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->''"[[MajorInjuryUnderreaction Message for you, sir!]]"''
-->-- '''Concorde''', Lancelot's servant, on the receiving end, ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''

You're on one side of a medieval or fantasy battle or castle siege, and you want to deliver a message to someone on the opposing side. How to do it? Write your note on a scrap of paper, tie it to an arrow shaft, and have a friendly archer send it on its way. Bonus points if you hit an enemy mook on the receiving end.

If the note is wrapped around a brick or rock instead, and then tossed through a convenient window, it's WindowPain.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Episode 14 of the ''Anime/LittleLulu'' anime, but with a toy arrow.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. One episode has Ranma deliver a note to [[WholesomeCrossdresser Tsubasa]] in this manner to ask him on a date, [[spoiler: unaware that [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Tsubasa was a boy]]]]! And, in the Waterproof Soap episode, Shampoo also sends a forged letter [[spoiler: from "Akane"]] to Ryoga in the same fashion.
* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', the Spiderman tries to send Kojiro's challenge to Yaiba with arrows. However, Yaiba thinks they're part of the training he's doing so he ignores them or deflects them.
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', the [[ButtMonkey Hiruma Brothers]] are tasked with sending such a message to Higashidani [[spoiler: (Sanosuke's true father)]]. The old man [[BadAss casually grabs it before it can even hit him]], read the message and casually throws it away, hitting the older brother squarely in the ass.
* In an early chapter of ''SchoolRumble'', Tenma tries to deliver a love letter to her would-be boyfriend, Karasuma, this way. (They are living in modern-day Tokyo.) She keeps peppering him with arrows while he dodges without even noticing, and he never even spots the letters.
* The main method of communicating with Mashiro and Hakuya while they're living with Kobeni and Benio in ''Manga/MikakuninDeShinkoukei''
* In ''Anime/TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes'', Gentlemen Thief Stone River shoots an arrow with a note into Milky Holmeses room. But since the titular heroines are about as dumb as a bag of rocks, they don't even notice it. When they eventually see the fourth of fifth arrow, the proceed to read the vertically written note horizontally and have no idea what it's supposed to be. So Stone River shoots yet another arrow with a small tape player attached to it, reading the message out loud.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Used in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' stories featuring Indians; one time the sheriff finds out when he [[AmusingInjuries takes the arrow in the rear]].
* In ''The Big Fat Kill'' from ''SinCity'', Miho delivers a note to Manute and his crew this way.
* The Grey Smurfs sent arrowgrams to the Smurfs prior to attacking them, hoping that they would surrender, in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "The Smurf Threat".
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SwNXQMoNps Concorde receives a note for Lancelot.]]
* ''Film/SinCity'': Pulling directly from the comic, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-Aor4GUdjI Miho delivers Dwight's note to Manute.]]
* In ''Film/SmallSoldiers'', the Commando Elite send Alan and the Gorgonites an arrow with a ''video tape'' of Christy telling Alan to surrender the Gorgonites or else the Commando Elite will kill her.
* Used in the second ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' movie [[MundaneUtility to get a message to the architect on a construction site]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''The Forest of Hands and Teeth'' has two sets of characters living in treehouses for a brief period of time, unable to go to the ground or hear each other over the din of the zombies. The only means of communication is by arrow and letter (and given one of the communicating character's poor aim, this isn't so easy).
* At the beginning of the Literature/LordDarcy novel ''A Study in Sorcery'' by Michael Kurland, a company of English soldiers are escorting a group of Native Americans through the lands of another tribe with whom they have a bad history. The chief of the local tribe sends a message arrow into the tent of the head soldier, warning him that they plan to attack and giving him a chance to withdraw his men. (History being somewhat different in this series, the messages is written in formal English on mass-produced notepaper with a printed letterhead.)
* Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/MakingMoney''. Moist von Lipwig receives a message by black arrow with impeccable italic enamelling in white down the side: ''The Guild of Assassins. Where style counts.''
* In ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'', RobinHood's merry men use a relay of bowmen to transfer messages.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''KungFu'': "Besieged Part Two: Cannon at the Gate." TheMole communicates with the besiegers via flaming arrow - the flame is so they can see where the arrow is headed and go pick it up after it lands.
* A 1950s episode of ''Series/{{The Adventures of Robin Hood}}'' in which Robin (Richard Greene) sends a message via a ''flaming'' arrow. When someone asks, in lieu of the audience, if the message won't get burned up too, he replies that it'll slide to the back of the shaft in flight.
* The Count does this in ''YoungDracula'', tying a note proclaiming a blood fued to a flaming arrow and shooting it at the Branaghs. However, the burn damage the note sustains causes half the message to be unreadable and Graham Branagh thinks it's a note asking him to examine Dracula's drains. HilarityEnsues.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Sidereals in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' have a charm that lets them explicitly shoot messages (among other things).
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Called "Arrowgram" in ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}: Dawn of Dreams''. Specifically, [[AxCrazy Munenori]] shot 500 of these messages to mount Hiei (where Soki was resting after being defeated by Hideyoshi). TropeNamer
* In ''VideoGame/{{Shinobido}}'' you receive your mail with arrows at the end of each "day"/Mission.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' shares TropeNamer credit, with [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Arrowgram an arrow item that can be used to send notes to other players.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' sees [[ArcherArchetype Steadman]] delivers a note for [[spoiler:Jeanne]] in [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=776 this strip.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'', [[SpoonyBard Gildward]] sends Karashi a note this way.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Haley combines this with PassingNotesInClass as a gag [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0438.html during the Azure city battle,]] the arrow hitting a hobgoblin mook about to attack Elan. Said arrow had a cute romantic note on notebook paper. Hinjo plays up the role of the exasperated teacher who takes the note and requests to see Elan after class, err battle.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* This happens twice with a flaming arrow in the Sentai parody "Rolling Bomber Special".
* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' animation "A Folky Tale", Saddy Dumpington gets one of these.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''GeorgeOfTheJungle'' sees George receive an arrow with a note, saying (after a list of demands) "...this is your last warning." George says he never even got a first warning. George receives a second arrow: "Correction: this is your ''first'' warning."
* The [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Daffy Duck]] short "WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel" has this as part of the swashbuckler film Daffy pitches to J.L Warner.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', Leonardo gets an invitation from Oroku Saki this way.
-->"It's not your regular mail, I guess Mikey would call it 'Air Mail'"
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, on the Eastern Front a modern version was sometimes used by the Red Army: when radio communication wasn't available or forbidden because of stealth, dud [[MacrossMissileMassacre Katyusha missiles]] were used to deliver mail.
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