The heroes of a story are suddenly ambushed but are shot with {{Tranquilizer Dart}}s, KnockoutGas, StunGuns or something with a similar effect, and not lethal weapons, because the ambushers want them alive.

Usually, the scene will involve the darts coming out of nowhere before those being shot at even see their attackers. The heroes are walking along, when all the sudden - ''zip!'', Alice goes down. Followed by Bob and Charlie, and the screen fades out.

SubTrope of IWantThemAlive. Often involves InstantSedation.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Happens to Vanessa and Madlax in ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'', when they are captured by Enfant.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Happened in an old issue of ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' comic. Thugs shot Jamie Sommers, apparently killing her. Then the thugs mention that she was shot with "medicated wax pellets", drugging her into unconsciousness.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/HudsonHawk'', Almond Joy takes out Eddie, Tommy Five-Tone and Anna using curare-tipped blowgun darts.
* In ''Film/StarWars'', the Jawas ambush R2-D2 and C-3PO with ionization blasters designed specifically to disable droids.
* In ''Film/{{Hannibal}}'', Hannibal is ambushed and captured by mooks wielding some sort of stun gun.
* In the ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie, soldiers are knocked out by the blunt ends of staff weapons one by one.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp'', the Pen-Guans take out Chicken Joe ([[CameraAbuse and the cameraman]]) with blowdarts, right after Joe says that "[[TemptingFate the jungle is the most peaceful place on the planet]]."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Mr. Incredible is taken down by cannons shooting expanding globs of a mysterious substance that eventually immobilize him.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'': "Is he talking about [[{{Area51}} Area fifty...]]" *zip!* *thud!*

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'', agents of The Shop capture Andy and Charlie [=McGee=] by shooting them with tranq darts from long range. Which was smart considering Andy can control minds and Charlie is pyrokinetic.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Happened to [[TheCaptain Sheridan]] on Mars in an episode of ''Series/BabylonFive''. {{Subverted}} in that rather than just go down for the count, Sheridan is able to fight his attackers for a short time before succumbing to the tranquilizer patch that had been slapped on him by [[spoiler:[[FaceHeelTurn Garibaldi]]]].
* Frequently used in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' when taking down superhumans.
* Happened on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' when Michael leads Sawyer, Kate, Jack, and Hurley to the Others' camp. The Others ambush them from the trees using tranq darts, then gag them and put bags over their heads.
* In ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', after Darnell is identified as a former secret agent, Earl and Randy keep being shot at with tranquilizer darts as a RunningGag.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' had Merlin and Arthur hit by tranquilizer darts by a band of slave-traders.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' 'Swap Meat' this happens to Sam.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', module A3 ''Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords''. If the {{PC}}s will be playing in module A4, at the end of A3 the entire {{PC}} party will rendered unconscious by a green gas and captured by the Slave Lords.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* At one point in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' you're knocked out from behind by a couple of soldiers.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' you are [[spoiler: knocked out by a stun grenade from nowhere after recovering the G.E.C.K]].
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