Created By: STUART on September 8, 2009

Slipping A Mickey

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Tricking someone into drinking a drugged beverage. One of the most common causes of Instant Sedation next to a Tap on the Head.

YKTTW Plug: One of The Oldest Tricks In The Book.

YKTTW Plug: May be followed by a Why Can't You Say Good Night.

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  • September 6, 2009
    Is there an index for the other Oldest Ones In The Book? Oldest Tricks In The Book?
  • September 6, 2009
    • On Ed, Shirley once suggested solving a problem by "slipping them a mickey". She didn't seem to know what it was.
  • September 6, 2009
    In the Callahans Crosstime Saloon story "The Guy With the Eyes", Callahan saves the world by slipping alien advance scout a Mickey Finn so he misses his check in with his alien overlords. Said scout clued Callahan in on how to defeat him by giving the alias Michael Finn.
  • September 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    This has been a recurring problem in DC Comics. In at least one Justice League story, some of those mickeys cause Mind Control.
  • September 7, 2009
    random surfer
  • September 7, 2009
    GOB's roofies were labeled "Forget-Me-Now", and he had them in the event that somebody found out how he did a trick, or so he claimed.
  • September 7, 2009
    Note: if this trope is meant to exclude lethal drugs, delete The Princess Bride and Suikoden examples below.

    Examples from the Acquired Poison Immunity page:


    Live Action TV
    • The Twilight Zone TOS episode "The Jeopardy Room''. A Soviet commissar tricks a defector into drinking a glass of drugged wine with him to put him to sleep so the defector can be placed in a Death Trap.
    • The Babylon 5 episode "Intersections in Real Time" uses a drugged sandwich.

    Video Games
    • In Suikoden 2, one country has a sighting ceremony where the knight and the ruler mix drops of their blood in a bowl and sip from it. One character builds up a tolerance until he can make his blood lethal to others.
      • If I remember it correctly, Jowy took the poison and the anti-toxin, since he wouldn't have been able to develop immunity to the poison that quickly. And even with the anti-toxin, he still needed medical help afterwards.
  • September 7, 2009
    Done to Max Payne by Mona Sax in the first game.
  • September 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    • Heroes. Peter, Saresh, and Parkman do this to Noah's alcohol in order to kidnap and interrogate him. After he passes out, they carry him out of the bar by casually saying, "Looks like our friend had a few too many."
    • Shrek 2. The king tires to give Fiona a love potion by putting something in her tea. When she reaches for the wrong cup, he says, "That's mine...decaf."
  • September 7, 2009
    jason taylor
    This tropper read one story(in an out of print spy history) of how agents from one European state several hundred years ago found the diplomatic courier from another at an inn. So they mickeyed him, opened the metal capsule containing the message, copied it down and then replaced and resealed the message so that no one would know and the courier would just think he had gotten drunk. An interesting story and a splendid display of tradecraft that would warm Michael Weston's heart.
  • September 8, 2009
    In the novel, The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, the stupid Mafia gang needs a way to disable some bodyguards without killing them. Naturally, they have heard of a "Mickey Finn" and decide to try it. Of course, being who they are, they find out that once they put it in the drink and offer it to the bodyguards, the bodyguards immediately notice that their drink smells funny. A gang member has to force them to drink it under threat of shooting them.
  • September 8, 2009
    Happened in The Sighs of Haruhi Suzumiya I believe.
  • September 9, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    A Seinfeld episode made a parody of this.

    GEORGE: I'm gonna slip him a mickey.

    JERRY: What? In his drink? Are you outta your mind? What? Are you Peter