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->''"They say that, when the throat is cut, the breath escapes it with a sound like the winter wind. I have always wanted to hear that sound. But to hear it coming from my'' own ''neck is ridiculous..."''
-->-- ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub''

This {{Death Trope|s}} is one of the classic ways to kill someone in media. Take a knife, a straight razor, or some other nasty edged weapon and draw it across your victim's throat. In a lot of media, this generally means instant death, but in more realistic works, it is quite slow (unless the carotid arteries are all severed, in which case the target passes out after a few seconds due to lack of oxygenated blood to the brain--though it takes a certain amount of expertise to land such a strike) and VERY messy to boot, particularly if the carotid artery or the jugular vein are severed. Not to mention the victim usually drowns in their own blood ''before'' passing out. Naturally, {{Knife Nut}}s are particularly fond of this method.

See also ImpromptuTracheotomy as well as the lethal variant of DangerouslyCloseShave. A ThroatSlittingGesture is pretending to slit your own throat when heartening someone with death or punishment.

This being a way people are killed, '''expect spoilers'''!


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the pudding case of ''Manga/GodChild'', the "pudding killer" commits suicide by slashing his throat with the kitchen knife after [[spoiler: his wife learns that he is the killer and that society has broken him, including that he admits that now that he started killing, he'll likely not stop]].
* In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic: The Second Raid,'' this was one of the bloodier killing methods, done by [[CreepyTwins Creepy Twin]] Yu Lan to a guard. It is done to an Arm Slave at one point too.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[NoNonsenseNemesis Cang Du]] slices [[spoiler:Rangiku]] around her throat and delivers her dying body to her captain, [[spoiler:Toshiro]], stating that [[HonorBeforeReason teammates should die together on the battlefield]]. [[spoiler:She and Toshiro get turned into zombies, but they get better. [[ScienceMarchesOn Science]].]]
** This is how [[OneManArmy Kenpachi]] kills one of ''three'' Sternritters during the first Quincy invasion - he slashed her throat [[ShutUpHannibal right when she was in the middle of explaining her powers.]]
* In chapter 51 of ''Manga/FutureDiary'' [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] slashes [[spoiler: Akise]] through the neck rendering [[spoiler:him]] unable to breathe or talk. She later [[spoiler: beheads him]].
* From ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** This happens to [[spoiler:Riza Hawkeye]] in chapter 100/101, when [[spoiler: the Gold-Toothed MadDoctor tries to force Roy into a SadisticChoice with her life at the stake. She gets better, thanks to emergency treatment from May Chang.]]
** Hughes uses [[KnifeNut his knives]] to do this to [[spoiler:Envy, who is disguised as Maria Ross. Unfortunately, Homunculi don't die so easily.]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': [[BigBad Frieza]] beats [[VillainProtagonist Vegeta]] to a bloody pulp and raises [[FemmeFatalons his fingernails]] high, seemingly about to finish him off in this manner before [[BigDamnHeroes Goku arrives on the scene]]. [[spoiler:[[ShootTheDog He kills Vegeta anyway by shooting a beam of energy through his heart]].]]
* In ''Anime/PsychoPass'', this is how [[spoiler:[[TheSociopath Makishima]]]] disposes of [[spoiler:Yuki, one of Akane's friends introduced early in the series]], as punishment for [[spoiler:the latter's inability to use an actual weapon to kill him instead of using her [[MorphWeapon Dominator]]]].
* In ''[[Manga/{{Domu}} Domu: A Child's Dream]]'', a ''ronin'' student is possessed and [[PsychicAssistedSuicide forced to cut his own throat]] with a utility knife.
* [[spoiler:Bertolt Hoover]] suffers one in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. [[spoiler:Since he's a Titan Shifter, his HealingFactor allows him to survive and quickly recover from it.]]
** PsychoForHire Kenny [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper the Ripper]] employs this as his trademark method of killing victims, hence his moniker.
* Like the {{Film}} example below, this is how Ogami Itto kills an assassin in ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub''. The assassin, who survives for a short period afterword, manages to provide the page quote before dying.
* In ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'', the JSDF invasion begins with a commando appearing behind a NERV security guard and opening his throat before letting the rest through the gates. It isn't instant death; the guard's mouth is clamped shut with a hand over it for the amount of time it takes him to bleed out.
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Frederica Sawyer "the Cleaner" managed to survive this in her past. However, she lost her voice to the injury and the subsequent scar left a rather massive impression.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' graphic novel, [[spoiler:Heyer]] dies after his throat is slashed, but manages to take his assailant with him.
* The Rumor's throat is slashed with a note from a MusicalAssassin in ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy''. It's a rare case when the victim doesn't end up dead, though she was immediately rushed to a hospital and [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished bears an ugly scar afterwards]].
* Constantine Drakon slit Arsenal's throat so that he couldn't fight back and had to submit to being kidnapped. Interestingly, it makes use of the slowness of dying from the wound. Constantine instructed Arsenal to put pressure on the wound to keep himself alive (a trick he had already done with an anonymous businessman, who applied too much pressure and died of suffocation instead).
* Another example from the DCU is that Jericho was mute due to some of his father's (ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}'s) enemies capturing him in order to get Deathstroke to reveal information. Deathstroke refused, and killed the assassins - but not before one of them severed Joseph's vocal cords. This also led to the fight between Deathstroke and his wife where Addie tried to kill him, but only managed to [[EyeScream put his eye out instead]].
* In ''ComicBook/RedRobin'' when Tim, Pru, Z and Owens were ambushed by the Widower he slashed Pru's throat. She managed to survive but her larynx left is badly damaged.
* The 2007 revival of the DC Comics series ''ComicBook/{{Checkmate}}'' begins with two Checkmate agents, one of whom is the superhero known as "Fire", slitting the throats of two Kobra soldiers.
* ''ComicBook/{{Family}}'': Variation when Silver uses his [[HavingABlast explosive powers]] to silence someone rather than using something sharp.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' has the infamous prison cell scene where Big Figure's obese henchman Larry gets stuck in the bars of Rorsarch's prison cell when Rorsarch breaks his thumbs and ties his arms in place, blocking the door. Unlike the signifigantly more brutal scene in the movie where BF's other Mook saws his arms off, in the comic they just slit his throat.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'' often do this to their victims. This also how [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Annabeth]] is killed by her opponent in the coliseum.
* This is how [[spoiler: Ayame accidentally kills Hikaru]] in ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort''.
* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', L'le of the Circle survived one of these once; she kept the scar as a reminder of the only truly bad mistake she ever made.
* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', when General Lone Ranger attempts to attack the Mane Six, they effortlessly beat him and Rarity slashes his throat, then reveals she was skilled enough to do it without killing him.
* In ''Fanfic/TwoSidesOfACoin'', Eleya slashes the throat of a Romulan soldier with the bayonet she uses as a combat knife after emerging from an AirVentPassageway next to him.

* ''Film/LAConfidential'': "The proof had his throat cut."
* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Sweeney Todd's primary method of murdering his customers was slashing the throat.
** For any who the throat didn't do it for, being dropped down a shaft head first would finish them off.
* Angel of ''Film/TheWildBunch'' is killed quite graphically this way immediately before the final shootout of the movie.
%%* ''Film/EasternPromises'' features a fair number of these.
* ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'' has a quite shocking one of these when [[spoiler:the protagonist's wife kills herself this way right in front of him]].
* The Chang Cheh movie ''Vengeance!'' climaxes with the protagonist finishing off the BigBad this way after feigning death to draw him close.
* The ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' used this a few times. It's also speculated that Lt. Raine survived one of these, hence his scar.
* One of the organ traffickers in ''Film/SympathyForMrVengeance'' is killed this way. His mother tells him not to remove the knife, [[TooDumbToLive but he does so anyway]] and ends up bleeding to death.
* This happens to Reynald de Châtillon in ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', after being captured after the Battle of Hattin. Saladin offers Guy de Lusignan a cup of ice, indicating that [[SacredHospitality he is sparing his life]]. When Reynald, who has gained notoriety by attacking caravans and killing Saladin's sister, gets handed the cup by Guy, Saladin states that the cup was not offered to him, then promptly kills him.
** TruthInTelevision as well. This scene is true to the historical aftermath of the Battle of Hattin.
%%* Happens all the time in the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' series.
* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', the PlotTriggeringDeath that carries William Wallace through the entire film. Wallace's secret wife Murron gets her throat cut [[GoryDiscretionShot offscreen]] by the Magistrate. Following his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, Wallace kills the Magistrate the same way, this time shown in vivid detail, [[YouFailHistoryForever kicking off a Scotland-wide rebellion]].
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', one fellow who refuses to join Davy Jones's crew gets killed this way.
* Dana Hadley in the first ''Film/PuppetMaster'' was killed this way by Blade.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker kills a mobster by breaking a glass and slicing his throat. Graphically. If the movie were in live-action this would never be made, with this trope and the brutal beating of Jason Todd (which was actually toned down for the movie).
* V himself, in the ''Film/VForVendetta'' movie, just ''can't get enough'' of this.
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' has a more realistic example: there's some thrashing around and it takes quite a while for the mook to go down. On the other hand, [[Film/ConanTheDestroyer its sequel]] features a man getting his throat slit, then ''yelling''.
* One of the most iconic movie deaths ever is Clarence Boddicker's dataspike to the throat in ''Film/RoboCop1987''.
* Big Daddy from ''Film/KickAss'' does this to a mook in the warehouse raid scene.
* In ''Film/HostelPartII'', this is how [[Creator/HeatherMatarazzo Lorna]] is finished off. Also, Josh in the first movie, but that one isn't ''nearly'' as graphic.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series, this seems to be Michael Myers' favorite method of killing.
* Rather in an out-of-character manner, WesternAnimation/WonderWoman does this to two security guards in the 2009 animated film of the same name - by throwing her tiara, boomerang-like, at the unaware guards, who fall dead instantly as their throats are slashed.
* A stoned camper gets his throat slit by TheJerseyDevil in ''Satan's Playground'', causing it [[HighPressureBlood to]] [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank explode]].
* Kurgan in ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' has his throat cut by Ramirez during their duel in Connor's home. Unfortunately the cut wasn't deep enough, and though Kurgan bore a scar and had his voice ruined for the rest of his Immortal life, he survived to take Ramirez's head.
** Earlier in the film, during the battle between the two clans, a priest kills a man slashing his throat from behind, then does the sign of the cross.
** Mirrored with Duncan's own arch-nemesis, Kalas, in [[Series/{{Highlander}} the TV series]]. Kalas has his throat slashed by Duncan during a fight in the 1920s. He survived but had his voice permanently ruined, (at the time Kalas was an opera singer) leaving him unable to sing again. He [[BerserkButton didn't take it well]].
* Happens in ''Film/GhostShip'' as Katie Harwood is being forcibly dragged back to her cabin, and she witnesses someone get his throat slit with a straight razor by one of the crazed crew members.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'', Wiress dies this way. Particularly creepy when you take into account nobody would have noticed except for the fact she was singing 'Hickory Dickory Dock' but fell silent.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': [[spoiler:Mystique gives one to Apocalypse, but the wound doesn't kill him because he has a HealingFactor.]]
* If you are watching a ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' film, there's a 75% chance of this happening to someone. It is one of Jason's favorite ways to kill people, though he tends to get more brutal with other means of killing.
* Dean cuts his own throat in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010'' remake due to Freddy's influence.
* How ''many'' {{Mooks}} meet their end in ''Film/{{Logan}}''. Hell, one of [[BadassAdorable Laura's]] first onscreen kills has her turning a [[EvilInc Transigen]] soldier's throat into a bloody PEZ dispenser.
* A pretty bloody one is seen in ''Film/DieHard2'' (SWAT member who wasn't in on a secret) and ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' (Bank security guard who was attacked by a female KnifeNut)
* In the first ''Film/LoneWolfAndCub''[[note]]Released as ''Shogun Assassin'' in the US[[/note]] film, the last surviving Master of Death gets his throat slit, and thinks on it poetically as he dies. See the page quote.
* Apparently how Juno (Sylvia Sidney) died in ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' - not entirely obvious until she takes a drag off a cigarette.
* Near the start of ''Film/{{SWAT}}'' Alex Montel cuts the throat of his uncle Martin Gascoigne for stealing from their crime organization.
* In the final battle of ''Film/PacificRim'', [[TheAce Striker]] [[AwesomeAussie Eureka]] inflicts this on [[FinalBoss Slattern]]. [[MadeOfIron It doesn't even notice the wound.]]
%%* Several in ''Film/TheWolfman2010''!
* In ''Film/TheThing1982'', the Americans discover a frozen corpse in the remains of the Norwegian camp whose throat and wrists have been slashed. In the ''Film/TheThing2011'', a deleted scene shows why and how it happened. [[spoiler:He did it to himself when he was trapped in the room with a Thing.]]
* Happens to one of the characters in ''Film/{{Triangle}}''. The slashing doesn't kill him straight away, and he ends up being stabbed repeatedly. He lives long enough to [[DyingClue attempt to scrawl the name of his killer]] in [[CouldntFindAPen his own blood]], but dies partway through.
* In ''Film/TreasureIsland1990'', the pirates' first morning on the eponymous island is a rough one as they find few of their number with their throats slit, courtesy of the local hermit Ben Gunn.
* In ''Film/BadTaste'', the alien chef mocks the captive Giles by doing the throat slit gesture with a knife that he has in his hand. A mook named Robert attempts to mimic the gesture with his sharpened bayonet, but accidentally cuts his own throat.
* Majid's suicide in ''Film/{{Cache}}''. It's the fact that the death is self-inflicted that is shocking, as well as the apparent lack of motivation for doing so.
* Done in the opening of ''Film/AssassinationGames''. The blood is very understated with the victim taking a while to realize their throat has been cut.
* ''Film/DeadInTombstone'': This is how Gurerro kills Washington: silently taking him out at the back of the group while the rest of gang looks down the mine tunnel.
* In ''Film/GoodNeighbors'', Louise does this to Valérie with a straight razor. It does take a while. We do hear Valérie choking to death on her own blood. A reasonable (but large to Louise) amount of blood spurts out in jets from the severed arteries.
* In ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'', Mr Gustave's cellmates have a SinisterShiv they call a "throat-slitter". They make use of it during their escape.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallowsPart2'': Voldemort does this to [[spoiler:Severus Snape]] with his wand and orders Nagini to attack him further. Voldemort did this because he assumed [[spoiler:Snape]] would be the master of the Elder Wand after he killed [[spoiler:Dumbledore.]]
* How all of the Ripper's victims (except Orville) are killed in ''Film/KnifeForTheLadies''.
* In ''Film/{{Valentine}}'', Shelley, the first girl to die, is done in by having her throat cut.
* In ''Film/LifeBlood'', Brooke kills Steve by slashing his throat with a boxcutter. She mentions that she wants his death to be slow and painful.

* The giant in the fairy tale of "Literature/HopOMyThumb" kills his daughters this way.
* Saruman dies this way in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. In the movies, he's stabbed InTheBack and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled on a spike]].
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novel ''Literature/SixthColumn'', also known under the title ''The Day After Tomorrow'', one of the characters kills a "traitor" this way. This "proves" he is fit to continue as an undercover agent.
* In the book ''The Five Fingers'' about combat in Vietnam, the author mentions that the "commonly known" way of cutting a throat, by slashing across it, does not work if you wish quick, silent killing. He says the proper method is to jam the knife into the throat and rip forward, tearing open the windpipe and veins.
** The banned book ''Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors'' agrees, and further recommends that a six-inch, double-edged, half-serrated blade be used.
* During the climax of the TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Dark Disciple'' by Anthony Reynolds, [[spoiler: [[DeathbySex Slaaneshi Daemonettes]] attack the prisoners and owners of a Dark Eldar skiff using their crab-like claws to slice their victims throats. [[{{Squick}} The victims writhe on the ground in orgasmic ecstasy as they bleed out.]]]]
* Averted in Creator/TomClancy's ''[[Literature/JackRyan Without Remorse]]'', where John Clark opts to stab his target through the base of the skull, severing the spinal cord for an instant kill. This tells the investigating policemen that they are dealing with a professional: [[DiscussedTrope a slashed throat is noisy (all that escaping air) and very, very messy, but it's much easier to do than a stab through the base of the neck.]]
* It happens in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Iron Fist]]''; DeadlyDoctor Ton Phanan cuts a man's throat with a laser scalpel, and the man staggers, glassy-eyed and trying to stop the bleeding, for a moment before he falls.
* This is how murder is usually committed in Literature/WarriorCats.
* In Creator/DaleBrown's ''Wings of Fire'', [[spoiler: Wendy [=McLanahan=]]] gets her throat slashed with the swipe-along-the-neck method [[spoiler: and survives... only for Vasilyeva to throw a knife into her chest and kill her.]] When Chris Wohl kills [[spoiler: Pavel Kazakov]], he stabs into the neck before slashing out, slicing it nearly in half.
* Happens to [[spoiler:Catelyn Stark at the Red Wedding]] in ''Literature/AStormOfSwords''. [[CameBackWrong It doesn't take.]]
** And shortly before that, she does some cutting of her own on one of Walder Frey's grandsons.
** This also happens to Lord Manderly in ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'', though in a subversion, he survives.
** The last free king of Astapor was known as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin King Cutthroat]]. He got to that position by, well, you know.
* Richard Marcinko describes the act of cutting a throat in some detail (emphasizing the difficulty of the act) in one of his early ''Literature/RogueWarrior'' novels.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', Sgt. Bothari slits Admiral Vorrutyer's throat with a pocket knife, spraying blood all over Captain Naismith, whom Vorrutyer was about to rape.
* A mugger in ''Virtual Girl'' tries this on Maggie. It doesn't work, her being a robot and all.
* Long before ''The Last Dragonlord'', Linden encountered Harper Satha, a harper-healer who had gone into a magical sleep for a century, during which someone had come by and cut his throat. Thanks to the magic, though, he didn't die of it. Linden recalls the whistling bubble of his voice as some air inevitably escaped through the cut.
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'':
** In ''City of Ashes'', [[spoiler:Valentine does this to collect Simon's blood. [[UnexplainedRecovery he gets better.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Clary comes very close to this in ''City of Fallen Angels'', courtesy of Jace (to be fair, he was under Lilith's MindRape at the time).]]
** [[spoiler:Maureen Brown is found in a dumpster with her throat slit.]]
* In ''Literature/TheLastWish's'' short story "The Witcher", Geralt barely survives having his neck ripped open by the striga Princess Adda. He got lucky: The claw swipe in question missed anything ''really'' important, and he got medical attention soon after. He still spent a few months in a hospital.
* The Union, a NebulousEvilOrganization from Raymond Benson's ''Literature/JamesBond'' novels, has its victims' throats cut as a CallingCard, even if they were killed by other means.
* In ''Literature/GoneGirl'', Desi has his throat slashed by Amy as both are having sex.
* In ''Literature/MidnightsChildren'', Zafar kills [[SelfMadeOrphan his father Zulfikar]] this way.
* In the short story ''Fanatic'' set in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series Victor Cachat mentions that the StateSec academy assassination course recommended the use of a seven-centimeter blade for cutting throats.
* In the Literature/ElsabethSoesten novel ''Bait And Switch'', [[spoiler: Elsabeth kills Husson in a duel this way after he and Maerten betray her, by slashing out his throat with her sword]].
* In Creator/RichardLaymon's ''Literature/{{Savage}}'', this is the fate of [[spoiler:Roderick Whittle, aka UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happens ''far'' too many times to even count in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory''.
* In the first episode of [[Series/BreakingBad Breaking Bad]]'s 4th season, [[AffablyEvil Gustavo Fring]] does this to one of his [[DumbMuscle goons]] to [[YouHaveFailedMe punish him for not preventing Gale Boetticher's murder]] but also to create a [[PastVictimShowcase past victim showcase]] and [[MakeAnExampleOfThem scare the crap out of]] Walt, Jesse and Mike so that they never step out of line again. The goon on the receiving end of this treatment was not only [[DidntSeeThatComing not expecting it]], but the throat slitting was [[ImprovisedWeapon conducted with a box cutter]] (complete with a [[HighPressureBlood blood spurt]]). [[NightmareFuel Just to make this throat slitting creepier]], Gus simply removes his bloodied hazmat suit, puts on his buisness suit, tells Jesse and Walt to clean up the mess, and calmly returns to work.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** This happens to Catelyn Stark, at the hands of Black Walder Frey.
** How Arya Stark kills Ser Meryn Trant and Lord Walder Frey.
** Not exactly slashed, but Ramsay kills Osha by stabbing her in the throat.
** Since Aerys Targaryen believed he would turn into a dragon upon death, Jaime did this just to make sure it wouldn't happen.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ''Stiletto'', a thug tries to do this to Chloe Sullivan, but he probably get the message that [[BerserkButton it is a bad idea]] when [[spoiler:Doomsday]] emerges, drags him away and kills him messily.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' made repeated use of this trope. In season 5, Jack Bauer actually instructed a Naval engineer young enough to be his son how to discreetly slit the throat of a mook who was in his way. [[spoiler:The boy carried out the kill successfully]].
* This pops up occasionally on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** One episode involved the murderer using the Marine sentry removal technique (described in The Five Fingers example above) to kill the victim...while she was [[OutWithABang having sex with him.]]
** In an episode revolving around a revenge plot against Ducky, [[spoiler:when the team rescued Ducky, one of the perps slashed his own throat with a scalpel rather than go back to jail.]]
** In one episode, Abby pretends to do this with a fake knife, getting the attention of her audience.
* One episode of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' had two people (and several sheep) killed this way [[spoiler:with the skull of a smilodon]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** [[spoiler:Kendra]] gets her throat slashed by ''fingernails'' and dies instantly. Though to be fair, she was under hypnosis at the time, and they were [[FemmeFatalons vampire fingernails]].
** Buffy once used her ice skates to slit the throat of her attacker. He grabs his throat and falls to the ground, seemingly dead. Notable (and lampshaded in the commentary) in that there is no blood from his wound.
** Giles cuts the throat of a Bringer [[GoodIsNotNice they've taken prisoner]] once he's given the information they want. The Bringer was [[DemonicPossession psychically linked to Andrew]] at the time, who complains loudly and demands a lozenge.
* [[spoiler: Wesley]] on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' gets his throat cut. [[spoiler: And survives, though he is unable to speak for some time afterwards.]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** This happens to [[spoiler:Nathan]], with the throat-slashing being done telekinetically.
** At one point when the powers are off, HRG slices Sylar's throat with a box cutter. Not quite ruthless enough; he really should have followed that up by destroying the brain and/or burning the body...
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Zoe gets her throat cut by the Man in Black.
** Lennon had his throat sliced by Sayid
* Happens a ''lot'' on ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''. Most people who get it simply clutch at their profusely bleeding throat before falling to the ground. [[spoiler:Cara]], on the other hand, manages to put off dying long enough to beat the hell out of the attacker, and get information out of him as well.
* Happens several times in ''Series/{{Oz}}''.
* Francis Wolcott likes to off prostitutes this way in ''{{Series/Deadwood}}''.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'':
** This is how Dexter kills [[spoiler: his brother, the Ice Truck Killer]]. It's staged as suicide.
** This happens to a hostage after Debra falls prey to PutDownYourGunAndStepAway. He survives, and is able to speak quite soon after.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The demon "Meg" does this in season 1 on screen while hitchhiking
** In season 2 after the Croatoan Virus is introduced. Two of the survivors are driving away from the empty town, one asks the other to pull over so he can make a call and once the driver does, [[spoiler: the man is revealed to be possessed by an unnamed demon (possibly "Meg") who then slashes the driver's throat]] reminiscent of the season 1 useage.
** In ''The French Mistake" this happens to Misha Collins. Yes, [[SlidingScaleOfFourthWallHardness Misha]] [[RealWorldEpisode Collins.]]
* Jessica's pushy suitor in ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' ends up with his throat slashed. Alisha also dies like this.
* ''Series/{{Spooks}}'': [[spoiler: [[TheMole Connie]] does it to Ben with garrote wire ''from her bra''.]] It's ''very'' realistic.
* Jimmy from ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' has done this ''multiple'' times. Notable ones include killing one of the D'Alessio brothers during a montage of their assassination, cutting the throat of [[MuggingTheMonster a would-be mugger]], and disposing of of a [[TheMole Mole]] within an ally's organization.
* ''Series/TheFollowing'': When [[spoiler: Jacob]] tells [[spoiler: Emma]] that he's leaving the cult, she pulls him close for a kiss, and slits his throat open with a knife while doing so.
* ''Series/TheKilling'': How the Pied Piper kills his victims, cutting their throats ear to ear so deeply some of the victims are nearly decapitated.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Apophis slashes the throat of one of Sokar's Jaffa using a [[BladeBelowTheShoulder concealed blade]].
* ''Series/WaywardPines'': Beverly's "reckoning".
* ''Series/HighlanderTheSeries'' had Kalas, the third season BigBad, who had a nasty scar on his throat after a fight with Duncan in the 1920's. Since his head wasn't cut off, he didn't die, but neck wounds don't heal properly on Immortals, so he was stuck with an ugly scar and a messed-up voice. As Kalas was always proud of his singing voice (he was an opera singer at the time of the fight with Duncan), this was the big issue for him and why he still held a grudge against our hero.7
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead''
** In "Conquer," [[spoiler: Pete slashes Reg’s throat with Michonne’s katana when Reg tries to calm him down.]]
** In "Wrath," [[spoiler:Rick slits Negan's throat after trying to talk Negan down and into peace as part of Carl's dying wish]]. However, right afterwards, the attacker tells their crew to save the victim's life.
* ''Series/TheXFiles:''
** In "Chinga", one character gets her throat cut by a broken phonograph record.
** This is how the alternate version of Reyes is killed in the opening of "4-D."
* ''Series/{{Harrow}}'': This is how the VictimOfTheWeek is murdered in "Aurum Potestas Est" ("Gold is Power"). Her body is then dumped on the railroad tracks in an attempt to mask the cause of death.

* In Music/TheProtomen's Act II, Emily dies in this manner. [[spoiler: The Sniper does too, in a sense.]]
* In the music video for the Music/InsaneClownPosse song "In Yo Face", there are a pair of showgirls with the classic "slashed throat" blood trails. It's just there to make them look creepy.
* In "'97 Bonnie and Clyde", Music/{{Eminem}} is disposing of the body of his ex-wife [[spoiler:as well as her husband and stepson]], whose throat he slit.
** The above is referenced in "Stan": "I didn't slit her throat, see, I ain't like you. 'Cause if she suffocates she'll suffer more and then she'll die, too".
* "Otherside" by Music/RedHotChiliPeppers: "Slit my throat, it's all I ever..."

* ''Theatre/TheBat'': This is how the Bat murders his victims; slashing their throats with his [[WolverineClaws steel-taloned glove]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* It's possible to do this in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. It's not possible to see it in the console version, since the third-person camera view obscures the sight, but it sounds pretty messy. The PC port, on the other hand, allows for the player to see it in full – it's an initial deep stab followed by CJ ripping the blade out the front of the victim's neck.
* Quite a few {{Stealth Based Game}}s allow you to do this to some unsuspecting {{Mook}}s. The first ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' game does not encourage such, however, because slashed throats leave a lot of blood behind in comparison to the Fiber Wire that a true Silent Assassin uses for close-up killing. (Later Hitman games, however, don't take this into account and a throat-slit is treated as an effective stealth kill.)
* It is far too easy to accidentally do this in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''. In the first two ''Metal Gear Solid'' games the player could hold a guard in place by just holding the grab button. In the third game, [[DamnYouMuscleMemory attempting to do this causes Snake to slit the guard's throat.]]
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has unique [[BackStab stealth kill]] animation for each melee weapon, and the one you get with a knife is the good ol' throat-slashing with lots of blood (if the enemy has it). However, since stealth kills generally go unnoticed by the enemies, nobody will give a damn even if you shower them from head to toe with their colleague's blood.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' it is possible to cut the throat of a grabbed enemy. Quite amusingly, this can be done with a mace or war hammer. Or with a ''[[GoodBadBugs broom]]''.
* This is how [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKy4BdOVsZI GDI collaborator Hassan is executed]] in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Tiberian Sun''.
* B.B. Hood's ''standard throw'' is this in ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom''.
** Also used by Taki in the ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' games.
* The magazine ad for the first ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' game is an image of main character Rikkimaru shown through a narrow slit, which it's caption states is the view seen from some poor guard's vocal cords.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander IV'' has [[spoiler: Captain Paulson]] being killed this way by [[spoiler:Seether]] in a cutscene. In some versions of the game (such as the Playstation version and versions sold in Europe), the slashing uses BloodlessCarnage; in the American PC version, ''quite a bit'' of blood spurts out of [[spoiler: Paulson]]'s neck.
* ''VideoGame/MafiaII'' has both the Hollywood way and the "real" way to do this. It happens in a cutscene where a minor villain pulls a knife on the main character, who disarms the chump and kills him with his own knife. At first he cuts the guy with the usual Hollywood "ear to ear" slice, but this is just to torture the guy; afterwards he kills the guy the "proper" way by jamming the knife sideways into his neck.
* Happens rather frequently in the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' and ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', there is a chance for this to happen in one of the knife and sword backstab animations. [[GoodBadBugs However]], only about half of the knives in the game have edges on both sides, so by the time you're using [[InfinityPlusOneSword Daedric]] and [[InfinityMinusOneSword Ebony]] weapons, you're slaughtering people with the non-sharp side of a knife.
** They also don't account for height differences, which means you'll slit someone's neck after drawing your knife across their ''torso'', or rather disturbingly, their face!
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' has the much faster and more realistic side-stab variant as one of Thorton's lethal takedowns.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', Corvo prefers to [[CombatPragmatist end fights quick and cleanly]], and will throat stab someone if he manages to stealth kill them from the front, he'll also do this to several major assassination targets as special parry-finishers.
* Done ''very'' brutally in one of the infamous "Bad Endings" from VisualNovel/SchoolDays. [[spoiler: If Makoto doesn't find out how Sekai's friends are bullying Kotonoha to keep her away from him and Sekai, Kotonoha will ''snap'' due to the harassment and her own mental/emotional unstability... and confront both Sekai and Makoto in broad daylight. Then she'll uncover a cleaver and slash Sekai's throat, ''bloodily'' killing her in front of everyone.]]
* Videogame/WaxWorks pits you against UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper in one of its stages, and losing all your HP to him, or [[TooDumbToLive turning your back on him]], will end in an [[{{Gorn}} unpleasantly detailed depiction]] of this as your death scene.
* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', [[spoiler:Hiyoko Saionji]] is killed this way by [[spoiler:Mikan Tsumiki (who has been infected with Despair Fever) after she sees Ibuki Mioda being strangled by Mikan.]]
* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' has Talion, his wife and son [[HumanSacrifice ritually killed]] by the Black Hand slowly drawing his sword across their throats at the opening of the game, in order to summon up the elven wraith that shares Talion's body for the rest of the game.
* Happens to Chieftain Vol'jin in the ''Mists of Pandaria'' expac of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', at the hand of one of Warchief Garrosh's assassins. Luckily thanks to his troll regeneration he survives, but exhausts himself so much that he ends up bedridden for weeks after his escape. It also convinces him that Garrosh needs to go ''down''.
* This is Jenny's fate in ''VideoGame/{{GUN}}'' at the hands of Reed.
* ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'': This is UsefulNotes/{{Jack|TheRipper}}-of-Smiles' usual preferred method of killing. [[HarmlessVillain Unfortunately for him]], DeathIsCheap in the Neath, and while there are ways to [[KilledOffForReal kill people for real]], a slit throat is decidedly ''not'' one of them.

* Stunt of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' is fond of this method. Picture above killing Urban Eddie as part of his final HeelFaceTurn. This particular case is also HoistByHisOwnPetard, as Urban Eddie's the one who taught him to slash throats.
* Komiyan of ''Webcomic/{{Darken}}'' eventually kills Blackshard this way with a pair of daggers.
* Freija in ''Webcomic/TheSenkari'' had her throat slashed in her DeathByOriginStory
* A somewhat subverted example happens in ''Webcomic/GrimTalesFromDownBelow''. Mandy, upon finding that her time was up in her hourglass, slashes her throat. The somewhat subversion is [[spoiler:Mandy finds that she is immortal and cannot die unless Grim says so]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Terra}}'', Agrippa Varus uses this as a CoupDeGrace against Kaleb Ceros, bloodily slashing his throat with a swipe of his combat knife.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Zelfia}}'', [[spoiler:Mayy]] is killed via this trope.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' Shala subverts the "instantly fatal" part when [[AxCrazy Kalki]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10262 cuts her throat]] as a taunt, managing to keep up the pressure on her throat to avoid passing out and manages to stop the immediate bleeding. She does, however, die later as she's being carried to safety by her brother and boyfriend, [[DistractedFromDeath who don't realize she's died until]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10346 they set her down]].
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'': [[AxeCrazy Azurai]] kills the [[spoiler:angel Sanjulo]] by slicing his neck with his [[WolverineClaws extending claws]] after [[spoiler:Kazai]] [[BerserkButton cuts off part of his horn.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', [[spoiler:Jack kills one of the Daughters of Aku by slicing her neck with her own sword, making her the first human he's ever killed. Jack's reaction is one of shock and horror.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Kyle kills [[KungFuJesus Jesus]] this way in "Fantastic Easter Special". It was willing on Jesus' part, since it would allow him to resurrect outside his cell and use his [[DeathActivatedSuperpower divine powers]] to stop Snowball's execution, but Kyle was reluctant to do so at first, him being Jewish and all.
** In "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut", several people with gashed throats can be seen in the hospital's waiting room...somehow being alive long enough to ''be'' waiting in the first place.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Francine accidentally slits Steve's throat with a butter knife after practicing being left-handed for the first time in years. Of course, he's perfectly fine by the next episode.
** A non-lethal example occurs when Steve does this to a VC with a marker in a Vietnam paintball reenactment.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The brutal social/political scandal known in Chile as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caso_Degollados "caso degollados"]] ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "case of the slashed throats"]]). In 1985, three well-known professionals affiliated with the opposition to [[GeneralRipper Augusto Pinochet's]] dictatorship (artist Santiago Nattino, teacher's union leader Manuel Guerrero and sociologist/activist Jose Manuel Parada -- also the son of a famous stage actor ''and'' father of a then very well-known child actress) were kidnapped by a national police agency, and the day after that their lifeless, torture-marked bodies were found with their throats slit.
* The {{seppuku}} ritual for women didn't have the ladies slitting their bellies like the {{samurai}}, since it would be seen as an UndignifiedDeath in the face of defeat. Instead, the woman about to commit suicide would go through ''jigai'' to avoid being taken alive by tying her legs to not fall in a spread-eagle position and invoke this trope on herself, via slashing her own throat with a dagger. On several occasions invaders would storm a castle only to find the lady of the house sitting quietly, having already ended her own life before they got there.
* UsefulNotes/IceHockey skates are sharp metal blades and the people wearing them fly down the ice at high speeds, frequently running into each other and getting knocked over. It's amazing that so few throats have been slashed by errant skate blades throughout the sport's history. The unlucky few include [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clint_Malarchuk Clint Malarchuk]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Zedn%C3%ADk Richard Zednik]], who fortunately survived their brushes with death.
* As stated in the main description, this isn't nearly as quick (or painless, or cleanly) manner of death as Hollywood would like people to believe. In fact, there are ''many'' recorded cases of failed suicide attempts using this method, and the victim ending up walking to the hospital because they didn't damage their carotid arteries at all, merely ruining their trachea (and likely losing their ability to speak in the process).
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_and_Gleb Saint Gleb Vladimirovich, Prince of Murom]], is said to have been murdered like this by one of his servants, in the middle of a ''brutal'' SuccessionCrisis in Kievan Rus.