]]



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* Harry's infamous line from ''Film/DirtyHarry'' uses this to intimidate his opponent:
--> '''Harry Callahan:''' I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking "did he fire six shots or only five?" Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?

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* Harry's infamous line from ''Film/DirtyHarry'' uses this to intimidate his opponent:
--> '''Harry Callahan:''' I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking "did he fire six shots or only five?" Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?
Live-Action]]



* ''Film/{{The Art of War}}'' (2000). After holding an FBI agent at gunpoint, Shaw calmly hands him back his Glock buttfirst, but presses down the magazine release catch as he does so, so the magazine falls out and bounces under the car. As he drives off, Shaw holds up the chamber round as well.
* At the beginning of ''Film/TheATeam'', a Mexican drug cartel has captured Hannibal Smith. They go to shoot him with his own gun. Click. Click. [[spoiler:Hannibal had removed the firing pin. He uses it to pick his handcuffs, then puts the pin back in place in enough time to shoot his way out.]]
* Twisted gloriously in ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever'', After Gant's kid is stolen by Sever, the agent who was watching over him was handed a gun and told to blow his brains out. He decides it'd be better used to shoot Gant. It doesn't work because [[spoiler: the gun's been modified to shoot backwards, so if he'd actually tried to suicide he would have been okay. Instead he got shot in the face.]] One of the (very) few good moments in the movie.



* In the 2002 version of ''Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', after the villain accidentally confessing to murder, the policeman loads him into the wagon with [[LeaveBehindAPistol a single shot pistol as "a courtesy for a gentleman".]] The disgraced villain, facing a lifetime of slow torment in prison, puts it in his mouth and... click. Cue the protagonist's final taunt:
-->'''Dantes''': You didn't think I'd make it that easy, did you?

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* In ''Film/TheBeach''. [[spoiler:The Thai marijuana farmers pull this trick on Sal -- they hand her a gun which they say has a bullet in the 2002 version of ''Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', after chamber and tell her to execute Richard; if she does her community will be allowed to stay. She pulls the villain accidentally confessing to murder, trigger and nothing happens, causing her VillainousBreakdown and the policeman loads him into instant disintegration of the wagon with [[LeaveBehindAPistol a single shot pistol as "a courtesy for a gentleman".]] The disgraced villain, facing a lifetime of slow torment in prison, puts it in his mouth and... click. Cue community, which is what the protagonist's final taunt:
-->'''Dantes''': You didn't think I'd make it that easy, did you?
farmers wanted in the first place.]]



* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', the black-and-white opening sequence sees a corrupt MI6 section chief draw a pistol out of his desk drawer. Bond shows him the magazine before [[BoomHeadShot terminating him]].
** Reversed in ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', when Bond pulls out his gun, and [[spoiler:Miranda comes in, reveals that she has been working with Graves all along and that she had sabotaged the firing pin of Bond's gun after sleeping with him. Otherwise, we would have ''James Bond'' not realizing that his gun was empty.]]
** In ''Film/DrNo'', Bond knocks Professor Dent's pistol out of his hand and holds him at gunpoint. As Bond looks away, Dent gets his pistol back and tries to fire, but it's empty, leading Bond to remark [[PreMortemOneLiner "That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six."]], and shoots him.
** In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Q issues Bond with a signature gun that will only fire when it verifies Bond's palm print on the stock. This saves Bond's life when a ninja snatches it off him and tries to fire it.
** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Q issues a weapon similar to the one from ''Licence to Kill''. During the fight with Silva's thugs in the Macau casino one of them gets the gun away from him and levels it at him. Bond goes, "Good luck with that," and climbs out of the komodo dragon pit as one of them chomps the thug from behind.
** In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', Bond discovers too late during a car chase that his car's built in guns are not loaded and must find a different way to win. [[spoiler:M calls out Denbigh on his carelessness, after the latter tries to shoot him without checking if his gun is still loaded (the bullets are all in M's hand).]]
** A deleted scene from ''Film/GoldenEye'' had a variant between Valentin Zukovsky and an inept Pakistani arms dealer. The dealer tries to sell a Glock pistol, but Zukovsky quickly identifies it as a Chinese knockoff. Things quickly escalate to Zukovsky holding the dealer up with his own merchandise, but when he pulls the trigger nothing happens - the knockoff's firing pin was too short.
* Smith (Richard Burton) confronts TheMole at the end of ''Film/WhereEaglesDare'', but TheMole has a gun pointed at him. No problem: it was arranged he would have that gun, and the firing pin has been removed.
* In ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' remake, the (evil) sheriff gave his gun to one of the good guys in order to demonstrate the suicide they saw in the beginning of the movie. When he stuck the gun in his mouth as a demonstration, the sheriff told him to pull the trigger. The victim instead, not wanting to commit suicide, pointed the gun at the sheriff and pulled the trigger. The gun was unloaded. The sheriff got him for attempted murder.

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* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'',
Played with in the black-and-white opening sequence film ''Literature/BigTrouble''. The bad guys have Creator/TimAllen's son and others held hostage in the living room, and Tim sees a corrupt MI6 section chief draw a pistol water gun in the sink. He removes the water cartridge, leaving it looking surprisingly realistic, and walks out of the kitchen, pointing it at the second mook's head. He almost has them convinced, too, until the first mook (slightly smarter than his desk drawer. Bond shows him partner, which isn't saying much) sees water dripping from the magazine before [[BoomHeadShot terminating him]].
** Reversed in ''Film/DieAnotherDay'',
muzzle of the 'gun'. He then grabs the gun from Tim's hands and squirts the remaining water from it.
* ''Film/{{Blackwood}}''. Eduardo has Blackwood at gunpoint until Blackwood holds up a handful of bullets. Subverted later
when Bond pulls out it's revealed that those were Blackwood's bullets and Eduardo's gun was loaded the whole time.
* ''{{Film/Blade}}'' has a "works better with your hand" variant. Blade's katana has a mechanism in the handle that horribly mangles the hand if its timer isn't disabled. It's only used to comedic effect by a vampire mook (who'll regenerate
his gun, hand anyway), however.
* Employed in ''Film/{{Bloodfist}} VI'' when the hero hands his gun to TheMole
and [[spoiler:Miranda comes in, then turns his back to her.
* ''Film/BoggyCreek2TheLegendContinues'': Professor Lockhart
reveals he removed the ammo from Crenshaw's shotgun.
* Jason Bourne pulls this on a fellow assassin in ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy''. The victim even mentions
that she has been working the weapon "felt a little light."
* ZigZaggingTrope in ''Film/BrokenArrow'', another John Woo movie. After being forcibly ejected from his plane, [[TheHero Captain Riley Hale]] finds himself in a standoff
with Graves all along [[ActionGirl Park Ranger Terri Carmichael]], during which he gets ahold of her gun -- except she says she doesn't keep it loaded. A minute later, when she reclaims the gun and points it at him, he reminds her that it's not loaded -- until she had sabotaged fires a shot in the firing pin of Bond's gun air and says, "ILied."
* Used by {{guile|Hero}} [[AntiHero type III antihero]] Carlito Brigante in ''Film/CarlitosWay''. His former attorney Dave Kleinfeld [[spoiler: has murdered Tony "T" Taglialucci and his son, and tried selling Carlito out to the district attorney]], with Carlito also implicated in the crime. Kleinfeld is stabbed by an assassin and hospitalized. Carlito visits Kleinfeld in the hospital, where Kleinfeld clumsily pulls a revolver from under his pillow, fully expecting that the 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 Kleinfeld the weapon should be on his tray, not under his pillow. Carlito leaves. Shortly afterwards, Tony T's other son Vinnie enters, dressed as a police officer, to assassinate Kleinfeld. Kleinfeld lifts his revolver, pulls the trigger first...only to [[OhCrap realize]] that Carlito removed all the bullets. Carlito [[BatmanGambit knew]] Davey was an academic with no street sense, and the mafia would send someone to finish the job. Vinnie shoots Kleinfeld in the head without much more difficulty.
* ''Film/{{Clue}}'': In the [[MultipleEndings first ending]],
after sleeping [[spoiler: Miss Scarlet]] is exposed as the killer, they threaten to shoot Wadsworth with him. Otherwise, we would have ''James Bond'' not realizing The Revolver. Wadsworth, however, claims that his the gun is now empty, leading to a [[OverlyLongGag somewhat brief]] debate over how many times the gun's been fired in the movie. [[spoiler: Scarlet was empty.right about there being one more bullet.]]
** * In ''Film/DrNo'', Bond knocks Professor Dent's the 2002 version of ''Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', after the villain accidentally confesses to murder, the policeman loads him into the wagon with [[LeaveBehindAPistol a single shot pistol out as "a courtesy for a gentleman".]] The disgraced villain, facing a lifetime of slow torment in prison, puts it in his hand and holds him at gunpoint. As Bond looks away, Dent gets his pistol back and tries to fire, but it's empty, leading Bond to remark [[PreMortemOneLiner "That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six."]], and shoots him.
** In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Q issues Bond with a signature gun
mouth and... click. Cue the protagonist's final taunt:
-->'''Dantes''': You didn't think I'd make it
that will only fire when it verifies Bond's palm print on the stock. This saves Bond's life when a ninja snatches it off him and tries to fire it.
** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Q issues a weapon similar to the one from ''Licence to Kill''.
easy, did you?
*
During the fight with Silva's thugs in long cat-and-mouse battle that makes up much of ''Film/CrackerJack'', the Macau casino one of them gets the hero's gun away is wrestled from him and levels it at him. Bond goes, "Good luck with that," and climbs out by one of the komodo dragon pit as one of them chomps bad guys, who predictably taunts him with "Any last words?" The hero's response: "Only eight bullets per clip, son." ''Click.''
* ''Film/TheCrimsonRivers'' : Max Kerkerian, cop, dramatically puts down his gun and badge to goad an aggressive skinhead into a fistfight. "There, no more cop." As
the thug from behind.
** In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', Bond discovers too late during a car chase that his car's built in guns are not loaded and must find a different way to win. [[spoiler:M calls out Denbigh on his carelessness, after
fight starts going badly for him, the latter skinhead tries to shoot him without checking if his gun is still loaded (the bullets are all in M's hand).]]
** A deleted scene from ''Film/GoldenEye'' had a variant between Valentin Zukovsky and an inept Pakistani arms dealer. The dealer tries to sell a Glock pistol, but Zukovsky quickly identifies it as a Chinese knockoff. Things quickly escalate to Zukovsky holding the dealer up
threaten Max with his own merchandise, but when he pulls gun, only to get his face thoroughly broken. Max then shows him the trigger nothing happens - magazine, which was in his pocket the knockoff's firing pin was too short.
whole time.
* Smith (Richard Burton) confronts TheMole Morgan does this to a bounty hunter who is after her at the end start of ''Film/WhereEaglesDare'', but TheMole has a gun pointed at him. No problem: it was arranged he would have that gun, and ''Film/CutthroatIsland''. After bedding him, she steals the firing pin has been removed.
balls from his pistols.
* In ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' remake, ''Film/DejaVu'': played with at the (evil) sheriff gave climax: agent Carlin takes the magazine out of his gun to one of and when it slide-locks, [[spoiler: he sticks a single bullet into the good guys in order chamber, making his gun look empty to demonstrate the suicide they saw in the beginning of the movie. When he stuck the gun in his mouth as a demonstration, the sheriff told terrorist and allowing him to pull the trigger. The victim instead, not wanting to commit suicide, pointed the gun at the sheriff and pulled the trigger. The gun was unloaded. The sheriff got him get close enough for attempted murder.a single BoomHeadshot.]]



* Harry's infamous line from ''Film/DirtyHarry'' uses this to intimidate his opponent:
-->'''Harry Callahan:''' I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking "did he fire six shots or only five?" Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?



* John Woo's ''Film/TheKiller'' has the title character doing this to his handler Sidney Fung in an awesome scene in which he demands the money he was promised in order to have Jenny's eyes fixed and the name of the guy who had him ambushed at the beach following the job he did to raise that money. Sidney has been persuaded by Johnny Weng to kill him rather than give him the money, and the briefcase that was supposed to hold the money has nothing but worthless paper inside. When he puts his weapon down to open it, Sidney grabs the gun and points it at him, at which point the Killer starts laughing. Sidney pulls the trigger, only to have it click on an empty chamber, and the Killer reveals that he unloaded it when he shows Sidney the bullets, just before pulling his ''other'' gun on him.
* ZigZaggingTrope in ''Film/BrokenArrow'', another John Woo movie. After being forcibly ejected from his plane, [[TheHero Captain Riley Hale]] finds himself in a standoff with [[ActionGirl Park Ranger Terri Carmichael]], during which he gets ahold of her gun--except she says she doesn't keep it loaded. A minute later, when she reclaims the gun and points it at him, he reminds her that it's not loaded--until she fires a shot in the air and says, "ILied."
* Tommy Lee Jones does it in ''Film/USMarshals'': he checks [[spoiler:his villainous partner]]'s gun and gives it back to him. When he comes to use it on him, there's no bullets. Since it wasn't his normal gun, this also addresses the "different weight" issue.
* In the [[MexicanStandoff three way final showdown]] of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', [[spoiler: Blondie empties Tuco's gun beforehand, so he can shoot Angel Eyes without Tuco interfering]].
* In ''Film/{{Shooter}}'', Bob Lee Swagger demonstrates that his rifle (planted by the bad guys, and seized by the FBI) could not have been the one used in the assassination because, before he left his home, [[ProperlyParanoid he replaced the firing pin with one that didn't work as a security precaution.]]

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* John Woo's ''Film/TheKiller'' has the title character doing this to ''Film/FugitiveAlien''. The Captain never keeps bullets in his handler Sidney Fung in an awesome scene in gun, which he demands the money he was promised in order to have Jenny's eyes fixed and the name of the guy who had makes it easy for him ambushed at the beach following the job he did to raise that money. Sidney has been persuaded by Johnny Weng to kill him rather than give him the money, and the briefcase that was supposed to hold the money has nothing but worthless paper inside. When he puts his weapon down to open it, Sidney grabs the gun and points it at him, at which point the Killer starts laughing. Sidney pulls the trigger, only to have it click on an empty chamber, and the Killer reveals that he unloaded it overcome Ken when he shows Sidney the bullets, just before pulling grabs it out of his ''other'' gun on him.
* ZigZaggingTrope in ''Film/BrokenArrow'', another John Woo movie. After being forcibly ejected from his plane, [[TheHero Captain Riley Hale]] finds himself in a standoff with [[ActionGirl Park Ranger Terri Carmichael]], during which he gets ahold of her gun--except she says she doesn't keep it loaded. A minute later, when she reclaims the gun and points it at him, he reminds her that it's not loaded--until she fires a shot in the air and says, "ILied."
* Tommy Lee Jones does it in ''Film/USMarshals'': he checks [[spoiler:his villainous partner]]'s gun and gives it back to him. When he comes to use it on him, there's no bullets. Since it wasn't his normal gun, this also addresses the "different weight" issue.
* In the [[MexicanStandoff three way final showdown]] of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', [[spoiler: Blondie empties Tuco's gun beforehand, so he can shoot Angel Eyes without Tuco interfering]].
* In ''Film/{{Shooter}}'', Bob Lee Swagger demonstrates that his rifle (planted by the bad guys, and seized by the FBI) could not have been the one used in the assassination because, before he left his home, [[ProperlyParanoid he replaced the firing pin with one that didn't work as a security precaution.]]
holster.



* ''Film/TheCrimsonRivers'' : Max Kerkerian, cop, dramatically puts down his gun and badge to goad an aggressive skinhead into a fistfight. "There, no more cop." As the fight starts going badly for him, the skinhead tries to threaten Max with his own gun, only to get his face thoroughly broken. Max then shows him the magazine, which was in his pocket the whole time.

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* ''Film/TheCrimsonRivers'' : Max Kerkerian, cop, dramatically puts down his In the [[MexicanStandoff three-way final showdown]] of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', [[spoiler: Blondie empties Tuco's gun beforehand, so he can shoot Angel Eyes without Tuco interfering]].
* Subverted in ''Film/InBruges''. Ray disarms the man trying to rob him
and badge he finds out it's only loaded with blanks. He still manages to goad an aggressive skinhead [[spoiler:blind him by firing a blank into a fistfight. "There, no more cop." As the fight starts going his eye, though]].
* A subversion of this ends
badly for him, a cop in ''Incident at Raven's Gate'' when a mysterious government agent pulls a gun on him.
-->'''Cop''': You dumb fuck! I unloaded
the skinhead tries to threaten Max with his own gun, only to get his face thoroughly broken. Max then shows him the magazine, which was in his pocket the whole time.gun!\\
'''Agent''': *shoots him* I guess I must have reloaded it.



* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', the black-and-white opening sequence sees a corrupt MI6 section chief draw a pistol out of his desk drawer. Bond shows him the magazine before [[BoomHeadShot terminating him]].
** Reversed in ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', when Bond pulls out his gun, and [[spoiler:Miranda comes in, reveals that she has been working with Graves all along and that she had sabotaged the firing pin of Bond's gun after sleeping with him. Otherwise, we would have ''James Bond'' not realizing that his gun was empty.]]
** In ''Film/DrNo'', Bond knocks Professor Dent's pistol out of his hand and holds him at gunpoint. As Bond looks away, Dent gets his pistol back and tries to fire, but it's empty, leading Bond to remark [[PreMortemOneLiner "That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six."]], and shoots him.
** In ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Q issues Bond with a signature gun that will only fire when it verifies Bond's palm print on the stock. This saves Bond's life when a ninja snatches it off him and tries to fire it.
** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Q issues a weapon similar to the one from ''Licence to Kill''. During the fight with Silva's thugs in the Macau casino one of them gets the gun away from him and levels it at him. Bond goes, "Good luck with that," and climbs out of the komodo dragon pit as one of them chomps the thug from behind.
** In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', Bond discovers too late during a car chase that his car's built in guns are not loaded and must find a different way to win. [[spoiler:M calls out Denbigh on his carelessness, after the latter tries to shoot him without checking if his gun is still loaded (the bullets are all in M's hand).]]
** A deleted scene from ''Film/GoldenEye'' had a variant between Valentin Zukovsky and an inept Pakistani arms dealer. The dealer tries to sell a Glock pistol, but Zukovsky quickly identifies it as a Chinese knockoff. Things quickly escalate to Zukovsky holding the dealer up with his own merchandise, but when he pulls the trigger nothing happens -- the knockoff's firing pin was too short.
* John Woo's ''Film/TheKiller'' has the title character doing this to his handler Sidney Fung in an awesome scene in which he demands the money he was promised in order to have Jenny's eyes fixed and the name of the guy who had him ambushed at the beach following the job he did to raise that money. Sidney has been persuaded by Johnny Weng to kill him rather than give him the money, and the briefcase that was supposed to hold the money has nothing but worthless paper inside. When he puts his weapon down to open it, Sidney grabs the gun and points it at him, at which point the Killer starts laughing. Sidney pulls the trigger, only to have it click on an empty chamber, and the Killer reveals that he unloaded it when he shows Sidney the bullets, just before pulling his ''other'' gun on him.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Eggsy pilfers a mook's rifle and tries to turn it on some other mooks, but the magazine is empty. Fortunately, Merlin's is loaded. When Eggsy does this again later, he makes sure this one is loaded.
* Subverted in ''Film/LastActionHero'' when the BigBad Benedict tries to shoot Jack Slater (Ahnuld), only to hear the familiar *click*. Slater and the BigBad have had [[GenreBlindness trouble adjusting to the real world]]; Slater thinks he's forgotten that guns don't have unlimited ammo here, and calls him out on it. Benedict tells him that he simply left one chamber empty and shoots him.
* ''Film/LawAbidingCitizen''. The gun is not only unloaded, but pulling the trigger releases needles in the grip injecting the firer with a paralysing neurotoxin.
* An interesting variation on this trope is in ''Film/LockUp''. Leone straps Drumgoole into the antiquated electric chair and then straps his own hand to the switch, so that if the guards shoot him, he'll fall and throw it. Since Drumgoole had the chair restored, everyone believes it will work if Leone throws the switch. [[spoiler:After Drumgoole confesses to setting Leone up, Leone pulls the switch down anyway. Drumgoole screams like he's being electrocuted, but nothing happens. Then Frank holds up the fuse he'd removed from the fuse box earlier. "Works better with this," he says.]]
* In ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', Nick shows his displeasure with hunting by pulling the bullets from Roland's elephant rifle ammo while he's not around. When Roland attempts to kill the T-Rex that attacks the camp, he finds that his rifle is useless and the dinosaur proceeds to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero kill a number of men.]]



* Jason Bourne pulls this on a fellow assassin in ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy''. The victim even mentions that the weapon "felt a little light."
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', Liam Neeson's character Bryan points out to a {{Face Heel Turn}}er that he's been out of the field too long, since he should have been able to tell the difference in weight between a loaded and an unloaded pistol.
** In the climax of the first sequel, [[spoiler: Bryan, tired of the CycleOfRevenge, offers to spare [[BigBad Murad's]] life if he promises to drop his vendetta against Bryan and his family. When Murad promises, Bryan puts his gun down and walks away. [[TooDumbToLive Murad immediately grabs the gun and tries to shoot Bryan in the back]], but it's empty. Angry, Bryan shows him a bullet he palmed, then [[FacepalmOfDoom grabs him by the face]] and rams him into the wall, killing him.]]
* Used in reverse [[spoiler:as part of a ''suicide pact'' no less]] in ''Film/MurderByNumbers''. [[spoiler:Richie's gun doesn't have any bullets-- but Justin's does. He realises the betrayal and... is not happy.]]
* Reversed, and combined with YouHaveFailedMe, in ''Film/{{Push}}''. The BigBad makes one of his minions shoot himself in the soft palate by telepathically convincing him the gun is empty.
* In the old Creator/HumphreyBogart movie ''We're No Angels'', three convicts (the main characters, long story) are being threatened by [[BigBad the villain]] who tries to pull a gun on them - but one of the convicts (a thief and safecracker) hands him the gun, saying "Here, I cleaned it for you." The villain snatches away the gun and crows with victory. The same convict then says "Oh, I'm sorry...I also cleaned the bullets," revealing a handful of same.
* In ''[[Film/TheThinMan The Thin Man Goes Home]]'', the doctor who murdered two people whips out the Japanese rifle that was displayed prominently on the table, pointing it at Nick. Oops, "I forgot to tell you, they removed the firing pin from that gun."
** In ''Film/ShadowOfTheThinMan'', after the climactic 'whodunnit' reveal, the BigBad grabs the gun from Nick's waist holster and threatens to shoot him. Nora jumps on him to keep him from being able to pull the trigger, but when the Lieutenant picks it up he says 'Nick, this gun isn't loaded!' Turns out, Nick had kept it unloaded for the sake of his son to prevent any accidents.
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}''. The Not So CrazySurvivalist refuses to give a gun to JerkAss kid Melvin Plug ("I wouldn't give ''you'' a gun if it was World War Three!"). Minutes later when Melvin balks at making a run for safety, he apparently relents and hands the kid a revolver, much to his delight. Melvin is less overjoyed when he pulls the trigger and finds out it's empty. Bonus points -- after taking said gun back, he checks it again to make sure it is '''still''' unloaded, averting ArtisticLicenseGunSafety as hard as possible.
* ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace''. Bobo the Bear reveals he removed the ammo from Ed's {{BFG}}.
* ''Film/BoggyCreek2TheLegendContinues'': Professor Lockhart reveals he removed the ammo from Crenshaw's shotgun.

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* Jason Bourne pulls this on a fellow assassin in ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy''. The victim even mentions that ''Film/TheMatrix'', during the weapon "felt a little light."
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', Liam Neeson's character Bryan points out to a {{Face Heel Turn}}er that he's been out
final fight of the field too long, since he should have been able to tell the difference in weight original movie between a loaded Neo and an unloaded pistol.
** In the climax of the first sequel, [[spoiler: Bryan, tired of the CycleOfRevenge, offers to spare [[BigBad Murad's]] life if he promises to drop his vendetta against Bryan and his family. When Murad promises, Bryan puts his gun down and walks away. [[TooDumbToLive Murad immediately grabs the gun and tries to shoot Bryan in the back]], but it's empty. Angry, Bryan shows him a bullet he palmed, then [[FacepalmOfDoom grabs him by the face]] and rams him into the wall, killing him.]]
* Used in reverse [[spoiler:as part of a ''suicide pact'' no less]] in ''Film/MurderByNumbers''. [[spoiler:Richie's gun doesn't have any bullets-- but Justin's does. He realises the betrayal and... is not happy.]]
* Reversed, and combined with YouHaveFailedMe, in ''Film/{{Push}}''. The BigBad makes one of his minions shoot himself in the soft palate by telepathically convincing him the gun is empty.
* In the old Creator/HumphreyBogart movie ''We're No Angels'', three convicts (the main characters, long story)
Agent Smith.
-->'''Agent Smith:''' You're empty.\\
'''Neo:''' So
are being threatened by [[BigBad the villain]] who tries to pull a gun on them - but one of the convicts (a thief and safecracker) hands him the gun, saying "Here, I cleaned it for you." The villain snatches away the gun and crows with victory. The same convict then says "Oh, I'm sorry...I also cleaned the bullets," revealing a handful of same.
* In ''[[Film/TheThinMan The Thin Man Goes Home]]'', the doctor who murdered two people whips out the Japanese rifle that was displayed prominently on the table, pointing it at Nick. Oops, "I forgot to tell you, they removed the firing pin from that gun."
** In ''Film/ShadowOfTheThinMan'', after the climactic 'whodunnit' reveal, the BigBad grabs the gun from Nick's waist holster and threatens to shoot him. Nora jumps on him to keep him from being able to pull the trigger, but when the Lieutenant picks it up he says 'Nick, this gun isn't loaded!' Turns out, Nick had kept it unloaded for the sake of his son to prevent any accidents.
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}''. The Not So CrazySurvivalist refuses to give a gun to JerkAss kid Melvin Plug ("I wouldn't give ''you'' a gun if it was World War Three!"). Minutes later when Melvin balks at making a run for safety, he apparently relents and hands the kid a revolver, much to his delight. Melvin is less overjoyed when he pulls the trigger and finds out it's empty. Bonus points -- after taking said gun back, he checks it again to make sure it is '''still''' unloaded, averting ArtisticLicenseGunSafety as hard as possible.
* ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace''. Bobo the Bear reveals he removed the ammo from Ed's {{BFG}}.
* ''Film/BoggyCreek2TheLegendContinues'': Professor Lockhart reveals he removed the ammo from Crenshaw's shotgun.



* ''Film/FugitiveAlien''. The Captain never keeps bullets in his gun, which makes it easy for him to overcome Ken when he grabs it out of his holster.

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* ''Film/FugitiveAlien''. The Captain never keeps In ''Film/MrBrooks'', Earl pretends he's going to let "Mr. Smith" shoot him. But there's a dry click when Smith pulls the trigger. Earl then informs Smith that earlier he'd bent the firing pin on Smith's pistol, just in case Earl changed his mind about letting Smith kill him.
* ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace''. Bobo the Bear reveals he removed the ammo from Ed's {{BFG}}.
* Used in reverse [[spoiler:as part of a ''suicide pact'' no less]] in ''Film/MurderByNumbers''. [[spoiler:Richie's gun doesn't have any
bullets in -- but Justin's does. He realises the betrayal and... is not happy.]]
* In ''Film/TheNet'', after Jack takes
his gun, which gun from Angela, yet doesn't realize that it's empty (she removed the magazine) until he tries to shoot it, again, begging the question of why he didn't notice the weight difference.
* ''Nevada Smith'' (1966). Creator/SteveMcQueen's character tries to rob a passing traveler using a rusty abandoned revolver. The man turns out to be a gunsmith, and readily identifies several faults with the gun that
makes it easy unlikely to fire, not least being the chambers are empty.
* Something like this happens in ''Film/NinjaCheerleaders'', where it's noted that the crossbow Kinji holds has a single bolt... which is promptly used on Det. Harris. It's unexplained how the titular cheerleaders got past Kinji, given their sudden drop in skill later on.
* Happens offscreen in ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''; the villain's housekeeper holds the hero at bay with a gun she's picked up. Unfortunately
for her, it's the same gun the heroine used to fake shooting him earlier; it's only loaded with blanks, and he knows it.
* In ''Film/{{Parker}}'', Parker breaks into Melander's hideout and bends the firing pins on all of the gang's hidden guns he can find. This proves a vital precaution during his final confrontation with the gang.
* Early in ''Film/PointOfNoReturn'', the still rebellious reluctant hero (Bridget Fonda) attacks her handler (Gabriel Byrne) and disarms him. She points the automatic at her unflinching handler, who merely looks at her calmly, and pulls the trigger. After [[spoiler: the pointless click, he takes the gun away from the stunned hero, and punches her, causing her
to overcome Ken when he grabs it fall down. He then says something like "Lesson one: Never chamber the first round," and shoots her in the leg.]] Much the same thing happens in ''{{Film/Nikita}}'', the movie that ''Point of No Return'' is a [[TheRemake remake]] of.
* Played for laughs in the third ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' film. One exercise for the recruits is to kick open a door and shoot the target behind it. Tackleberry's brother-in-law shoots
out the doorknob, kicks open the door, and tries to shoot the target. Click.
* Reversed, and combined with YouHaveFailedMe, in ''Film/{{Push}}''. The BigBad makes one
of his holster.minions shoot himself in the soft palate by telepathically convincing him the gun is empty.
* ''Red Sun'' (1971). The prostitute Cristina pretends to seduce Charles Bronson's character, only to grab his revolver and try to shoot him instead. The revolver is empty because as Bronson quips, "You never know [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar which gun Cristina's going to reach for]]."
* In ''Film/{{Shooter}}'', Bob Lee Swagger demonstrates that his rifle (planted by the bad guys, and seized by the FBI) could not have been the one used in the assassination because, before he left his home, [[ProperlyParanoid he replaced the firing pin with one that didn't work as a security precaution.]]



* In ''Film/TheWolfman2010'', Laurence sneaks back into his home and borrows the Loyal Servant's cache of silver shotgun bullets. He finally confronts his father and pulls the trigger... [[spoiler: only to have his father smile and say "I removed the powder from those cartridges years ago."]]
* Early in ''Film/PointOfNoReturn,'' the still rebellious reluctant hero (Bridget Fonda) attacks her handler (Gabriel Byrne) and disarms him. She points the automatic at her unflinching handler, who merely looks at her calmly, and pulls the trigger. After [[spoiler: the pointless click, he takes the gun away from the stunned hero, and punches her, causing her to fall down. He then says something like "Lesson one: Never chamber the first round," and shoots her in the leg.]] Much the same thing happens in ''{{Film/Nikita}}'', the movie that ''Point of No Return'' is a [[TheRemake remake]] of.
* Played with in the film ''Literature/BigTrouble''. The bad guys have Creator/TimAllen's son and others held hostage in the living room, and Tim sees a watergun in the sink. He removes the water cartridge, leaving it looking surprisingly realistic, and walks out of the kitchen, pointing it at the second mook's head. He almost has them convinced, too, until the first mook (slightly smarter than his partner, which isn't saying much) sees water dripping from the muzzle of the 'gun'. He then grabs the gun from Tim's hands and squirts the remaining water from it.
* Something like this happens in ''Film/NinjaCheerleaders'', where it's noted that the crossbow Kinji holds has a single bolt...which is promptly used on Det. Harris. It's unexplained how the titular cheerleaders got past Kinji, given their sudden drop in skill later on.
* During the long cat-and-mouse battle that makes up much of ''Film/CrackerJack'', the hero's gun is wrestled from him by one of the bad guys, who predictably taunts him with "Any last words?" The hero's response: "Only eight bullets per clip, son." ''Click.''

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* In ''Film/TheWolfman2010'', Laurence sneaks back into his home Lampshaded and borrows the Loyal Servant's cache of silver shotgun bullets. He finally confronts his father and pulls the trigger... [[spoiler: only to have his father smile and say "I removed the powder from those cartridges years ago."]]
* Early
averted in ''Film/PointOfNoReturn,'' the still rebellious reluctant hero (Bridget Fonda) attacks her handler (Gabriel Byrne) and disarms him. She points the automatic at her unflinching handler, who merely looks at her calmly, and pulls the trigger. After [[spoiler: the pointless click, he takes the gun away from the stunned hero, and punches her, causing her to fall down. He then says something like "Lesson one: Never chamber the ''Film/SuicideSquad2016''. The first round," and shoots her thing Deadshot does upon being issued a .45 pistol is point it at Griggs, the prison guard he promised to kill earlier. But Deadshot doesn't believe anyone would be stupid enough to give the best sharpshooter in the leg.]] Much the same thing happens in ''{{Film/Nikita}}'', the movie that ''Point of No Return'' is world a [[TheRemake remake]] of.
* Played with in the film ''Literature/BigTrouble''. The bad guys have Creator/TimAllen's son and others held hostage in the living room, and Tim sees a watergun in the sink. He removes the water cartridge, leaving it looking surprisingly realistic, and walks out of the kitchen, pointing it at the second mook's head. He almost has them convinced, too, until the first mook (slightly smarter than his partner, which isn't saying much) sees water dripping from the muzzle of the 'gun'. He then grabs the gun from Tim's hands and squirts the remaining water from it.
* Something like this happens in ''Film/NinjaCheerleaders'', where
loaded gun, so he assumes it's noted that full of dummy rounds and fires it in the crossbow Kinji holds has a single bolt...which is promptly used on Det. Harris. It's unexplained how air. To his shock, the titular cheerleaders got past Kinji, given their sudden drop in skill later on.
* During
pistol goes off. He then joyfully fires the long cat-and-mouse battle that makes up much of ''Film/CrackerJack'', the hero's gun is wrestled from rest downrange (killing Griggs would get him by one of the bad guys, who predictably taunts him with "Any last words?" The hero's response: "Only eight bullets per clip, son." ''Click.''nothing, after all).



* Subverted in ''Film/InBruges''. Ray disarms the man trying to rob him and he finds out it's only loaded with blanks. He still manages to [[spoiler:blind him by firing a blank into his eye, though]].
* ''Film/TheMatrix'', during the final fight of the original movie between Neo and Agent Smith.
-->'''Agent Smith:''' You're empty.
-->'''Neo:''' So are you.



* Employed in ''Film/{{Bloodfist}} VI'' when the hero hands his gun to TheMole and then turns his back to her.
* In ''Film/TheNet'', after Jack takes his gun from Angela, yet doesn't realize that it's empty (she removed the magazine) until he tries to shoot it, again, begging the question of why he didn't notice the weight difference.
* ''Film/DejaVu'': played with at the climax: agent Carlin takes the magazine out of his gun and when it slide-locks, [[spoiler: he sticks a single bullet into the chamber, making his gun look empty to the terrorist and allowing him to get close enough for a single BoomHeadshot.]]
* Twisted gloriously in ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever'', After Gant's kid is stolen by Sever, the agent who was watching over him was handed a gun and told to blow his brains out. He decides it'd be better used to shoot Gant. It doesn't work because [[spoiler: the gun's been modified to shoot backwards, so if he'd actually tried to suicide he would have been okay. Instead he got shot in the face.]] One of the (very) few good moments in the movie.
* Used by {{guile|Hero}} [[AntiHero type III antihero]] Carlito Brigante in ''Film/CarlitosWay''. His former attorney Dave Kleinfeld [[spoiler: has murdered Tony "T" Taglialucci and his son, and tried selling Carlito out to the district attorney]], with Carlito also implicated in the crime. Kleinfeld is stabbed by an assassin and hospitalized. Carlito visits Kleinfeld in the hospital, where Kleinfeld clumsily pulls a revolver from under his pillow, fully expecting that the 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 Kleinfeld the weapon should be on his tray, not under his pillow. Carlito leaves. Shortly afterwards, Tony T's other son Vinnie enters, dressed as a police officer, to assassinate Kleinfeld. Kleinfeld lifts his revolver, pulls the trigger first...only to [[OhCrap realize]] that Carlito removed all the bullets. Carlito [[BatmanGambit knew]] Davey was an academic with no street sense, and the mafia would send someone to finish the job. Vinnie shoots Kleinfeld in the head without much more difficulty.
* ''Film/TheBeach''. [[spoiler:The Thai marijuana farmers pull this trick on Sal -- they hand her a gun which they say has a bullet in the chamber and tell her to execute Richard; if she does her community will be allowed to stay. She pulls the trigger and nothing happens, causing her VillainousBreakdown and the instant disintegration of the community, which is what the farmers wanted in the first place.]]
* Morgan does this to a bounty hunter who is after her at the start of ''Film/CutthroatIsland''. After bedding him, she steals the balls from his pistols.
* Played for laughs in the third ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' film. One exercise for the recruits is to kick open a door and shoot the target behind it. Tackleberry's brother-in-law shoots out the doorknob, kicks open the door, and tries to shoot the target. Click.
* ''Film/{{Blackwood}}''. Eduardo has Blackwood at gunpoint until Blackwood holds up a handful of bullets. Subverted later when it's revealed that those were Blackwood's bullets and Eduardo's gun was loaded the whole time.
* Billy the Kid does this to a bounty hunter in the first ''Film/YoungGuns'' movie. Pretending to be awestruck by the bounty hunter's boasts, he asks if he can touch the gun with which the hunter plans to kill Billy the Kid. The bounty hunter hands it to him, and Billy secretly unloads it before handing it back. Billy then reveals his true identity. The bounty hunter tries firing several times with the empty gun before Billy shoots him down.
* In ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', Nick shows his displeasure with hunting by pulling the bullets from Roland's elephant rifle ammo while he's not around. When Roland attempts to kill the T-Rex that attacks the camp, he finds that his rifle is useless and the dinosaur proceeds to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero kill a number of men.]]
* A subversion of this ends badly for a cop in ''Incident At Raven's Gate'' when a mysterious Government agent pulls a gun on him.
-->'''Cop''': You dumb fuck! I unloaded the gun!
-->'''Agent''': *shoots him* I guess I must have reloaded it.
* Subverted in ''Film/LastActionHero'' when the BigBad Benedict tries to shoot Jack Slater (Ahnuld), only to hear the familiar *click*. Slater and the BigBad have had [[GenreBlindness trouble adjusting to the real world]]; Slater thinks he's forgotten that guns don't have unlimited ammo here, and calls him out on it. Benedict tells him that he simply left one chamber empty and shoots him.
* In ''Film/WeekendAtBernies'' the trope is technically played straight and the protagonists avoid death at the hands of a mook because his gun is empty. However, the mook points out immediately afterwards that although his gun is empty, he has dozens more rounds in his jacket, and chases the protagonists as he reloads.
* At the beginning of ''Film/TheATeam'', a Mexican drug cartel has captured Hannibal Smith. They go to shoot him with his own gun. Click. Click. [[spoiler:Hannibal had removed the firing pin. He uses it to pick his handcuffs, then puts the pin back in place in enough time to shoot his way out.]]
* Happens offscreen in ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''; the villain's housekeeper holds the hero at bay with a gun she's picked up. Unfortunately for her, it's the same gun the heroine used to fake shooting him earlier; it's only loaded with blanks, and he knows it.
* Occurs in the Creator/JackieChan film ''Who am I?'' when Jackie's character hands his gun over to the treacherous BigBad. Upon having it turned on him he says "I may have amnesia, but I'm not stupid!" and knocks his ass to the floor.
* ''Film/LawAbidingCitizen''. The gun is not only unloaded, but pulling the trigger releases needles in the grip injecting the firer with a paralysing neurotoxin.
* In ''Film/{{Parker}}'', Parker breaks into Melander's hideout and bends the firing pins on all of the gang's hidden guns he can find. This proves a vital precaution during his final confrontation with the gang.
* ''Film/{{Clue}}'': In the [[MultipleEndings first ending]], after [[spoiler: Miss Scarlet]] is exposed as the killer, they threaten to shoot Wadsworth with The Revolver. Wadsworth, however, claims that the gun is now empty, leading to a [[OverlyLongGag somewhat brief]] debate over how many times the gun's been fired in the movie. [[spoiler: Scarlet was right about there being one more bullet.]]
* In ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', Williams leaves her gun unattended while resting at an abandoned building. A bunch of thugs steal it and threaten her with it. She then tells them it would help if it was loaded, before attacking the guy holding it.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Eggsy pilfers a mook's rifle and tries to turn it on some other mooks, but the magazine is empty. Fortunately, Merlin's is loaded. When Eggsy does this again later, he makes sure this one is loaded.
* ''{{Film/Blade}}'' has a "works better with your hand" variant. Blade's katana has a mechanism in the handle that horribly mangles the hand if its timer isn't disabled. It's only used to comedic effect by a vampire mook (who'll regenerate his hand anyway), however.



* ''Film/{{The Art of War}}'' (2000). After holding an FBI agent at gunpoint, Shaw calmly hands him back his Glock buttfirst, but presses down the magazine release catch as he does so, so the magazine falls out and bounces under the car. As he drives off, Shaw holds up the chamber round as well.
* ''Nevada Smith'' (1966). Creator/SteveMcQueen's character tries to rob a passing traveler using a rusty abandoned revolver. The man turns out to be a gunsmith, and readily identifies several faults with the gun that makes it unlikely to fire, not least being the chambers are empty.
* Lampshaded and averted in ''Film/SuicideSquad2016''. The first thing Deadshot does upon being issued a .45 pistol is point it at Griggs, the prison guard he promised to kill earlier. But Deadshot doesn't believe anyone would be stupid enough to give the best sharpshooter in the world a loaded gun, so he assumes it's full of dummy rounds and fires it in the air. To his shock, the pistol goes off. He then joyfully fires the rest downrange (killing Griggs would get him nothing, after all).
* In ''Film/MrBrooks'', Earl pretends he's going to let "Mr. Smith" shoot him. But there's a dry click when Smith pulls the trigger. Earl then informs Smith that earlier he'd bent the firing pin on Smith's pistol, just in case Earl changed his mind about letting Smith kill him.
* An interesting variation on this trope is in ''Film/LockUp''. Leone straps Drumgoole into the antiquated electric chair and then straps his own hand to the switch, so that if the guards shoot him, he'll fall and throw it. Since Drumgoole had the chair restored, everyone believes it will work if Leone throws the switch. [[spoiler:After Drumgoole confesses to setting Leone up, Leone pulls the switch down anyway. Drumgoole screams like he's being electrocuted, but nothing happens. Then Frank holds up the fuse he'd removed from the fuse box earlier. "Works better with this," he says.]]

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* ''Film/{{The Art of War}}'' (2000). After holding an FBI agent at gunpoint, Shaw calmly hands him back his Glock buttfirst, but presses down the magazine release catch as he does so, so the magazine falls out and bounces under the car. As he drives off, Shaw holds up the chamber round as well.
* ''Nevada Smith'' (1966). Creator/SteveMcQueen's
In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', Liam Neeson's character Bryan points out to a {{Face Heel Turn}}er that he's been out of the field too long, since he should have been able to tell the difference in weight between a loaded and an unloaded pistol.
** In the climax of the first sequel, [[spoiler: Bryan, tired of the CycleOfRevenge, offers to spare [[BigBad Murad's]] life if he promises to drop his vendetta against Bryan and his family. When Murad promises, Bryan puts his gun down and walks away. [[TooDumbToLive Murad immediately grabs the gun and
tries to rob shoot Bryan in the back]], but it's empty. Angry, Bryan shows him a passing traveler using a rusty bullet he palmed, then [[FacepalmOfDoom grabs him by the face]] and rams him into the wall, killing him.]]
* In ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', Williams leaves her gun unattended while resting at an
abandoned revolver. The man turns out to be a gunsmith, building. A bunch of thugs steal it and readily identifies several faults threaten her with it. She then tells them it would help if it was loaded, before attacking the guy holding it.
* In ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' remake, the (evil) sheriff gave his gun to one of the good guys in order to demonstrate the suicide they saw in the beginning of the movie. When he stuck
the gun that makes it unlikely to fire, not least being in his mouth as a demonstration, the chambers are empty.
* Lampshaded and averted in ''Film/SuicideSquad2016''. The first thing Deadshot does upon being issued a .45 pistol is point it at Griggs, the prison guard he promised to kill earlier. But Deadshot doesn't believe anyone would be stupid enough to give the best sharpshooter in the world a loaded gun, so he assumes it's full of dummy rounds and fires it in the air. To his shock, the pistol goes off. He then joyfully fires the rest downrange (killing Griggs would get
sheriff told him nothing, after all).
* In ''Film/MrBrooks'', Earl pretends he's going
to let "Mr. Smith" shoot him. But there's a dry click when Smith pulls pull the trigger. Earl then informs Smith The victim instead, not wanting to commit suicide, pointed the gun at the sheriff and pulled the trigger. The gun was unloaded. The sheriff got him for attempted murder.
* In ''[[Film/TheThinMan The Thin Man Goes Home]]'', the doctor who murdered two people whips out the Japanese rifle
that earlier he'd bent was displayed prominently on the table, pointing it at Nick. Oops, "I forgot to tell you, they removed the firing pin on Smith's pistol, just in case Earl changed his mind about letting Smith kill him.
* An interesting variation on this trope is in ''Film/LockUp''. Leone straps Drumgoole into the antiquated electric chair and then straps his own hand to the switch, so
from that if gun."
** In ''Film/ShadowOfTheThinMan'', after
the guards climactic 'whodunnit' reveal, the BigBad grabs the gun from Nick's waist holster and threatens to shoot him, he'll fall him. Nora jumps on him to keep him from being able to pull the trigger, but when the Lieutenant picks it up he says 'Nick, this gun isn't loaded!' Turns out, Nick had kept it unloaded for the sake of his son to prevent any accidents.
* ''Film/{{Tremors}}''. The Not So CrazySurvivalist refuses to give a gun to JerkAss kid Melvin Plug ("I wouldn't give ''you'' a gun if it was World War Three!"). Minutes later when Melvin balks at making a run for safety, he apparently relents
and throw it. Since Drumgoole had hands the chair restored, everyone believes it will work if Leone throws the switch. [[spoiler:After Drumgoole confesses kid a revolver, much to setting Leone up, Leone his delight. Melvin is less overjoyed when he pulls the switch down anyway. Drumgoole screams like he's being electrocuted, but nothing happens. Then Frank holds up trigger and finds out it's empty. Bonus points -- after taking said gun back, he checks it again to make sure it is '''still''' unloaded, averting ArtisticLicenseGunSafety as hard as possible.
* Tommy Lee Jones does it in ''Film/USMarshals'': he checks [[spoiler:his villainous partner]]'s gun and gives it back to him. When he comes to use it on him, there's no bullets. Since it wasn't his normal gun, this also addresses
the fuse he'd removed from the fuse box earlier. "Works better with this," he says.]]"different weight" issue.



* ''Red Sun'' (1971). The prostitute Cristina pretends to seduce Charles Bronson's character, only to grab his revolver and try to shoot him instead. The revolver is empty because as Bronson quips, "You never know [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar which gun Cristina's going to reach for]]."

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* ''Red Sun'' (1971). In ''Film/WeekendAtBernies'' the trope is technically played straight and the protagonists avoid death at the hands of a mook because his gun is empty. However, the mook points out immediately afterwards that although his gun is empty, he has dozens more rounds in his jacket, and chases the protagonists as he reloads.
* In the old Creator/HumphreyBogart movie ''We're No Angels'', three convicts (the main characters, long story) are being threatened by [[BigBad the villain]] who tries to pull a gun on them - but one of the convicts (a thief and safecracker) hands him the gun, saying "Here, I cleaned it for you."
The prostitute Cristina pretends villain snatches away the gun and crows with victory. The same convict then says "Oh, I'm sorry... I also cleaned the bullets," revealing a handful of same.
* Smith (Richard Burton) confronts TheMole at the end of ''Film/WhereEaglesDare'', but TheMole has a gun pointed at him. No problem: it was arranged he would have that gun, and the firing pin has been removed.
* Occurs in the Creator/JackieChan film ''Who am I?'' when Jackie's character hands his gun over
to seduce Charles Bronson's character, the treacherous BigBad. Upon having it turned on him he says "I may have amnesia, but I'm not stupid!" and knocks his ass to the floor.
* In ''Film/TheWolfman2010'', Laurence sneaks back into his home and borrows the Loyal Servant's cache of silver shotgun bullets. He finally confronts his father and pulls the trigger... [[spoiler:
only to grab have his revolver father smile and try say "I removed the powder from those cartridges years ago."]]
* Billy the Kid does this
to shoot him instead. a bounty hunter in the first ''Film/YoungGuns'' movie. Pretending to be awestruck by the bounty hunter's boasts, he asks if he can touch the gun with which the hunter plans to kill Billy the Kid. The revolver is bounty hunter hands it to him, and Billy secretly unloads it before handing it back. Billy then reveals his true identity. The bounty hunter tries firing several times with the empty because as Bronson quips, "You never know [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar which gun Cristina's going to reach for]]."before Billy shoots him down.
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* ''Fanfic/DidntExpectThat'': Eleya's first instinct on waking up out of a sound sleep to discover there's a Section 31 agent in her quarters is to try to shoot him. Unfortunately her phaser was hanging in plain view and he had removed the power pack, which she doesn't discover until the she pulls the trigger. So she throws it in his general direction.
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** In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', a bad guy draws a pistol out of his desk drawer. Bond shows him the magazine before terminating him.

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** In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', the black-and-white opening sequence sees a bad guy draws corrupt MI6 section chief draw a pistol out of his desk drawer. Bond shows him the magazine before [[BoomHeadShot terminating him.him]].



** A deleted scene from ''Film/GoldenEye'' had a variant between Zukovsky and an inept Pakistani arms dealer. The dealer tries to sell a Glock pistol, but Zukovsky quickly identifies it as a Chinese knockoff. Things quickly escalate to Zukovsky holding the dealer up with his own merchandise, but when he pulls the trigger nothing happens - the knockoff's firing pin was too short.

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** A deleted scene from ''Film/GoldenEye'' had a variant between Valentin Zukovsky and an inept Pakistani arms dealer. The dealer tries to sell a Glock pistol, but Zukovsky quickly identifies it as a Chinese knockoff. Things quickly escalate to Zukovsky holding the dealer up with his own merchandise, but when he pulls the trigger nothing happens - the knockoff's firing pin was too short.
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* Many ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels have used a depleted phaser for the same effect. For example in the Double Helix novel featuring Picard and [[StarTrekNewFrontier Calhoun]], Picard steals' the BigBad's energy weapon and points it at him; the BigBad goads him to shoot...and the blaster has no power. Cue jailing sequence.

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* Many ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels have used a depleted phaser for the same effect. For example in the Double Helix novel featuring Picard and [[StarTrekNewFrontier [[Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier Calhoun]], Picard steals' the BigBad's energy weapon and points it at him; the BigBad goads him to shoot...and the blaster has no power. Cue jailing sequence.
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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.
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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.
**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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-->'''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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