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A criminal or terrorist poses as a package {{courier}} or mailman to deliver a bomb, or get the target to open the door so he can be shot or kidnapped. The advantages of this are obvious -- by insisting that the target sign for the package, the killer can be sure a) the door gets opened for a stranger, and b) he's got the right man. To some extent, this is TruthInTelevision.

Of course, there is nothing to stop the hero from using this technique too, for non-lethal purposes -- see DeliveryGuyInfiltration. When the bomb is simply mailed to the target, that's YouGotMurder.

See also RoomDisservice. An inversion is ShootTheMessenger.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Hajime Saito pulls this stunt when he visits the Kamiya dojo, by posing as a peddler selling medicines and home remedies. Sanosuke almost falls for it, until he notices the calluses on Saito's hands, which are common for swordsmen. At which point Saito [[spoiler: drops the facade and attacks Sanosuke, nearly killing him. He notes the attack would have been fatal had it not been for the flimsyness of the sword he was carrying.]]
** Saito pulls this again, only hours later, this time [[ImpersonatingAnOfficer posing as a police officer]], under the pretense of having heard of the attack from before. Kaoru and Megumi tell him Kenshin's out, so they invite him in. Saito behaves this time -- until Kenshin finally arrives.
* In an episode of ''[[VideoGame/FZero F-Zero Falcon Densetsu]]'' Pico is hired to assassinate Tanaka and delivers a bomb to him.
* In the very beginning of ''Anime/{{K}}'', HOMRA gets into the [[VeryPunchableMan gangsters']] hotel room by having one of them ring the doorbell dressed as a pizza delivery guy.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* A played-for-laughs variant appeared in "The Power of the Press" in ''Mad House Comics Digest'' #5. A syndicate member pretending to be a college professor hands Francine a ''loudly ticking'' package intended for Roger, who wrote an expose on said syndicate's involvement in betting on college sports. She trips on a broom, sending it flying into a sink of dishwater.
* Done in ''{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}.''

[[folder: Fan Work ]]
* Done in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CwM7yiPVms Ace Ventura Rising]]'' through clever editing of actual ''Film/AceVentura'' footage.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor'' opens with a CIA station being wiped out by three assassins. As the station is protected by CCTV cameras, locked doors and a guard -- even the receptionist has a gun in the drawer -- the killers get inside by sending in a man dressed as a postman. The place gets regular deliveries of books so this doesn't seem strange. The postman killer tries the same trick on the protagonist later on, but this time he's ready.
* ''Film/ActionJackson'' (1988). Used by the Invisible Men to kill a witness, with a silenced gun held behind the ClipboardOfAuthority.
* ''Film/FrightNight2011'': One of the vampires impersonates a delivery person so he will be invited inside and bypass the entry prohibition.
* The movie version of ''Film/Thr3e'' opened with a scene where a girl is given a book by the Riddle Killer from a hot dog vendor. Said hot dog vendor is actually the Riddle Killer, giving her his message.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'': Clemenza walks into a building carrying a box of roses under his arm. This allows him to walk unopposed right up to the don of one of the [[TheMafia Five Families]] so that he can pull a shotgun out of the box and unload at point-blank range.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': In a likely ShoutOut to ''Film/TheGodfather'', the T-800 carries a longbox that looks like it's full of roses. And it is, but it's also got a shotgun in it.
* In ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', TheDragon disguises himself as a milkman and a balloon salesman. Both times he kills his targets by strangling them with the chords of his headphones.
* The villain in ''Film/PhoneBooth'' [[spoiler: lures and kills a pizza delivery man to his hiding place to fake his suicide.]]
* ''Film/{{Quick}}''. The title female assassin (Teri Polo) gets into a police safe house by pretending to be a pizza delivery girl. She conceals a pistol under the pizza box.
* ''Film/TheProfessional''. 12 year old Mathilda pretends to be delivering takeaway to get her arsenal of weapons past the metal detector into DEA headquarters. The DirtyCop she plans to kill isn't fooled however, and speculates (ostensibly talking about the takeaway meal) which organised crime group might have sent this child assassin after him. "Chinese? Thai, maybe? Let me guess...Italian." Mathilda informs him ItsPersonal.
* ''Film/TheMechanic1972''. Creator/CharlesBronson uses lipreading to see his target is expecting drugs to be delivered in a fried chicken truck, and so gets hold of a similar truck and arrives early.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Bane poses as a delivery man to get into the Stock Exchange, with a package in one hand when he arrives at the entrance, and a motorcycle helmet to hide his gas mask until the security guard tells him to remove it. Also, one of his accomplices poses as a food delivery guy to get onto the trading floor, hiding a pistol in a paper bag. Also, a janitor pulls out a submerged machine gun.
* In the film ''Film/EyeForAnEye'', the villain commits his second murder when he easily gains access to the house when delivering groceries. The cruel irony of this is that this is his actual job, but he's clearly been using it to scope out potential victims.
* In ''Film/{{Traffic}}'', the key witness against a drug baron is finally murdered when a poisoned meal is delivered to his hotel room. The marshals guarding him don't realize this until the real hotel employee shows up. After roughing him up, they realize that the first guy was an imposter, but too late to save their witness.
* ''Film/ActOfValor''. The CIA operative orders out for Chinese, but the delivery driver claims to have trouble finding the location. Short time later the buzzer sounds. Her colleague goes out to answer it.
-->"How much do I owe you?"
-->"Nada" ''(another man steps from the side and shoots him)''
* The Danish [=WW2=] film ''Flame And Citron'' (2008) opens with this. A woman with a bouquet of flowers (ostensibly sent from his colleagues) gets a collaborator to open the door, then LaResistance shoot him.
* Subverted and inverted in ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'': Wade orders a pizza while waiting in a "Mr. Merchant's" apartment, presumably as an EstablishingCharacterMoment so that he can eat the pizza and shoot Merchant at the same time. Then it's revealed he actually wanted Jeremy, the pizza delivery guy, as he was hired to prevent him from stalking a girl he knew. Wade still ate the pizza.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Zemo arranges for a package to be delivered while he's [[spoiler:posing as the psychiatrist evaluating Bucky]]. The package in question knocks out the power in the area, [[spoiler:allowing him to free Bucky]].

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/AlexRider'':
** Alex himself does this in ''Scorpia'' to try to kill Mrs. Jones.
** Fails miserably in ''Scorpia Rising'' when Smithers uses an X-Ray scanner to prove that the delivery man was carrying a gun and the package was empty. He then gets rid of him with a trapdoor under a welcome mat.
* The trope gets a mention at the end of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/GravePeril'', when Harry mentions that he doesn't order delivery pizza anymore after the start of the war with the Red Court, due to a fake pizza boy nearly killing him with a bomb.
* ''Literature/TheTamuli'': Avin Wargunsson didn't order a cask of wine to be brought to his rooms, but he lets the two laborers finish the delivery anyway. And then they drown him in the wine.

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* ''Series/{{Luther}}''.
** A gang of home invaders looking to steal diamonds from some white collar criminals who are about to leave the country turn up in an identical removal van to the one that's just left. Thinking there's been a double booking the man answers the door only to be struck in the face.
** In Season 2, a random spree killer attacks a motorcycle courier and takes his helmet and gear, walks into an office building and starts attacking the staff. [[spoiler:The helmet comes in handy as he plans to escape the police dragnet disguised as a wounded victim, so has to hide his face while killing.]]
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Shows up at least once, when a courier picking up a package decides to also kill the guy he's getting it from.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' season 1. A recurring character is a "land shark" that tries to get people to open their door. He always gets in when offering a candygram.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In "What's My Line?", Cordelia lets a cosmetics salesman into the house, unaware that he is actually an assassin who [[TheWormThatWalks can transform himself into thousands of mealworms]].
* In the ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}'' episode "New Blood", the hitman Sid Royce hires to take out District Attorney Serrera attempts to bring the DA a bomb in a pizza box.
* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' has the detectives realize that the killer gained access to a victim's house by knocking out the real delivery guy and posing as him.
* In the 1989 Italian-Australian mini-series ''The Magistrate'', Franco Nero's character is targeted by TheMafia. Knowing the magistrate's favourite coffee, they wait till his wife goes to buy a tin, then swaps it for another by staging a theft of her purse, which is retrieved by an apparent good Samaritan. Unfortunately despite the well-known fact that he makes his own coffee, the wife decides to make it this time, and is killed by a bomb when she unseals the tin.
* On ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' a hitman poses as a delivery guy bringing in bottled water. The water jugs actually contain chemicals that when allowed to mix create a powerful bomb. The guy was even smart enough to return the stolen water truck so the bottled water company thought that they were the victim of a joy rider and did not report the incident to the police.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* There's a murderer in ''VideoGame/TraumaTeam'' who kills her victims by masquerading as a postal worker, then "delivering" a package containing a hidden bomb.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'', ProfessionalKiller Shelly [=deKiller=] disguises himself as a hotel bellboy delivering tomato juice to get into his target's room.
* The [[spoiler: suspected]] serial killer in ''VideoGame/Persona4'' does this, but with one little deviation from the trope. [[spoiler: He isn't posing as a deliveryman, he actually ''is'' one.]]
* The opening cutscene of ''VideoGame/BrokenSwordTheSerpentsCurse'' shows a pizza delivery guy entering a gallery in Paris, drawing a gun, stealing a [[MacGuffin painting]] and killing a man on his way out.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series allows the player to use this as their method of infiltration quite frequently. Be it the pizza guy, sushi delivery, or even just the mailman every game has at least one instance where you have the option to imitate a courier to get to your target.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' short 'Operation: Tiger Bomb', Flippy, Sneaky, and Mouse Ka-Boom attempt to kill Tiger General this way. Due to [[LethalKlutz Flippy throwing a slice of pizza instead of a knife, it fails]].

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': when Amon's coup begins, his [[TheDragon Dragon]] kidnaps one of the council members by posing as an exterminator.
* Exploited in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': An insane member of Dale's gun club takes Hank, Bill, and Boomhauer hostage. Dale calls up several flower delivery services and sends them to the clubhouse and the nutcase runs away in a panic because he assumes they're hitmen.