History Main / RussianRoulette

30th Dec '15 1:27:51 PM Prfnoff
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* The Gazette's second album "NIL" has an opening track called "The End," in which the five members can be heard passing a gun around while muttering in English and Japanese. The barrel is spun and a click is heard for each member, and at the end of the song the guitar feedback is cut short with the sound of a shot.
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* The Gazette's Music/TheGazette's second album "NIL" has an opening track called "The End," in which the five members can be heard passing a gun around while muttering in English and Japanese. The barrel is spun and a click is heard for each member, and at the end of the song the guitar feedback is cut short with the sound of a shot.

* A variation occurs in DMX's "Here We Go Again": -->"Wasn't hard for me to get him where I wanted him, confronted him -->*bzzzt, click* There is a bullet in one of 'em -->Feelin' lucky? *click* Looks like you are -->*click-click-click*...Luck ain't goin' too far -->What you did was put on another pair of shoes and they just happened to be too big -->What you did was stupid, '''real fuckin' stupid''' -->Well, shorty, I gave you a chance, and what'd you do? -->Threw it back in my fuckin' face, so fuck you too! *BANG*"
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* A variation occurs in DMX's Music/{{DMX}}'s "Here We Go Again": -->"Wasn't hard for me to get him where I wanted him, confronted him -->*bzzzt, him\\ *bzzzt, click* There is a bullet in one of 'em -->Feelin' 'em\\ Feelin' lucky? *click* Looks like you are -->*click-click-click*...are\\ *click-click-click*...Luck ain't goin' too far -->What far\\ What you did was put on another pair of shoes and they just happened to be too big -->What big\\ What you did was stupid, '''real fuckin' stupid''' -->Well, stupid'''\\ Well, shorty, I gave you a chance, and what'd you do? -->Threw do?\\ Threw it back in my fuckin' face, so fuck you too! *BANG*"

* German heavy metal band Accept's 1985 album was titled ''Russian Roulette''. The cover photo showed the band dressed in Russian army uniforms sitting around a table with a pistol lying on it.
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* German heavy metal band Accept's Music/{{Accept}}'s 1985 album was titled ''Russian Roulette''. The cover photo showed the band dressed in Russian army uniforms sitting around a table with a pistol lying on it.
30th Dec '15 1:13:40 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', two men are shown playing Russian Roulette when the board rotates in "Wordwang." A gunshot sounds just as they disappear from view.
2nd Dec '15 10:27:37 AM Greenygal
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* In an episode of Friday The 13th the Series the killer of the week was using the cursed item to win playing Russian Roulette in high-stakes illegal gambling (it created a snake that slowly traveled up the sacrificial victim until killing them), eventually targeting a loved one for his last bout. Unfortunately for him they stop the snake just as he's getting ready to confidently pull the trigger on a revolver now fully loaded (each round they added another bullet) providing some karmic justice.
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* In an episode of Friday The 13th the Series ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' the killer of the week was using the cursed item to win playing Russian Roulette in high-stakes illegal gambling (it created a snake that slowly traveled up the sacrificial victim until killing them), eventually targeting a loved one for his last bout. Unfortunately for him they stop the snake just as he's getting ready to confidently pull the trigger on a revolver now fully loaded (each round they added another bullet) providing some karmic justice.
28th Nov '15 2:37:56 PM WillKeaton
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** And a similar one: {{Tsundere}} [[http://irregularbloggers.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/tsundere-cookies-more-tsun-than-dere/ cookies]]. Twelve cookies, and an entire ''ten'' laced with chili powder.
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** And a similar one: {{Tsundere}} [[http://irregularbloggers.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/tsundere-cookies-more-tsun-than-dere/ cookies]]. cookies.]] Twelve cookies, and an entire ''ten'' laced with chili powder.
28th Nov '15 2:37:33 PM WillKeaton
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*** A game using this mechanism was released in 1975 as a marketing tie-in for a [[https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/7563/jaws movie about fishing]]. Age 5 and up - seriously. The Crocodile Dentist version was way less creepy.
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*** A game using this mechanism was released in 1975 as a marketing tie-in for a [[https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/7563/jaws movie about fishing]]. fishing.]] Age 5 and up - seriously. The Crocodile Dentist version was way less creepy.
28th Nov '15 2:36:35 PM WillKeaton
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* One {{Jerkass}} [[http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-news/court-hears-of-womans-russian-roulette-ordeal/story-e6freuzi-1225979015190 forced his wife into this]], except [[MoralEventHorizon when it was his turn, he merely shot in the air]]. Luck was on the woman's side, though, as she survived three misses and later escaped.
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* One {{Jerkass}} [[http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-news/court-hears-of-womans-russian-roulette-ordeal/story-e6freuzi-1225979015190 forced his wife into this]], this,]] except [[MoralEventHorizon when it was his turn, he merely shot in the air]]. Luck was on the woman's side, though, as she survived three misses and later escaped.

** The American version is called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodile_Dentist Crocodile Dentist]], in which children take turns extracting teeth from a crocodile until they hit the one sore tooth that will cause the croc to get fed up and chomp on your fingers. Teaching children that life is cruel and arbitrary since 1993! (Unless you cheat and test which tooth gives the most resistance, of course.)
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** The American version is called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodile_Dentist Crocodile Dentist]], Dentist,]] in which children take turns extracting teeth from a crocodile until they hit the one sore tooth that will cause the croc to get fed up and chomp on your fingers. Teaching children that life is cruel and arbitrary since 1993! (Unless you cheat and test which tooth gives the most resistance, of course.)
28th Nov '15 2:34:28 PM WillKeaton
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* "[[http://www.escape-suspense.com/2007/06/the_game.html The Game]]", which first aired on ''Escape'' and then on ''Suspense'', centers around two bored teenage boys who get drunk and decide to play this.
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* "[[http://www.[[http://www.escape-suspense.com/2007/06/the_game.html The Game]]", "The Game,"]] which first aired on ''Escape'' and then on ''Suspense'', centers around two bored teenage boys who get drunk and decide to play this.
28th Nov '15 2:33:05 PM WillKeaton
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** Joey has the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Time_Wizard Time Wizard]], which had a "Time Roulette" effect. If it lands on one of the two time machine symbols, it ages everything on the field by 1000 years. [[note]] This can also be a test of luck, since the desired effect is to leave the opponent's monsters old and withered while Joey's Baby Dragon ages into the mighty Thousands Dragon, but some others also get a positive effect from 1000 years' time, such as Yugi's Dark Magician becoming the Dark Sage.[[/note]] If lands on one of the four skull symbols, it detonates Joey's side of the field, which can take a lot out of his Life Points.
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** Joey has the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Time_Wizard Time Wizard]], Wizard,]] which had a "Time Roulette" effect. If it lands on one of the two time machine symbols, it ages everything on the field by 1000 years. [[note]] This can also be a test of luck, since the desired effect is to leave the opponent's monsters old and withered while Joey's Baby Dragon ages into the mighty Thousands Dragon, but some others also get a positive effect from 1000 years' time, such as Yugi's Dark Magician becoming the Dark Sage.[[/note]] If lands on one of the four skull symbols, it detonates Joey's side of the field, which can take a lot out of his Life Points.
14th Nov '15 8:26:03 PM Adept
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* ''LiarGame'' has a less-fatal variant with "24-Shot Russian Roulette", where the gun is loaded with six caps (out of 24) and if you shoot yourself, you lose several million yen. This being ''Liar Game'', the heroes figure out how to fix it in their favour.
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* ''LiarGame'' ''Manga/LiarGame'' has a less-fatal variant with "24-Shot Russian Roulette", where the gun is loaded with six caps (out of 24) and if you shoot yourself, you lose several million yen. This being ''Liar Game'', the heroes figure out how to fix it in their favour.
8th Nov '15 7:39:13 PM Angeldeb82
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The game was allegedly invented by the Russians either during WorldWarOne or by those assigned to Siberia. If the latter, to deal with the extreme boredom, as their assignment was often referred to as 'counting trees', while the former was to try and get out of the extremely bloody and inglorious war. There are no indication however that this is true (and such outlandish behaviour would have most likely been recorded as suicides and duels were usually described in length) as the first mention of this game (as well as the name 'Russian roulette' itself) appears in a 1937 short story of the same title by Georges Sundez, a Frenchman. Also, the most common revolver issued by the Russian army at the time had a cylinder that could not be freely spun (and also had seven chambers, but that's not really important).
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The game was allegedly invented by the Russians either during WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI or by those assigned to Siberia. If the latter, to deal with the extreme boredom, as their assignment was often referred to as 'counting trees', while the former was to try and get out of the extremely bloody and inglorious war. There are no indication however that this is true (and such outlandish behaviour would have most likely been recorded as suicides and duels were usually described in length) as the first mention of this game (as well as the name 'Russian roulette' itself) appears in a 1937 short story of the same title by Georges Sundez, a Frenchman. Also, the most common revolver issued by the Russian army at the time had a cylinder that could not be freely spun (and also had seven chambers, but that's not really important).

See also FalseRoulette. For the wider trope of lethal "games" that don't involve handguns, see AbsurdlyHighStakesGame. TheOtherWiki also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_roulette_in_popular_culture has an article]]. One of the reasons why RevolversAreJustBetter.
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See also FalseRoulette. For the wider trope of lethal "games" that don't involve handguns, see AbsurdlyHighStakesGame. TheOtherWiki Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_roulette_in_popular_culture has an article]]. One of the reasons why RevolversAreJustBetter.

* A ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' comic book-style story, probably created as supplementary material for a book collection, features the cast as Russian scientists working for the Soviet space program. In the opening scene they are playing Russian Roulette. Churchy gets the bullet, but survives because he "missed". (A case of [[TooDumbToLive Too Dumb To Die]], perhaps?)
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* A ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' comic book-style story, probably created as supplementary material for a book collection, features the cast as Russian scientists working for the Soviet space program. In the opening scene they are playing Russian Roulette. Churchy gets the bullet, but survives because he "missed". (A case of [[TooDumbToLive Too Dumb To to Die]], perhaps?)

* The movie ''Intacto'', which has a premise of luck as a real and transferable property, has two very lucky people playing a form of RussianRoulette. They play with one chamber empty.
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* The movie ''Intacto'', which has a premise of luck as a real and transferable property, has two very lucky people playing a form of RussianRoulette.Russian Roulette. They play with one chamber empty.

* At the start of the Russian film ''Film/BurntByTheSun'' the protagonist (a secret policemen who's been ordered to arrest a general and his wife -- a former LoveInterest) does this with a seven-shot Nagant revolver. He survives, and so carries out his order, killing himself at the end of the movie via the more reliable method of [[BathSuicide slitting his wrists while in the bathtub]].
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* At the start of the Russian film ''Film/BurntByTheSun'' the protagonist (a secret policemen who's been ordered to arrest a general and his wife -- a former LoveInterest) {{Love Interest|s}}) does this with a seven-shot Nagant revolver. He survives, and so carries out his order, killing himself at the end of the movie via the more reliable method of [[BathSuicide slitting his wrists while in the bathtub]].

* One ''Literature/JackReacher'' novel has the BigBad and Reacher in the same room with a prepped gun. For complicated reasons, Reacher needs to get the BigBad to trust him. So he exploits the abovementioned 'flaw' in order to win and fires at his own head ''five times'', [[GambitRoulette betting that the weight of the bullet would have the chamber settle at the bottom.]] Then it was [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] - [[spoiler: Reacher actually thought the gun wasn't loaded. He still doesn't seem all that bothered to find out that is was.]]
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* One ''Literature/JackReacher'' novel has the BigBad and Reacher in the same room with a prepped gun. For complicated reasons, Reacher needs to get the BigBad to trust him. So he exploits the abovementioned 'flaw' in order to win and fires at his own head ''five times'', [[GambitRoulette betting that the weight of the bullet would have the chamber settle at the bottom.]] Then it was [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] {{Subverted|Trope}} - [[spoiler: Reacher actually thought the gun wasn't loaded. He still doesn't seem all that bothered to find out that is was.]]

* In Creator/KimNewman's ''Literature/DarkFuture'' novel ''Krokodil Tears'', the [[BrokenBird main character]] plays Russian Roulette with a cowboy, with two bullets in the gun instead of the usual one. It clicks empty four times, meaning on her turn it's guaranteed to be loaded. [[CrazyAwesome She takes her turn anyway]]...[[MadeOfIron and the bullet is stopped by her skull]]. Turns out she was testing her recently-implanted cyborg armor. She then hands the gun back to the other guy to take his turn.
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* In Creator/KimNewman's ''Literature/DarkFuture'' novel ''Krokodil Tears'', the [[BrokenBird main character]] plays Russian Roulette with a cowboy, with two bullets in the gun instead of the usual one. It clicks empty four times, meaning on her turn it's guaranteed to be loaded. [[CrazyAwesome She takes her turn anyway]]...[[MadeOfIron anyway...]][[MadeOfIron and the bullet is stopped by her skull]]. skull.]] Turns out she was testing her recently-implanted cyborg armor. She then hands the gun back to the other guy to take his turn.

* ''{{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 [[ShurFineGuns 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}}''. 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 [[ShurFineGuns [[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.

* ''Series/TheXFiles''. At the climax of "Pusher" a criminal with mind control powers forces Fox Mulder to join him in a game. Mulder is made to "shoot" the criminal, then himself, then is about to shoot Scully when she [[IncrediblyLamePun triggers]] the fire alarm, distracting the criminal so Mulder can turn the gun on him instead. It turns out ''that'' chamber was loaded.
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* ''Series/TheXFiles''. At the climax of "Pusher" a criminal with mind control powers forces Fox Mulder to join him in a game. Mulder is made to "shoot" the criminal, then himself, then is about to shoot Scully when she [[IncrediblyLamePun [[JustForPun triggers]] the fire alarm, distracting the criminal so Mulder can turn the gun on him instead. It turns out ''that'' chamber was loaded.

* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': in the episode 'Revelations', an unsub - well, one of the three personalities of an unsub suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder - kidnaps FBI Special Agent Spencer Reid and tortures him, then adds to the torture with a game of RussianRoulette. Three times, Reid lucks out. The fourth time, as he's standing knee-deep in the grave he's just been forced to dig for himself, he gets the gun away from Hankel and shoots him, without checking to see if the bullet is chambered first. It is.
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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': in the episode 'Revelations', an unsub - well, one of the three personalities of an unsub suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder - kidnaps FBI Special Agent Spencer Reid and tortures him, then adds to the torture with a game of RussianRoulette.Russian Roulette. Three times, Reid lucks out. The fourth time, as he's standing knee-deep in the grave he's just been forced to dig for himself, he gets the gun away from Hankel and shoots him, without checking to see if the bullet is chambered first. It is.

* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. Played by [[MadScientist Dr Moffet]], who steals Airwolf in the premiere and flies it to Libya. At one point he does this as exposition to show Airwolf's AchillesHeel -- a bullet in the mid-air refueling tube will destroy Airwolf; Moffet pulls the trigger but the chamber is empty (moments later when he pulls the trigger again while RemonstratingWithAGun, it goes off). When confronted by Airwolf flown by Stringfellow Hawke at the end of the episode, Moffet calmly aims at the tube and pulls the trigger. Again the chamber is empty and Stringfellow responds by showing there is NoKillLikeOverkill.
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* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. Played by [[MadScientist Dr Moffet]], who steals Airwolf in the premiere and flies it to Libya. At one point he does this as exposition to show Airwolf's AchillesHeel -- a bullet in the mid-air refueling tube will destroy Airwolf; Moffet pulls the trigger but the chamber is empty (moments later when he pulls the trigger again while RemonstratingWithAGun, it goes off). When confronted by Airwolf flown by Stringfellow Hawke at the end of the episode, Moffet calmly aims at the tube and pulls the trigger. Again the chamber is empty and Stringfellow responds by showing there is NoKillLikeOverkill.that ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill.

* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "All In" a casino boss captures Team Machine and the POI of the week, a CardSharp whom he forces to carry out this trope [[spoiler:pointing the revolver at John Reese, Leon Tao and Harold Finch in turn before Reese is able to break free. The casino boss points the revolver at Reese and clicks off every chamber to no effect, as the CardSharp palmed the bullet.]]
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "All In" a casino boss captures Team Machine and the POI of the week, a CardSharp whom he forces to carry out this trope [[spoiler:pointing the revolver at John Reese, Leon Tao and Harold Finch in turn before Reese is able to break free. The casino boss points the revolver at Reese and clicks off every chamber to no effect, as the CardSharp palmed the bullet.]]bullet]].

* The protagonist of ''IllusionOfGaia'' has to play a game similar to Russian Roulette with a set of wine glasses, one of which is poisoned, in order to get the necessary funds to buy desert transportation. Played with, since the protagonist has PsychicPowers, and the other player was suicidal.
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* The protagonist of ''IllusionOfGaia'' ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'' has to play a game similar to Russian Roulette with a set of wine glasses, one of which is poisoned, in order to get the necessary funds to buy desert transportation. Played with, since the protagonist has PsychicPowers, and the other player was suicidal.

* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' has a climactic game of Russian Roulette between school principal Benjamin Keane and BadAss assassin Garcian Smith. It doubles as Garcian's CrowningMomentOfAwesome, as well: [[spoiler: the gun is passed back and forth between Keane and Garcian, Keane growing constantly more frantic and Garcian remaining calm as ever, until 5 chambers have come up empty; it's the 6th chamber, and Garcian's turn. As Keane starts laughing, Garcian calmly puts the gun to his head, and pulls the trigger... and nothing happens.]]
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* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' has a climactic game of Russian Roulette between school principal Benjamin Keane and BadAss {{Badass}} assassin Garcian Smith. It doubles as Garcian's CrowningMomentOfAwesome, SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, as well: [[spoiler: the gun is passed back and forth between Keane and Garcian, Keane growing constantly more frantic and Garcian remaining calm as ever, until 5 chambers have come up empty; it's the 6th chamber, and Garcian's turn. As Keane starts laughing, Garcian calmly puts the gun to his head, and pulls the trigger... and nothing happens.]]

* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' features a game of Russian Roulette of the 1 round, 5 empty chambers variant between the player character and his friend Sgt. Woods. Forced to play at gunpoint by their Vietcong captors (in an almost shot by shot recreation of the aforementioned scene in ''Film/TheDeerHunter''), Woods successfully manages to survive one round (complete with a [[AtomicFBomb loud exclamation of "FUCK!"]] before pulling the trigger), before passing the gun to you while telling you "one chance". Your character, [[{{Badass}} Mason]], takes the gun, raises it, and promptly [[spoiler:[[TakeaThirdOption shoots the guard forcing them to play, takes his pistol, and shoots the other guards,]] [[CrowningMomentofAwesome all in one swift move.]]]]
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' features a game of Russian Roulette of the 1 round, 5 empty chambers variant between the player character and his friend Sgt. Woods. Forced to play at gunpoint by their Vietcong captors (in an almost shot by shot recreation of the aforementioned scene in ''Film/TheDeerHunter''), Woods successfully manages to survive one round (complete with a [[AtomicFBomb loud exclamation of "FUCK!"]] before pulling the trigger), before passing the gun to you while telling you "one chance". Your character, [[{{Badass}} Mason]], takes the gun, raises it, and promptly [[spoiler:[[TakeaThirdOption [[spoiler:[[TakeAThirdOption shoots the guard forcing them to play, takes his pistol, and shoots the other guards,]] [[CrowningMomentofAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome all in one swift move.]]]]move]]]].

** ''Ballot Box Bunny'' ends with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny proposing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_mr9zU99oU a game of Russian roulette ]]to Yosemite Sam after both of them lose a local election. Sam goes first, then Bugs, who puts the gun to his head as the picture irises out; a shot is then heard, after which the picture irises in again to reveal that Bugs missed and shot Sam. (Sam: "Ah hate that rabbit.") Perhaps unsurprisingly, this ending is rarely if ever included when the short is aired on TV. (In the USA at least, but it was shown in Israel at least as early as the 1990s.)
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** ''Ballot Box Bunny'' ends with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny proposing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_mr9zU99oU a game of Russian roulette ]]to roulette]] to Yosemite Sam after both of them lose a local election. Sam goes first, then Bugs, who puts the gun to his head as the picture irises out; a shot is then heard, after which the picture irises in again to reveal that Bugs missed and shot Sam. (Sam: "Ah hate that rabbit.") Perhaps unsurprisingly, this ending is rarely if ever included when the short is aired on TV. (In the USA at least, but it was shown in Israel at least as early as the 1990s.)

** There's also Landmine Roulette: take a drink, stomp on the landmine. Next guy drinks, stomps on the land mine. Next guy... [[StuffBlowingUp yeah.]] * One JerkAss [[http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-news/court-hears-of-womans-russian-roulette-ordeal/story-e6freuzi-1225979015190 forced his wife into this]], except [[MoralEventHorizon when it was his turn, he merely shot in the air]]. Luck was on the woman's side, though, as she survived three misses and later escaped.
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** There's also Landmine Roulette: take a drink, stomp on the landmine. Next guy drinks, stomps on the land mine. Next guy... [[StuffBlowingUp yeah.]] yeah]]. * One JerkAss {{Jerkass}} [[http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-news/court-hears-of-womans-russian-roulette-ordeal/story-e6freuzi-1225979015190 forced his wife into this]], except [[MoralEventHorizon when it was his turn, he merely shot in the air]]. Luck was on the woman's side, though, as she survived three misses and later escaped.

* According to TheOtherWiki, a Finnish magician called Aimo Leikas died doing this in front of a crowd, when a magic trick he'd been practicing all went wrong.
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* According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, a Finnish magician called Aimo Leikas died doing this in front of a crowd, when a magic trick he'd been practicing all went wrong.
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