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25th Feb '17 1:31:49 PM nombretomado
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* In the DaleBrown novel ''Shadows of Steel'', this is done with ''airplanes'' and military equipment. ItMakesSenseInContext, but is justified in that the guy ordering it had to dance around the political sensitivities of traditional, highly visible overt action while still wanting to hurt the other side. It works.

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* In the DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Shadows of Steel'', this is done with ''airplanes'' and military equipment. ItMakesSenseInContext, but is justified in that the guy ordering it had to dance around the political sensitivities of traditional, highly visible overt action while still wanting to hurt the other side. It works.
13th Feb '17 1:19:04 PM gb00393
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* This is the specialty of ''Series/GameOfThrones''[='=]s Jaqen H'ghar, so long as you don't rush him to make the kill ''right the hell now''[[note]]in which case it's wolfsbane-poison dart time[[/note]]. Heck, with enough time he'll ''prop the bodies up so that they look like they're simply standing guard''!

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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This is the specialty of ''Series/GameOfThrones''[='=]s Jaqen H'ghar, so long as you don't rush him to make the kill ''right the hell now''[[note]]in which case it's wolfsbane-poison dart time[[/note]]. Heck, with enough time he'll ''prop the bodies up so that they look like they're simply standing guard''!guard''!
** Robert Baratheon falls victim to a HuntingAccident facilitated by his wife.
** Jon Arryn dies of a mysterious fever and it's eventually discussed that he was killed using a rare and untraceable poison known as the Tears of Lys. In a devious touch of misdirection, the perpetrators do want people to suspect that he was murdered for knowing too much about Joffrey's real lineage.
** Samwell Tarly joined the Night's Watch because his father threatened to kill him this way.
1st Feb '17 4:12:10 AM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ballerina}}'': [[spoiler:During the story's climax, Camille's mother tries to kill Félicie and somehow hopes to pass her victim's death as accidental.]]
19th Jan '17 8:47:53 PM infernape612
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* In 1943, American codebreakers decrypted a detailed itinerary for a inspection/morale tour of front areas by Admiral Yamamoto. The problem was that the US was heavily relying on Japanese confidence in their "unbreakable" code, which had been in use since before Pearl Harbor - but had been broken very early on. To conceal the fact that their information came from breaking the code and preserve that source of intelligence, the mission was set up to make it appear that a flight of P-38's just happened to 'accidentally' stumble on Yamamoto's flight, and the success of the mission was hidden even by the US. It wasn't until after the Japanese acknowledged his death a month later that American's learned this themselves, and that it was a deliberate strike was hidden until well after the war. Astonishingly, it did pass as an accident, even though the P-38s were right at the limit of their operational range when they encountered Yamamoto's aircraft, meaning they had to have taken off at exactly the right time for interception.

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* In 1943, American codebreakers decrypted a detailed itinerary for a inspection/morale tour of front areas by Admiral Yamamoto. The problem was that the US was heavily relying on Japanese confidence in their "unbreakable" code, which had been in use since before Pearl Harbor - but had been broken very early on. To conceal the fact that their information came from breaking the code and preserve that source of intelligence, the mission was set up to make it appear that a flight of P-38's just happened to 'accidentally' stumble on Yamamoto's flight, and the success of the mission was hidden even by the US. It wasn't until after the Japanese acknowledged his death a month later that American's Americans learned this themselves, and that it was a deliberate strike was hidden until well after the war. Astonishingly, it did pass as an accident, even though the P-38s were right at the limit of their operational range when they encountered Yamamoto's aircraft, meaning they had to have taken off at exactly the right time for interception.
14th Nov '16 8:33:24 AM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': "Black Mask", TheHeavy for the villains, uses this method to kill people: By destroying their minds in the MentalWorld of the Palace, he leaves them as {{Soulless Shell}}s that will "accidentally" walk into traffic, fall off buildings, crash their vehicles, and so on.
4th Oct '16 3:09:50 PM Scorntex
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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine:'' The fifth Weyoun died off-screen thanks to a mysterious and inexplicable transporter accident, which despite some ''very'' serious investigation was never proven to be foul play, and definitely not tied to Damar in any way whatsoever. All the more suspicious since the Dominion didn't usually have accidents like that.
1st Oct '16 3:48:05 PM kome360
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* In the ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' video game, the best way to make Silent Assassin rank is to make the killings of your targets look like accidents, which you can do by many means in the game (falling chandeliers, explosively igniting grills, and other creatively nasty ways). This is also the only means of killing non-targets without affecting rank or getting a cash penalty. Of course, some methods of arranging accidents would probably start people wondering in RealLife. For example, the best way to off a pair of actors during a rehearsal is [[NotSoFakePropWeapon to swap out the prop gun for a real one]]. Then, when one of the targets shoots the other and comes to check, drop a lighting fixture on them. It would be hard to explain that with a series of a freak accidents.

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* Hitman: The series involves various methods to poison, sabotage, or nudge your victims to death without directly implicating yourself. While the majority of missions allow you to kill almost anyone at any time with any implementation, killing indirectly means less evidence to clean up for your handlers and therefore nets you a larger score.
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In the ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' video game, the best way to make Silent Assassin rank is to make the killings of your targets look like accidents, which you can do by many means in the game (falling chandeliers, explosively igniting grills, and other creatively nasty ways). This is also the only means of killing non-targets without affecting rank or getting a cash penalty. Of course, some methods of arranging accidents would probably start people wondering in RealLife. For example, the best way to off a pair of actors during a rehearsal is [[NotSoFakePropWeapon to swap out the prop gun for a real one]]. Then, when one of the targets shoots the other and comes to check, drop a lighting fixture on them. It would be hard to explain that with a series of a freak accidents.
11th Sep '16 12:10:55 PM DrOO7
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* In the ''Creator/SidneySheldon'' novel ''Master Of The Game'', matriarch Kate notes that her granddaughter Alexandra is very accident-prone. When she discovers what an evil bitch her granddaughter Eve (Alexandra's twin) is, she suddenly realizes what the reader has known for pages--that all of Alexandra's "accidents" were Eve's attempts at ''killing her''.
31st Aug '16 11:45:40 PM JackG
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* In the 1983 Australian mini-series ''Scales of Justice'' a crime boss threatens to blow the whistle on the corrupt police he's been paying if something isn't done about the drug charge he's on. The police commander hints to one of the officers concerned that the whole matter is an embarrassment to the NSW police force, and it would be a good matter if the crime boss was to have an accident or commit suicide. So the corrupt officers give him a [[TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay choice between being tortured by having his toes cut off, or blowing his own head off]] with a shotgun.
27th Aug '16 2:01:10 AM mirisu92
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** The same reputation is now preceding the Philippine National Police, deputised to hunt down drug users and pushers in the ongoing war on drugs under the current Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte. Several times the Filipino word "''nanlaban''" is used in police encounters, meaning that the suspect supposedly made a grab for an officer's gun.

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** The same reputation is now preceding the Philippine National Police, deputised to hunt down drug users and pushers in the ongoing war on drugs under the current Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte. Several times the Filipino word "''nanlaban''" is used in police encounters, meaning that the suspect supposedly allegedly made a grab for an officer's gun.
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