History Main / PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo

10th Jun '16 6:09:10 PM HighCrate
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** In the book, all the brothers are GenreSavvy enough to only drink wine they themselves have poured from a sealed bottle. In the film, Primus refuses wine from Lamia at the inn, probably for that reason.

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** In the book, all the brothers are GenreSavvy savvy enough to only drink wine they themselves have poured from a sealed bottle. In the film, Primus refuses wine from Lamia at the inn, probably for that reason.



* Used in multiple ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' shorts. In one notable instance, Shemp and the villainess take turns distracting each other and swapping their wine glasses. The GenreSavvy villainess, however, simply taps the glasses together when it's her turn, causing Shemp to swap the glasses around again and give himself the poison.

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* Used in multiple ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' shorts. In one notable instance, Shemp and the villainess take turns distracting each other and swapping their wine glasses. The GenreSavvy villainess, however, simply taps the glasses together when it's her turn, causing Shemp to swap the glasses around again and give himself the poison.



** It also occurs in ''Outcast of Redwall''. Swartt convinces Bowflegg that the wine isn't poisoned by drinking some of it straight from the bottle. That's because the poison is actually smeared onto the rim of the goblet that Bowflegg drinks from. The trick is pulled at least once more, and is later subverted by a DangerouslyGenreSavvy fox who realized the trick (he's gotten rid of in a less direct way).

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** It also occurs in ''Outcast of Redwall''. Swartt convinces Bowflegg that the wine isn't poisoned by drinking some of it straight from the bottle. That's because the poison is actually smeared onto the rim of the goblet that Bowflegg drinks from. The trick is pulled at least once more, and is later subverted by a DangerouslyGenreSavvy fox who realized the trick (he's gotten rid of in a less direct way).



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': In a dark DoubleSubversion of the "both chalices are poisoned" variation, Maester Cressen poisons a glass of wine, which he insists on ''sharing'' with his intended target, Melisandre, believing that [[GenreSavvy she would not drink unless he drank as well]] and willing to die for his cause. She [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy is fully aware of the ruse]] and tries to convince him to throw the wine away, but ultimately consents to share the drink with him. It turns out that she's [[CrazyPrepared magically immune to most forms of poison]].

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': In a dark DoubleSubversion of the "both chalices are poisoned" variation, Maester Cressen poisons a glass of wine, which he insists on ''sharing'' with his intended target, Melisandre, believing that [[GenreSavvy [[BatmanGambit she would not drink unless he drank as well]] and willing to die for his cause. She [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[MagnificentBastard is fully aware of the ruse]] and tries to convince him to throw the wine away, but ultimately consents to share the drink with him. It turns out that she's [[CrazyPrepared magically immune to most forms of poison]].



* ''Series/{{House}}'': Played almost-straight when House buys two coffees, grinding up amphetamines in one to give to Wilson. Being GenreSavvy, House offers the clean one to Wilson, who suspiciously declines House's offer and takes the drugged one from his desk.

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* ''Series/{{House}}'': Played almost-straight when House buys two coffees, grinding up amphetamines in one to give to Wilson. Being GenreSavvy, House offers the clean one to Wilson, who suspiciously declines House's offer and takes the drugged one from his desk.



* A variation occurred in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Shawn and Cory decide to mess with Minkus's meal by placing a ton of salt and a huge amount of cream sauce inside Minkus's burger while he left the table. Minkus was apparently [[GenreSavvy Genre Savvy]] enough to suspect that the did it when he returned to the table, and then told them to look elsewhere while he lifted the plates up and down. Cory and Shawn likewise suspect he switched the plates, and do the same method to get it back to him, only to realize that Minkus had in fact faked them out, and that they ended up getting the messed with meal that was intended to be for Minkus.

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* A variation occurred in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Shawn and Cory decide to mess with Minkus's meal by placing a ton of salt and a huge amount of cream sauce inside Minkus's burger while he left the table. Minkus was apparently [[GenreSavvy Genre Savvy]] perceptive enough to suspect that the did it when he returned to the table, and then told them to look elsewhere while he lifted the plates up and down. Cory and Shawn likewise suspect he switched the plates, and do the same method to get it back to him, only to realize that Minkus had in fact faked them out, and that they ended up getting the messed with meal that was intended to be for Minkus.
20th May '16 11:51:15 AM TVRulezAgain
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* {{Inverted}} in the fantasy film ''[[{{Shrek}} Shrek 2]],'' when Fiona's father the King brings two cups of tea into Fiona's room, one of which he had spiked with a love potion as part of a ploy to get her to marry Prince Charming. After talking for a bit, Fiona reaches for one cup, but the King nervously tells her to drink the other, making up a transparent excuse about one of them being decaf. Fiona obliges, having no reason to be suspicious of her father. At the movie's climax, it's revealed to the audience that the King had actually changed his mind at the last second, instead giving Fiona the untainted cup.

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* {{Inverted}} in the fantasy film ''[[{{Shrek}} Shrek 2]],'' ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2,'' when Fiona's father the King brings two cups of tea into Fiona's room, one of which he had spiked with a love potion as part of a ploy to get her to marry Prince Charming. After talking for a bit, Fiona reaches for one cup, but the King nervously tells her to drink the other, making up a transparent excuse about one of them being decaf. Fiona obliges, having no reason to be suspicious of her father. At the movie's climax, it's revealed to the audience that the King had actually changed his mind at the last second, instead giving Fiona the untainted cup.
17th Apr '16 5:46:50 AM Bissek
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}} VCR Mystery Game'': This happens multiple times during the dinner scene. It reaches the point were no one ends up eating anything at dinner as no one is sure what has been poisoned and what hasn't.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}} VCR Mystery Game'': This happens multiple times during the dinner scene. It reaches the point were no one ends up eating anything at dinner as no one is sure what has been poisoned and what hasn't. If one pays close attention, the viewer can find one serving on the table that isn't poisoned, but only because the first person to start serving food served himself before trying to poison everyone else's helpings.
2nd Mar '16 11:24:20 AM FordPrefect
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* A rumor to the origins of toasting is thought to contain this trope. It was more a sign of trust (similar to handing a weapon business end pointed at you to someone) that your drinks could accidentally slosh and mix, and both men would come out of it in good health. Whether it is TruthInTelevision or not is heavily debated.

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* A rumor to the origins of toasting is thought to contain this trope. It was more a sign of trust (similar to handing someone a weapon with the business end pointed at you to someone) yourself) that your drinks could accidentally slosh and mix, and both men would come out of it in good health. Whether it is TruthInTelevision or not is heavily debated.
2nd Mar '16 11:23:50 AM FordPrefect
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* Chespirito has done it as the Chapulin Colorado and in historical or mythical sketches


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** Chespirito has also done it in historical or mythical sketches.
2nd Mar '16 11:20:47 AM FordPrefect
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* In ''Series/PoliceSquad'' a woman poisoned one of two drinks. It worked, but I'm sure she drank the one with the poison with it. This may have been on purpose; after all, ''Series/PoliceSquad'' was famous for never letting a go by without a joke, and packed tons of subtle jokes in-between the over-the-top sight gags.

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* In ''Series/PoliceSquad'' a woman poisoned one of two drinks. It worked, but I'm sure she drank the one with the poison with it. This may have been on purpose; after all, ''Series/PoliceSquad'' was famous for never letting a moment go by without a joke, and packed tons of subtle jokes in-between the over-the-top sight gags.
9th Jan '16 9:17:37 AM Prometheus117
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* Done openly in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': the serial killer has two identical bottles of pills, one poisonous and one completely harmless, and forces his victims at gunpoint to choose one while he takes the other. [[spoiler: Sherlock realizes the gun is fake and is about to simply walk away, but the killer challenges him into playing anyway. However, before they can actually take the pills, Watson shoots him, and we never do find out which was which.]]
** Assuming the killer was telling the truth a variation is created. [[spoiler:No matter how clever Sherlock is he cannot figure out where the poison is because the killer doesn't know and has just been lucky.]] Naturally Sherlock ''doesn't'' believe him and gets sucked in.

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* Done openly in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': the serial killer has two identical bottles of pills, one poisonous and one completely harmless, and forces his victims at gunpoint to choose one while he takes the other. [[spoiler: Sherlock realizes the gun is fake and is about to simply walk away, but the killer challenges him into playing anyway. anyway, playing on Sherlock's [[FatalFlaw curiosity and need to show off his genius]]. However, before they can actually take the pills, Watson shoots him, and we never do find out which was which.which or if even the killer wasn't lying.]]
** Assuming the killer was telling the truth a variation is created. [[spoiler:No matter how clever Sherlock is he cannot figure out where the poison is because the killer doesn't know and has just been lucky.lucky (though he must have divine luck to come out alive after all four previous killings).]] Naturally Sherlock ''doesn't'' believe him and gets sucked in.
4th Jan '16 2:11:34 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in the 1997 ''PrinceValiant'' film. The villain spikes Princess Ilene's goblet with some kind of potion (love potion, sleeping potion... wasn't made clear). Ilene distracts him, switches goblets, and pours candle wax into his goblet. The villain get suspicious and switches them back. He drinks first, and as he chokes on the wax, Ilene escapes.

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* Played with in the 1997 ''PrinceValiant'' ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'' film. The villain spikes Princess Ilene's goblet with some kind of potion (love potion, sleeping potion... wasn't made clear). Ilene distracts him, switches goblets, and pours candle wax into his goblet. The villain get suspicious and switches them back. He drinks first, and as he chokes on the wax, Ilene escapes.
27th Nov '15 5:12:50 PM nombretomado
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* ''SaturdayNightLive'': Steve Martin, always eager to protect his status as hosting the show more times than anybody else, once did a skit where he attempted to maintain his status by poisoning Tom Hanks before he could tie the record, by slipping poison from his ring into Tom's whiskey. A series of switcharoos took place, before Tom Hanks pulled a fake switcharoo. Steve Martin, now suspecting that, decided to throw out the whiskey and order champagne, which he again poisoned. After another couple switcharoos Tom resolved the issue by punching Steve in the jaw. Only then did Steve find out that this was only Tom Hank's fifteenth time hosting, meaning he was still one short of tying Steve. Both of them felt very foolish.

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* ''SaturdayNightLive'': ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Steve Martin, always eager to protect his status as hosting the show more times than anybody else, once did a skit where he attempted to maintain his status by poisoning Tom Hanks before he could tie the record, by slipping poison from his ring into Tom's whiskey. A series of switcharoos took place, before Tom Hanks pulled a fake switcharoo. Steve Martin, now suspecting that, decided to throw out the whiskey and order champagne, which he again poisoned. After another couple switcharoos Tom resolved the issue by punching Steve in the jaw. Only then did Steve find out that this was only Tom Hank's fifteenth time hosting, meaning he was still one short of tying Steve. Both of them felt very foolish.
22nd Nov '15 10:56:44 AM nombretomado
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* ''FoxTrot'' had a variation with salt in milk, between Jason and Peter with multiple switches and some alleged fake switches, culminating in the line "We're trying to figure out which of us should be throwing up right now." Turned out Paige had somehow gotten the salt.
* A ''{{Garfield}}'' strip has Jon Arbuckle suggesting that he and his date drink from each other's glasses... on the grounds that his last date tried to poison him.

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* ''FoxTrot'' ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' had a variation with salt in milk, between Jason and Peter with multiple switches and some alleged fake switches, culminating in the line "We're trying to figure out which of us should be throwing up right now." Turned out Paige had somehow gotten the salt.
* A ''{{Garfield}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip has Jon Arbuckle suggesting that he and his date drink from each other's glasses... on the grounds that his last date tried to poison him.
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