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13th May '16 5:36:43 AM Maniago
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* Used as a plot point in ''Death Will Attend'', the second book in the Caching Out-series by Morgan C Talbot.
3rd Apr '16 4:43:44 AM Psyclone
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* ''Series/{{Medium}}'' had 5 Strangers On An Airport Lobby combined with SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: the victims would all be poisoned with the same tainted painkiller, so that the deaths would be blamed on a serial poisoner, since there was no apparent connection between the killers.

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* ''Series/{{Medium}}'' had 5 Strangers On An Airport Lobby combined with SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: the victims would all be poisoned with the same tainted painkiller, so that the deaths would be blamed on a serial poisoner, since there was no apparent connection between the killers.victims.
23rd Mar '16 5:51:44 AM StFan
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* ''Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'' - a homage, parody and [[spoiler: eventual subversion]] of ''Strangers On A Train''.

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* ''Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'' - a ''Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'': A homage, parody and [[spoiler: eventual [[spoiler:eventual subversion]] of ''Strangers On A on a Train''.






* The TropeMaker, Patricia Highsmith's novel ''Strangers On A Train'', also [[UnbuiltTrope isn't quite a straight example]]. From the start, Guy Haines explicitly refuses to be part of Charlie Bruno's plot, and leaves him to find somebody else. Unfortunately, Bruno is [[HoYay fond of]] Haines, and kills his wife anyway as a favor. Then he starts stalking Haines to try and make him follow through with his end of the "bargain". [[spoiler:Unlike in the Hitchcock movie, Haines becomes so demoralized that he ''does'' kill Bruno's father. The plot is eventually found out by the police, in large part because Bruno ignores the "strangers" bit and starts wedging himself into Haines's personal life.]]
* One of the [[InDeath Eve Dallas]] novels, ''Strangers in Death''.

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* The TropeMaker, Patricia Highsmith's novel ''Strangers On A on a Train'', also [[UnbuiltTrope isn't quite a straight example]]. From the start, Guy Haines explicitly refuses to be part of Charlie Bruno's plot, and leaves him to find somebody else. Unfortunately, Bruno is [[HoYay fond of]] Haines, and kills his wife anyway as a favor. Then he starts stalking Haines to try and make him follow through with his end of the "bargain". [[spoiler:Unlike in the Hitchcock movie, Haines becomes so demoralized that he ''does'' kill Bruno's father. The plot is eventually found out by the police, in large part because Bruno ignores the "strangers" bit and starts wedging himself into Haines's personal life.]]
* One of the [[InDeath [[Literature/InDeath Eve Dallas]] novels, ''Strangers in Death''.



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--> '''Brandy:''' ''Come on! If something happens to the stars, It would be obvious we did it!''
--> '''[[SmugSnake Gaspar]]:''' ''Ah, what if'' I ''took care of'' your ''problem, and'' you ''take care of'' my ''problem. If anyone asks, we both would have alibis.'' [BreakingTheFourthWall]: ''[[AsideComment It is a totally original idea]], [[LampshadeHanging nobody has ever thought to use it in a movie plot.]]''

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--> '''Brandy:''' ''Come -->'''Brandy:''' Come on! If something happens to the stars, It would be obvious we did it!''
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'''[[SmugSnake Gaspar]]:''' ''Ah, Ah, what if'' I ''took if ''I'' took care of'' your ''problem, and'' you ''take of ''your'' problem, and ''you'' take care of'' my ''problem.of ''my'' problem. If anyone asks, we both would have alibis.'' [BreakingTheFourthWall]: ''[[AsideComment (''{{aside comment}}'') It is a totally original idea]], idea, [[LampshadeHanging nobody has ever thought to use it in a movie plot.]]''
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8th Feb '16 9:40:26 AM BKelly95
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* In the ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "The Double Down," it was Strangers on a Boat.
** Castle even does the "criss cross" gesture. As a writer, he is understandably excited.

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* In the ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode "The Double Down," it was Strangers on a Boat.
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Boat. Castle even does the "criss cross" gesture. As a writer, he is understandably excited.


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* Done on ''The Mysteries Of Laura'' with a twist: [[spoiler: the first murder was committed by neither of the two connected with the plot and the person who agreed to murder the second victim goes through with it to hold up his end of the bargain.]]


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* The protagonists of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' do this in [[spoiler: Ending C. However, it's not done for the normal reasons. They do it so that their victims don't recognize them as a threat since they don't know them personally.]]
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3rd Feb '16 5:55:45 PM Specialist290
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* The TropeMaker, Patricia Highsmith's novel ''Strangers On A Train'', also isn't quite a straight example. From the start, Guy Haines explicitly refuses to be part of Charlie Bruno's plot, and leaves him to find somebody else. Unfortunately, Bruno is [[HoYay fond of]] Haines, and kills his wife anyway as a favor. Then he starts stalking Haines to try and make him follow through with his end of the "bargain". [[spoiler:Unlike in the Hitchcock movie, Haines becomes so demoralized that he ''does'' kill Bruno's father. The plot is eventually found out by the police, in large part because Bruno ignores the "strangers" bit and starts wedging himself into Haines's personal life.]]

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* The TropeMaker, Patricia Highsmith's novel ''Strangers On A Train'', also [[UnbuiltTrope isn't quite a straight example.example]]. From the start, Guy Haines explicitly refuses to be part of Charlie Bruno's plot, and leaves him to find somebody else. Unfortunately, Bruno is [[HoYay fond of]] Haines, and kills his wife anyway as a favor. Then he starts stalking Haines to try and make him follow through with his end of the "bargain". [[spoiler:Unlike in the Hitchcock movie, Haines becomes so demoralized that he ''does'' kill Bruno's father. The plot is eventually found out by the police, in large part because Bruno ignores the "strangers" bit and starts wedging himself into Haines's personal life.]]
4th Dec '15 8:44:42 PM FF32
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* The final episode of the short-lived ''GaryAndMike'', titled "Crisscross", parodied this.

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* The final episode of the short-lived ''GaryAndMike'', ''WesternAnimation/GaryAndMike'', titled "Crisscross", parodied this.
1st Dec '15 7:02:53 PM Vilui
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Oh, hello there. I didn't see you. I was too busy thinking about my horrible [[FreudianExcuse father]] -- but you don't want to hear about it. You probably have troubles of your own. Perhaps a shrill ex-wife? And you don't want to pay her alimony anymore, you say? Well, perhaps we met for a reason. Listen: I'll [[MurderIsTheBestSolution "X" your ex]], if you [[TroubleEntendre pop my pop.]] Ah, I knew this was a good idea. We'll each have alibis for the other crime, and we won't have apparent motives for the one we did commit. It's [[ThePerfectCrime perfect]] [[TemptingFate we'll never get caught.]]

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Oh, hello there. I didn't see you. I was too busy thinking about my horrible [[FreudianExcuse father]] -- but you don't want to hear about it. You probably have troubles of your own. Perhaps a shrill ex-wife? And you don't want to pay her alimony anymore, any more, you say? Well, perhaps we met for a reason. Listen: I'll [[MurderIsTheBestSolution "X" your ex]], if you [[TroubleEntendre pop my pop.]] Ah, I knew this was a good idea. We'll each have alibis for the other crime, and we won't have apparent motives for the one we did commit. It's [[ThePerfectCrime perfect]] [[TemptingFate we'll never get caught.]]



* ''Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'' - an homage, parody and [[spoiler: eventual subversion]] of ''Strangers On A Train''.

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* ''Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'' - an a homage, parody and [[spoiler: eventual subversion]] of ''Strangers On A Train''.



* Happens in the British film ''Sweet Revenge,'' an adaptation of the play ''The Revengers' Comedies''. Henry Bell and Karen Knightly strike a bargain for the murders of Henry's boss and the karen's lover's wife. Subverted in that Henry finds himself falling in love with his target.

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* Happens in the British film ''Sweet Revenge,'' an adaptation of the play ''The Revengers' Comedies''. Henry Bell and Karen Knightly strike a bargain for the murders of Henry's boss and the karen's Karen's lover's wife. Subverted in that Henry finds himself falling in love with his target.



* In ''A Pen-Knife in My Heart'', a novel written by future Poet Laureat Cecil Day-Lewis under his Nicholas Blake pen name, Stuart Hammer takes weak-willed author Ned Stowe out on his boat and makes him a proposal. Stuart will kill Ned's wife so that Ned can be with his mistress Laura. In return Ned will murder Stuart's uncle, who's also his boss. Published eight year's after ''Strangers on a Train'' and six years after Creator/AlfredHitchcock's movie, the plot was close enough so that Day-Lewis had to make some last minute changes in order to avoid a lawsuit from Highsmith's publisher.

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* In ''A Pen-Knife in My Heart'', a novel written by future Poet Laureat Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis under his Nicholas Blake pen name, Stuart Hammer takes weak-willed author Ned Stowe out on his boat and makes him a proposal. Stuart will kill Ned's wife so that Ned can be with his mistress Laura. In return Ned will murder Stuart's uncle, who's also his boss. Published eight year's years after ''Strangers on a Train'' and six years after Creator/AlfredHitchcock's movie, the plot was close enough so that Day-Lewis had to make some last minute changes in order to avoid a lawsuit from Highsmith's publisher.



* ''Series/TheCloser'' has a non-murder (at least initially) variation. A group of teenagers whose parents are all well-off make a plan: each time one of them goes on vacation with their family, the rest of the group will break into their house and steal laptops and stuff, because they figure that they want stuff, and since their parents are rich they can just replace the missing things. It backfires when one of them decides he doesn't want to do it anymore, but the others decide to break into his house anyway when he and his parents go on vacation, and accidentally kill the house sitter.

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* ''Series/TheCloser'' has a non-murder (at least initially) variation. A group of teenagers whose parents are all well-off make a plan: each time one of them goes on vacation with their family, the rest of the group will break into their house and steal laptops and stuff, because they figure that they want stuff, and since their parents are rich they can just replace the missing things. It backfires when one of them decides he doesn't want to do it anymore, any more, but the others decide to break into his house anyway when he and his parents go on vacation, and accidentally kill the house sitter.house-sitter.
18th Oct '15 11:42:58 AM nombretomado
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* Non-murder example: In ''[[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Operation]] [[PowerpuffGirls P.O.W.E.R.P.U.F.F.]]'', Mojo Jojo and the Delightful Children [[VillainTeamUp pull this]] with Mojo Jojo kidnapping Numbah Three, and the Delightful Children kidnapping Ms. Keane. Mojo Jojo even points out the trope maker when he reveals the plan.

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* Non-murder example: In ''[[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Operation]] [[PowerpuffGirls [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls P.O.W.E.R.P.U.F.F.]]'', Mojo Jojo and the Delightful Children [[VillainTeamUp pull this]] with Mojo Jojo kidnapping Numbah Three, and the Delightful Children kidnapping Ms. Keane. Mojo Jojo even points out the trope maker when he reveals the plan.
5th Oct '15 10:17:26 AM ChronoLegion
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', it was Strangers in a Movie Theatre (coincidentally watching ''Strangers on a Train'').

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', it was Strangers in a Movie Theatre (coincidentally watching ''Strangers on a Train''). Someone even points out how well that plot worked in the film (i.e. it didn't).
23rd Aug '15 10:27:03 PM NemoSpecific
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* Happens in the British film ''Sweet Revenge,'' an adaptation of the play ''The Revengers' Comedies''. Henry Bell and Karen Knightly strike a bargain for the murders of Henry's boss and the karen's lover's wife. Subverted in that Henry fins himself falling in love with his target.

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* Happens in the British film ''Sweet Revenge,'' an adaptation of the play ''The Revengers' Comedies''. Henry Bell and Karen Knightly strike a bargain for the murders of Henry's boss and the karen's lover's wife. Subverted in that Henry fins finds himself falling in love with his target.
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