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1st May '16 5:24:22 AM DaibhidC
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** In the book ''The Citadel of Chaos'', the player can at one point play Russian Roulette ''with daggers'': the player stabs himself with a dagger picked at random from a set of six, with 5 being "trick daggers" whose blade retracts into the hilt and a real dagger. And the prize is an item that is virtually required to finish the book.

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** In the book ''The Citadel of Chaos'', the player can at one point play Russian Roulette ''with daggers'': the player stabs himself with a dagger picked at random from a set of six, with 5 being "trick daggers" whose blade retracts into the hilt and a real dagger. And the prize is an item that is virtually required to finish the book. According to the UniverseCompendium, this game is known as Kharean Roulette or Knifey-Knifey.
10th Apr '16 7:41:32 AM Dravencour
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Need we say it: DontTryThisAtHome. Besides [[CaptainObvious the risk to your life]] if you lose, if you play with others you can be charged with murder if someone dies (at least in [[TheCommonLaw common-law jurisdictions]], under the theory of depraved-heart/grossly reckless murder--see for instance the Pennsylvania case ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_v._Malone Commonwealth v. Malone]]''), and in some jurisdictions you can be tried for attempted murder even if everyone lives. One notable case in 1984, was American actor Jon-Erik Hexum who died a Russian roulette stunt, despite only loading the revolver with blanks. Despite his belief that this made it harmless, the overpressure wave from the discharge of the blank propelled the round's wadding into his temple, shattering his skull, and causing brain trauma. Six days later he was declared brain dead and was taken off life support.

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Need we say it: DontTryThisAtHome. Besides [[CaptainObvious the risk to your life]] if you lose, if you play with others you can be charged with murder if someone dies (at least in [[TheCommonLaw common-law jurisdictions]], under the theory of depraved-heart/grossly reckless murder--see for instance the Pennsylvania case ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_v._Malone Commonwealth v. Malone]]''), and in some jurisdictions you can be tried for attempted murder even if everyone lives. One notable case in 1984, was American actor Jon-Erik Hexum who died as a result of a Russian roulette stunt, despite only loading the revolver with blanks. Despite his belief that this made it harmless, the overpressure wave from the discharge of the blank propelled the round's wadding into his temple, shattering his skull, skull and causing brain trauma. Six days later he was declared brain dead and was taken off life support.
5th Apr '16 12:38:55 PM BeeKirbysNewComputer
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* ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}: The Painful RPG'' makes this into a MiniGame. Both players have their own gun, and take turns pulling the trigger until one of them finds their bullet first. Can be a good source of [[WeirdCurrency mags]], though naturally it also means you're gambling with the lives of your party members.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}: The Painful RPG'' makes this into a MiniGame. Both players have their own gun, and take turns pulling the trigger until one of them finds their bullet first. Can be a good source of [[WeirdCurrency mags]], though and you get a decent party member if you survive long enough, but naturally it also means you're gambling with the lives of your party members.members. It's worth noting that party members killed during this minigame [[PermaDeath leave your party permanently.]]
30th Mar '16 4:04:32 AM JackG
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* An alternate ending to ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' includes John [=McClane=] playing a variant of Russian roulette with [[BigBad Simon Gruber]] using a Chinese rocket launcher without the pin. He asks Simon a series of questions, and eventually asks a question that Simon gets wrong. [[spoiler: Turns out that the answer to the question is that he forgot to bring a flak jacket, which is what [=McClane=] is wearing and this would have protected Simon from the blast of the rocket, and the rocket fires on Simon, killing him instantly.]]

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* An alternate ending to ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' includes John [=McClane=] playing a variant of Russian roulette with [[BigBad Simon Gruber]] using a Chinese rocket launcher without the pin. sights (so no way of telling which end is the muzzle). He asks Simon a series of questions, questions (with them turning the launcher to face the other each time) and eventually asks a question that Simon gets wrong. [[spoiler: Turns out that the answer to the question is that he forgot to bring a flak jacket, which is what [=McClane=] is wearing and this would have protected Simon from the blast of the rocket, and the rocket fires on Simon, killing him instantly.]]
28th Mar '16 1:34:42 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* An episode of the second ''SakuraWars'' OAV has Maria, having gotten an enemy at her mercy, [[spoiler:pretend to]] put one bullet in her gun [[spoiler:while actually leaving it unloaded]], spin the chambers, and essentially ask the guy if he's feeling lucky (he isn't). Not quite how the game is normally played, but close enough that one can practically hear the writers saying "It's like Russian Roulette! Because she's Russian, get it?"

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* An episode of the second ''SakuraWars'' ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' OAV has Maria, having gotten an enemy at her mercy, [[spoiler:pretend to]] put one bullet in her gun [[spoiler:while actually leaving it unloaded]], spin the chambers, and essentially ask the guy if he's feeling lucky (he isn't). Not quite how the game is normally played, but close enough that one can practically hear the writers saying "It's like Russian Roulette! Because she's Russian, get it?"
16th Mar '16 10:04:40 PM Exusia
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* ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' will feature this. It's one of the first pieces of art revealed about the game, but the full story is as follows: [[spoiler:Sigma is strapped into a chair, and Phi is trapped in an incinerator. Diana is forced to play with a gun to Sigma's head, but with ''three'' bullets. If Diana pulls the trigger, whether or not Sigma dies, Phi will be freed. If she doesn't, Sigma will be freed but Phi will die.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' will feature this. It's one of the first pieces of art revealed about the game, but the full story is as follows: [[spoiler:Sigma is strapped into a chair, and Phi is trapped in an incinerator. Diana is forced to play with a gun to Sigma's head, but with ''three'' bullets. If Diana pulls She can just choose to not shoot, but if she doesn't, the trigger, incinerator will turn on and Phi will die. If she takes the shot, Phi will be freed whether or not Sigma dies, Phi will be freed. If she doesn't, Sigma will be freed but Phi will die.lives.]]
16th Mar '16 10:02:08 PM Exusia
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* ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' will feature this. It's one of the first pieces of art revealed about the game, but the full story is as follows: [[spoiler:Sigma is strapped into a chair, and Phi is trapped in an incinerator. Diana is forced to play with a gun to Sigma's head, but with ''three'' bullets. If Diana pulls the trigger, whether or not Sigma dies, Phi will be freed. If she doesn't, Sigma will be freed but Phi will die.]]
10th Mar '16 12:25:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Wiseguy}}''. Mad arms dealer Mel Profitt does this with undercover agent Vinnie Terranova when he finds out Vinnie is sleeping with his sister (whom Mel has his own [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous relationship]] with). The gun turns out to be empty. Vinnie pulls out his own revolver which has an [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns empty chamber under the hammer]] and challenges Mel to his own version, with only a one-in-six chance to live. Mel calls his bluff and Vinnie has to shoot the bullet into the wall.

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* ''{{Wiseguy}}''.''Series/{{Wiseguy}}''. Mad arms dealer Mel Profitt does this with undercover agent Vinnie Terranova when he finds out Vinnie is sleeping with his sister (whom Mel has his own [[BrotherSisterIncest incestuous relationship]] with). The gun turns out to be empty. Vinnie pulls out his own revolver which has an [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns empty chamber under the hammer]] and challenges Mel to his own version, with only a one-in-six chance to live. Mel calls his bluff and Vinnie has to shoot the bullet into the wall.



* ''{{Cowards}}'', a rather dark BBC comedy show, featured a sketch that had a group of people playing this at a dinner party. The first five survive but the sixth claims that they have been playing it wrong and they should have spun the chambers before each trigger pull. He is argued down, with hilarious consequences...

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* ''{{Cowards}}'', ''Series/{{Cowards}}'', a rather dark BBC comedy show, featured a sketch that had a group of people playing this at a dinner party. The first five survive but the sixth claims that they have been playing it wrong and they should have spun the chambers before each trigger pull. He is argued down, with hilarious consequences...



* In the ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "Cutting Cards," two gamblers loathe each other so much that they're willing to play a game of Russian Roulette just for the possibility of the other person dying. They both survive because the round turns out to be a dud.

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* In the ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "Cutting Cards," two gamblers loathe each other so much that they're willing to play a game of Russian Roulette just for the possibility of the other person dying. They both survive because the round turns out to be a dud.



* ''TheCityHunter'': Jin-pyo uses this as an interrogation method, pulling the trigger each time the subject gives an answer that annoys him (and using up five turns before he gets a real answer).

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* ''TheCityHunter'': ''Series/TheCityHunter'': Jin-pyo uses this as an interrogation method, pulling the trigger each time the subject gives an answer that annoys him (and using up five turns before he gets a real answer).



* The KaizersOrchestra song "Bak Et Halleluja" is the singer confessing to a priest about a game of Russian Roulette he played with a friend. [[spoiler:The friend lost.]]

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* The KaizersOrchestra Music/KaizersOrchestra song "Bak Et Halleluja" is the singer confessing to a priest about a game of Russian Roulette he played with a friend. [[spoiler:The friend lost.]]
23rd Feb '16 2:52:28 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': At the crisis point of TheMovie GrandFinale, a depressed Miss Brooks jokingly suggests to Mrs. Davis that they play Russian Roulette when she returns home from school. [[spoiler: Miss Brooks had jumped to the conclusion that Mr. Boynton had bought the house across the street preparatory to giving her a proposal of marriage. Instead, Mr. Boynton had bought the house so his lonely mother could live with him and wasn't proposing marriage. Fortunately, Mrs. Davis fixes matters behind scenes, inviting the elder Mrs. Boynton to be her new boarder. Mrs. Boynton gives her approval to Miss Brooks, leaving a happy Miss Brooks to rush to the zoo to meet Mr. Boynton. There, after eight years of radio, four years on television, and one theatrical grand finale (not to mention a comic book adaption thereof), Mr. Boynton proposes. Mr. Boynton and Mrs. Connie Boynton nee Brooks live HappilyEverAfter.]]
11th Feb '16 6:57:11 PM PenguinPete
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* ''Film/{{Arizona Dream}}'': Axel has entered Grace's room with a gun, with the apparent intention to shoot her in the head. Not only does Grace dare him to go through with it and mock him for losing his nerve, but she turns it around on him by challenging him to a game, after setting up the bullet in the chamber. And not only does he go through with it, but they both survive and then end up kissing and rolling on the floor. Weirdest seduction ever.
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