[[caption-width-right:213:Even werewolves, vampires and undead [[HorrifyingTheHorror quiver in fright]] when faced with these things.[[note]]Why the ''cartridge casings'' also need to be made out of silver, no-one knows.[[/note]]]]

->''"That silver could have fed my entire tribe for a year."''
-->-- '''[[Radio/TheLoneRanger Tonto]]''', ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''

The silver bullet is a common form of DepletedPhlebotinumShells. It's often called for when supernatural creatures are around for whom silver is an AchillesHeel.

Throughout mythology and subsequent fiction, silver has been a common ward against evil. Silver, especially if blessed, was thought to ward off or harm certain supernatural beings (including vampires) since the Middle Ages. The use of silver bullets to kill werewolves has become popular [[NewerThanTheyThink only since]] it was invented by Curt Siodmak, the writer of the 1941 film ''The Wolf Man'' (though in the 1933 novel ''The Werewolf of Paris'' by Guy Endore, someone did use a silver bullet on Bertrand Caillet, though it did not slay him, only landing in the leg).

[[RealityEnsues In reality]], there are a number of difficulties involved in mass producing silver bullets the traditional way, but they can indeed be created using common everyday items. Using lost wax casting they can be created using simply wax, plaster of paris, and a propane torch (search the internet for ''real silver bullet'' and you will find several techniques for making them).

Silver melts at a far higher temperature than lead (961.8°C/1,763.24°F vs. 327.5°C/621.5°F), unlike lead which can be melted over a hot fire or kitchen stove. When cooling, silver shrinks more than lead does when it solidifies, so the use of a mold designed for lead would result in an undersized bullet, subsequently one must start with a mold that is oversized. An alternative would be to machine the bullets from commercially available rods or bars of silver; however, this would be very time consuming and require specialized machinery and skills.

Silver also costs a lot more than lead does, making silver bullets a rather costly proposition. Silver is less dense than lead, but it is also more dense than copper which is already being used as a bullet source for modern firearms. Silver has been proven to engage rifling of a barrel similar to the way copper does.

An alternative solution to a solid silver bullet that comes up surprisingly rarely is silver-''jacketed'' rounds, coating a lead projectile in a shell of silver in the way regular bullets use copper. This would increase the mass of the bullet while decreasing the amount of silver you need per round (and since the silver jacket could be quite thin, its hardness would be unlikely to impair the bullet engaging the barrel's rifling), but the manufacturing process isn't something a VampireHunter could easily {{MacGyver|ing}} in their garage.

Another solution would be a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]] with shells packed with silver shot; this, too, is seldom used, but would be even easier than silver-jacketed rounds to make (and no rifling issues since shotguns don't have rifling in the first place). You can even forgo the hassle of melting your silver, as [[http://www.apmex.com/category/25775/industrial-silver-grain industrial-grade silver grain]] is easily available, if ''really'' pricey, in large quantities.

A SubTrope of SilverHasMysticPowers and DepletedPhlebotinumShells.
See also WeaponOfXSlaying for slightly more metaphorical silver bullets. Can also be considered an aversion of FantasyGunControl.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In the ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' anime, Alucard uses silver bullets against other vampires; after a while, he is given a new gun which uses mercury ("quicksilver") bullets. Since mercury has about the same density as lead, but is a liquid, the effect it has upon striking a body is quite horrific (it practically explodes). In the final volume, Seras kills the Millennium werewolf known as The Captain with a silver ''tooth'' (which was implied to have been taken from the skull of a concentration camp victim fifty-odd years earlier).
* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', silver possesses protective properties against astral creatures, such as [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]]. Farnese and Casca wear shirts made out of silver mail for this reason, and the former has a silver knife to fight them off.
* Downplayed in ''Manga/SazanEyes'': taoist Steve Long has a pistol with bullets inscribed with spells to harm demons and, at one point, uses silver bullets against the werewolf-like demon Quan Lang. However, since the latter dodged them, it's unknown if they were effective or not.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Rosette's gun has three types of special bullets: Sacreds, which are hollow and filled with holy water, the more powerful Gospel, which are rune-engraved silver bullets, and Spirits, which were discontinued after one chapter after the demonic-energy filled bullets proved to be worse than useless.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* In the SolomonKane comic book story "The Silver Beast of Tonkertown" (not based on one of Howard's original stories), Kane melts down an inn's silverware to create a silver pistol ball which he uses to slay a werewolf that is terrorising the town.
* In a Two-Gun Kid special from Creator/MarvelComics, Two-Gun uses a silver bullet he obtained from "Kid Clayton" (a LawyerFriendlyCameo of Radio/TheLoneRanger) to kill a werewolf.
* The [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Franchise/{{Batman}} used silver bullets to slay the vampire/werewolf hybrids the Monk and Dala as they slumbered in their coffins.
* In ''ComicBook/TheAstoundingWolfMan'', an assassin explains that even if the story about Silver Bullets wasn't true, silver bullets should at least hurt as much as regular ones. As it turns out, there are a few elements harmful to werewolves, but Silver is the most commonly known one.
* In ''ComicBook/ScareTactics'', the werewolf clan the Ketchums load their shotguns with silver buckshot when they ambush their runaway member Fang.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange foe Silver Dagger not only wields his namesake knives as weapons but also commands a group of zealot commandos armed with automatic weapons loaded with silver bullets.
** Doc nearly lost his own life to a silver bullet, fired from the very pistol with which Hitler committed suicide. The shooter was a {{Muggle}}, but he theorized (correctly) that the combination of the two was enough bad mojo to get through Strange's magical protections.
* Subverted in a ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} annual that had Wolverine and Deadpool teamed up against a werewolf. After figuring out adamantium doesn't work, Wolverine grabs Deadpool's swords and hacks away. [[NoSell That doesn't work either.]]
-->'''Wolverine:''' 'Pool, your swords?\\
'''Deadpool:''' What? Silver's expensive! Chrome looks just as good!
* An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'' had a Radio/TheLoneRanger expy who used silver bullets to kill the criminals who wanted the silver mine he owned. In an interesting twist, it's revealed that he tipped every bullet with mercury, a byproduct of silver mining. So, even if a shot was non-fatal, which many of them were, the victim would still die of mercury poisoning.
* In ''World's Finest'' #214, western-themed hero the Vigilante uses a silver bullet to save {{Superman}} from a werewolf.
* The protagonist of ''ComicBook/FiendsOfTheEasternFront'' made a whole belt of silver bullets to combine this trope with MoreDakka to take on Constanta and his minions.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Ultraman Moedari'' is notable for the fact that silver bullets are used as a weapon by [[BadassPreacher Father Leo]]. A twist on it is that he materializes them out of thin air and bombards his target with them. He doesn't use them when transformed into Ultraman Lugeno.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' equivalent - crossbow bolts with silver-plated heads - are used in ''FanFic/WhyAndWere'' against weres. Just to be sure, silver nitrate grenades are also deployed.

* Hilariously, in the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] fodder movie ''Film/{{Werewolf}}'', after spending over 10 minutes going on and on about how the skeleton they discovered isn't of "your white man's movie monster werewolf", but a traditional Native American skinwalker, when one of the characters turns into one he's quickly killed with a silver bullet.
--> '''Crow''': "So...you've got Coors Light in your gun?"
* In ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'', one of the protagonists crafts silver bullets but neglects to bring a gun. Rudy, the oldest of the Squad, eventually has to use a gun from a fallen cop to deliver the fatal bullet to the Wolf Man.
** He most likely seated them into .38 cartridges with the intention of grabbing a dropped service revolver, as there were going to be plenty of those to go around [[PoliceAreUseless once the cops showed up]]. He belonged to a club [[CrazyPrepared formed around dealing with monsters]], remember?
* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' Vampires are currently using traditional silver bullets against [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Lycans]], but as the war escalates they upgrade to bullets that release liquid silver nitrate into the bloodstream, killing them faster. In the prequel, they used swords and arrows either made or coated in silver. By the time of ''Awakening'', silver grenades and aerosol have been invented.
** The Lycans used some sort of UV tracer round against vampires, that cooked them from the inside.
* ''Film/HowlingIIStirbaWerewolfBitch'' subverts this trope and reveals that silver bullets don't always kill werewolves, they just incapacitate them for a while. The real metal of choice when dealing with werewolves is titanium. Silver bullets work just fine against young werewolves (as shown in the first film in the series), but ancients like Stirba are immune to silver, which is where the titanium comes into play.
* Averted, and mocked, in ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'': David, the eponymous werewolf, is advised by his undead victims to kill himself. When he asks, "Don't I need a silver bullet?", his dead best friend Jack replies, "Oh, be serious!"
* In ''Film/LoveAtFirstBite'', Dr. Rosenberg tries to kill Dracula with silver bullets. Dracula then informs him he's thinking of werewolves.
** The same punchline is used in ''Film/MyBestFriendIsAVampire''.
* In ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'', Jean-François de Morangias uses a specially modified one-handed musket loaded with silver bullets as his signature weapon, for no apparent reason other than to show off. It's certainly not because he thinks the Beast of Gévaudan is a werewolf... [[spoiler: And he really, really should have known better than to murder someone with them, especially after showing the victim's best friend the bullets a few days earlier.]]
* ''Film/SilverBullet'' is a 1985 film adaptation of Creator/StephenKing's ''Cycle of the Werewolf''. It uses the bullet in same the way the book did. (see below)
* In ''Film/ProjectMetalbeast'', Silver Bullets can kill werewolves but this particular one happens to be cybernetically enhanced, so it requires a silver tipped bazooka shell to kill it.
* Silver is good against werewolves ''and'' vampires in ''Film/VanHelsing'', with silver bullets and stakes being employed against both.
* ''Film/{{Blade}}'' employs silver stakes as part of his vast vampire-killing arsenal. [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] slightly with his guns in that Blade himself mentions the bullets aren't silver. He uses hollow point rounds filled with a mixture of silver nitrate and essence of garlic.
* In the ''[[Film/FrightNight2011 Fright Night]]'' remake, Amy tries using silver bullets against [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Jerry]], who seems more amused than injured as he pulls the bullets out of his shoulder, chiding her: "Werewolves." [[spoiler: She then throws a cupful of holy water in his face, responding in kind: "Vampires."]]
* ''The Breed'', a sci-fi vampire film taking place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, claims that vampires are sensitive to both silver and sunlight. So not only do cops expecting to deal with vampires carry silver bullets, but also silver handcuffs and silver hand grenades.
* ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' film has the titular villain equipped with a golden gun (assembled from [[IKEAWeaponry ordinary-looking parts]]) which was then loaded with custom-caliber, gold bullets engraved with the name of their targets. Averted because the bullets had no supernatural powers - Scaramanga was really ''that good''.
* In the 1981 movie ''Film/TheLegendOfTheLoneRanger'', the titular solitary range-rider uses silver bullets because ''they improve his aim.''
* In ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' Tonto made one for the Lone Ranger to shoot the Wendigo.
* ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' establishes that stories about werewolves, vampires and [=UFOs=] are based on now-defunct programs trying to escape deletion. The Merovingian employs several of these programs as muscle.
-->'''Persephone:''' My husband saved them because they are notoriously difficult to terminate. How many people keep silver bullets in their gun? ''(BANG)''
* What kind of remake would ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' be if it didn't have at least one silver bullet? And [[RedHerring unlike the original]], [[spoiler:the silver bullet is actually fired into a werewolf's body!]]
* Silver shavings are among the ingredients listed by Film/{{Hellboy}} for the all-purpose paranormal-monster-killing bullets he uses for the Samaritan revolver in his self-titled movie.

* {{Averted}} in Literature/HarryPotter. Silver bullets are explicitly stated ''not'' to be any better at killing werewolves as regular bullets on ''Pottermore''. Silver ''can'', however, be used to help cauterize wounds sustained from a werewolf to prevent excess bleeding.
* An example that predates the ''Wolf Man'': In Swedish novel ''Gösta Berlings Saga'' (1891) a shape-shifting bear is killed with a silver bullet cast from a church bell.
** "Magic bullets" are common in Swedish folklore - among other things, they are used against shapeshifters, against people who have been made "hard against shot" by sorcery, and against the animals "owned" by beings like Skogsrået, a wood fairy. Lead taken from church windows is popular, but the most famous magic bullet of legend was the one who killed [[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]]; according to folklore (reality is of course different) he couldn't be shot with normal bullets, but the one that killed him was made from a button from his own coat.
* In the Moran & Moriarty story ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheDurbervilles'', there is talk of a supernatural dog, called Red Shuck. Part of the beast's legend implies it may be a werewolf, so Moriarty gives his gun, Moran, a box of silver bullets to use. [[spoiler: The wolves (six in total) are totally mundane, and Moran never so much as fires a single silver shot)]]
* To defeat the creature only referred to as [[Literature/{{IT}} IT]], the Losers Club decide to trap It in Its werewolf form and slay It with a silver bullet. As none of them know how to use a gun, they do the next best thing and make silver balls and use a slingshot. While they don't kill It, they definitely leave It badly wounded.
** However, the book reveals later that it was not the silver slug, but rather the children's [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve belief in its killing power]], that made it work.
* Silver bullets are used to kill the title creature in [[Creator/StephenKing King's]] ''Literature/CycleOfTheWerewolf''.
* In Creator/GKChesterton's ''Literature/FatherBrown'' story "[[http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/c/chesterton/gk/c52fb/chapter30.html The Dagger with Wings]]," a man speaks of using white magic against his enemy, and shows he had a blunderbuss specifically so he can charge it with silver bullets. He cites the legend of Dundee, who had [[DealWithTheDevil sold his soul to the Devil]] and so could be shot only with a silver bullet. [[spoiler:Father Brown debunks, thoroughly, and concludes he is the murderer, posing as the victim.]]
* In the Literature/SilverJohn vignette "You Know the Tale of Hoph" by Creator/ManlyWadeWellman, John uses a silver bullet to slay the Hoph. Silver, not necessarily in bullet form, is generally effective against evil creatures elsewhere in the stories.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'''s second book ''Fool Moon'' had a type of werewolf that had the traditional silver weakness. The catch is that it had to be ''Inherited'' silver. Luckily, [[BadassNormal Murphy]] had some silver earrings she inherited from her grandmother, which she had melted down and made into bullets. With the small caliber--she only has equipment to make .22 bullets--it doesn't kill the monster, but it ''does'' stop it in its tracks and make it reconsider its options. Fortunately, Harry figures out in the nick of time that a werewolf-killing projectile has to be inherited silver, but not necessarily an inherited silver ''bullet''.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', gunpowder doesn't work in Amber. In ''The Guns of Avalon'', Corwin [[spoiler:has discovered another substance which will work like gunpowder there. He also uses silver bullets because he figures it can't hurt]]. And [[spoiler: Caine]] uses silver-headed arrows to shoot [[spoiler: Brand]] during the final battle. It doesn't pay to take chances with that family.
* Downplayed throughout the ''InstrumentalitiesOfTheNight'' series, where in order to combat gods (or "Instrumentalities of the night" if you are into that One-True-God thing) the Papacy of Brothe manufactures iron bullets with a silver jacket. Making thousands of pure silver rounds is expensive, and so long the instrumentality is struck with a fast-moving silver object, he'll go down fine.
* Part of the local [[VampireHunter night team's]] arsenal in ''Literature/NightWatcher''.
* In [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimm]] FairyTale ''Literature/TheTwoBrothers'', silver bullets are used to kill a [[WickedWitch witch]] who is otherwise ImmuneToBullets.
* In Brian Lumley's ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'' books silver is deadly to vampires, and the historical use of silver as a backing for mirrors is considered to be the origin of the whole vampires afraid of mirrors in folklore.
* In the novel ''Digital Knight'', Literature/JasonWood makes some silver bullets first to fight a vampire (which didn't work) and then a werewolf (which did). He ran out of silver bullets while fighting the werewolf king, and was forced to improvise with several buckets of silver chloride taken from an x-ray development room.
* ''Literature/TheTalisman'' features a weaponized silver coin used against Sunlight's son [[spoiler:because in ''TheTerritories'' he is a horrible monster and thus vulnerable to silver.]]
** Of course, its effectiveness as the only weapon that can kill werewolves is averted, as regular bullets are enough to [[spoiler: kill Wolf]].
* In ''Literature/TheWitcher'' series, silver is especially effective at warding off and causing pain for monsters. Hence, it's customary for Witchers, trained monster slayers, to fight them using silver-plated swords and to have silver lining their armor.
* Silver is confirmed to be dangerous to werewolves on the Literature/{{Discworld}}. Along with fire, it is one of the few weaknesses they have.
* Silvered weapons feature in ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' as one of the few guaranteed ways to harm a vampire. These include silver bullets; in one of the books' many {{Shout Out}}s they're called "[[Radio/TheLoneRanger the Reid design]]".
* In ''Much Fall of Blood'' by Mercedes Lackey, Dave Freer and Eric Flint (part of the ''Heirs of Alexandria'' series, soldiers are seen making silver bullets to fight Prince Vlad of Valahia, a descendant of Dracula in this alternate universe. Whether this works or is purely superstition is never seen.
* In ''Literature/BloodAndChocolate'' silver forms a powerful acid when it blends with werewolf blood, if it gets into the bloodstream it means a painful death. [[spoiler: After Aiden finds out that Vivian is a werewolf he melts down his pentacle necklace into bullets, he shoots her but the pack's healer gets it out before she dies.]]
* The ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series is largely UrbanFantasy with a corresponding blend of mundane and magical threats.
** In ''Literature/ReservedForTheCat'', a female character employed as a maid carries a firearm loaded with silver, blessed lead, and iron bullets, which she teaches the protagonist to use.
** Most of Rosamund's ammo in ''Literature/BloodRed'' is silver, as are her knives and boar spear. But she ''does'' specialize in killing werewolves ....
* In the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' novels, silver bullets are used against vampires and werewolves.
* ''Literature/DeathToTheFrench'': The French soldiers whom Dodd is facing mold silver bullets. They believe Dodd is a supernatural entity and can be defeated only with the use of silver bullets. In the book the bullets have better performance then the traditional lead ball ammo.
* In ''Literature/OperationChaos'', automatic weapons can be used against were-creatures, by making "every tenth round argent".
* Mentioned offhandedly by the Crowe twins in ''Literature/AWolfInTheSoul''. They were just joking around, not knowing there really was a werewolf out there.
* In the ''Literature/NightWatch'' series, Anton sometimes carries a pistol filled with explosive silver bullets, which are deadly against werewolves and low-level Dark mages. They aren't likely to kill vampires, but still hurt like a son-of-a-bitch.
* In ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'', everyone uses silver in bullets, because it's the only thing that kills some type of monsters and generally has a stronger effect on many others. Theories why this is so are many, but no-one knows for sure. The exact method depends: pure silver is crap as a bullet, so many Hunters use a modified [[http://www.thegunzone.com/powrball.html Corbon Pow'RBall]] design. Originally a hollowpoint intended to mimic the reliable FMJ shape by pressing in a plastic bead that would crush and let it expand on impact, they replaced that ball with silver. The US government agencies use a different design for their rifle ammunition.
** The justification: they don't need ''much'' silver, so the ball is enough. In the case of monsters that don't require ''any'' silver to kill, well, they still shot it with hollowpoints.
* In ''Literature/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter'', President Lincoln, aware that vampire troops are fighting for the Confederacy, orders all the silver in the country to be melted down and turned into silver bullets and cannon balls.
* Leon Ragnarson of ''{{Literature/Vampirocracy}}'', being a good Hunter, of course has silver bullets for dealing with werewolves. [[spoiler: He also has gold bullets, which have a similar effect on vampires.]]
* In ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' series, silver weapons are often employed to harm or kill werewolves, undead and vampires. Memorable examples include ''Literature/DeadOfTheNight'' (you're monster-hunting templar who starts the game with a silver crucifix), ''Literature/VaultOfTheVampire'' (you can use a silver-plated stake to kill the Count for good) and finally ''Literature/HowlOfTheWerewolf'' (where you have to collect a series of silver daggers [[spoiler: and you can be killed by a hunter armed with actual silver bullets]])

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Stiles thought that Derek got shot by one, which caused Derek to call Stiles an idiot.
** Werewolves in Teen Wolf aren't especially susceptible to silver, but rather their bane is the Argent family (Argent being French for silver). [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Beast of Gevaudan required very specific methods to kill it, including a silver spear-tip.]]
* ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' used silver bullets. Not for lycans, but a much cooler calling card than a stupid white glove with a script "P" on it. ("Who was that masked man?") Another motivation: making the bullets valuable was a reminder that firing a lethal weapon (even when done [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands without lethal intent]]) was not a thing to be done lightly. See the entry under "Radio".
** [[Film/TheLoneRanger The Disney film]] instead justifies the silver because Tonto is superstitious and believes the villain is a {{Wendigo}}. He ''[[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane probably]]'' isn't.
* ''Series/MythBusters'', based on a suggestion related to ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'', tested the effectiveness of a silver bullet compared to a standard lead bullet. Since silver warps and shrinks when it cools, the resulting deformation made the bullet's' flight path erratic, making for poor accuracy. They didn't test it on an actual werewolf or other supernatural creature, however. They also didn't test whether shotgun shells would get better results.
** Additionally, during the same test, silver bullets were discovered to have have less penetrative power than typical lead rounds. This led to the conclusion that the Lone Ranger used silver bullets because they were much less likely to result in a lethal shot.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Winchester Boys often use silver bullets, most commonly against shapeshifters. Characters cutting themselves with silver knives has become a common shorthand for "it's really me, not a shapeshifter" after they come back from something they shouldn't have.
* In the ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' episode "The Werewolf", Kolchak improvises silver buckshot by melting down the silver buttons of a ship captain's uniform.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Battlefield", the Brigadier needs to know if the UNIT armory includes silver bullets. It does and he uses them to destroy the Monster of the Week.
* Cain the werewolf hunter in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' makes his own custom silver bullets for use in plying his trade.
** Fyarl demons are particularly vulnerable to silver and will die immediately after being stabbed with it. In "A New Man" Buffy grabs a silver letter opener to kill one, but it turns out to be a fake. [[spoiler: Which is a good thing, as the fyarl demon was actually Giles.]]
* Tony on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' once (facetiously) speculated that his boss, Gibbs, can only be killed by a silver bullet like a werewolf. He then subverted this trope, by concluding that even silver would be insufficient for [[MemeticBadass Gibbs]].
* ''Series/PortCharles'' vampires were weak to silver bullets. Caleb didn't die from one but was badly wounded by it.
* In ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', silver bullets are said to be the only things guaranteed to kill witches. Not that they can't die otherwise, but some witches have the ability to come back from the dead.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Werewolves", the VictimOfTheWeek is a man suffering from hypertrichosis (an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body) who is shot dead with a silver bullet.
* In an episode of ''{{Series/Eerie Indiana}}'', a werewolf is shot with a silver bullet -- in the foot. It instantly cures him of his lycanthropy, but he must then be rushed to the hospital to treat his gunshot wound.

* In ''Manhua/{{Bloodline}}'', the Shengdi use silver bullets as their main rounds. There are also different kinds of silver bullets and one specific kind is capable of killing the main character.

* Ivan Isaacs of ''Manhwa/{{Priest}}'' uses silver bullets against zombies. Priest zombies are immune to the traditional headshot unless the head is completely destroyed, but silver bullets will kill them regardless of where they hit.

* In some epic folk songs about Bulgarian rebel leader Delyo, he is described as invulnerable to normal weapons, driving his enemies to cast a silver bullet in order to murder him.

[[folder: New Media ]]
* [[http://www.hurog.com/books/silver/silverbullets.shtml This]] series of articles discusses the trope in great detail, including a RealLife test.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* In ''ComicStrip/FrankAndErnest'', Tonto tells the Lone Ranger that he oversold it and everyone thinks silver bullets are the solution to everything.
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': The villagers use one to slay what they think is the vampire in "The Vampire of Malvescu".
* Parodied by one ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strip where a man futilely blasts away at a werewolf with bullets "Guaranteed to be pure silver" [[spoiler: By a salesman who happened to wear the same tie as the werewolf]].
* In ''{{ComicStrip/Monty}}'', Moondog gets turned into a werewolf, but is "killed" when the beer he drinks turns out to be a Coors Light Silver Bullet (rather than the Coors Extra Gold he ordered.)
* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''. The wizard's [[AwfulWeddedLife Awful Wedded Wife]] demands something silver for their silver wedding anniversary. Cue the wizard arguing with the Lone Ranger, "Look, one lousy bullet's not going to break you!"

* ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' had these as a signature armament. In his case, it's not supernatural but symbolic. John Reid, the future Lone Ranger, was given access to a lost silver mine by his mentor. Reid used the silver to finance his career as the Lone Ranger, and made bullets from that silver to remind himself that life, like silver, was precious so he wouldn't waste his bullets. In later years, Britt Reid, the son of the Lone Ranger's nephew, inherited his great uncle's mine and used the silver to finance his own crime-fighting career as Franchise/TheGreenHornet.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' has silver weapons of any kind do aggravated damage to [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Uratha]] once the silver touches blood. While using silver on other werewolves would be expedient, it's also a sin against the code of werewolf ethics. Still, the Uratha have a step up on their cousins, the Pure, who apparently can't even ''touch'' silver without it messing them up something fierce.
** ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has no such moral compunction, though wielding silver does blunt a werewolf's magical effectiveness. Still doesn't stop a lot of werewolves from making silver [[{{BFS}} klaives]].
* Silver bullets are hard to make in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' but have no negative effect on range or damage, against werewolves they do multiplied damage. ''High-Tech'' points out one potential problem: because they are relatively soft silver bullets can mess up rifled firearms.
** ''High-Tech'' is ''wrong''. Silver is ''harder'' than lead, but also less dense. It has also been discovered that a silver bullet will shrink while cooling, and thus a silver bullet cast in a regular bullet mold comes out smaller than the intended size. Also, silver does not "mushroom" in the barrel as much as lead does. Thus, the bullet does not form a proper seal against the grooves of the barrel, allowing much of the gas to escape around the bullet, and the bullet does not get as much spin imparted to it. As a result, a silver bullet has a shorter range and less stopping power (except against werewolves, of course) when compared to a lead bullet.
* A rule of thumb in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' is: "If Mini-missiles won't work, try silver." Silver is useful not only against werebeasts, but also vampires (damages, and a silver stake works just as good as a wooden one) and most other Undead, demons, and some gods. One country in South America actually issues silver-plated swords to it's HumongousMecha because they're at war with a kingdom of vampires.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Starting in early editions of the game, the only mundane weapons that could hit a number of monsters are those made of silver. The monsters include not just the usual lycanthropes (e.g. werewolves) but also devils, night hags and many undead (such as ghosts, wights and wraiths).
* To prevent silver weapons being a GameBreaker in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the Dungeon Master guide says the [=DM=] should impress upon the players that fighting with swords made of such a soft metal all the time is a bad idea...
-->'''Guide''': "Oh dear, you stabbed that orc's plate armor with your silver sword and the blade bent!"
-->'''Guide''': "You know, you've been using that silver spear for so long that the point is dull. It's like hitting that ogre with a clumsy club, only it doesn't work that well!"
** It looks like ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' got it right. Silver is harder than bronze, but much softer than steel. In terms of durability, therefore, silver would be somewhere between the two. In an iron-age setting against heavy armor (like plate), a silver piercing weapon like a short sword or dagger would stay effective longer than a silver slashing weapon like a long sword.
** In later versions they then decreed that the silver that worked against supernatural beings wasn't ''actually'' silver but "alchemical silver" ... much as "cold iron" was a metal that looked a bit like iron but wasn't. Basically, it's a steel weapon that is silver plated.
* In the TabletopGame/D20Modern Urban Arcana setting, one of the numerous new bullets available (and the only type that can't be bought but must be crafted) are silver bullets. They are perfect against lycanthropes.
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'''s "Silver Bullet" Gauss rifle. Rather than silver (which isn't particularly magnetic and wouldn't do much against 31st century armor in any event), this variant on the standard Gauss rifle fires special pre-fragmented ammunition that, while lacking the concentrated punch of the original, creates a hail of shrapnel that improves its chances of causing at least one critical hit especially against already-damaged targets and makes it an excellent anti-aircraft and anti-vehicle weapon in general.
* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', psycannon bolts are rare variants of standard bolt rounds[[note]].75 calibre explosive shells designed to detonate once they have penetrated a target[[/note]] used by the daemon hunters of the Imperium. As well as being inscribed with runes of banishment and charged with psychic energy, psycannon bolts are tipped with silver to further enhance their effectiveness against daemons

* In ''Theatre/TheEmperorJones'', Jones boasts that only a silver bullet can kill him.
* In Carl Maria von Weber's opera ''[[Theatre/DerFreischuetz Der Freischütz]]'', Max unknowingly makes a DealWithTheDevil to win a sharpshooting contest. He forges seven silver bullets; six will strike their target unerringly, but the seventh is foretold to strike Max.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', Ganon can only be properly slain with a silver arrow. They are replaced by the more explicitly magic Light Arrows from the next games on.
* ''{{VideoGame/Nocturne}}'' gives the Stranger these for taking on werewolves. He can also find mercury bullets to use on demons and "Aqua Vampira" bullets for vampires. Of course, any type of bullets can be used to kill any type of monster, but using the proper ammunition kills them much more quickly.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'', silver bullets are the fastest way to down a ghost, and without it, it becomes nearly impossible to pass the water prison the [[CopyAndPasteEnvironments second time]] around... There are only two of them in the game, so they are best saved for the Water Prison and Building World ghosts.
* Konami's licensed ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' ActionRPG allows you to use the show's staple silver bullets, which can drop almost anything in one or two hits. They are rather hard to obtain however, and as such are usually TooAwesomeToUse.
* Like the book series it's based off of, silver is especially effective against monsters in ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' games. Geralt carries a silver one for dealing with them alongside a steel sword for humans, though as he puts it, "[[HumansAreBastards both are for monsters.]]"
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Throughout the series, certain supernatural enemies such as ghosts and wraiths can only be harmed by weapons of silver quality (or greater), or by enchanted weapons. Items of greater than silver quality tend to have their own supernatural properties which justify their ability to harm these types of beings. (For example, [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer/Dwarven]] equipment was created and [[RagnarokProofing made to last]] using [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] processes; [[FantasyMetals Ebony]] equipment is made from the [[BodyToJewel petrified blood]] of a [[GodIsDead dead god]]; Daedric equipment is made from Ebony which has been [[SoulPower imbued with the souls]] of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]], etc.)
** Werewolves and other [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent were-creatures]] are specifically vulnerable to silver, taking more damage from silver weapons. The werewolf-hunting Silver Hand in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' always wield such weapons.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' allows weapons and ammo to be crafted out of silver. It is the worst material available for any type of edged weapons. Since it treats all weapons as a completely rigid item, it does make for very effective [[DropTheHammer war hammers]] and maces.
* Turns out vampires in ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'' are weak to these, as shown in Veight's second Fate Episode.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Hakuouki}}'', silver counteracts the HealingFactor of the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent furies]], something the Shinsengumi discover when their enemies start using silver bullets against them.
* The bonus chapter in the collector's edition of ''Shadow Wolf Mysteries: Bane of the Family'' includes creating a silver bullet by melting a broken plate in a ''scale suspended above a fire'' and then placing a bullet mold on the other half of the scale so that the melted silver can run down into it. Quite a bit of work considering actually shooting the werewolf takes up maybe five seconds of the forty-second ending.
* In ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', one of the mementos is a set of hand-loading equipment next to some silver jewelry. The BigBad waxes rhapsodic for a bit about how his men are now monsters that can only be killed with silver, before acknowledging the fact that there are loads of now-useless jewelry around Dubai and very little ammunition to be found, making silver bullets a necessity.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''[='s=] resident NinjaMaid Sakuya wields silver [[KnifeNut knives]]; rather than fighting vampires, however, she works for them. This fact helps fuel the EpilepticTree that she was a VampireHunter who came to Scarlet Devil Mansion to slay Remilia but ended up getting hired by her instead.
* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'' items made from silver deal bonus damage against vampires, lycanthropes, shades and demons. This includes silver weapons (silver saber, silver spears, etc.), ammunition (silver arrows), and even items which just happen to be made out of silver (silver rings and wands. Fighting bare-handed without gloves while wearing a silver ring will apply silver damage).
* ''VideoGame/ZombiesAteMyNeighbors'' trades out bullets for [[AbnormalAmmo silverware]] for use against werewolves, [[OneHitKill which immediately kills them]].
* ''VideoGame/WestOfLoathing'' has silver bullets made by melting down silver items at the Silversmith's Cottage. They do double gun damage against skeletons and demons. There is also a silver pistol that always fires these.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' uses the "vial of mercury" version, with a twist: it has to be cut with the blood of someone sick with Paleblood as well to have any effect.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''WebComic/AndShineHeavenNow'', much like the [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} manga]] it's primarily based on, makes use of silver bullets when vampire hunting. [[spoiler: And in a pinch, the silver filling of a tooth taken from a Holocaust victim will do.]]
* One page of ''Webcomic/PeterIsTheWolf'' explains the problems with [[http://www.peteristhewolf.com/general/333.html silver bullets]].

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''The Lonely Winds'' make extensive use of these against vampires. Interestingly, the author takes the trouble to mention a workaround for the problem of silver being a relatively soft metal that would perform poorly with modern firearms.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': This is the only way to kill the shadow creatures in [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1983 SCP-1983]]. And you have to be praying as you fire the bullet.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'', where it's ''gold'' bullets (24 [[IncrediblyLamePun "carrot"]] gold).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}}'', when the Yenaldooshi, a Native American Werewolf, is on the rampage, Gwen asks if they need to use a Silver Bullet to kill it, only to get the response that it only works in movies. The real solution does require a silver pendent though. However, this is inverted when it turns out to be a [[spoiler: alien that just looks like a Werewolf.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
** Spoofed in one sketch. While playing a pen-and-paper RPG, one player offers an... [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill alternative]]... to the silver bullet to kill a werewolf. Even after reducing it to a puddle of viscera with a [[MoreDakka rotary gun]], mopping that up into a bucket and lighting it on fire, [[FantasticDrug snorting the ashes]], then [[ToiletHumor crapping it out]], where it gets processed through a sewer system, the game master stubbornly insists that the werewolf is still alive through all of that, it ''has'' to be a silver bullet.
** The impracticality is likewise lampshaded in the sketch the page quote comes from, where Radio/TheLoneRanger is challenged as to whether silver bullets are as good at actually being shot as regular bullets. The Ranger replies by shooting a can on the ground so much it flies up in the air higher than any of them are tall, hitting it with every single bullet... then after a short pause, Tonto embarrasses them all by interjecting with "that silver could have fed my entire tribe for a year".

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* During the 18th century hunt for the Beast Of Gévaudan, Jean Chastel reportedly loaded his gun with silver bullets. However, in this case the bullets were not 'special' because they were made of silver, but because the silver was obtained from a blessed medallion of the Virgin Mary (the creature was thought to be demonic in nature).
* Silver has a density of 10.5 grams per cubic centimeter. Lead has a density of 11.3 g/cm[[superscript:3]]. In the ballistics game, higher density means better performance, which is why bullets are still made out of lead, though price is certainly a factor as well. Uranium, it should be noted, has a density of 19 g/cm[[superscript:3]], which is why anti-tank rounds are made of the stuff.
* [[http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/silver/silverbullets.shtml Book author's husband researches making silver bullets]]. It's not as straight-forward as casting bullets from lead. Silver melts at 1761°F (versus 621°F for lead), this makes just melting it a problem for home-made bullets. And silver has a different coefficient of expansion, and the hardness difference means the bullet has to be crafted more precisely. And silver jewelry and coins are made with silver alloys that are harder still. The bottom line is that silver bullets aren't something even someone who home loads can make in a hurry, from materials at hand; they take planning and preparation.
* During the 17th Century, many people believed that only a silver bullet could kill a king.
* Count Jan Potocki, a Polish GentlemanAdventurer and author of ''The Manuscript Found In Saragossa'', allegedly killed himself with a silver bullet made from the knob of his mother's sugar bowl and blessed by the castle priest.
* For over a century it was common in parts of Russia to use low purity silver as bullets (and more commonly shot for blunderbusses, since the metal was not worth refining at the time and so abundant a byproduct that it was cheaper than lead. Unfortunately high quality platinum ore has similar properties, so many of these were actually very pure platinum bullets.
* Some American pioneers made their own powder and shot. The native lead ore contained silver. This may be the origin of the Lone Ranger's ammo. Or not.
* Some bullion dealers offer silver cast in various ammunition sizes. Ranging from as small as a .45 APC (which weighs 1 troy ounce) to as big as a 30 mm shell (which weighs 100 troy ounces). However in contrast to the above examples, the bullets and shells bullion dealers sell are solid silver and are non functioning as they lack any sort of propellant and suggests that buyers don't intentionally use them as actual ammunition.
* Aluminum cased and jacketed ammunition certainly looks the part as the aluminum is usually polished to ease extraction. Some brands are marketed like this.