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30th Jan '16 7:23:34 PM jamespolk
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* In ''Film/TheShow'', the Greek's plan to murder Robin involves sneaking into Robin's performance--a staging of the Theatre/{{Salome}} story--and replace the prop sword with a real sword, thus lopping off Robin's head. The actress playing Salome notices this at the last second when she sees the Greek's dress shoes.
20th Nov '15 11:57:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''The Clones of Bruce Lee'', the gold-smuggling director's yes-man suggests using this to kill the BruceLeeClone they suspect to be a secret agent. As [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] pointed out in his review, this is '''very badly''' HarsherInHindsight, since Bruce's son Brandon was killed on the set of ''Film/TheCrow'' by a weapons malfunction.
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* In ''The Clones of Bruce Lee'', ''Film/TheClonesOfBruceLee'', the gold-smuggling director's yes-man suggests using this to kill the BruceLeeClone they suspect to be a secret agent. As [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] pointed out in his review, this is '''very badly''' HarsherInHindsight, since Bruce's son Brandon was killed on the set of ''Film/TheCrow'' by a weapons malfunction.
16th Nov '15 8:52:51 AM FF32
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* ''BlackAdder'': The Black Adder tries this one, but changes his mind when he learns the victim has information he thinks can prove [[spoiler:he's the real heir]]. The information ends up [[spoiler:proving the opposite]].
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* ''BlackAdder'': ''Series/BlackAdder'': The Black Adder tries this one, but changes his mind when he learns the victim has information he thinks can prove [[spoiler:he's the real heir]]. The information ends up [[spoiler:proving the opposite]].
16th Sep '15 7:11:22 PM Seanette
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* ''{{CSI NY}}'' had a case that bore a few similarities to the RealLife John-Erik Hexum case. An [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin_(game) Assassin]-esque game was going on around New York in which people eliminated each other from said game with water guns/balloons. One player, an aspiring actor, got extremely annoyed because the eliminator used a fake casting agency setup and made him go through the whole interview, thus humiliating him. He got back at the guy by hoping to scare him with a gun loaded with blanks. He didn't know that a blank gun fired at point blank range can be as lethal as a gun with real bullets.
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* ''{{CSI NY}}'' had a case that bore a few similarities to the RealLife John-Erik Hexum case. An [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin_(game) Assassin]-esque Assassin]]-esque game was going on around New York in which people eliminated each other from said game with water guns/balloons. One player, an aspiring actor, got extremely annoyed because the eliminator used a fake casting agency setup and made him go through the whole interview, thus humiliating him. He got back at the guy by hoping to scare him with a gun loaded with blanks. He didn't know that a blank gun fired at point blank range can be as lethal as a gun with real bullets.
16th Sep '15 7:10:15 PM Seanette
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* ''Film/AnimalHouse'': As a prank, Bluto and D-Day get Flounder to shoot Marmalard's horse in Dean Wormer's office, the two formers assured that there are blanks in the gun. Flounder doesn't have the heart to shoot the horse so he aims it in the air and fires. The horse promptly dies of a heart attack. Bluto and D-Day panic when they hear the horse fall with a thud and see it dead on the floor.
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* ''Film/AnimalHouse'': As a prank, Bluto and D-Day get Flounder to shoot Marmalard's Neidermeyer's horse in Dean Wormer's office, the two formers assured that there are blanks in the gun. Flounder doesn't have the heart to shoot the horse so he aims it in the air and fires. The horse promptly dies of a heart attack. Bluto and D-Day panic when they hear the horse fall with a thud and see it dead on the floor.
7th Sep '15 9:35:29 PM Seanette
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-->'''D-Day:'' I thought I loaded it with blanks!
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-->'''D-Day:'' -->'''D-Day:''' I thought I loaded it with blanks!
29th Aug '15 10:25:59 PM jormis29
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Blood Money'' mission "Curtains Down", Agent 47 has the option of switching a prop WorldWarI pistol for a genuine one in working condition to kill a target, who is to be executed in the play ''{{Tosca}}''. (At the time you first gain access to the level, this will be the only method of completing the mission with a Silent Assassin rating, since you won't have access to a [[HollywoodSilencer suppressor]] for your rifle yet.)
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Blood Money'' ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' mission "Curtains Down", Agent 47 has the option of switching a prop WorldWarI pistol for a genuine one in working condition to kill a target, who is to be executed in the play ''{{Tosca}}''.''Theatre/{{Tosca}}''. (At the time you first gain access to the level, this will be the only method of completing the mission with a Silent Assassin rating, since you won't have access to a [[HollywoodSilencer suppressor]] for your rifle yet.)
19th Jul '15 10:09:05 AM nombretomado
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* In ''TheMazeAgency'' story "The Death of Justice Girl", the actress playing Justice Girl is killed when the murderer swaps out a pistol loaded with blanks for one loaded with live ammo.
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* In ''TheMazeAgency'' ''ComicBook/TheMazeAgency'' story "The Death of Justice Girl", the actress playing Justice Girl is killed when the murderer swaps out a pistol loaded with blanks for one loaded with live ammo.
15th Jul '15 6:07:39 AM LondonKdS
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The Ten Teacups is not really an example.
* [[JohnDicksonCarr John Dickson Carr's]] [[spoiler:The Peacock Feather Murders]] involves a person being [[spoiler:badly burned by a blank fired at close range]].

** Happens in the episode "Death of a Hollow Man", based on the short story above under Literature.
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** Happens in the episode "Death of a Hollow Man", based on the short story novel above under Literature.
7th Jul '15 8:51:34 PM Adept
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* Played straight in the ''KindaichiCaseFiles'': One case got kicked off as an actress died from drinking a glass of wine that has been poisoned. [[spoiler: Later averted when in the same case, a prop has been switched with a murder weapon that was about to be used but the would-be victim blocked it in time.]]
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* Played straight in the ''KindaichiCaseFiles'': ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles'': One case got kicked off as an actress died from drinking a glass of wine that has been poisoned. [[spoiler: Later averted when in the same case, a prop has been switched with a murder weapon that was about to be used but the would-be victim blocked it in time.]]

* ''TheManWhoKnewTooLittle'' has Creator/BillMurray's character firing what he thinks is a prop gun.
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* ''TheManWhoKnewTooLittle'' ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooLittle'' has Creator/BillMurray's character firing what he thinks is a prop gun.

* ''AnimalHouse'': As a prank, Bluto and D-Day get Flounder to shoot Marmalard's horse in Dean Wormer's office, the two formers assured that there are blanks in the gun. Flounder doesn't have the heart to shoot the horse so he aims it in the air and fires. The horse promptly dies of a heart attack. Bluto and D-Day panic when they hear the horse fall with a thud and see it dead on the floor.
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* ''AnimalHouse'': ''Film/AnimalHouse'': As a prank, Bluto and D-Day get Flounder to shoot Marmalard's horse in Dean Wormer's office, the two formers assured that there are blanks in the gun. Flounder doesn't have the heart to shoot the horse so he aims it in the air and fires. The horse promptly dies of a heart attack. Bluto and D-Day panic when they hear the horse fall with a thud and see it dead on the floor.

* ''{{Psych}}'' has used this plot, during a telenovela episode. Until Shawn is able to prove otherwise, everyone is convinced that the actor with the knife was obviously completely responsible (and dumb enough to stab someone in the chest on live television). In true ''Psych'' fashion, proving his hypothesis almost resulted in Shawn's own death by not-fake prop weapon, this time a nail gun.
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* ''{{Psych}}'' ''Series/{{Psych}}'' has used this plot, during a telenovela episode. Until Shawn is able to prove otherwise, everyone is convinced that the actor with the knife was obviously completely responsible (and dumb enough to stab someone in the chest on live television). In true ''Psych'' fashion, proving his hypothesis almost resulted in Shawn's own death by not-fake prop weapon, this time a nail gun.
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