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* ''Film/HerAlibi''. TomSelleck, smitten with a murder suspect, crafts an alibi for her and lets her stay at his secluded home. Cue her tossing a huge Bowie knife at him... to pin the enormous beetle climbing the wall behind him. [[spoiler: She does this again at the end of the movie.]]

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* ''Film/HerAlibi''. TomSelleck, Creator/TomSelleck, smitten with a murder suspect, crafts an alibi for her and lets her stay at his secluded home. Cue her tossing a huge Bowie knife at him... to pin the enormous beetle climbing the wall behind him. [[spoiler: She does this again at the end of the movie.]]
16th Mar '17 10:21:24 AM AthenaBlue
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', Beau is suspected by Velma to be somehow involved in the onset of the zombies. At one point, Beau lifts up a large rock and appears ready to chuck it at her, but he instead throws it further out to show Velma that she was about to walk into quicksand. Velma's suspicions are somewhat mitigated.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' sees Mrs. Brisby, a frightened mouse, entering a Great Owl's den. At the mercy of her natural predator, she is then additionally stalked by a GiantSpider...before the Great Owl appears and crushes the spider. Partially subverted in that even after crushing the spider the [[OminousOwl Owl]] is still terrifying.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' sees Mrs. Brisby, a frightened mouse, entering a Great Owl's den. At the mercy of her natural predator, she is then additionally stalked by a GiantSpider...before the Great Owl appears and crushes the spider. Partially subverted in that even after crushing the spider the [[OminousOwl Owl]] is still terrifying.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', Beau is suspected by Velma to be somehow involved in the onset of the zombies. At one point, Beau lifts up a large rock and appears ready to chuck it at her, but he instead throws it further out to show Velma that she was about to walk into quicksand. Velma's suspicions are somewhat mitigated.



* In the pilot for ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Jayne has been offered a lot of money to betray Mal. We see him knocking out a sniper, taking careful aim at Mal... and shooting someone who had a gun trained on the captain.

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* In the pilot for ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Jayne has been offered Kate Lockley pulls a lot really violent version of money to betray Mal. We see this on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', stabbing both him knocking out a sniper, taking careful aim at Mal... and shooting someone who had his vampire spawn with a gun trained on the captain.(very long) wooden stake. The other vampire dusts, but Kate reveals that she deliberately avoided Angel's heart.



* ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** Michael approaches handcuffed Jin with an ax. He looks angry. He's going to kill him! Nope. He's going to chop the cuffs open.
** In a later episode, Ana-Lucia approaches tied-up Sayid with a knife. She's going to kill him! Nope. She's going to cut his ropes and free him.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** Michael approaches handcuffed Jin with an ax. He looks angry. He's going to kill him! Nope. He's going to chop
''Series/{{Castle}}'' has a double Stab The Scorpion. Beckett and Castle are facing each other, both apparently pointing guns at the cuffs open.
** In a later episode, Ana-Lucia approaches tied-up Sayid with a knife. She's going to kill him! Nope. She's going to cut his ropes
other. They fire simultaneously, and free him.both hit a bad guy that was sneaking up to take the other unawares.
** For impact, the setup to this -- them aiming weapons at each other -- was the episode's ColdOpen, and it was followed by an episode of Castle showing up in suspicious circumstances near a bunch of murders that seemed to have been perpetrated by him. [[spoiler:They weren't.]]



** The cliffhanger for episode 3 of "Trial of a Timelord" involves Merdeen seemingly firing his crossbow at the Doctor. However, the reprise in episode 4, reveals he was actually aiming at the traitor Grell, lurking behind the Doctor and Peri.

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** The cliffhanger for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E1TheMysteriousPlanet episode 3 3]] of "Trial of a Timelord" Time Lord" involves Merdeen seemingly firing his crossbow at the Doctor. However, the reprise in episode 4, reveals he was actually aiming at the traitor Grell, lurking behind the Doctor and Peri.



* Kate Lockley pulls a really violent version of this on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', stabbing both him and his vampire spawn with a (very long) wooden stake. The other vampire dusts, but Kate reveals that she deliberately avoided Angel's heart.

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* Kate Lockley pulls In the pilot for ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Jayne has been offered a really violent version lot of this on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', stabbing both money to betray Mal. We see him knocking out a sniper, taking careful aim at Mal... and his vampire spawn with shooting someone who had a (very long) wooden stake. The gun trained on the captain.
* In season 4 of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', Peter travels to the
other vampire dusts, universe after [[CosmicRetcon time reboots itself]]. Because Walter Prime won't help him get back so he goes to beg Walternate - who previously tried to destroy our universe in an attempt to save his own - for help. During Peter's plea Walter grins insanely and plays with an ominous bit of machinery. Finally he uses it to expose and destroy Alternate Brandon Fayette, who had been his [[TheDragon dragon]] before the reboot but Kate reveals is now a shapeshifter.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' season 5, Bronn appears standing above Jaime Lannister with his kukri ready, seemingly to kill him, and a few moments later he kills a snake
that she deliberately avoided Angel's heart.was about to bite the Kingslayer, and later [[spoiler: Jorah Mormont enters the fighting pits to fight before Daenerys one last time. After killing the men in the arena, his face contorts with anger and he grabs a spear and throws it into her viewing box - killing an assassin who was sneaking up behind her.]]



* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has a double Stab The Scorpion. Beckett and Castle are facing each other, both apparently pointing guns at the other. They fire simultaneously, and both hit a bad guy that was sneaking up to take the other unawares.
** For impact, the setup to this -- them aiming weapons at each other -- was the episode's ColdOpen, and it was followed by an episode of Castle showing up in suspicious circumstances near a bunch of murders that seemed to have been perpetrated by him. [[spoiler:They weren't.]]



* In season 4 of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', Peter travels to the other universe after [[CosmicRetcon time reboots itself]]. Because Walter Prime won't help him get back so he goes to beg Walternate - who previously tried to destroy our universe in an attempt to save his own - for help. During Peter's plea Walter grins insanely and plays with an ominous bit of machinery. Finally he uses it to expose and destroy Alternate Brandon Fayette, who had been his [[TheDragon dragon]] before the reboot but is now a shapeshifter.

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* In season 4 of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', Peter travels to the other universe after [[CosmicRetcon time reboots itself]]. Because Walter Prime won't help him get back so he goes to beg Walternate - who previously tried to destroy our universe in an attempt to save his own - for help. During Peter's plea Walter grins insanely and plays ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** Michael approaches handcuffed Jin
with an ominous bit axe. He looks angry. He's going to kill him! Nope. He's going to chop the cuffs open.
** In a later episode, Ana-Lucia approaches tied-up Sayid with a knife. She's going to kill him! Nope. She's going to cut his ropes and free him.
* In the first few minutes
of machinery. Finally the pilot of ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'', a character just introduced to LaResistance is given a mission to transport a shipment to a neutral zone. Just as he is about to leave, Nazi troops storm the facility. At one point, the aforementioned character -- who was considered a possible Nazi spy by the Resistance leader -- points a gun the leader's way and... shoots one of the soldiers rushing toward them. [[spoiler: This keeps his cover intact]].
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "The Murder Channel" one of Jessica's friends has been kidnapped and is lying BoundAndGagged in the back of the kidnappers' van. One of the kidnappers advances menacingly, takes out a switchblade and flicks the blade out. She then
uses it the knife to expose the victim's bods and destroy Alternate Brandon Fayette, who had been his [[TheDragon dragon]] before the reboot but is now a shapeshifter.release her.



* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' season 5, Bronn appears standing above Jaime Lannister with his kukri ready, seemingly to kill him, and a few moments later he kills a snake that was about to bite the Kingslayer, and later [[spoiler: Jorah Mormont enters the fighting pits to fight before Daenerys one last time. After killing the men in the arena, his face contorts with anger and he grabs a spear and throws it into her viewing box - killing an assassin who was sneaking up behind her.]]
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "The Murder Channel" one of Jessica's friends has been kidnapped and is lying BoundAndGagged in the back of the kidnappers' van. One of the kidnappers advances menacingly, takes out a switchblade and flicks the blade out. She then uses the knife to the victim's bods and release her.
* In the first few minutes of the pilot of ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'', a character just introduced to LaResistance is given a mission to transport a shipment to a neutral zone. Just as he is about to leave, Nazi troops storm the facility. At one point, the aforementioned character -- who was considered a possible Nazi spy by the Resistance leader -- points a gun the leader's way and... shoots one of the soldiers rushing toward them. [[spoiler: This keeps his cover intact]].
11th Mar '17 5:19:06 PM thatother1dude
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* Towards the end of ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'', during a race down a canyon, Jordan opens fire on Prince Aikka after he's wiped out. He gets a "[[WhatTheHellHero What the hell?]]" look from Eva, until she sees the corpse of the giant bug thing that was stalking Aikka.

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* Towards the end of ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'', during a race down a canyon, Jordan opens fire on Prince Aikka after he's wiped out. He gets a "[[WhatTheHellHero What "What the hell?]]" hell?" look from Eva, until she sees the corpse of the giant bug thing that was stalking Aikka.
11th Mar '17 5:18:30 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', an aged Bruce Wayne is about to be attacked by a random criminal when a dog jumps towards Wayne...and attacks the criminal instead. Bruce adopts the dog, and names him Ace. Because when a dog is badass enough to save BATMAN you know he's awesome. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome to him, for sure.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', an aged Bruce Wayne is about to be attacked by a random criminal when a dog jumps towards Wayne...and attacks the criminal instead. Bruce adopts the dog, and names him Ace. Because when a dog is badass enough to save BATMAN you know he's awesome. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome to him, for sure.
3rd Mar '17 11:26:12 AM Crossover-Enthusiast
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Only to see it wasn't the hero they struck, but a [[ScaryScorpions scorpion]] or snake poised to strike, or even an actual enemy. Either way, rather than killing the hero, the stranger has just saved their life. Sometimes, the target isn't even a threat, but is used to gain trust, the message being "IfIWantedYouDead, you would be by now".

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Only to see it wasn't the hero they struck, but a [[ScaryScorpions scorpion]] or snake poised to strike, or even an actual enemy. Either way, rather than killing the hero, the stranger has just saved their life. Sometimes, the target isn't even a threat, but is used to gain trust, the message being "IfIWantedYouDead, "[[IfIWantedYouDead If I wanted you dead]], you would be by now".
23rd Feb '17 11:43:01 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* In an early episode of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' before the pilots become allies, Heero points his {{BFG}} at Duo's Gundam during a battle. Duo assumes that the other pilot has turned on him and they get into a HumongousMecha MexicanStandoff...only for Heero to blast the enemy machine that was sneaking up on Duo before flying off.

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* In an early episode of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' before the pilots become allies, Heero points his {{BFG}} at Duo's Gundam during a battle. Duo assumes that the other pilot has turned on him and they get into a HumongousMecha MexicanStandoff...standoff...only for Heero to blast the enemy machine that was sneaking up on Duo before flying off.



* Revy and Dutch from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' manage to pull this one each other ''simultaneously'' when Dutch is chewing her out for acting [[AxCrazy unprofessionally]] and they're [[MexicanStandoff ideally pointing their guns at each other]] when more Neo-Nazis try to sneak up on them. Both mention they thought the other was really going to shot him/her, though Dutch said he was joking.

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* Revy and Dutch from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' manage to pull this one each other ''simultaneously'' when Dutch is chewing her out for acting [[AxCrazy unprofessionally]] and they're [[MexicanStandoff ideally pointing their guns at each other]] other when more Neo-Nazis try to sneak up on them. Both mention they thought the other was really going to shot him/her, though Dutch said he was joking.



* In ''[[Literature/RangersApprentice Erak's Ransom]],'' Will saves a child from a poisonous snake in this way.
* [[Discworld/InterestingTimes Lord Hong]]...kinda. At one point a servant brings him bad news while he's forging a sword. He orders the guy to stand up straight and open his eyes wide, as if he's about to [[BadBoss Shoot the Messenger]]. Turns out he was using the guy's eyes as a mirror to target the assassin sneaking up on him ('him' being [[EvilChancellor Lord Hong]]).

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* In ''[[Literature/RangersApprentice ''Literature/RangersApprentice: Erak's Ransom]],'' Ransom''' Will saves a child from a poisonous snake in this way.
* [[Discworld/InterestingTimes ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' Lord Hong]]...kinda. At Hong kinda; at one point a servant brings him bad news while he's forging a sword. He orders the guy to stand up straight and open his eyes wide, as if he's about to [[BadBoss Shoot the Messenger]]. Turns out he was using the guy's eyes as a mirror to target the assassin sneaking up on him ('him' being [[EvilChancellor Lord Hong]]).



* In a rare double-sided version, the climax of ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Fool Moon]]'' had Harry and [[CuteBruiser Karrin Murphy]] have been at odds for the majority of the book because Harry kept finding himself suspiciously linked to a series of attacks around the city. Later, they find themselves hunted by two of the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent three kinds of Werewolf,]] and they run into each other, only for Harry to see the more dangerous of the two sorts of werewolf coming up behind Murphy. When he prepares to attack it, she raises a gun and begs him to get down. He doesn't, thinking he'll [[HeroicSacrifice go out in a blaze of misunderstood glory.]] When he wakes up after the event, thinking he's dying of a gunshot wound, she tells him that she shot at one of the other werewolves that was behind him and he was only hit on the head, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and promptly mocks him for being such a melodramatic idiot.]]

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* *''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': In a rare double-sided version, the climax of ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Fool Moon]]'' ''Fool Moon'' had Harry and [[CuteBruiser Karrin Murphy]] have been at odds for the majority of the book because Harry kept finding himself suspiciously linked to a series of attacks around the city. Later, they find themselves hunted by two of the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent three kinds of Werewolf,]] and they run into each other, only for Harry to see the more dangerous of the two sorts of werewolf coming up behind Murphy. When he prepares to attack it, she raises a gun and begs him to get down. He doesn't, thinking he'll [[HeroicSacrifice go out in a blaze of misunderstood glory.]] When he wakes up after the event, thinking he's dying of a gunshot wound, she tells him that she shot at one of the other werewolves that was behind him and he was only hit on the head, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and promptly mocks him for being such a melodramatic idiot.]]



* Happens in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Daenerys is given a box from a stranger. She opens it, when an old man hits her hands with a staff, knocking the box out of them. It turns out that the box contained a manticore, a highly venomous, (possibly) scorpion-like creature.

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* Happens in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
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Daenerys is given a box from a stranger. She opens it, when an old man hits her hands with a staff, knocking the box out of them. It turns out that the box contained a manticore, a highly venomous, (possibly) scorpion-like creature.



* In [[Literature/WheelOfTime A Memory of Light]], this happens between Matrim Cauthon and [[spoiler: Tuon]], where [[spoiler: Tuon]] only has time to react to Mat throwing a knife directly at her, but immediately turns around when she recognizes his face. Mat later uses this as evidence that [[spoiler: she loves him]].

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* ''Literature/WheelOfTime: In [[Literature/WheelOfTime A Memory of Light]], Light'', this happens between Matrim Cauthon and [[spoiler: Tuon]], where [[spoiler: Tuon]] only has time to react to Mat throwing a knife directly at her, but immediately turns around when she recognizes his face. Mat later uses this as evidence that [[spoiler: she loves him]].him]].
*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Siron Esrah and Culmus Stratos are rivals, both as proxies for their families and personally over the love of Princess Kasile. It is so intense that they are not allowed to joust each other. Then, at the conclusion of a RescueArc, Siron abruptly draws his sword on Culmus. It was to attack a monster that spawned behind him.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Despite the fact that she is working with the Mayor at the time (and accompanying him at that particular moment), Faith throws a knife in Wesley's direction...which kills a rabbit-sized spider that was near his head.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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Despite the fact that she is working with the Mayor at the time (and accompanying him at that particular moment), Faith throws a knife in Wesley's direction...which kills a rabbit-sized spider that was near his head.



* ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Michael approaches handcuffed Jin with an ax. He looks angry. He's going to kill him! Nope. He's going to chop the cuffs open.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
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Michael approaches handcuffed Jin with an ax. He looks angry. He's going to kill him! Nope. He's going to chop the cuffs open.
9th Feb '17 2:56:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Nightwish}'': Dean suddenly approaches his girlfriend Kim with a tire iron to kill a rattlesnake that was sneaking up on her.

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* ''Film/{{Nightwish}'': ''Film/{{Nightwish}}'': Dean suddenly approaches his girlfriend Kim with a tire iron to kill a rattlesnake that was sneaking up on her.
9th Feb '17 2:44:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Nightwish}'': Dean suddenly approaches his girlfriend Kim with a tire iron to kill a rattlesnake that was sneaking up on her.
27th Jan '17 7:22:06 AM MadSpy
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* ''Film/{{Holes}}'': Stanley (Caveman) is returning to his sleeping quarters after a late night of digging early on in his stay at Camp Greenlake. He turns to find Mr. Sir pointing his revolver seemingly at him, and thinks it's all over when Mr. Sir fires. Mr. Sir was not aiming at him, however, but at the deadly and extremely poisonous yellow spotted lizard that had snuck up behind him. Earlier in the movie and in the book, Mr. Sir says, when Stanley is seen eyeing his revolver nervously, "This is for yellow spotting lizards. Don't worry; I wouldn't waste a bullet on you."

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* ''Film/{{Holes}}'': Stanley (Caveman) is returning to his sleeping quarters after a late night of digging early on in his stay at Camp Greenlake. He turns to find Mr. Sir pointing his revolver seemingly at him, and thinks it's all over when Mr. Sir fires. Mr. Sir was not aiming at him, however, but at the deadly and extremely poisonous yellow spotted lizard that had snuck up behind him. Earlier in the movie and in the book, Mr. Sir says, when Stanley is seen eyeing his revolver nervously, "This is for yellow spotting spotted lizards. Don't worry; I wouldn't waste a bullet on you."
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* In the first few minutes of the pilot of ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'', a character just introduced to LaResistance is given a mission to transport a shipment to a neutral zone. Just as he is about to leave, Nazi troops storm the facility. At one point, the aforementioned character -- who was considered a possible Nazi spy by the Resistance leader -- points a gun the leader's way and... shoots one of the soldiers rushing toward them. [[spoiler: This keeps his cover intact]].
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