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21st Apr '18 1:23:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'': Tig attempts to kill Laroy in a public DriveByShooting, because he mistakenly believes Laroy to be responsible for a prior hit on Clay. He misses Laroy, but ends up killing Laroy's girlfriend in the clusterfuck. This mistake later comes back to the Sons with a vengeance, because the woman in question was the daughter of the high-level drug lord who's been bankrolling Laroy's street-level gang.
14th Apr '18 11:18:51 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/FortyGuns'', Brockie attempts to murder Griff at Wes's wedding. However, at the moment he fires, Griff bends forward to kiss the bride, and the bullet hits Wes, killing him.
29th Mar '18 6:43:32 PM CaptEquinox
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* ''Series/ThePath'': Lilith, the woman who originally saw the visions that became the Meyerist faith, has had another vision that current leader Eddie Lane must be martyred while addressing a large crowd of devotees. She takes it upon herself to do this, and accidentally shoots Eddie's friend Vera -- her own beloved daughter.
22nd Mar '18 1:38:54 AM yisfidri
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* Creator/AgathaChristie also played this one straight at least once. In ''Sparkling Cyanide'', the killers poisoned their intended victim's glass of wine at a restaurant, but then everyone at the table got up to dance and returned to the wrong chairs, so someone else got the poisoned glass.

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* Creator/AgathaChristie also played this one straight at least once. a few times:
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In ''Sparkling Cyanide'', the killers poisoned their intended victim's glass of wine at a restaurant, but then everyone at the table got up to dance and returned to the wrong chairs, so someone else got the poisoned glass.
11th Feb '18 4:27:46 PM MsDevin92
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* In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', a plan is put in motion to slowly poison Lord Vetinari with [[spoiler:arsenic-dipped candles]]. Because the palace servants are allowed to take home various odds and ends (leftover food, old clothes, what have you), a maid's elderly mother and infant son end up being exposed as well, and die. (When Carrot confronts the man responsible for supplying the poison, he's only concerned by the possibility that the victims may have been "important" people; Carrot remarks that the guy's ''really'' lucky Vimes didn't find him first.)
9th Feb '18 9:22:38 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/PromNight1980'', the slasher accidentally [[OffWithHisHead beheads Lou]] instead of Nick because Lou is standing the darkness backstage wearing Nick's Prom King crown.
11th Jan '18 8:03:03 PM waters20
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* This is pretty much what kickstarted the storyline of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. {{spoiler:The introduction of the game shows that the Ballas have murdered CJ's mom at her house when they were really attempting to murder Sweet instead.]]

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* This is pretty much what kickstarted the storyline of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. {{spoiler:The [[spoiler:The introduction of the game shows that the Ballas have murdered CJ's mom at her house when they were really attempting to murder Sweet instead.]]
11th Jan '18 8:02:29 PM waters20
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* This is pretty much what kickstarted the storyline of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. {{spoiler:The introduction of the game shows that the Ballas have murdered CJ's mom at her house when they were really attempting to murder Sweet instead.]]
1st Jan '18 9:05:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Dexter, a serial killer who mainly targets other murderers, on one occasion kills the wrong person in season 4. The cops are investigating several disappearances and suspect that they were murdered by a scumbag photographer who physically abuses his models. Dexter seems to find evidence of the guy's culpability and kills him, but afterwards finds out that he misidentified his target when his colleagues arrest the photographer's assistant as the real culprit.

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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Dexter, a serial killer who mainly targets other murderers, on one occasion a few occasions kills the wrong person entirely while going after someone else.
** Season 3 is kicked off by a "wrong place at the wrong time" situation when Dexter tracks down a drug dealer who is responsible for at least one murder. He breaks into the dealer's home late that night but interrupts an altercation with a third person whom Dexter accidentally ends up killing instead (he finds and kills the dealer later). This guy turns out to be the younger brother of Assistant D.A. Miguel Prado, Oscar, who then takes an interest
in Dexter.
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season 4. The 4, the cops are investigating several disappearances and suspect that they were murdered by a scumbag photographer who physically abuses his models. Dexter seems to find evidence of the guy's culpability and kills him, but afterwards finds out that he misidentified his target when his colleagues arrest the photographer's assistant as the real culprit.
25th Dec '17 10:19:42 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/TheThinkingMaching'': In "The Opera Box", the killer stabs what he thinks his intended victim through the lattice work separating two adjoining boxes. However, in the gloom, he did not realise that the woman attending the opera with her parents that night was actually his intended victim's sister.

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* ''Literature/TheThinkingMaching'': ''Literature/TheThinkingMachine'': In "The Opera Box", the killer stabs what he thinks his intended victim through the lattice work separating two adjoining boxes. However, in the gloom, he did not realise that the woman attending the opera with her parents that night was actually his intended victim's sister.
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